Songs of the States

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Here it is, the official page for nominations of new state songs.  

Background:
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?

Instructions:
To nominate a song, please list the state, the song, the artist and an explanation as to why you think it’s appropriate in the comment box below.  Totals will be updated as nominations and votes come in.  You can nominate as many songs for each state as you like.  The same song may end up getting nominated for different states.  This is okay, but only one state can claim the song after voting is completed.  Screen names will be used to protect the innocent; and to ensure that only one vote per person, per state, counts.  Please use the format below, as the reasons for your nominations may attract other votes. 

For our friends outside the U.S., please feel free to nominate songs appropriate for your states or provinces as well.  Nominations for states or provinces that are not within the United States will have the country listed behind the state name.  Nominations will be open until the end of February 2007.  Voting will begin March 1st 2007, and will remain open until the end of April.  Once a nomination is made, it will be placed on the actual 50 States page.  Let the debate begin.

Alabama

  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Obviously the appropriate song for the state. – reportcard
    • I agree with the original nomination above… Turn it up – betterhalf

Alaska

  • Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice – Hey, I felt that Ice Ice Baby should be in here somewhere; and didn’t think it would win as the Florida nomination – reportcard 

Alberta (Canada)

Arizona

  • “Wanted Dead or Alive” – Bon Jovi – in honor of the movie Tombstone – Shenanigans
    • I think she means in honor of the movie Young Guns II – reportcard
    • My knowledge of late ’80s/early 90s westerns is lackluster. – Shenanigans
  •  “The Heat Is On” – Glenn Fry – I replace my original Arizona vote – Shenanigans  
  • “Hot in Here” – Nelly – I replace my original Arizona vote – Shenanigans 

Arkansas

British Columbia (Canada)
 

California

  • “California Girls” – Beach Boys – (not David Lee Roth’s version) – Shenanigans
  • “California Dreamin'” – The Mamas and the Papas – betterhalf 
  • “Hotel California” – The Eagles – betterhalf
  • “Life in the Fastlane” – The Eagles – betterhalf
  • “How Do You Afford Your Rock-N-Roll Lifestyle?” – Cake – betterhalf

Canada (Entire Nation)

  • Blame Canada – Mary Kay Bergman & Trey Parker – Song from the movie South Park:  Bigger, Longer, Uncut – Fred Jackson 

Colorado

  • Rocky Mountain High – John Denver – C’mon, that should have been the first one you typed in – Jory
    • John Denver’s Behind the Music still makes me cry. – betterhalf

Connecticut

  • Rockin’ The Suburbs – Ben Folds Five – reportcard seems to have forgotten his adamant endorsement of “Rockin’ the Suburbs”, as Connecticut exists merely to serve as a site for affordable $100M + housing for commuting New Yorkers and Bostonians. – betterhalf

Delaware

  • “Hot Time In Deleware” – Saves The Day  – reportcard

Florida

  • Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett – Shenanigans
    • to confirm, Shenanigans is correct, this is what started it all – betterhalf   

Fred Jackson

  • Bitch – Meredith Brooks – Because that is all Fred seems to do on this page – reportcard

Georgia

  • Georgia On My Mind – Stevie Wonder – Fred Jackson
  • Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniel’s Band – Shenanigans
  • Peaches – Presidents of the United States of America – Georgia is the Peach State – reportcard

Hawaii

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole – The Hawaiian style that they play on tv every time somebody dies or a parent realizes their adorable children are growing up while making Rice Krispie treats. I only submit this nominee since I was so strongly chastised for my original nomination of “City of New Orleans” due to the chorus “Good morning America Haw-I-ya…”.  – betterhalf
  • Hawaii Five-O Theme Song – Morton Stevens – Maybe shenanigans, and betterhalf caught a case of the retardation, but clearly Hawaii is the theme song from Hawaii-five-oh. – Fred Jackson

Idaho

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

Illinois

  • “Sweet Home Chicago” – Illinois – Believed to have been written by Robert Johnson – Shenanigans

Indiana

  • Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Fred Jackson

Iowa

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

Jalisco (Mexico)

  • Tequila – The Champs – I challenge Fred Jackson’s nomination for the song “Tequila” for the entire nation of Mexico the Mexican state of Jalisco is more appropriate.  It is the state where most tequilla is produced. – reportcard

Kansas

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

Kentucky

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

Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge” – Garth Brooks – Shenanigans

Maine

  • Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult – the Halloween theme song because of the most famous resident Stephen King. – Fred Jackson
    • Whereas I cannot find that Stephen King had anything to do with the movie Halloween, both Stephen King and the movie Halloween are creepy. – reportcard
       

Manitoba (Canada)
 

Maryland

  • “Maryland” – Vonda Shepard – Can’t think of anything else that references the state. – reportcard

Massachusetts

  • The Cheers theme song – Shenanigan
  • “Revolution” – The Beatles – as in “Home of the American”, Paul Revere, etc. – betterhalf

Mexico (Entire Nation)

Michigan

  • 8 mile – Eminem – From the Movie 8 Mile – Fred Jackson
  • Bombs over Bagdad – Outkast – Simply because of the “New Falujah” reference… – Fred Jackson

Minnesota

  • Cold as Ice – Foreigner – since it is F-ing freezing… – Fred Jackson

Mississippi
 

Missouri
 

Montana

  • “Wide Open Spaces” – The Dixie Chicks – I feel bad for some of the states that seem to have been neglected. – Shenanigans

Nebraska

  • Hoe Down” – Aaron Copland – The Orchestra music used in the “Beef Its Whats For Dinner” Advertising Campaign…Nebraska is a major beef producing state…(the video link to the song should only be used by high bandwidth connections) – reportcard
  • Nevada

  •  “Viva Las Vegas” – Elvis – Shenanigans

New Brunswick (Canada)
 

Newfoundland (Canada)
 

New Hampshire
 

New Jersey

  • Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi – The Band is From New Jersey – Shenanigans

New Mexico

  • “Wanted Dead or Alive” – Bon Jovi – I challenge Shenanigans on Bon Jovi “Dead or Alive”, it should be the state song of New Mexico because Billy the Kid is buried at Fort Sumner (or maybe he isn’t). Young Guns, not Tombstone… – betterhalf

New York

  • New York, New York – Frank Sinatra – Fred Jackson

North Carolina

  • “Fly” – Sugar Ray – home of the Wright brothers – Shenanigans

North Dakota

  • High On North Dakota – Vic Pellerano – Off the Wild Horses and Dreams Album…both songs were composed to represent the beauty, places to see and the history of the State. – vic pellerano
  • Discover the Spirit – Vic Pellerano – Off the Wild Horses and Dreams Album…both songs were composed to represent the beauty, places to see and the history of the State. – vic pellerano 
  • Northwest Territories (Canada)
     

    Nova Scotia (Canada)
     

    Nunavut (Canada)
     

    Ohio

Oklahoma

  • Theme song from the musical OKLAHOMA – An obvious choice, but still appropriate – betterhalf
  • Okie from Muskogee – Merle Haggard – Despite my standard adulation of any song that encourages people to spell state names properly, I must contribute “Okie from Muskogee” not only because of the obvious Oklahoma/Dust Bowl reference, but also because Oolagah and the tornado bus rock! – betterhalf

Ontario (Canada)
 

Oregon

  • Blowin’ the in the Wind – Bob Dylan – the ultimate hippie song for the ultimate hippie state – Save a tree, Wipe your ass with an owl. – betterhalf

Pennsylvania

  • Gonna Fly Now – De Etta Little & Nelson Pigford – Rocky theme – betterhalf

Prince Edward Island (Canada)
 

Quebec (Canada)

reportcard

  • Shutup – Kelly Osbourne – Because of your refusal to accept my nominations on behalf of an entire nation (even though they are really the 52nd state) – Fred Jackson
    • Fred Jackson made this nomination prior to the decision to open nominations for entire nations – reportcard

    Rhode Island
     

    Saskatchewan (Canada)
     

    South Carolina
     

    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. – betterhalf
  • “Highway Forever” – Presidents of the United States of America – Two reasons:  First, South Dakota has endless miles of highway with nothing between small towns; Second, it has Mount Rushmore.

Tennessee

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

Texas

  • Songs About Texas – Pat Green – A song about all the songs written about Texas – reportcard
  • Screw You, We’re From Texas – Ray Wylie Hubbard – The name of the song says it all – reportcard

Utah
 

Vermont

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

Virginia
 

Washington

  • “No Rain” – Blind Melon – Shenanigans

West Virginia

Wisconsin
 

Wyoming
 

Yukon Territory (Canada)

27 Comments on “Songs of the States”

  1. Fred Jackson Says:

    West Virginia – Dueling Banjos http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dueling_Banjos
    New York – Obviously Sinatra…
    Georgia – Georgia on my mind by Stevie Wonder

    That’s all I got for now, will be back later…

    Also, what the hell are Canadian Provinces doing in the list? Until we officially invade, they are not in the 50 states… If you add them, then add the Mexican states as well since we are going to invade them as soon as we are done in Iraq.

  2. Rex Says:

    I didn’t know we originally included our Canadian friends to the north. Did we buy Canada and I missed it on CNN Headline News?

  3. Collin Rich Says:

    West Virginia def has to be “Country Roads” by John Denver.

  4. Jory Says:

    Colorado: John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High. C’mon, that should have been the first one you typed in.

  5. Fred Jackson Says:

    Harry: I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.
    Lloyd: I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver’s full of shit, man.

  6. Fred Jackson Says:

    Indiana – Let’s Dance with Mary Jane

  7. betterhalf Says:

    I concur with Fred Jackson regarding the arbitrary inclusion Canadian Provinces. In an attempt to correct this discriminatory practice, I strongly urge reportcard to also open the fray on appropriate national songs for all of the former Soviet Republics and (just to be safe) any other country that’s name in English ends with the suffix of “-stan” (i.e. I recommend Toby Keith’s “Boot in your @$$” song for Afghani-stan, because they were the first country to receive our “Boot in their @$$”, post 9/11).

    Additionally, I would like all other readers/posters to note that some of the song nominations and supporting arguments were misattributed to me by reportcard. I wouldn’t necessarily mind except that they make me sound really lame, and not funny at all. I will attempt to proffer more accurate song nominations forthwith, as time permits. Please stay tuned.
    -betterhalf

  8. Shenanigans Says:

    Didn’t this all start with

    Florida: Margaritaville
    Georgia: Devil Went Down To Georgia
    West Virginia: Country Roads/Mountin’ Mama

    And please don’t forget New Jersey: Livin’ on a Prayer (or anything else by the Jov)

  9. reportcard Says:

    Thank you to the following people who have submitted entries. They have been added to the list. Fred Jackson, Rex, Collin Rich, Jory, and Shenanigans. Please come back and add more when you have time.

    As for comments regarding the addition of Canadian Provinces:
    Fred Jackson: The reason I added Canada and NOT Mexico is simple…

    A Majority of Canadians speak English as their primary language.
    Canadians do not illegally immigrate to this country, hold protests in our streets, and demand social services from our tax payers that their homeland cannot provide.

    Unlike our government, I will not provide any person from Mexico with a free service (i.e. assisting them in coming up with new songs for their states). As for legal immigrants from Mexico, they are now part of our country and can contribute in selecting songs for our States. I’m still working on how to show proof of legal residency, but I’m sure I’ll come up with some sort of “comprehensive plan” just in time to make no difference whatsoever.

    Rex – As far as I know, we did not buy Canada. I’ve included Canada because I have some visitors to this site that are Canadian. I’ve got one on my Blogroll, his site can be found here

    Betterhalf – Perhaps we can do songs of other nations after we are finished with songs of the states. I do think that Toby Keith’s Angry American would be appropriate for Afghanistan. Also, all comments I attributed to you had first been given your okay. At least, you said you read them and were okay with them. I’ll post different reasons if you get them to me.

    Shenanigans – You are right, I think those were the first three originally discussed. Thanks for remembering. Also, the Jov has been added. Didn’t we have some of his other songs nominated for a couple of other states?

  10. Shenanigans Says:

    “Wanted Dead or Alive” by the Jov for Arizona in honor of the movie Tombstone
    “California Girls” Beach Boys (not David Lee Roth’s version)
    “Baton Rouge” Garth Brooks for Louisiana
    The Cheers theme song for Massachussetts
    “Sweet Home Chicago” Illinois
    that ukelele song for Hawaii – not sure how to spell out the lyrics for it
    “Viva Las Vegas” Elvis for Nevada

  11. betterhalf Says:

    Alabama – I agree with the original nomination above… Turn it up
    California – “California Dreamin'” by the Mamas and the Papas, “Hotel California” or “Life in the Fastlane” by the Eagles, “How Do You Afford Your Rock-N-Roll Lifestyle?” by Cake… the list goes on…

  12. betterhalf Says:

    Colorado – “Rocky Mountain High”. John Denver’s Behind the Music still makes me cry.

    Connecticut – reportcard seems to have forgotten his adamant endorsement of “Rockin’ the Suburbs”, as Connecticut exists merely to serve as a site for affordable $100M + housing for commuting New Yorkers and Bostonians.

    Florida – Margaritaville (to confirm, Shenanigans is correct, this is what started it all)

    Hawaii – The Hawaiian style/ukelele version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that they play on tv every time somebody dies or a parent realizes their adorable children are growing up while making Rice Krispie treats. I only submit this nominee since I was so strongly chastised for my original nomination of “City of New Orleans” due to the chorus “Good morning America Haw-I-ya…”.

    Massachusetts – “Revolution” by the Beatles – as in “Home of the American-“, Paul Revere, etc.

    New Mexico – I challenge Shenanigans on Bon Jovi “Dead or Alive”, it should be the state song of New Mexico because Billy the Kid is buried at Fort Sumner (or maybe he isn’t). Young Guns, not Tombstone…

    Oklahoma – Despite my standard adulation of any song that encourages people to spell state names properly, I must contribute “Okie from Muskogee” not only because of the obvious Oklahoma/Dust Bowl reference, but also because Oolagah and the tornado bus rock!

    Oregon – “Blowin’ the in the Wind” the ultimate hippie song for the ultimate hippie state – Save a tree, Wipe your ass with an owl.

    Pennsylvania – Rocky theme

  13. Fred Jackson Says:

    Ohio – Cleveland Rocks – http://www.lyricsfreak.com/i/ian+hunter/cleveland+rocks_20066603.html

    For all our neigbors from the north – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blame_Canada

    Maybe shenanigans, and betterhalf caught a case of the retardation, but clearly Hawaii is the theme song from Hawaii-five-oh.

    Maine – the halloween theme song because of the most famous resident Stephen King.

    Mexico (and all provinces) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tequila_(song)

  14. Fred Jackson Says:

    Michigan – Theme song from 8-mile the movie

    Michigan (alternate) – Outcast Bombs over Bagdad – Simply because of the “New Falujah” reference…

  15. reportcard Says:

    Fred Jackson:

    Okay, I give in. I’ve listed your nomination for the song Tequila. However, I still contend that you cannot nominate entire countries…only states and provinces. Therefore, the nomination has been placed under Jalisco. Under the same rule, I cannot place the nomination for “Blame Canada” under the entire country of Canada. You will have to specify a province.

    Also, please be more specific with your Maine nomination. I’ve tried to follow your logic, but cannot find any reference to Stephen King tied in with the movie Halloween except for the one I mention under your comment under Maine.

    Betterhalf & Shenanigans:

    I’ll need an artist and title for the ukelele song you reference in order to have the nomination placed. Whereas I know the song to which you reffer, I cannot find an artist or title and cannot post “that ukelele song” as others will not understand the reference. If you are unable to find the artist and title, you can send me a link to an audio file. I’ll be happy to put it up.

  16. Fred Jackson Says:

    Because of your refusal to accept my nominations on behalf of an entire nation (even though they are really the 52nd state) – Where is Puerto Rico by the way since we are now going to be picky bastards – I nominate not just one song, but an entire album to YOU: Shut Up by Kelly Osbourne.

  17. reportcard Says:

    Fred Jackson: Except for Canada, states, territories and provinces outside of the 50 United States will be added once a nomination is made. Puerto Rico has not been added to the list yet because no nominations for Puerto Rico have come in.

    As to Kelly Osbourne, do we really have to acknowledge her as a musical artist? I’ve been trying really hard to ignore the fact that she thinks she can sing.

  18. reportcard Says:

    I’ve considered Fred Jackson’s complaint regarding not being able to nominate countries and (much like the Supreme Court in this country) have reversed my decision. Nominations for entire countries will be allowed. However, if nominations for entire countries are made and receive more votes than a state with the same song, the state will still be eligible to claim that song as well.

    As for Fred Jackson’s nomination for “Shut up” being my song. I’ve put it up with the rest of the nominations. You’ll also notice that I’ve nominated a song for Fred Jackson: “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks.


  19. For North Dakota – I nominate “High on North Dakota” and or “Discover the Spirit”
    off the “Wild Horses and Dreams” album.. …both songs of which were composed to represent the beauty, places to see and the history of the State.

  20. reportcard Says:

    vic pellerano,

    Thanks for the nominations. I’ve listened to the samples from your site and enjoyed both songs.

  21. reportcard Says:

    betterhalf,

    Sorry I missed your earlier nominations for California, I’ve put them up now.

  22. Fred Jackson Says:

    Minnesota – Cold as Ice by the Foreigner since it is F-ing freezing…

  23. Fred Jackson Says:

    Also, what happened to the activity here, there is a significant drop off, does that mean nominations are coming to a close?

  24. Shenanigans Says:

    I replace my original Arizona vote with “The Heat Is On” by Glenn Fry or “Hot in Herre” by Nelly. My knowledge of late ’80s/early 90s westerns is lackluster.

    I feel bad for some of the states that seem to have been neglected.
    “Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks for Montana.
    “Fly” by Sugar Ray for North Carolina – home of the Wright brothers
    “No Rain” by Blind Melon for Washington

  25. reportcard Says:

    Fred Jackson: Nominations are coming to a close soon. The last day for nominations will be on the last day of February. Voting will commence on March 1st. For those states with only one song nominated, that song will be automatically selected.

  26. Fred Jackson Says:

    Since we are missing nominations for the following states:

    mississippi, missouri, new hampshire, rhode island, south carolina, utah, virginia, wisconsin, wyoming

    I propose a single song which will do for all of them (I consider this a valid seperate nomination for each of these states and makes up for the inclusion of foreign entities, and the lack of the “Tequila” song for all of mexico)

    Too Short – Money in the Ghetto (Click my name for lyrics)

    This is fitting since each of the listed states is not memorable enough to justify it’s own song, and with some of these the entire state could be considered a ghetto (Or in new hampshire’s case the definition of ghetto from 1945 may fit…)


  27. I have a video to “Discover the Spirit” for North Dakota. Thought you would like to know. I hope that’s ok, to post. Thanks.


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