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," "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," and of course "Crazy". Really, who doesn't know that one?