For more than five decades, George Jones was an essential part of country music -- and even now, after his death, he remains an important piece of the genre.

Jones' music is iconic, and his songs are key within country music; a number of fellow artists consider him and inspiration and a mentor. Despite the personal troubles that plagued his adult life, Jones created an unrivaled legacy. While many of his contemporaries experienced waning careers as they grew older, Jones continued to evolved, earning hits well into his later years.

Which of Jones' (many, many) songs is your favorite? Make your pick in the poll below -- or, if you don't see your selection there, let us know in the comments section!

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