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This page features towns, cities, and states featured in songs of all kinds. This is a work in progress. I have many more such musical locations in my files. As I get time, I'll add more. If you would like to nominate other musical settings, email them to JohnKremer@bookmarket.com. Thank you!

Note: After the song title, I list the singer or group most associated with the song (if I know who it is).


Alabama

Alabama state song

Alabama Neil Young

Alabama Song Allison Moorer

Birmingham Bounce

Boulder to Birmingham Emmylou Harris

I Want to Talk About Me Toby Keith. This song mentions Muncie, Indiana, and Alabama.

Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again

Paint Me a Birmingham

The Stars Fell on Alabama

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd

Toledo Junction


Alaska

Alaska's Flag

North to Alaska Johnny Horton

When It's Springtime in Alaska


Arizona

Arizona state song

By the Time I Get to Phoenix Glen Campbell

Convoy Mentions Flagstaff (Flagtown) in the song.

Grand Canyon Summer John Stewart

Send Me Down to Tucson Mel Tillis

Take It Easy The Eagles. Mentions standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.

There Is No Arizona

3:10 to Yuma


Arkansas

Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me) state song

Arkansas Breakout John Stewart

The Arkansas Traveler

Little Rock

Oh Arkansas state song

Texarkana R.E.M.

Texarkana Baby


California

Angeles (The City of Angels) John Stewart

Back in Pomona John Stewart

Bolinas John Stewart

California

California Bloodlines John Stewart

California Dreamin' The Mamas and the Papas

California Girls

California, Here I Come

California Stars Billy Bragg and Wilco

Do You Know the Way to San Jose? Dionne Warwick

Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash

(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66

Going Hollywood

Golden Gate John Stewart

Heads Carolina, Tails California

Hollywood Waltz

Hotel California The Eagles

I Left My Heart in San Francisco Tony Bennett

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

I Love You, California state song

King of Hollywood

L.A. Woman

L.A. Song

Little Old Lady from Pasadena Jan & Dean

Living in LA Dawes

Marina del Rey George Strait

Mendocino County Line

Queen of Hollywood High John Stewart

The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett

San Fernando Valley

San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)

Santa Barbara John Stewart

Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding

South Coast Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Kingston Trio. Tells the story of a cowboy's life between Big Sur and Jolon.

Southern California Brian Wilson

Streets of Bakersfield

Ventura Highway

When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano


Colorado

America the Beautiful

Boulder to Birmingham Emmylou Harris

Colorado Country Morning

Durango John Stewart

East of Denver John Stewart

Rocky Mountain High John Denver

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

Where the Columbines Grow state song


Connecticut

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Yankee Doodle state song


D.C.

The Washington Grays

Washington Post March John Phillip Sousa


Delaware

Our Delaware state song


Florida

Cape Canaveral Conor Oberst

Old Folks at Home state song

Tallahassee Lassie


Georgia

Atlanta

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Georgia on My Mind Ray Charles; Willie Nelson

Midnight Train to Georgia

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

Oh, Atlanta

Our Georgia state waltz

Rainy Night in Georgia

A Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia

The Watermelon Crawl mentions Georgia


Hawaii

Blue Hawaii Elvis Presley; Bing Crosby

Farewell Hawaii

Hawaii Five-O The Ventures

Hawaii Ponoi (Hawaii's Own) state song

Hawaiian Bells

Hawaiian Heat Waves Medley Bob Brozman

Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian Love Song

Hawaiian Lulluby

Hawaiian Sunset

Hawaiian Tattoo

Hawaiian War Chant

Hawaiian Wedding Song

Honolulu City Lights The Carpenters

In Blue Hawaii Brian Wilson

Manoa in the Rain Hapa

Moonlight in Honolulu

My Hawaiian Queen Sol Ho'opi

My Honolulu Tomboy

On the Beach at Waikiki


Idaho

Here We Have Idaho state song

Sun Valley Jump


Illinois

Convoy Mentions Chicago (Chitown) in the song.

Chicago: It's My Kind of Town

Chicago Stomps

Dearborn Street Breakdown

Goin' to Chicago Blues

Illinois state song

The Night Chicago Died

Rock Island Line


Indiana

Back Home Again in Indiana

I Want to Talk About Me Toby Keith. This song mentions Muncie, Indiana, and Alabama.

Indiana Wants Me

On the Banks of the Wabash state song

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Wabash Cannonball


Iowa

The Song of Iowa state song


Kansas

Here's Kansas

Home on the Range state song

Kansas Neil Young

Kansas City Star Roger Miller

The Kansas March

Kansas Rain John Stewart

Me & You & a Dog Named Blue Refers to the wheat fields of Saint Paul.

On the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe

Wichita Cross Winds John Stewart

Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell

You Can't Go Back to Kansas John Stewart

You're Not in Kansas Anymore


Kentucky

Blue Kentucky Girl

Blue Moon of Kentucky

Kentucky Gambler

Kentucky Waltz

Kentucky Woman

My Old Kentucky Home state song


Louisiana

Battle of New Orleans Johnny Horton

Baton Rouge

Callin' Baton Rouge Garth Brooks

City of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

Give Me Louisiana state song

Louisiana

Louisiana My Home Sweet Home state march

Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Me & Bobby McGee Janis Joplin. Refers to Baton Rouge.

New Orleans

New Orleans John Stewart

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Sweet New Orleans

Walking to New Orleans

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

You Are My Sunshine state song


Maine

How About Them Cowgirls A reference to Bangor, Maine in the song.

State of Maine Song state song


Maryland

Lady Came from Baltimore John Stewart

Maryland, My Maryland state song


Massachusetts

Alice's Restaurant Arlo Guthrie. Set in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

All Hail to Massachusetts state song

Boston Lady John Stewart

The Great State of Massachusetts state glee club song

Massachusetts Bee Gees

Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land Is Free) state folk song

MTA Song Chad Mitchell Trio

Ode to Massachusetts

Please Come to Boston

The Road to Boston

Say Hello to Someone from Massachusetts state polka

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


Michigan

Detroit John Denver

Detroit City

Detroit Rocks

Michigan, My Michigan state song

Saginaw, Michigan

Shuttin' Detroit Down John Rich

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


Minnesota

By the Waters of Minnetonka

Minnesota Hail to Thee state song

Positively 4th Street (Minneapolis) Bob Dylan


Mississippi

Canary Bird Muddy Waters. This song mentions Clarksdale.

Go, Mississippi state song

Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn

Mississippi Girl Faith Hill

Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town

Mississippi Goddam Nina Simone

Mississippi Queen

The Natchez Burnin'

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


Missouri

Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues

Meet Me in St. Louis

Missouri Birds John Stewart

Missouri Waltz state song

St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues March


Montana

Helena Polka

Montana state song

Montana Crossing John Stewart

Montana Melody


Nebraska

Beautiful Nebraska state song

Convoy Mentions Omaha in the song.

Nebraska: The Cornhusker State

Nebraska Rain John Stewart

Omaha Counting Crows

Omaha Rainbow John Stewart

A Place Like Nebraska


Nevada

Home Means Nevada state song

I Love Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas

Silver State Fanfare

Viva Las Vegas Elvis Presley


New Hampshire

Autumn in New Hampshire

New Hampshire's Granite State

New Hampshire Hills

New Hampshire, My New Hampshire

New Hampshire Naturally

The New Hampshire State March state march

Oh, New Hampshire

The Old Man of the Mountain

Old New Hampshire state song


New Jersey

4th of July, Asbury Park Bruce Springsteen

I'm from New Jersey Frank Sinatra

Jersey Bounce

My Hometown Bruce Springsteen


New Mexico

Albuquerque

Along the Santa Fe Trail

Asi Es Nuevo Mejico state Spanish song

New Mexico - Mi Lindo Nuevo Mexico state bilingual song

O, Fair New Mexico state song

On the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe


New York

Albany

Autumn in New York

Back to Manhattan Norah Jones

59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Simon & Garfunkel

Girl from New York City

Harlem Sandman

I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York

I Love New York

Manhattan

New York City

New York, New York Frank Sinatra

New York Mining Disaster 1941

New York State of Mind

Nights on Broadway Bee Gees

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

NYCGone, Gone Conor Oberst

Old Woodstock Van Morrison

On Broadway

Rochester Schotische

Spanish Harlem

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Woodstock Crosby Stills & Nash


North Carolina

Carolina in the Morning

Carolina Moon

Heads Carolina, Tails California

North Carolina, My Home State

The Old North State state song

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


North Dakota

Dakota John Davidson

Flickertail March state march

North Dakota

North Dakota Hymn state song


Ohio

Back in Cleveland Polka

Beautiful Ohio state song

Cincinnati Rag

Ohio Crosby, Stills & Nash

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Youngstown


Oklahoma

Convoy Mentions Tulsa in the song.

The Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma

Home in Oklahoma

Okie from Muskogee Merle Haggard

Oklahoma! state song

Oklahoma Stomp

Oklahoma Wind state waltz

Take Me Back to Tulsa Bob Wills

Tulsa

Tulsa Rufus Wainwright

Tulsa Queen Emmylou Harris

Tulsa Time

24 Hours from Tulsa

You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma


Oregon

Oregon, My Oregon state song


Pennsylvania

Alleghany Moon

Allentown

Pennsylvania state song

Pennsylvania Polka

Pennsylvania 6-5000

Philadelphia Freedom Elton John

Streets of Philadelphia Bruce Springsteen

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


Rhode Island

Rhode Island state march

Rhode Island's It for Me state song


South Carolina

Carolina state song

Carolina in the Morning

Carolina Moon

The Charleston dance

Heads Carolina, Tails California

Porgy and Bess state opera

Richardson Waltz state waltz

South Carolina on My Mind state song

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


South Dakota

Dakota John Davidson

Hail, South Dakota state song

Sioux City Sue


Tennessee

All My Ex's Live in Texas George Strait, includes the following towns: Abilene, San Antonio, Temple, and Galveston. Also the state of Tennessee (that's why I live in Tennessee).

Belly Full of Tennessee John Stewart

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy

I'm Going to Jackson Johnny Cash and June Carter

Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again

I've Been to Memphis

Last Train to Clarksville The Monkees

Maryville Breakdown

Maybe It Was Memphis Pam Tillis

Memphis

Memphis Blues

Memphis, Tennessee

My Homeland, Tennessee

My Tennessee

Nashville Cats

Nashville Skyline Bob Dylan

The Pride of Tennessee

Rocky Top

Smokey Mountain Memories

Tennessee

Tennessee Cory Chisel

Tennessee Bird Walk

Tennessee Flap-Top Box

Tennessee Hot Dog

Tennessee Line Chris Daughtry and Vince Gill

Tennessee River Run Darryl Worley

Tennessee Stud

Tennessee Waltz Patti Page, Emmylou Harris

Tennessee Whiskey

When It's Iris Time in Tennessee


Texas

Abilene

Abilene Rose

All My Ex's Live in Texas George Strait, includes the following towns: Abilene, San Antonio, Temple, and Galveston. Also the state of Tennessee (that's why I live in Tennessee).

Amarillo by Morning George Strait

Amarillo Sky

Beautiful, Beautiful Texas

Bluebonnets state flower song

Brownsville Girl Bob Dylan

Cross the Brazos at Waco

Dallas

Dallas Days and Fort Worth Nights

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Dixie on My Mind Hank Williams, Jr. Mentions Houston in the song.

Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind? George Strait

El Paso Marty Robbins

El Paso City

The Eyes of Texas

Fort Worth and Dallas Blues

Galveston Glen Campbell

God Bless Texas

Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)

If You Ever Go to Houston Bob Dylan

Is Anyone Going to San Antone?

Luckenbach, Texas Willie Nelson

Padre of San Antone

Pecos Bill

Planet Texas

Red River Rock

Red River Valley

Rio Grande

San Angelo

San Antonio Rose Bob Wills

Stars Over Texas Tracy Lawrence

Streets of Laredo

Take Me Back to Texas

Texarkana R.E.M.

Texarkana Baby

Texas, Our Texas state song

Texas Tornado

That's Right (You're Not from Texas)

The Yellow Rose of Texas

Waltz Across Texas


Utah

The Red Hills of Utah

Utah Carol Marty Robbins


Vermont

Hail, Vermont state song

Moonlight in Vermont

These Green Mountains state song


Virginia

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny state song

East Virginia John Stewart

Shenandoah

Sulphur to Sugarcane Elvis Costello. Mentions Ypsilanti, Michigan; Worcester, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Sycracuse, New York; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Also the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


Washington

Seattle Bobby Sherman

Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues Todd Snider


Wisconsin

On Wisconsin state song

What's Made Milwaukee Famous Has Made a Loser Out of Me


Wyoming

The Beaches of Cheyenne Garth Brooks

Cheyenne John Stewart

Wyoming state song


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O Little Town of Bethlehem Christmas carol

Liverpool 8 album by Ringo Starr

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