With his supple, soulful voice and hard-luck songs, few could channel heartbreak quite like George Jones.
Perhaps it was because the country singer, who died Friday at the age of 81, had gone through his own torment throughout his life, from battling drug and alcohol problems, to dealing with the sting of multiple divorces (three in all -- his fourth and final marriage, to wife Nancy Sepulvado, lasted from 1983 until his death.)
Below, we've assembled six of our favorite ballads by Jones, including "Golden Rings," a duet with Wynette, and "He Stopped Loving Her Today," his 1980 hit about a man who'd never gotten over his broken heart. Listen, then head to the comments and share your favorite George Jones songs.
"Golden Rings" With Tammy Wynette
<em>Golden ring with one tiny little stone / Cast aside like the love that's dead and gone /By itself it's just a cold metallic thing / Only love can make a golden wedding ring</em>
"He Stopped Loving Her Today"
<em>He kept her picture on his wall / Went half crazy now and then /He still loved her through it all /Hoping she'd come back again </em>
"If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)"
<em>And if drinking don't kill me / Her memory will / I can't hold out much longer / The way that I feel / With the blood from my body / I could start my own still / And if drinking don't kill me / Her memory will</em>
"She Thinks I Still Care"
<em>Just because I ask a friend about her / Just because I spoke her name somewhere / Just because I rang her number by mistake today / She thinks I still care </em>
"Until I Remember You're Gone"
<em>From day to day I tell my friends I'm happy / And tell them 'bout the heartache I've outgrown / The nights I spend without you never hurt me / Until I remember you're gone</em>
"You're Still On My Mind" With Marty Stuart
<em>The jukebox is playing a honky tonk song / One more I keep saying and then I'll go home / What good would it do me I know what I'll find / An empty bottle of broken hearts and you're still on my mind</em>
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