50 Years of Hits

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50 Years of Hits
Compilation album by George Jones
Released November 9, 2004
Recorded 1955–2004
Genre Country
Length Disc 1 – 45:04
Disc 2 – 51:07
Disc 3 – 54:18
Label Bandit
Producer Pappy Daily
Billy Sherrill
Norro Wilson
Buddy Cannon
Kyle Lehning
Evelyn Shriver
George Jones chronology
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50 Years of Hits is a country album by George Jones who was signed to Starday Records in 1953, released his first singles in 1954, and had his first hit with "Why Baby Why'" in 1955.

Album information[edit]

Jones has recorded nearly 900 songs and made hundreds of guest appearances on other artists' albums. He continues to record new projects. Billboard Magazine states that George Jones has had more charted singles than any artist in any format of music. This collection features one song per year, representing the actual year that song was released. Most of the time, the song chosen was Jones' biggest hit of that year, but sometimes it was chosen because Jones thought it was his best song that year.


All but two of the selections are original recordings. Many of the early Starday songs were rerecordings for Epic in the 1970s, and two were inserted (1967 & 1968) because Musicor/Gusto refused to allow the producers to use the originals. Jones originally recorded "Good Year for the Roses" in 1970, but a much later version with Alan Jackson is used here. The inclusion of his 1981 #1 single, "Still Doin' Time", among his mid-1960s hits is an embarrassing error given the CD's pride at presenting one hit from each year or one song from each year that George recorded. That 1981 song should have appeared on Disc 2 between "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Same Ole Me". Instead, on here, we have his 1982 #1 single with Merle Haggard representing the year 1981, "Yesterday's Wine". "Same Ole Me" was indeed a hit single in early 1982...but it was a hit before the duet material with Merle came along...so there are several songs that appear out of chronological order. The inclusion of a 1979 duet he recorded with Waylon Jennings, "Night Life", appears out of place as it wasn't even a single pushed at radio. The CD should have included "Someday My Day Will Come" instead to represent 1979. "Radio Lover" is another example...that song was recorded in 1983 on the album Jones Country but Epic Records released it as a single in 1989 but on here, they have it listed as a 1988 single. The big hit, if you call it that, in 1988 for George was a duet with newcomer Shelby Lynne, "If I Could Bottle This Up", that reached the Top-50 on Hot Country Songs but that duet single isn't featured here.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Why Baby Why"   Darrell Edwards, George Jones 2:15
2. "Just One More"   Jones 2:42
3. "Tall, Tall Trees"   Jones, Roger Miller 2:26
4. "Color of the Blues"   Jones, Lawton Williams 2:50
5. "White Lightning"   J. P. Richardson 2:46
6. "Window Up Above"   Jones 2:33
7. "Tender Years"   Edwards, Jones 2:23
8. "She Thinks I Still Care"   Steve Duffy, Dickey Lee 2:34
9. "You Comb Her Hair"   Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard 2:40
10. "The Race Is On"   Jones, Don Rollins 2:07
11. "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds" (with Melba Montgomery) Earl Montgomery 2:39
12. "Still Doin' Time"   Michael P. Heeney, John E. Moffat 2:49
13. "Walk Through This World with Me" (re-recording) Kaye Savage, Sandy Seamons 2:25
14. "She's Mine"   Jones, Jack Ripley 3:02
15. "I'll Share My World with You"   Ben Wilson 2:47
16. "Good Year for the Roses" (with Alan Jackson) Jerry Chesnut 3:37
17. "Take Me" (with Tammy Wynette) Jones, Leon Payne 2:20
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Picture of Me (Without You)"   George Richey, Norro Wilson 2:31
2. "Once You've Had the Best"   Johnny Paycheck 2:38
3. "The Grand Tour"   Richey, Carmol Taylor, Wilson 3:05
4. "These Days I Barely Get By"   Jones, Tammy Wynette 3:01
5. "Her Name Is"   Bobby Braddock 2:19
6. "Near You" (with Tammy Wynette) Francis Craig, Kermit Goell 2:21
7. "Bartender's Blues"   James Taylor 3:46
8. "Night Life" (with Waylon Jennings) Walt Breeland, Paul Buskirk, Willie Nelson 3:42
9. "He Stopped Loving Her Today"   Braddock, Curly Putman 3:17
10. "Yesterday's Wine" (with Merle Haggard) Nelson 3:14
11. "Same Ole Me"   Paul Overstreet 2:52
12. "I Always Get Lucky with You"   Gary Church, Merle Haggard, Freddy Powers, Tex Whitson 3:18
13. "She's My Rock"   Gene Dobbins 2:27
14. "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes"   Max D. Barnes, Troy Seals 3:17
15. "The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)"   Gary Gentry 2:30
16. "The Right Left Hand"   Dennis Knutson, A.L. "Doodle" Owens 3:15
17. "Radio Lover"   Ron Hellard, Bucky Jones 3:26
Disc three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "(I'm a) One Woman Man"   Tillman Franks, Johnny Horton 2:15
2. "A Few Ole Country Boys" (with Randy Travis) Seals, Mentor Williams 3:38
3. "You Couldn't Get the Picture"   Chuck Harter 3:34
4. "Finally Friday"   Bobby Boyd, Dennis Robbins 2:43
5. "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair"   Billy Yates, Frank Dycus, Kerry Kurt Phillips 2:48
6. "High Tech Redneck"   Byron Hill, Zack Turner 2:26
7. "One" (with Tammy Wynette) Ed Bruce, Judith Bruce, Ed Jones, Ron Peterson 4:07
8. "I Must Have Done Something Bad"   Red Lane 3:19
9. "When Did You Stop Loving Me"   Donny Kees, Monty Holmes 3:43
10. "Wild Irish Rose"   Braddock 4:39
11. "Choices"   Yates, Mike Curtis 3:25
12. "Cold Hard Truth"   Jamie O'Hara 4:06
13. "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" (with Garth Brooks) Keith Anderson, Kent Blazy, George Ducas, Amanda Williams, Kim Williams 3:03
14. "50,000 Names"   O'Hara 3:50
15. "I Got Everything"   Al Anderson, Jim Hoke 3:13
16. "Amazing Grace"   John Newton 3:22


  • Compilation producer: Evelyn Shriver
  • Associate producers: Susan Nadler and Michael Campbell
  • Art direction: Virginia Team and Luellyn Latocki
  • Design by Don Baily for Latocki Team Creative, Nashville, TN
  • Compilation engineered for release by Custom Mastering, Inc.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 20
U.S. Billboard 200 118
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 5


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[1] Gold


  1. ^ "American album certifications – George Jones – 50 Years of Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH