YMMV / Willie Nelson

  • Awesome Music: "Always on My Mind" was his biggest pop hit. "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" and "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" have also been cited as his best.
    • Not to mention his duet with Ray Charles on "Seven Spanish Angels".
    • And, of course, he wrote awesome music for other artists, most notably Patsy Cline and "Crazy".
  • Covered Up:
    • "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" was originally a hit for Lefty Frizzell.
    • His version of "Georgia on My Mind" is almost as well-known as Ray Charles' version.
    • "Good Hearted Woman", a duet with Waylon Jennings, was originally a solo single for Jennings. The duet version is far more well-known.
    • Nelson's other big Jennings duet, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", was first released by Ed Bruce.
    • "Always on My Mind" was first recorded by Brenda Lee in 1971, then covered shortly after that by Elvis Presley. John Wesley Ryles also had a minor hit with it.
    • His version of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" is the only version to reach #1 on any singles chart.
    • "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" is a Roy Acuff cover.
    • "Uncloudy Day" was a gospel song from the 1880s but is now usually associated with him.
    • "City of New Orleans" was originally recorded by its composer, Steve Goodman, in 1971. A year later Arlo Guthrie's version was a Top 20 pop hit, but Nelson's 1984 version was a #1 country hit.
    • "Whiskey River" was a country hit for longtime Nelson associate Johnny Bush in 1972 (Bush also wrote it). His arrangement was in more of a standard honky-tonk style than Willie's.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: His 2005 reggae album Countryman.
  • Genre Turning Point: The rise of outlaw country was precipitated by his decision to leave Nashville and move back to Texas in 1970.
  • Growing the Beard: As mentioned in Badass Beard, Nelson's outlaw country makeover began with a literal usage of the trope.
  • Signature Song: The aforementioned "Always on My Mind," "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," "On The Road Again," "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," and of course "Crazy". Really, who doesn't know that one?