Thursday, July 21, 2011

State Songs

We have a family road trip coming up. In preparation, I’ve been searching for songs about states. It’s been pretty fun trying to compile the list, and I thought I’d share it with you here. Some of these I found on my own, and some I found online and by reading this list here and here too. There are some I’ve never heard, as they are pretty obscure songs.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know any I might have forgotten or overlooked.

  • Alabama
    • Stars Fell on Alabama (Jimmy Buffett, and others)
    • Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynrd)
  • Alaska
    • North to Alaska (Johnny Horton)
    • The Alaska Song (Lucy J. Dalton)
  • Arizona
    • Arizona (Kings of Leon)
    • Oceanfront Property in Arizona (George Strait)
  • Arkansas
    • Mary Queen of Arkansas (Bruce Springsteen)
    • Little Rock (Reba McEntire)
    • Little Rock (Collin Raye)
  • California
    • California Dreaming (Mamas & Papas)
    • California Girls (Beach Boys)
  • Colorado
    • Rocky Mountain High (John Denver)
    • Colorado Girl (Townes van Zandt)
  • Connecticut
    • I Live in Connecticut (Aerosmith)
  • Delaware
    • Delaware (Perry Como)
  • Florida
    • Florida (Vic Chesnutt)
    • Seminole Wind (John Anderson)
  • Georgia
    • Georgia on My Mind (Ray Charles or Willie Nelson)
    • Dixie Land (Elvis)
    • Midnight Train to Georgia (Indigo Girls)
    • Georgia Peaches (Lynyrd Skynrd)
    • Chattahoochee (Alan Jackson)
    • Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me (Keith Urban)
  • Hawaii
    • Blue Hawaii (Elvis)
  • Idaho
    • Idaho (Josh Ritter)
  • Illinois
    • Sweet Home Chicago (Blues Brothers)
    • Chicago (Frank Sinatra)
    • Casimir Pulaski Day (Sufjan Stevens)
  • Indiana
    • Gary, Indiana (from The Music Man)
    • Back Home Again in Indiana (Louis Armstrong)
  • Iowa
    • Iowa Stubborn (from The Music Man)
  • Kansas
    • Kansas City (from Oklahoma!)
    • Wichita Lineman (Glenn Campbell)
  • Kentucky
    • Kentucky Rain (Elvis)
    • My Old Kentucky Home (Three Dog Night)
    • Blue Moon of Kentucky (Elvis & others)
    • Kentucky (Edwin McCain)
    • Man of Constant Sorrow
  • Louisiana
    • Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
    • Louisiana (Willie Nelson, The Walkmen)
  • Maine
    • Going to Maine (Mountain Goats)
  • Maryland
    • The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (Bob Dylan)
  • Massachusetts
    • Massachusetts (Bee Gees)
    • Rock and Roll Band by Boston
  • Michigan
    • Dancing in the Street (Martha and the Vandellas)
  • Minnesota
    • Stuck Between Stations (The Hold Steady)
  • Mississippi
    • Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson)
  • Missouri
    • Missing Missouri (Sara Evans)
    • Missouri (Low)
    • Missouri Waltz
  • Montana
    • Montana (Frank Zappa)
  • Nebraska
    • Nebraska (Bruce Springsteen)
  • Nevada
    • Viva Las Vegas (Elvis)
    • Waking Up in Vegas (Katy Perry)
    • Pretty Vegas (INXS)
  • New Hampshire
    • New Hampshire (Sonic Youth)
  • New Jersey
    • Jersey Girl (Tom Waits)
  • New Mexico
    • New Mexico (Johnny Cash)
  • New York
    • New York New York (Frank Sinatra)
    • Empire State of Mind (Alicia Keys)
    • New York Minute (Don Henley)
    • New York State of Mind (Billy Joel)
  • North Carolina
    • Carolina in My Mind (James Taylor)
  • North Dakota
    • North Dakota (Lyle Lovett)
  • Ohio
    • Ohio (Modest Mouse)
    • Ohio Come Back to Texas (Bowling for Soup)
  • Oklahoma
    • Oklahoma (from Oklahoma!)
    • Oklahoma Hills (Woody Guthrie)
    • Oklahoma-Texas Line (Rascal Flatts)
  • Oregon
    • Portland, Oregon (Loretta Lynn)
  • Pennsylvania
    • The Weight (The Band)
  • Rhode Island
    • Rhode Island is Famous for You (Blossom Dearie)
  • South Carolina
    • From South Carolina (Her Space Holiday)
  • South Dakota
    • South Dakota Morning (Bee Gees)
  • Tennessee
    • Tennessee (Arrested Development)
    • Rocky Top (Lynn Anderson and others)
    • Graceland (Paul Simon)
  • Texas
    • Deep in the Heart of Texas (Gene Autry and others)
    • Yellow Rose of Texas (various)
    • Headin for the Texas Border (Flamin Groovies)
    • All My Exes Live in Texas (George Strait)
    • Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (from the musical)
  • Utah
    • History of Utah (Camper Van Beethoven)
  • Vermont
    • Moonlight in Vermont (Margaret Whiting)
    • Long Vermont Roads (Magnetic Fields)
  • Virginia
    • Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (various)
    • East Virginia Blues (The Stanley Brothers)
  • Washington
    • Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle (Nirvana)
  • West Virginia
    • Take Me Home Country Roads (John Denver)
    • This Protector (The White Stripes)
  • Wisconsin
    • Milwaukee Here I Come (John Prine)
  • Wyoming
    • Song of Wyoming (John Denver)

 

  • MISCELLANEOUS
    • Everywhere (Tim McGraw)

3 comments:

Gina said...

You are the most fun mom ever.

Mercedes said...

The Alaska Flag song is very well known too.

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/ded/dev/student_info/learn/statesong.htm

Mercedes said...

You might also look up Earl Hughes. He's a local Fairbanksan who wrote (I think) all of his music about Alaska. I'm a big fan of his cd (we had to listen to it while guests were in the gift shop at my summer job two years ago)

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