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Encyclopedia > State song

Each state in the United States (except New Jersey) has a state song, selected by the state legislature as a symbol of the state. Some states have more than one official state song.

A few of these are among the best-known songs in the world, including "Swanee River", "Yankee Doodle", "You are my Sunshine", "My Old Kentucky Home", and "Home on the Range"; and a number of others are popular standards, including "Oklahoma" (from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical), Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind", "Tennessee Waltz", "Missouri Waltz", and "On the Banks of the Wabash". Many of the remainder, such as "Here We Have Idaho", "Utah, We Love Thee", and "State Song of Maine", are unlikely to be seen anywhere except on lists such as the following.

State State song
Alabama "Alabama" (not the Kurt Weill song)
Alaska "Alaska's Flag"
Arizona "Arizona"
Arkansas "Arkansas"
"Oh, Arkansas"
California "I Love You, California"
Colorado "Where the Columbines Grow"
Connecticut "Yankee Doodle"
Delaware "Our Delaware"
Florida "(Way Down Upon The) Swanee River" ("Old Folks At Home")
"Florida, My Florida"
Georgia "Georgia on My Mind"
Hawaii "Hawai'i pono'i"
Idaho "Here We Have Idaho"
Illinois "Illinois"
Indiana "On the Banks of the Wabash"
Iowa "The Song of Iowa"
Kansas "Home on the Range"
Kentucky "My Old Kentucky Home"
Louisiana "Give Me Louisiana"
"Every Man A King"
"You Are My Sunshine"
Maine "State Song of Maine"
Maryland "Maryland, My Maryland" (to the tune of "O Tannenbaum")
Massachusetts "Hail, Massachusetts!"
Michigan "My Michigan"
"Michigan, My Michigan" (unofficial)
Minnesota "Hail! Minnesota"
Mississippi "Go Mis-sis-sip-pi"
Missouri "Missouri Waltz"
Montana "Montana"
"Montana Melody"
Nebraska "Beautiful Nebraska"
Nevada "Home Means Nevada"
New Hampshire "Old New Hampshire"
New Jersey "I'm From New Jersey"
New Mexico "O, Fair New Mexico"
New York "I Love New York"
North Carolina "The Old North State"
North Dakota "North Dakota Hymn"
Ohio "Beautiful Ohio"
Oklahoma "Oklahoma!"
Oregon "Oregon, My Oregon"
Pennsylvania "Hail, Pennsylvania!"
Rhode Island "Rhode Island, It's for Me"
South Carolina "Carolina"
South Dakota "Hail, South Dakota!"
Tennessee "My Homeland, Tennessee"
"When It's Iris Time in Tennessee"
"My Tennessee"
"The Tennessee Waltz"
"Rocky Top, Tennessee"
Texas "Texas, Our Texas"
Utah "Utah, This is the Place" (until recently "Utah, We Love Thee")
Vermont "These Green Mountains" (until recently "Hail, Vermont!")
Virginia (No official state song) (formerly "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia")
Washington "Washington, My Home"
West Virginia "The West Virginia Hills"
"This Is My West Virginia"
"West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home"
Wisconsin "On Wisconsin"
Wyoming "Wyoming"

See also

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Pop-Culture-Corn: Music: John Linnell - State Songs (660 words)
For the songs on State Songs, one might expect that he'd take wacky facts about each state and set them to music, as he similarly did on "James K. Polk" from the Factory Showroom album.
There's also a lot of fun to be had in the near-instrumentals on State Songs, such as the aforementioned "Pennsylvania" and the rave-up "Michigan," a loud, fast and out of control tune reminiscent of "The Famous Polka" that only features brief lyrics near its end.
State Songs is just about as much fun as you can have listening to a CD, and hopefully dancing and singing along with wild abandon.
Arkansas State Songs State Anthem State Historical Song State Song (859 words)
The status of Arkansas' state songs was clarified in 1987 and is documented in the Arkansas Code (Title 1, Chapter 4).
It was at that point that Colonel Sanford (Sandy) C. Faulkner's dialogue and fiddle tune "The Arkansas Traveler" was considered and adopted as the Official State Song of Arkansas by the General Assembly.
The resolution then goes on to say that the new state song, "The Arkansas Traveler," chosen and reworded by the commission was in effect in 1945, four years before the commission was formed.
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