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The Best Ray Charles Songs

Updated November 18, 2019 376 votes 58 voters 1.7k views

List RulesStudio songs performed by Ray Charles (but not necessarily written by Charles).

Ray Charles songs, ranked by fan votes. Ray Charles was one of the most important musical artists of the twentieth century, crossing over between R&B, gospel, and even country and western - and thus becoming one of the inventors of soul music. Blind since the age of seven, Charles started releasing music in 1949 and became one of the best selling singers of the 1950s and 1960s. After that, he was viewed as an elder statesman, collaborating with the likes of Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, and more, up until his death in 2004. Ray, a posthumous biopic released after Charles passed, was both a commercial success as well as an Oscar nominee and winner.

Some of Ray Charles's classic tracks include "Hit The Road Jack," "Unchain My Heart," "Busted," and "I've Got A Woman," but this list goes much deeper than just the big hits. 

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    Hit the Road Jack is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs

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    #12 of 127 The Best Songs About Traveling#2 of 93 The Best Songs About Jacks

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    I Got A Woman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    I Got A Woman

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    Georgia On My Mind is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs

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    #4 of 122 Cover Songs That Are Better Than The Originals#49 of 82 The Best Van Morrison Songs of All Time

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    You Don't Know Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    What'd I Say is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    What'd I Say

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    Crying Time is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs

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    #170 of 191 The Best Songs with Time in the Title#119 of 134 The Best Songs About Crying

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    I Can't Stop Loving You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs

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    #26 of 34 The Greatest Depressing Country Songs#6 of 106 The Best Songs with Stop in the Title

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    America the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    America the Beautiful

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    #2371 of 3,866 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked#101 of 121 The Best Songs with Beautiful in the Title

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    Hallelujah I Love You is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    Hallelujah I Love You

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    Unchain My Heart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    Unchain My Heart

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    Take These Chains From My Hear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs

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    #18 of 128 The Best Songs With Heart in the Title#11 of 101 The Best Songs With Take in the Title

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    A Fool For You is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    A Fool For You

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    #31 of 107 The Best Songs With Fool in the Title#100 of 158 The Best Harry Belafonte Songs

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    My Bonnie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    My Bonnie

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    Lonely Avenue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    Lonely Avenue

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    I Don't Need No Doctor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    I Don't Need No Doctor

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    Together Again is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    Together Again

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    Mess Around is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    Mess Around

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    Seven Spanish Angels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    Busted is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    Busted

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    Let's Go Get Stoned is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs

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    #49 of 62 The Best Pop Songs About Alcohol#40 of 116 The Best Songs with Go in the Title

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    You Are My Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    You Are My Sunshine

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    I Got News for You is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    I Got News for You

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    I'll Be Good to You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    I'll Be Good to You

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    Here We Go Again is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    Sticks and Stones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ray Charles Songs
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    Sticks and Stones

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    #44 of 102 The Best Songs with Stone in the Title#3 of 72 The Best Songs With Stick in the Title

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