Willie Nelson’s bittersweet ballad “Always on My Mind” remains one of country music’s most beloved songs, even three decades after reaching No. 1 on the country charts. In this tender tune, Nelson regrets that he didn’t pay enough attention to the woman he loves, with only the heartfelt consolation that he intended to do better. (Sigh.) Who can stay mad at Willie?
The sentiment of “Always on My Mind” proved so popular that it won back-to-back CMA Awards for song of the year in 1982 and 1983. Listen to a lovely, live performance of this country classic, written by Johnny Christopher, Wayne Carson and Mark James.