Special Report

Best Songs About Every State

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46. Virginia
> Song: Virginia Moon
> Artist: Foo Fighters
> Spotify plays: 6,312,000

Virginia is for lovers, and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters truly loves Virginia. Not only did the rock icon grow up in the Springfield, Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., but also Virginia is his mother’s name. Before rising to fame as a member of Nirvana, Grohl fully expected to live his whole life in the D.C. area.

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47. Washington
> Song: Hello Seattle
> Artist: Owl City
> Spotify plays: 10,660,000

Adam Young of Owl City wrote his iconic Washington state tribute “Hello Seattle” before he had really spent much time there. After spending some time in the Emerald City he admitted to Songwriting Magazine that it would be nice to write the song “over again and touch on what I thought it was and what it is.”

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48. West Virginia
> Song: Take Me Home, Country Roads
> Artist: John Denver
> Spotify plays: 87,297,000

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” is the undisputed theme song for the state of West Virginia, but the song almost died on the vine. John Denver’s writing partners Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert were reluctant to play the newly finished song for Denver, thinking it was better suited to Johnny Cash.

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49. Wisconsin
> Song: Lake Marie
> Artist: John Prine
> Spotify plays: 880,000

John Prine wrote his classic track “Lake Marie” after visiting the lake during a tour stop in Wisconsin. A crew member had told Prine that the lake had some legendary history in the area. Prine was so curious about the lake he took time out of the tour to research it at a local library.

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50. Wyoming
> Song: Paint Me Back Home in Wyoming
> Artist: Chris LeDoux
> Spotify plays: 222,000

Chris LeDoux was a son of Wyoming and remained in the state even after becoming a bonafide country star. Despite pressure to move to Nashville, LeDoux felt that he’d be more credible singing about the cowboy life if he lived in a state with actual cowboys. His hometown of Kaycee named its town park for LeDoux after his death in 2005.

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