So some of these aren't full-length studio recordings or live performances. A few are fun snippets from popular culture, like in this episode of "The Office." Here we have Dwight (Rainn Wilson) on guitar and Andy (Ed Helms) on banjo vying for the love of Erin (a pre-"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Ellie Kemper). What's the most surefire way to pierce a lover's heart? By playing them "Country Roads." Maybe.
The legendary Ray Charles does not disappoint with this soulful spin on the Appalachian tune. Released on his 1972 album "A Message from the People," Charles echoes the sentiments of a post-60s America in search of peace and prosperity. "Country Roads" is truly one of those songs that unites people of all creeds, colors and backgrounds.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
"Country Roads" goes punk rock. Seriously. Give it a listen. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' first release was a 1995 single called "Denver," which also featured "Leaving on a Jet Plane," clearly a fast-paced homage to the singer-songwriter.
Hey, I never guaranteed that all of these were winners. To be fair, "The Hoff" delivers a respectable rendition here. It may be even better if you play it over the outro of "Knight Rider" as KITT veers off into the sunset.John Cena
WWE superstar John Cena knows how to pander to an audience. We can see you, Cena. But we'll give you points for pandering to us. Whenever WWE hosts an event in the Mountain State, you can bet on one thing ending the evening if John Cena is on the card: He'll sing "Country Roads" in the ring. Surprisingly, his singing isn't as bad as a steel chair to the cranium.Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris
In 2013, several recording artists spanning various genres pitched in for "The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver." For "Country Roads," the female duet of Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris is a perfect, elegant fit."The Voice (Chinese version)"
We all know someone who's been to China and swears that the Chinese love "Country Roads." It's apparently a go-to favorite on karaoke and can be heard frequently in China's finest watering holes. Here's some proof to the song's popularity in that country, as a contestant on "The Voice" performs it to the delight of the clapping-along crowd.James Miltenberger
James "Doc" Miltenberger is the Chopin of WVU. The piano professor has taught at the University for more than 50 years and is responsible for creating the arrangement of "Country Roads" that's been played by the Mountaineer Marching Band for decades.Forever Country
This viral video, posted on Sept. 20, has already racked up more than six million views. In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” the Country Music Association called this "the biggest music video in country music history," bringing together country artists past and present."American Dad"
In this "American Dad" episode titled "American Dream Factory," a group of undocumented Mexican immigrants sings "Country Roads" at a 4th of July festival. It's the only song they know in English — a song that they'd sing in Mexico when dreaming about coming to America. This sways the ultra-conservative character Stan to try to prevent them from being deported.John Denver at Mountaineer Field
Finally, enjoy John Denver's performance in all of its audio glory from Sept. 6, 1980.
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