10 Highly Underrated John Denver Songs

For the dreamer, the poet, and the individualist

Lark Morrigan
The Riff
Published in
6 min readOct 11, 2021


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John Denver is my number one favorite artist of all time. Although his hit songs such as “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” and “Annie’s Song” are memorable, well-written, and deserving of praise, he has many more underrated songs that most people do not know about, especially the songs that may not be judged as radio-friendly enough.

As a poet, I can say that John Denver has been a primary influence in the way I write poetry, perhaps even more than poets themselves.

Lyrically, he’s a master of weaving in universal themes (such as freedom, individuality, nature, and spirituality) that allow room for deeper introspection within the listener. Musically, he has a spectacular vocal range and crafts memorable melodies that are beautiful, soaring, and evocative of nostalgia and the feeling of returning home.

Here are my top 10 favorite songs of his that do not receive enough recognition:

1. “To the Wild Country”

John Denver weaves in a very profound existential message in this song, which is why it is my favorite song of all time. This is from his 12th studio album I Want to Live, which was released in 1977.