Ray Charles' Greatest Hits That Still Echo Through Time

The Enduring Legacy of Ray Charles’ Greatest Hits

Hey there, music enthusiasts and groove aficionados! Today, we’re diving deep into the soulful world of none other than the legendary Ray Charles. Buckle up, because we’re about to ride through the melodies that topped the charts and the timeless tunes that continue to serenade our hearts.

Biggest Top 40 Hits

I Can’t Stop Loving You (#1 for 5 weeks) 1962

In 1962, Ray Charles released the iconic song “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” which quickly reached #1 on the charts. This heartfelt track resonated with listeners and captured the essence of love with its powerful lyrics and Charles’ smooth vocals.

Hit the Road Jack (#1 for 2 weeks) 1961

In 1961, Ray Charles released the iconic breakup song “Hit the Road Jack,” which quickly became a chart-topping hit. With its catchy tune and sassy lyrics, the song became the ultimate anthem for moving on from heartache. Its popularity was so enduring that it claimed the #1 spot on the charts twice, proving that Charles had created a timeless classic that resonated with listeners.

Busted (#4) 1963

Life’s journey isn’t always smooth, and Ray Charles knew just how to capture its ups and downs in his music. “Busted,” released in 1963, snagged the fourth position on the charts, reminding us that we all stumble along the way. Charles’ emotive delivery and the song’s relatable narrative resonated with folks from all walks of life.

Georgia on My Mind (#1 for 1 week) 1960

In 1960, Ray Charles released “Georgia on My Mind,” a heartfelt anthem to his home state. This soulful track resonated with listeners globally, becoming a chart-topping hit that brought people closer to Georgia whenever it played.

You Don’t Know Me (#2) 1962

Ray Charles’ song “You Don’t Know Me” captured the emotions of being misunderstood, resonating with listeners in 1962. Its heartfelt lyrics and Charles’ soulful delivery struck a chord with many, earning it a well-deserved second spot on the charts.

Timeless Songs Beyond the Charts

While the charts are a great measure of a song’s popularity, some tunes etch themselves into our hearts, becoming part of the soundtrack of our lives. Ray Charles gifted us not only with chart-toppers but also with melodies that transcend time itself.


  • Autumn Leaves


  • Rockhouse (Part 2)


  • Let the Good Times Roll
  • Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’
  • Sticks and Stones
  • Georgia on My Mind
  • Ruby
  • Hardhearted Hannah
  • Come Rain or Come Shine


  • Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • At the Club
  • Hide ‘Nor Hair
  • Born to Lose
  • You Don’t Know Me
  • Careless Love
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Your Cheating Heart


  • Baby, Don’t You Cry (The New Swingova Rhythm)
  • My Heart Cries for You
  • Love Me with All Your Heart (Cuando Calienta El Sol)
  • My Baby Don’t Dig Me
  • Al-Di-La
  • No One to Cry To
  • A Tear Fell
  • Till the End of Time
  • Smack Dab in the Middle
  • One More Time


  • I Want to Talk About You
  • Here We Go Again
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • Yesterday


  • If It Wasn’t for Bad Luck
  • Let Me Love You


  • Don’t Change on Me
  • Booty Butt
  • Feel So Bad
  • What Am I Living For


  • I Can Make It Thru the Days (But Oh Those Lonely Nights)
  • Come Live with Me


  • Swanee River Rock (Talkin’ ‘Bout That River)


  • (Night Time Is) The Right Time
  • What’d I Say (Part 1)
  • I’m Movin’ On


  • Them That Got
  • One Mint Julep
  • I’ve Got News for You
  • I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  • Unchain My Heart
  • But on the Other Hand Baby


  • Don’t Set Me Free
  • The Brightest Smile in Town
  • Take These Chains from My Heart
  • Without Love (There Is Nothing)
  • No One
  • Without Love (There Is Nothing)
  • That Lucky Old Sun


  • Cry
  • This Is My Prayer
  • I Gotta Woman (Part 1)
  • I’m a Fool to Care
  • Crying Time


  • Together Again
  • You’re Just About to Lose Your Clown
  • Let’s Go Get Stoned
  • I Chose to Sing the Blues
  • Please Say You’re Fooling
  • I Don’t Need No Doctor


  • That’s a Lie
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Understanding
  • Sweet Young Thing Like You
  • Listen, They’re Playing My Song


  • Laughin’ and Clownin’
  • Move Me, O Wondrous Music
  • If You Were Mine


  • Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma


  • Living for the City