1959: The Battle of New Orleans

Artist: Johnny Horton

Incredibly, “The Battle of New Orleans” was originally written by Jimmy Driftwood, an Arkansas-based high school principal who wrote songs to get kids interested in history. Johnny Horton, recorded the song and it took off, reaching the top of the Billboard Country and Hot 100 charts. Horton died in a car accident in 1960 at just 35 years old.