LIKES: 1,914. DISLIKES: 26.
VERSION: John Denver and Johnny Cash
HIT COUNT: 49,661
LIKES: 195. DISLIKES: 1.
NOTES: Like whiskey and seltzer. A charming duet between Denver and Cash from their helmet-hair days. On the chorus, Denver cedes the melody he usually sang to Cash's gut-bucket bass and sings harmony instead.
VERSION: Big-time wrestling superstar, actor and "Doctor of Thuganomics" John Cena apparently sings "Country Roads" in the ring before his matches in West Virginia. Here he is before a match in Charleston.
HIT COUNT: 20,001.
LIKES: 54. DISLIKES: 6.
NOTES: Certainly, the most muscular version (literally) of the song ever sung, if abbreviated. Certainly the only one ever sung in boxing shorts. Followed by what is known as a "threat display" in the animal world.
VERSION: Fcdeejay vs. Destino featuring The Vain Boy (Radio Edit)
HIT COUNT: 3,546.
LIKES: 8. DISLIKES: 0.
NOTES: No video, just an mp3. But perhaps the finest introduction to (an adulterated version of) "Country Roads" we've found, spoken in a Jamaican patois (we think -- we can't find anything on the performers):
"Dees is a journey into the original 'Country Roads.' Dees is a journey where all the party people will come together to have a lot of fun. Take my hand and I'll take you to the place you belong. Enjoy this trip -- 'cause dis' is Heaven!"
Only two YouTube comments: "Love it" and the inscrutable "hey check my mail.pls."
VERSION: Toots and the Maytals
HIT COUNT: 443,092.
LIKES: 1,061. DISLIKES: 14
NOTES: One of the more adulterated versions ever recorded: West Vir ... what? West Jamaica?! Cool. And "... All my friends there, holding on those.." What? Reefers? Hmmmm ...
This compilation was originally published on my WestVirginiaVille.com blog, where we continue to archive new and odd versions of "Country Roads" in the "Music" section. Suggest one there.