Special Report

Best Songs About Every State

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31. New Mexico
> Song: Albuquerque
> Artist: Neil Young
> Spotify plays: 502,000

Neil Young recorded his classic track “Albuquerque” following the death of two of his Crazy Horse band members: guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry. It’s a sentimental track that captures the essence of a long drive down a desert highway.

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32. New York
> Song: Theme from New York, New York
> Artist: Frank Sinatra
> Spotify plays: 52,769,000

Frank Sinatra redefined the “city song” with his iconic recording of Fred Ebb and John Kander’s “Theme from New York, New York.” The track was originally penned for Martin Scorsese’s 1977 classic “New York, New York.” Despite the tune’s ubiquity in the Big Apple, Ebb admitted he hated Sinatra’s lyrical alteration to include the line “a-number one.”

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33. North Carolina
> Song: Carolina in My Mind
> Artist: James Taylor
> Spotify plays: 27,783,000

James Taylor was born in Boston but spent much of his childhood in North Carolina. He was on a vacation in Ibiza, Spain when he said he kept going to Carolina in his mind and wrote the tune out of homesickness. The track was included as part of his self-titled debut album.

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34. North Dakota
> Song: North Dakota
> Artist: Lyle Lovett
> Spotify plays: 596,000

Lyle Lovett is a Texan, but he’s beloved in the Roughrider State for his track “North Dakota.” The definitive recording of this track appears on Lovett’s 1992 album “Joshua Judges Ruth,” which peaked at number 57 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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35. Ohio
> Song: Ohio
> Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
> Spotify plays: 24,904,000

Neil Young was at David Crosby’s house in Pescadero, California, when he read Life Magazine’s account of the tragic Kent State University shooting. He borrowed a guitar from Crosby and wrote the song before leaving the house. When he recalls hearing the song for the first time, Crosby told Young’s biographer Jimmy McDonough, “I was freaked out because I felt it so strongly,”

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