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California Dreaming: 29 of the Best Songs About the Golden State

Is California calling? Whether you're taking a road trip on the West Coast or you call the state your home, there's no doubt that this area is a special place. There are standout cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, and scenic beaches, forests, and everything in between. What more could you ask for? We created a playlist dedicated to California because, no surprise, there are so many singers over the years who have been inspired by the location. Plug in your headphones, turn on your radio, or crank up your speakers and enjoy the music.

  1. "California Girls," The Beach Boys
  2. "California Dreamin'," The Mamas & The Papas
  3. "Ventura Highway," America
  4. "California Sun," Ramones
  5. "California Paradise," The Runaways
  6. "Hotel California," Eagles
  7. "(More Bounce In) California," Soulkid #1
  8. "California Gurls," Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg
  9. "California," Grimes
  10. "California," Blink-182
  11. "Beverly Hills," Weezer
  12. "Going Back to Cali," Notorious B.I.G.
  13. "California," Joni Mitchell
  14. "It Never Rains in Southern California," Albert Hammond
  15. "West Coast," Lana Del Rey
  16. "California Stars," Billy Bragg, Wilco
  17. "Queen of California," John Mayer
  18. "Save Me, San Francisco," Train
  19. "Big Sur," The Thrills
  20. "Los Angeles, I'm Yours," The Decemberists
  21. "California," Phantom Planet
  22. "Paradise City," Guns N' Roses
  23. "Get Back," The Beatles
  24. "Californication," Red Hot Chili Peppers
  25. "California English," Vampire Weekend
  26. "California Kids," Weezer
  27. "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo," A Tribe Called Quest
  28. "(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco," Tony Bennett
  29. "Going to California," Led Zeppelin

Click on the Spotify playlist below to listen, or follow it on Spotify, along with our other POPSUGAR Smart Living-curated playlists.

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