- Released: October 17, 1990
- Label: Mercury Nashville
- 1.Your Cheatin' Heart
- 2.Move It On Over
- 3.I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
- 4.Ramblin' Man
- 5.My Heart Would Know
- 7.Cold, Cold Heart
- 8.Lovesick Blues
- 9.Honky Tonk Blues
- 10.Honky Tonkin'
- 11.There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
- 12.Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
- 13.Hey Good Lookin'
- 14.Window Shopping
- 15.I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
- 16.Half As Much
- 17.Why Don't You Love Me
- 18.You Win Again
- 19.Baby, We're Really In Love
- 20.Take These Chains From My Heart
Principally recorded at Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee between 1947 & 1952.
Digitally remastered by Andrew Nicholas.
Liner Note Author: Jerry Rivers.
Recording information: Castle Studios, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, TN (02/13/1947-09/23/1952); Herzog Studios, Cincinnati, OH (02/13/1947-09/23/1952).
Photographer: Beth Odle.
With his very first hit "Move It On Over," Hank Williams Sr. established himself both as a powerful personality and as a songwriter with a unique gift for both hooky melodies and unforgettable turns of phrase. Williams cranked out numerous other classics over the next five years, revealing in the process a particular gift for heart-wrenching ballads of lost love and broken hearts. He was unquestionably country's biggest star when he died at the age of 29, a victim to drug and alcohol abuse. Other megastars of the era--Webb Pierce, for example--are remembered only by hardcore country fans, but Williams remains a mainstream favorite, a testament to both his emotive singing and his many gifts as a songwriter.
20 GREATEST HITS distills Hank Williams' forty chart singles to a single disc of his most familiar and most enduring music. These tracks reveal Williams to be a master not only of the heartbreak ballad but also of the joyful, upbeat dance tune (with such classics as "Jambalaya," and "Hey, Good Lookin'"). Those looking for a more thorough collection of Williams hits should consider 40 GREATEST HITS.