Jim Croce is known for many things, but his talent stands out the most. He’s a dedicated songwriter and got what it takes to bring the most out of his compositions into grooves.
Jim Croce always delivers strong melodies and personal taste that fans fell in love with on his music.
Tragically, he was taken early from us when he was killed in a plane crash at 30. He was never destined for a long career, but all of his music stayed with us and will be forever in our hearts.
Here’s our 7 track playlist of Jim Croce:
7. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim
The title track of Jim Croce’s 1972 album You Don’t Mess Around With Jim and serves as the opening track on the album. The track was a top hit peaking at Number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.
6. Bad Bad Leroy Brown
The most memorable song by Jim Croce. It was released on the album Life and Times. It peaked as a number 1 record reaching the top spot on the Billboard Top 100 in 1973 and became the most popular song of the year.
5. Time In A Bottle
It’s impossible to rank Jim Croce’s songs, but this list is not about rating but as a celebration, and Time In A Bottle is a perfect choice. It was released on the You Don’t Mess Around With Jim album in 1972.
4. Photographs And Memories
The B-Side to the single “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim. ” Photographs And Memories is a beautiful song that reminds of Jim Croce of how wonderful a person he was during his time. The title of the song was used for the best selling “Greatest Hits” as the title.
3. I Got A Name
The track that defines the sound of the early 70s’. It was released on the I Got A Name LP and was the last official Jim Croce album ever released. The beauty of the musical work of Jim Croce can be heard in this song.
2. I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
One of Jim Croce’s tender ballads. It was released on his final album I Got A Name and was released as the second single from the album. The most covered songs in his catalog which peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.
We close down our 7 track playlist with the song Operator – and this will give you tears as it is a heartbreaking song. It was released on the You Don’t Mess Around with Jim album as the second single and it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.