Greatest Country Song: He Stopped Loving Her Today

A conversation with a friend reminded me of the George Jones classic, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”  That got me poking around the web a bit.

I didn’t start listening to country music seriously until 1986 or so, and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” just seemed like one of those songs that had been around forever. All this time, I’ve just assumed it dated to the 1960s or early 1970s.  It has such a classic sound.

Actually, it dates from 1982, and Jones recorded the song even though he believed it too sad to ever become a hit (Wikipedia).

Many people believe, as I do, that it is the greatest country song ever.  It’s also a song, I believe, that nobody will ever sing as well as George Jones.

Here’s the video.