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Playlist Challenge: 50 Songs for 50 States

Okay, Buzz readers, I know how great you are at selecting new casts for classic shows and hunting down the most buzzworthy movies, books and albums around, so I know you can handle this all-American playlist challenge! In honor of July 4th (and the great party PartySugar's been planning), I challenge you to name one song for each of the 50 states so that put together, we can make a playlist of 50 songs celebrating every corner of the country.

The guidelines:

  • The state name can either be in the title of the song or in a song lyric.
  • If the state name is in a lyric, please provide the lyric in your comment.
  • Official state songs do not count.

So get thinking and put your ideas in the comments section below! I'll re-post this challenge over the weekend and then I'll do a follow-up post with the master playlist on Wednesday, July 4th. If there are multiple songs suggested for one state, I'll choose one of them to put on the playlist. Good luck!

larryheagle larryheagle 7 years
Iowa Ditch Weed: "For years I played the Hawk eye State and I always thought it really great to bring home Vinton popcorn and cider in a jar And many a night on my way home I'd water the grass by the bumper chrome standin' there just listening to my car Then a friend of mine from an Iowa town gave me a tour, showed me around 'specially the weeds that grow along the road Well if i knw then what i know now I'd know I can't imagine how I couldn't see it until I had been showed! Iowa Ditch Weed, ain't that a bitch weed? And it grows down there along the road Iowa ditch weed, it ain't no get rich weed but let's all reap the wild oats that Uncle Sam has sowed. Just say "No" says Nancy Reagan Don't inhale says "Mr Bill" And Richard Nixon did a lotta blow But when I saw that ditch weed greenin' I got a higher meaning of "Iowa, a place to grow" The feds are workin' night and day Carrying your stash away They're even using dogs to sniff it out Who cares if there's a squeeze on When you got your own growin' season And I guess that's what this song is all about. Iowa Ditch Weed by Larry Heagle from the album "Rude, Crude, and Poor"
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 10 years
oops forgot two... Arizona... George Strait - Oceanfront Property "I've got some ocean front property in Arizona from my front porch you can see the sea" &&& Hawaii Hellogoodbye - Two Weeks in Hawaii "And all I know is its stupid cause you've got Hawaii and I've gotten no letters from you"
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 10 years
Georgia ----> Lynard Skynard - Call Me the Breeze "well I dig you Georgia peaches, makes me feel right at home"
brittanybe brittanybe 10 years
Oh, and how bout "Shipping Up to Boston" by the Dropkick Murphy's for Massachusetts?
brittanybe brittanybe 10 years
Rocky Mountain HIIIIIIIGh, Colorado! My home state "Indiana wants me", don't know the artist!
JCP0240 JCP0240 10 years
massachusetts has to be "dirty water" boston you're my home...
sofi sofi 10 years
saritalasweeta, thank you for thinking of DC- no, not a 'state' but the nation's capital. Not sure about all the Washington songs, but could any of them be talking about DC not the state- just curious.
rhondak rhondak 10 years
Here's my list: Alabama -- Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd Alaska – Mary Queen of Arkansas by Bruce Springsteen Arizona – By the Time I Get to Arizona by Public Enemy Arkansas – Road to Alaska by The Bee Gees California – Hotel California by the Eagles Colorado – I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado by John Denver Connecticut – I Live in Connecticut by Aerosmith Delaware – Hello, I'm in Delaware by City and Colour Florida – Floridays by Jimmy Buffett Georgia – The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band Hawaii – Blue Hawaii by Elvis Presley Idaho – Private Idaho by B-52s Illinois – Illinois by The Everly Brothers Indiana – Goin' Back to Indiana by Jackson 5 Iowa – Iowa by Dar Williams Kansas – You're Not in Kansas Anymore by Jo Dee Messina Kentucky – Kentucky Gambler by Dolly Parton Louisiana – Louisiana Rain by Tom Petty Maine – King of the Road by Roger Miller (“Third boxcar midnight train, destination Bangor, Maine”) Maryland – Maryland by Jesus Jones Massachusetts – Massachusetts by Arlo Guthrie Michigan – Especially in Michigan by Red Hot Chili Peppers Minnesota – Minnesota Girl by Green Day Mississippi – Mississippi Queen by Ozzy Osbourne Missouri – Missouri Loves Company by Ringo Starr Montana – Wild Montana Skies by John Denver Nebraska – Nebraska by Moe. Nevada – Stop in Nevada by Billy Joel New Hampshire – New Hampshire by Sonic Youth New Jersey – Jersey Girl by Bruce Springsteen New Mexico – Crash and Burn by Sheryl Crow (“I'll see you when I reach New Mexico”) New York – New York City by They Might Be Giants North Carolina – Little Perennials by Indigo Girls (“I'm in the North Carolina mountains”) North Dakota – I Got A Gal I Love (In North & South Dakota) by Frank Sinatra Ohio – Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Oklahoma – Oklahoma Hills by Arlo Guthrie Oregon – Pastures of Plenty by Alison Kraus & Union Station (“Then it's on up North to Oregon”) Pennsylvania – You've Got A Friend in Pennsylvania by New Found Glory Rhode Island – The Last Resort by The Eagles (“She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island”) South Carolina -- Carolina in My Mind by James Taylor South Dakota – South Dakota Morning by The Bee Gees Tennessee – Tennessee River by Alabama Texas – All My Ex's Live in Texas by George Strait Utah – Root Down by Beastie Boys (“A phone call from Utah and I'm throwing a panic”) Vermont – Moonlight in Vermont by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Virginia – Meet Virginia by Train Washington – My Washington Woman by Kenny Rogers West Virginia – Leaving West Virginia by Kathy Mattea Wisconsin – Highway 51 Blues by Bob Dylan (“Running from up Wisconsin way down to no man's land”) Wyoming – Song of Wyoming by Chris LeDoux
calamityjen calamityjen 10 years
For Indiana, how about "Mary Jane's Last Dance" by Tom Petty? "She grew up in an Indiana town..." Yeah, it's just one line, but Indiana isn't really a popular state for songs!
auroraforever auroraforever 10 years
A couple of choices for Utah: Salt Lake City - The Beach Boys (down in utah, the guys and i dig a city called salt lake, it's got the grooviest kids that's why we...) Friend of the Devil - The Grateful Dead ...babe, he loaned me twenty bills, spent the night in utah, in a cave up in the hills...set out runnin' but...) Yin & Yang - Adam Ant (i've got utah dust inside my boots, peroxide covering my roots, know what it's like to love, and like to be...) Sign on the Window - Bob Dylan (build me a cabin in utah, marry me a wife, catch rainbow trout, have a bunch...) Palace of the Brine - The Pixies (...beneath reflections in the fountain, the starry sky in utah mountains, they are swimming happily, can't you see...)
saritalasweeta saritalasweeta 10 years
Does it count to have a song to represent DC? If yes, then "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" by The Postal Service.
pondering_c pondering_c 10 years
Okie from Muskogee, Merle Haggard "We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse, In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.'
MarcDom7 MarcDom7 10 years
Do not--I repeat, DO NOT--choose Phantom Planet's "California" for the respective state. It is a joke to nearly everyone in the state. And "Georgia On My Mind" is, in fact, the state song of Georgia, so that's disqualified.
JessBear JessBear 10 years
This is fun!! I wish my internet was fast enough to effectively dowload music, because now I want to listen to all these songs! Texas HAS to be "God Blessed Texas"! But just for fun... "Yellow Rose of Texas", "Amarillo by Morning", "Amy's Back in Austin", "Deep in the heart of Texas","Luckenbach, Texas" ...I love me my Texas songs. "All my Exes live in Texas" could be for Tennessee, too ("that's why I reside in Tennessee"). Oklahoma: "Okie from Miskogie" by that one guy. And what's that one song that goes "Bismark, North Dakota, Phoenix, Arizona, New York, LA, duh duh something, Tampa Bay..." ???
D-Diggity D-Diggity 10 years
Oops, I forgot to close my HTML somewhere it there. Sorry...
D-Diggity D-Diggity 10 years
I could probably listen to nothing but Johnny Cash on a road trip, so that's what this is... If anyone can fill in the gaps that would be amazing. When it's Springtime in ALASKA (It's Forty Below) "Who farmed the Phoenix valley in ARIZONA land" - The Ballad of Ira Hayes "I rode right back across ARKANSAS" - Tennesse Stud "Or maybe CALIFORNY" - Orange Blossom Special "I might be in COLORADO" - Wanted Man ***NO CONNECTICUT*** "When Washington took it across the DELAWARE" - Ragged Old Flag (Technically, the River...) "Well, I'm going down to FLORIDA" - Orange Blossom Special "Or GEORGIA by the sea" - Wanted Man ***NO HAWAII*** "I was trying to beat two wraps in IDAHO" - Austin Prison "...ILLINOIS Central, Monday mornin' rail..." - City of New Orleans ***NO INDIANA*** "I lived on a farm out in IOWA..." - Lumberjack ***NO KANSAS, but that might because he's a "Wanted Man in Kansas City" - Wanted Man*** My Old KENTUCKY Home LOUISIANA Man "I lumberjacked in MAINE" - Bad News ***NO MARYLAND, but he's been to "Baltimore" - I've Been Everywhere*** ***NO MASSACHUSETTS*** Saginaw, MICHIGAN "...MINNESOTA..." - I've Been Everywhere "Wanted man in MISSISSIPPI" - Wanted Man MISSOURI Waltz "From Texas to MONTANA" - From Sea to Shining Sea "...NEBRASKA..." - I've Been Everywhere ***NO NEVADA but he did "kill a man in Reno just to watch him die" - Folsom Prison Blues*** ****NO NEW HAMPSHIRE OR NEW JERSEY, but do you really want to hear a Johnny Cash song about New Jersey?*** NEW MEXICO (From the album 'The Johnny Cash Collection' on Sun Records) "And lose these NEW YORK blues" - Orange Blossom Special "To Cherokee NORTH CAROLINA..." - From Sea to Shining Sea ***NO NORTH DAKOTA, but he's been to "...Fargo..." - I've Been Everywhere*** "Wanted man in OHIO" - Wanted Man "...OKLAHOMA..." - I've Been Everywhere "To Grants Pass OREGON..." - From Sea to Shining Sea ***NO PENNSYLVANIA, but "...Pittsburgh..." - I've Been Everywhere*** ***NO RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, or SOUTH DAKOTA*** TENNESSEE Flat Top Box "and It almost fell at the Alamo beside the TEXAS flag" - Ragged Old Flag ***NO UTAH or VERMONT*** "Well they gave him his orders at Monroe VIRGINIA..." - Old '97 "...WASHINGTON..." - I've Been Everywhere "Through a place in south WEST VIRGINIA..." - The Road To Kaintuck ***NO WISCONSIN and WYOMING***
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Um, if Buzz doesn't want to use it, she doesn't have to. It's also a fabulous pop song and it was recorded 19 years before the state of Georgia adopted it as their official song. It's Buzz's call.
jenybugs jenybugs 10 years
hey this should be all of them...i really enjoyed this challenge! Alabama – sweet home Alabama – Lynard Skynard Alaska - The Alaska Song (Under the Midnight Sun) - Lacy J. Dalton Arizona - Arizona - Mark Lindsay Arkansas - Arkansas - Roger Miller California – Hotel California The Eagles Colordado – The Colorado Trail - Connie Dover Connecticut - Connecticut - Judy Garland and Bing Crosby Delaware – Delaware - Perry Como Florida – Florida - Diplo Georgia – Georgia on my mind – Ray Charles Hawaii – Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley Idaho – Private Idaho, b-52s Illinois - Illinois by Dan Fogelberg Indiana – Indiana – Meg and Dia Iowa – Iowa – Dar Williams Kansas – Kansas City – Fats Domino Kentucky – Blue Moon of Kentucky – Elvis Presley Louisiana - Louisiana 1927 - Randy Newman Maine - Maine – They Might be Giants Maryland – Maryland - Vonda Shephard Massachusetts – Feeling Massachusetts – Juliana Hatfield Michigan - Say yes to Michigan – Sufjan Stevens Minnesota – Juarez – Better than Ezra (Hitching all the way from Minnesota Sunflower seeds in your scotch and soda) Mississippi – A Southern Thing – Better than Ezra (Sweet dream New Orleans Mississippi River rolling over me) Missouri - Missing Missouri – Sara Evans Montana - Blue Rock Montana - Willie Nelson Nebraska – Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen Nevada - Walking Through Nevada - Mark Olson New Hampshire - New Hampshire - Sonic Youth New jersey - Timberwolves at New Jersey - Taking Back Sunday New mexico – New Mexico – Billy Joel New york – New York State of Mind – Billy Joel North Carolina - North Carolina - Melissa Ferrick North Dakota - North Dakota - Lyle Lovett Ohio - Ohio - Crosby Stills & Nash and Young Oklahoma – Oklahoma – Billy Gilman Oregon – Portland Oregon – Loretta Lynn and Jack White Pennsylania – Pennsylvania 6500 – Glenn Miller Rhode island – Rhode Island Red – Ike and Tina Turner South Carolina - South Carolina - Archers of Loaf South Dakota - South Dakota Morning - the Bee Gees Tennessee - Tennessee Stud – Johnny Cash Texas – Texas - Willie Nelson Utah - The Red Hills of Utah - Marty Robbins Vermont - Moolight in Vermont - Ray Charles Virginia - Virginia - Tori Amos Washington - To Washington - John Mellencamp West Virginia – Country Roads - John Denver Wisconsin - Wisconsin Death Trip – Static x Wyoming - Song of Wyoming - John Denver
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
whiplashgirlchild... the Georgia song is the state song... Georgia - "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles . FIND ANOTHER SONG. . It's the state song...
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
Alabama: Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard Alaska: North to Alaska by Johnny Horton Arizona:There is no Arizona by Jamie O' Neal Arkansas: Honkeytonk U by Toby Keith (My grandmother owned a nightclub on the Arkansas-Okahoma line...) California: California Love by Tupac/Dr. Dre Colorado: I've Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash (Colorado Ellisburg Rexburg Vicksburg...) Connecticut: I Live in Connecticut by Aerosmith Delaware: Hot Time in Delaware by Saves the Day Florida: Goodbye in Gasoline by Less Than Jake (And it's colder than I remember it ever being in Florida....) Georgia: The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band Hawaii: Happy Hawaii by Abba Idaho: Idaho by Train Illinois: Lookin' Out My Back Door by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Just got home from Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy...) Indiana: Back Home Again in Indiana by Neil Diamond Iowa: Iowa by Slipknot Kansas: Kansas City Hey Hey Hey by The Beatles Kentucky: Kentucky Mud by Nappy Roots Louisiana: Take'm to the Water by Bubba Sparxxx (From A.T.H. to Atlanta, Louisiana, Savannah Sippin gin and Tropicana) Maine: Maine by They Might be Giants Maryland: Maryland by Vonda Sheppard Massachusetts: A New Found Interest in Massachusetts by Get Up Kids Michigan: Especially in Michigan by Red Hot Chili Peppers Minnesota: Outshined by Soundgarden (I’m looking California, and feeling Minnesota…) Mississippi: Mississippi Girl by Faith Hill Missouri: Missing Missouri by Sara Evans Montana: Montana by Frank Zappa Nebraska: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen Nevada: Nevada by They Might be Giants New Hampshire: Jonas and Ezekial by Indigo Girls (I left my anger in a river running highway five New Hampshire -Vermont border...) New Jersey: The 10 Coolest Things About New Jersey by Bloodhound Gang New Mexico: Elf Tower New Mexico by Coheed and Cambria New York: New York Minute by Don Henley North Carolina: Raise Up by Petey Pablo (this one's for North Carolina, come on and raise up, take your shirt off, twist it round your head, spin it like a helicopter...) North Dakota: The Ballad of Michael Valentine by The Killers (We ended up in North Dakota Although my heart's in Mexico) Ohio: Around the World by Red Hot Chili Peppers (freer than a bird cuz we're rockin' Ohio) Oklahoma: Ramona by Guster (Ramona, you're Miss Oklahoma and you miss Oklahoma...) Oregon: Twin Rocks, Oregon by Shawn Mullins Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Is... by Everclear Rhode Island: Everybody Rise by Busta Rhymes (Mississippi, Rhode Island, Colorado, Wyoming, fu** it Everybody rise...) South Carolina: I Get Wild by Talking Heads (Somewhere in South Carolina And gravity don't mean a thing...) South Dakota: South Dakota Morning by the Bee Gees Tennessee: Tennessee River by Alabama Texas: Texas Tornado by Tracy Lawrence Utah: Extradition by Ice Cube (My boys Utah to Illinois Set the poise...) Vermont: Vermont Connection by Glassjaw Virginia: Virginia Moon by Foo Fighters Washington: America by Marcy Playground (Looked out over Washington Swore she could see the apple trees...) West Virginia: All About You by Tupac (I f***** a b**** from the West Coast to West Virginia...) Wisconsin: Wisconsin Death Trip by Statc-X Wyoming: Coal Miner by O.A.R. (Daddy was a coalminer. He worked the pits all day. In Rock Springs, Wyoming....)
jmonkey3152 jmonkey3152 10 years
Definitely agree with 2Pac and Dre's 'California Love'. As for Georgia, 'Georgia' by the ATL's own Ludacris. The song actually samples a bit of Ray Charles's 'Georgia on my Mind'.
sunnny143 sunnny143 10 years
Dr. Dre - California Love
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
Ooh, fun! I'm going to work on my list!
Misskastar Misskastar 10 years
California Girls- Beach Boys (I wish they all could be California girls...) Going back to Cali- B.I.G. Hotel California- Eagles Also, Two great city songs: Put your hands up for Detroit- Fedde Le Grand (spelling?) Boston- Augustana
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