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On March 23, 1963, Johnny Cash recorded the song that would go on to become the biggest hit of his entire career, “Ring of Fire.”
The song was written by Merle Kilgore and June Carter, who would later go on to become Cash’s wife. Originally recorded by Carter’s sister Anita, it was a much greater success when Cash released his version. “Ring of Fire” claimed the top spot on the Billboard country chart, where it remained for a total of seven weeks.
CMT has ranked “Ring of Fire” as the fourth best song in country music history, and Rolling Stone selected it to fill the 87th position on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
Carter was inspired to write the song based on the love she felt for Cash at the time. The “ring of fire” refers to falling in love, and the narrator sings that he is so deeply in love that his passion “burns, burns, burns.“
Since “Ring of Fire” is such an iconic song, many other artists have gone on to record their own versions. We always enjoy looking at different takes on some of our classic country favorites, and “Ring of Fire” is no exception.
Scroll down below to check out our five favorite covers of “Ring of Fire,” and let us know what your favorite is!
We could never get tired of listening to “Ring of Fire,” how about you?
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