It was sad news we reported one year ago today as we said goodbye to one of Country Music’s most iconic stars, and prolific songwriters. On April 6th, 2016, his 79th birthday, Merl Haggard passed away.

To honor the memory of “The Poet of the Common Man," today we share our "Top 5 Merle Haggard Songs," as determined by the RTX Crew. We do it with the caveat that you, the reader, know this is a very fluid, and very subjective list. In that case, perhaps we'd do better to call it "The Top 5 Merle Haggard Songs on April 6, 2017: The One Year Anniversary of his Death, and 80th Anniversary of his Birth."

Hope you enjoy. Rest in Peace, Hag.

5. "That's the Way Love Goes"

4. "My Favorite Memory"

3. "Sing Me Back Home"

2. "The Fightin' Side of Me"

1. "Mama Tried"

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