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Buzz In: What Should Be Your State's Rock Song?


In charming civic-type news, The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" has been nominated for official Oklahoma rock song, apparently the token indie rock entry in a list that includes the likes of Elvis Presley and, well, Oklahoma. As Pitchfork writes:

"Oklahoma already has an official state song ("Oklahoma," from the musical, natch), a state folk song, and a state country-and-western tune. What they don't have just yet is an official state rock'n'roll song. And that is where you come in."

The state legislature has ordered Oklahomans to vote here before Nov. 15 — though as far as I can tell, anyone can vote, 'cause the computer has no way of knowing whether or not you're an Oklahoman — for whichever rock song you like.

This is a pretty fun idea, so I think we should start thinking of the official rock songs for the rest of the 49 states! For example, it seems to me Washington should probably at least nominate "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana as one of theirs (it seems the Evergreen State only has a state folk song). Maybe something from my 50 Songs for 50 States challenge could get you started.

What do you think? What other songs would you nominate for which states?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I'll stick with Hang on Sloopy for Ohio. (It's already the state's rock song.)
indieglam indieglam 7 years
For Michigan, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" for a variety of reasons!
lovemoi lovemoi 7 years
What about Arkansas??
ErieIndiana ErieIndiana 7 years
This is exciting news! I was part of the Flaming Lips show when they accepted "Flaming Lips Alley" in Downtown Oklahoma City. And dear Lord I'm SOOOO sick and tired of the song "Oklahoma."
Allyace Allyace 7 years
"Meet Virginia" - Train ;) Although I am a Hokie, so I guess I should say "Enter Sandman" :-P.
stefsprl stefsprl 7 years
Indiana - "Small Town" by John Mellencamp!
hadassah hadassah 7 years
The Scorpions, Rock You Like a Hurricane. I'm in Louisiana.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
I'm also from Connecticut; not an easy to state to think of an offical rock song. The only song I can think of right now is" Island In The Sun by Weezer (Rivers Cuomo was raised in CT)." Maybe even a song by John Mayer would work.
bonbonagogo bonbonagogo 7 years
Connecticut? I live in a tough state! I am totally going to have to stretch it until I come up with something better...'Peace Frog' by The Doors. Part of the song deals with Jim Morrison's arrest at Toad's Place and the riot that ensued after in New Haven. That's all I got for now.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I would go with "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas and The Papas, but it is so hard to choose from the hundreds of songs that have been written about California: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_about_California
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 7 years
"California Stars" by Wilco. :)
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 7 years
I'm in FL. But I have no idea. LOL Any good ideas for me ladies? :D
supertramp supertramp 7 years
Since I'm from California the only song I can really think of is "California" by Phantom Planet just because the O.C!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Ooops! I meant :woohoo: And no, I'm NOT stoned!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Bob Dylan is a native of my home state, Minnesota. This being the case, I would have to go with "Everybody Must Get Stoned." :woohoo"
Phil Phil 7 years
For California I propose Joni Mitchell's "California" or Call and Response's "California Floating in Space." Also, while Tupac's "California Love" isn't a rock song, it does indeed rock and so deserves a mention with conversation about the songs of the currently budget-less state of California.
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