28. ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ by John DenverJohn Denver

John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ is a staple of the American road for tender-hearted folkies. Written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and Denver himself, it was one of the big hits from his 1971 breakout album Poems, Prayers & Promises and soon became one of Denver’s most beloved and well-known songs. Due to its lyrical content the song has also gained prominent status as an icon of West Virginia, in much the same way Denver’s ‘Rocky Mountain High’ has become tied with the late singer’s beloved state of Colorado. ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ was even played at the funeral memorial for long-serving U.S. Senator Robert Byrd in Charleston in July 2010. Interestingly, the song could have become a Johnny Cash number, but Danoff and Nivert were persuaded by Denver to hand the song over to him. Available on: John Denver Poems, Prayers & Promises (RCA, 1971).