#25. ‘The Gambler’ by Kenny Rogers


This 1978 record, which became famous in Asia, Europe, and North America, helped cement Kenny Rogers as one of the most popular musicians at the time. Several other musicians covered the Don Schlitz-composed title track, but only Rogers’ version floated to the top of country charts. He took home several Grammys, including Album of the Year. While most of the songs in this album were written by industry greats like Mickey Newbury and Alex Harvey, Rogers wrote one song called “Morgana Jones.”