Special Report

Best Songs About Every State

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36. Oklahoma
> Song: Oklahoma Sky
> Artist: Miranda Lambert
> Spotify plays: 2,557,000

Miranda Lambert is a hero in her home state of Oklahoma. Beyond just growing up there, she has also established charity organizations to give back in several communities. “Oklahoma Sky” has fans well beyond the Sooner State, however. Fellow country star Cam used it as the first dance song at her wedding.

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37. Oregon
> Song: Portland, Oregon
> Artist: Loretta Lynn
> Spotify plays: 1,039,000

Loretta Lynn’s “Portland, Oregon” is a perfect fit for the oh-so-hip city. The track was produced and co-written by Jack White as part his collaborative album with Lynn titled “Van Lear Rose.” During their first meeting, White was so insistent about recording together he offered to play nothing more than a tambourine on the album.

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38. Pennsylvania
> Song: Streets of Philadelphia
> Artist: Bruce Springsteen
> Spotify plays: 75,298,000

Bruce Springsteen wrote “The Streets of Philadelphia” for director Jonathan Demme’s film drama about the AIDS epidemic, “Philadelphia.” The track landed Springsteen a Grammy, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Jackson Browne lauded the track in Rolling Stone, calling it “quite a feat.”

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39. Rhode Island
> Song: Rhode Island is Famous for You
> Artist: Blossom Dearie
> Spotify plays: 799,000

Blossom Dearie’s “Rhode Island is Famous for You” was originally penned by composer Arthur Schwartz and lyricist Howard Dietz for the musical revue “Inside U.S.A.” Originally, Estelle Loring and Jack Haley sang the song in the show, which was largely panned by critics at the time.

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40. South Carolina
> Song: Hickory Wind
> Artist: The Byrds
> Spotify plays: 1,369,000

The Byrds were a California-based folk group, but their version of Gram Parsons’ “Hickory Wind” has lasted as a treasure in South Carolina. The song paints a vivid image of the state’s lush countryside with a story that mirrors Parsons’ own struggles as a child in the Southeast.

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