There's a reason Merle Haggard was known as "The Poet of the Common Man." Haggard came from a working class background, and used his life experiences as a source of inspiration for many of his countless hits.
Although Haggard went on to become one of country music's most legendary artists, he never forgot where he came from. Because of that, he was easily able to connect with the working class through his songs and stories about common people living common lives.
Out of all of Haggard's many songs that celebrate the working man, no other is more well-known than his 1969 single "Workin' Man Blues." The song claimed the top spot on both the U.S. and Canadian country charts following its release. Haggard wrote the song entirely on his own, with the lyrics celebrating the effort the working man puts into each day:
"I'll be working long as my two hands are fit to use I drink a little beer in a tavern Sing a little bit of these working man blues."
Today, "Workin' Man Blues" is considered the ultimate blue collar anthem in country music. That's why it should come as no surprise that it is one of Haggard's most frequently covered singles. Check out what we consider to be the top five performances of "Workin' Man Blues"!