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Famous songs about every state

  • Famous Songs About Every State

    It seems like you could come up with countless songs about some states. California’s sandy beaches and green valleys have inspired tracks by Tupac Shakur, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beach Boys and Johnny Cash, just to name a few. New York, Texas and Florida seem equally popular, but West Virginia or Indiana? Those states might be a little harder to find in album notes.  

    In a quest to find the most popular songs ever written about all 50 states, Stacker searched every corner of the internet. The tracks span all genres, topics and decades, but all reference or pay homage to at least one of the states. Read on for an interesting list of famous songs written about each state and their Spotify plays. Though you’ll find plenty of old favorites on this list, you might be surprised by the artists behind songs about Kansas, Washington and a few others.

  • Alabama

    “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Spotify plays: 230,622,326

    Though this classic Southern rock jam is an ode to Alabama, it was actually written by a band from Jacksonville, Florida. Still, that fact doesn’t stop Alabamians from screaming the words at college football games and dive bars every time it comes on.

  • Alaska

    “Road to Alaska” by the Bee Gees

    Spotify plays: 25,155

    This Bee Gees song actually mentions several states—Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio and Alaska—but focuses on the “road to Alaska” metaphor. The image of Alaska as a faraway, lonely place certainly comes through the song.

  • Arizona

    “Take It Easy” by the Eagles

    Spotify plays: 68,675,913

    The small city of Winslow, Arizona got its moment in the spotlight when the Eagles recorded this hit track in 1972. Any girl in town with a flatbed Ford probably has a special affinity for the classic rock song.

  • Arkansas

    “Mary Queen of Arkansas” by Bruce Springsteen

    Spotify plays: 911,989

    Springsteen’s narrator croons this folk song to his lover Mary, who is pregnant out of wedlock. By the end of the verse, he’s got a plan to run away together to Mexico—far, far from their home in Arkansas.

  • California

     “California Gurls” by Katy Perry 

    Spotify plays: 161,359,374

    The pop star’s jam paints the Golden State in technicolor, with lines like “sun-kissed skin / bikinis on top.” While California isn’t all sandy beaches and tropical palm trees, residents still love singing along to the “West coast represent” sentiment.  

  • Colorado

    “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver

    Spotify plays: >1000

    John Denver’s song about a young man finding himself in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains paints an idyllic picture of the wilderness. You can almost see the majestic firs, craigy peaks, trickling streams and silver clouds.

  • Connecticut

    “Connecticut” by Judy Garland

    Spotify plays: n/a

    Garland rates Connecticut above Paris, Naples, Montana and Capri in this love song to the state. She sings wistfully about its quaint villages, green hills and peaceful lakes in this homesick tune.

  • Delaware

    “Delaware” by Perry Como

    Spotify plays: n/a

    It’s all about wordplay in this Perry Como song from 1959. He turns Delaware into a pun on “what did Dell wear,” California into “why did Cali phone ya?” and Minnesota into “she sipped a Minne-soda.”

  • Florida

    “Floridays” by Jimmy Buffett

    Spotify plays: n/a

    Jimmy Buffett has become synonymous with beers on the beach, lazing in a lawn chair and throwing a few back in Margaritaville—the “Floridays” lifestyle, in other words. Even the relaxed melody of this song emphasizes the state’s low-key frame of mind.

  • Georgia

    “Devil Went Down to Georgia” by Charlie Daniels Band

    Spotify plays: 32,873,433

    “Devil Went Down to Georgia” might be one of the all-time country classics, thanks to the impressive fiddling, rapid-fire wordplay and toe-tapping melody. The image of the devil crouched on a hickory stump, playing the fiddle so fast that fire shoots out his fingertips  is hard to get out of in your mind.

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