So many Drive-By Truckers songs deal with hard times that it was difficult choosing just one death-themed track from the band. But the nod goes to "Angels and Fuselage," the eight-minute epic that concludes their two-disc set Southern Rock Opera
. The album often addresses the passing of Ronnie Van Zant (the leader of Lynyrd Skynyrd
) in a 1977 plane crash, and "Angels and Fuselage" tackles the subject head-on, imagining Van Zant's final moments. It's a slow, sad song, an interesting counterpoint to what one would assume was a panicked, terrifying scene for Van Zant, as well as the other passengers of the doomed flight.