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Songs of the States

January 6, 2007


A few of my friends and I were sitting around one night after one or two drinks and discovered something.  Please keep in mind as I tell you this that we were not exactly in our right minds, many of us had been traveling to various states as of late, and most of us are originally from different parts of the United States.  What we discovered was, most of the titles listed as official state songs were lame.  Thus began the debate:  If you were to pick new songs for states, what would they be?

We came up with several titles for various states (Examples are listed below) some retained the official state song, other states had so many suggestions that debate has continued as to which would be most appropriate.  And so, after much consideration, we open the floor to the readers of The Report Card.

To nominate a song, or to vote for one previously nominated, please visit the Songs of the 50 States page.  



Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Obviously the appropriate song for the state.


Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice – Hey, I felt that Ice Ice Baby should be in here somewhere; what other state would be better? 


My Own Private Idaho – B52’s – An obvious choice due to the title and the lyrics


American Pie – Don McClean – Written about the day that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash in Iowa.


Southbound 35 – Pat Green – A great song about why living in Texas will always be better than living in Kansas City.


My Old Kentucky Home – Stephen Foster – The current state song, it would be a shameful to change it.


Theme song from the musical OKLAHOMA – An obvious choice, but still appropriate

South Dakota

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Indigo Girls – The state is known for it’s history as part of the Western Frontier.  Wounded Knee is in Southwest South Dakota.


Rocky Top – Felice & Boudleaux Bryant – The current state song, and still good to listen to.


Songs About Texas – Pat Green – A song about all the songs written about Texas


I kissed a girl – Jill Sobule – 1st State to allow gay civil unions