Heist/ crime songs

Just listened to Charlie Robisons “desperate times” great heist gone wrong song , right up there with “the road goes on forever “ I can’t really think of any popular or rock for that matter crime tunes. They’re all Americana or country .?


"I Fought The Law", written by Sonny Curtis, the hit single and best version by The Bobby Fuller Four. The worst version of this fantastic song I've heard is that by The Clash, in which Joe Stummer brutally bludgeons the song to death.

"Long Black Veil", my favorite version being that of The Band. What other Rock ’n’ Roll band would have in 1968 recorded an old Country & Western hit by Lefty Frizzell?!

"Highway 17" by Rodney Crowell, found on his The Houston Kid album (in my opinion a perfect album).

Also on the album is one of the best songs written and recorded in the past fifty years, "Why Don’t We Talk About It" (no doubt a song Tom Petty wished had he). Another is "I Walk The Line (Revisited)", with a cameo vocal by Johnny Cash.

“Loving The Highway Man” - Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

The Clash – “I Fought the Law”

Richard Thompson - "53 Black Lightning"

"Long Black Veil" - Johnny Cash

"Treetop Flier" - Stephen Stills

"Deportee" -  Martin Hoffman and Woody Guthrie

New Riders of the Purple Sage - "Glendale Train" & "Panama Red"


@audi-owe  - You win! "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" is one of the best songs ever written.....