List of U.S. state songs

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"State song" redirects here. For the album by John Linnell, see State Songs. For the topic songs of nation-states, see national anthem. For the songs of nation-states, see list of national anthems and list of anthems of non-sovereign countries, regions and territories.

Forty-nine of the fifty U.S. states that make up the United States of America have one or more state songs, which are selected by each state legislature, and/or state governor, as a symbol (or emblem) of that particular U.S. state. New Jersey does not have an official state song, while Virginia's state song, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny", adopted in 1940,[1] is now considered the "emeritus" state song and is scheduled to be replaced, having been rescinded by the Virginia General Assembly.[2] In 2015, "Our Great Virginia" as a new state song was enacted.[3]

Some U.S. states have more than one official state song, and may refer to some of their official songs by other names; for example, Arkansas officially has two state songs, plus a state anthem, and a state historical song. Arizona has a song that was written specifically as a state anthem in 1915, as well as the 1981 country hit "Arizona", which it adopted as the alternate state anthem in 1982.[1]

A few of these songs are among the best-known songs in the U.S., including "Old Folks at Home" (better known as "Swanee Ribber" or "Suwannee River"), "Yankee Doodle", "You Are My Sunshine", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Rocky Top", and "Home on the Range"; 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, Far Away". Many of the others are much less well-known, especially outside the state.

State songs[edit]

State State song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Year adopted
Alabama
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"Alabama" Mrs. Edna Gockel Gussen Julia Strudwick Tutwiler 1931[1][4]
Alaska
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"Alaska's Flag" Elinor Dusenbury Marie Drake 1955[1][5]
Arizona
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State song: "Arizona" Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr. Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr. 1981[1][6]
State anthem: "Arizona March Song" Maurice Blumenthal Margaret Rowe Clifford 1919[1][6]
Arkansas
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State anthem: "Arkansas" 1917/1987[1]
"Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)" 1987[1]
"Oh, Arkansas" 1987[1]
State historical song: "The Arkansas Traveler" 1949/1987[1][7]
California
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"I Love You, California" Alfred F. Frankenstein F. B. Silverwood 1951[1]
Colorado
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"Where the Columbines Grow" A.J. Fynn 1915[1][8]
"Rocky Mountain High" John Denver and Mike Taylor John Denver 2007[9]
Connecticut
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State song: "Yankee Doodle" 1978[1][10]
State cantata: "The Nutmeg" 2003[1][10]
Delaware
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"Our Delaware" 1925[1]
Florida
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Official song: Revised lyrics of "Old Folks at Home (Swanee Ribber)" Adopted by the Stephen Foster Memorial at the University of Pittsburgh from the original by Stephen Foster 2008 (revised lyrics)[11]
1935 (original lyrics)[1]
Official song: "I Am Florida" Walter "Clyde" Orange Allen Autry Sr. 2013[12][13]
State anthem: "Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)"
Jan Hinton 2008[14]
Georgia
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"Georgia on My Mind", sung by Ray Charles Hoagy Carmichael Stuart Gorrell 1979[1]
Hawaii
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State anthem: "Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī" Henri Berger King David Kalākaua 1967[1][15]
Idaho
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"Here We Have Idaho" Sallie Hume Douglas 1931[1]
Illinois
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"Illinois" 1967[1]
Indiana
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"On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" Paul Dresser 1913[1]
Iowa
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"The Song of Iowa" S.H.M. Byers 1911[1]
Official Companion State Song: "Make Me a World in Iowa" Effie Burt 2002[1][16]
Kansas
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"Home on the Range" 1947[1]
Official state march: "The Kansas March" 1935[1]
Official march: "Here's Kansas" 1992[1]
Kentucky
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State song: "My Old Kentucky Home" Stephen Foster 1928[1]
Bluegrass song: "Blue Moon of Kentucky" Bill Monroe 1988[1][17]
"Kentucky Home Made Christmas"
Louisiana
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"Give Me Louisiana" Doralice Fontane[18] 1970[1]
"You Are My Sunshine" Jimmie Davis
(former governor)
1977[1]
State march: "Louisiana My Home Sweet Home" 1952[1]
Environmental song: "The Gifts of Earth"[19]
Maine
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"State of Maine Song" Roger Vinton Snow 1937[1]
Maryland
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"Maryland, My Maryland"
(to the tune of "O Tannenbaum")
James Ryder Randall 1939[1][20]
Massachusetts
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State anthem: "All Hail to Massachusetts" Arthur J. Marsh 1981[1][21]
State folk song: "Massachusetts" Arlo Guthrie 1981[1][22]
State ceremonial march: "The Road to Boston" 1985[1][23]
State patriotic song: "Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)" 1989[1][24]
State glee club song: "The Great State of Massachusetts" 1997[1][25]
State polka: "Say Hello to Someone from Massachusetts" Lenny Gomulka[26] 1998[27]
State ode: "Ode to Massachusetts" 2000[1][28]
Michigan
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An official state song: "My Michigan" H. O'Reilly Clint Giles Kavanaugh 1937[1]
Minnesota
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"Hail! Minnesota" 1945[1]
Mississippi
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"Go, Mississippi"
(sometimes called Go Mis-sis-sip-pi)
1962[1]
Missouri
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"Missouri Waltz" melody: John V. Eppel
arranged: Frederic K. Logan
J.R. Shannon 1949[1]
Montana
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"Montana" 1945[1]
State ballad: "Montana Melody" 1983[1] [5]
Nebraska
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Official: "Beautiful Nebraska" Jim Fras & Guy G. Miller 1967[1][29]
Nevada
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"Home Means Nevada" Bertha Rafetto 1933[1]
New Hampshire
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Official: "Old New Hampshire" 1949[1]
1977
Official: "Live Free or Die" Barry Palmer 2007
Honorary: "New Hampshire, My New Hampshire" 1963[1]
Honorary: "New Hampshire Hills" 1973[1]
Honorary: "Autumn in New Hampshire" 1977[1]
Honorary: "New Hampshire's Granite State" 1977[1]
Honorary: "Oh, New Hampshire" 1977[1]
Honorary: "The Old Man of the Mountain" 1977[1]
Honorary: "The New Hampshire State March" 1977[1]
Honorary: "New Hampshire Naturally" 1983[1][30]
New Jersey
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None [31]
New Mexico
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State song: "O Fair New Mexico" Elizabeth Garrett 1917[1]
Spanish state song: "Así Es Nuevo Méjico" Elizabeth Garrett 1971[1]
State ballad: "Land of Enchantment" 1989[1]
Bilingual song: "New Mexico – Mi Lindo Nuevo México" Elizabeth Garrett 1995[1]
State cowboy song: "Under New Mexico Skies" Syd Masters 2009
New York
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"I Love New York" Steve Karmen[32]
North Carolina
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"The Old North State" 1927[1]
North Dakota
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"North Dakota Hymn" 1947[1]
Ohio
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"Beautiful Ohio" Mary Earl Ballard MacDonald (1969)
Wilbert McBride (1989)
1969[1][33]
Rock song: "Hang On Sloopy" The McCoys 1985[1][34]
Oklahoma
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Official song: "Oklahoma"
"Oklahoma, A Toast. Song. 1905, words and music Harriet Parker Camden
published by Pieratt-Whitlock Music Co., Enid, Oklahoma 1905
adopted as State song for Oklahoma March 26, 1935"
Rodgers and Hammerstein 1953[1][35]
Official state waltz: "Oklahoma Wind" 1982[1]
Rock song: "Do You Realize??" The Flaming Lips 2009[36]
Official state folk song: "Oklahoma Hills" Woody Guthrie and Jack Guthrie 2001[37]
Oregon
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"Oregon, My Oregon" J.A. Buchanan and
Henry B. Murtaghin
1927[1]
Pennsylvania
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"Pennsylvania" 1990[1]
Rhode Island
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State march: "Rhode Island" 1996
State song: "Rhode Island, It's for Me" 1996[1]
South Carolina
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"Carolina" Anne Curtis Burgess Henry Timrod
G.R. Goodwin (editor)
1911[1]
"South Carolina on My Mind" Hank Martin and Buzz Arledge 1984[1]
South Dakota
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"Hail, South Dakota!" DeeCort Hammitt 1943[1]
Tennessee
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"My Homeland, Tennessee" Roy Lamont Smith Nell Grayson Taylor 1925[38]
"When It's Iris Time in Tennessee" Willa Waid Newman 1935[1][38]
"My Tennessee" Frances Hannah Tranum 1955[38]
"Tennessee Waltz" Pee Wee King Redd Stewart 1965[1][38]
"Rocky Top" Boudleaux Bryant /
Felice Bryant
1982[1][38]
"Tennessee" Vivian Rorie 1992[38]
"The Pride of Tennessee" Fred Congdon /
Thomas Vaughn /
Carol Elliot
1996[1][38]
"A Tennessee Bicentennial Rap: 1796-1996" Joan Hill Hanks 1996[38]
"Smoky Mountain Rain" Kye Fleming
Dennis Morgan
2010[38][39][40]
"Tennessee" John R. Bean 2012[38]
Texas
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"Texas, Our Texas" William J. Marsh William J. Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright 1929[41][42]
Utah
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State song: "Utah, This Is the Place" Sam and Gary Francis 2003[43]
State hymn: "Utah, We Love Thee"
(State Song 1937-2003)[44]
Evan Stephens 2003[1]
Vermont
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"These Green Mountains" Diane Martin (composer)
Rita Buglass Gluck (arranger)
Diane Martin 1999[1][45]
Virginia
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Official State song: "Our Great Virginia" Jim Papoulis (arranger), based on "Oh Shenandoah" Mike Greenly 2015[3]
Popular state song: "Sweet Virginia Breeze" Steve Bassett and Robbin Thompson 2015[3]
Washington
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State song: "Washington, My Home" Stuart Churchill (arranger) Helen Davis 1959[1]
State folk song: "Roll On, Columbia, Roll On" based on "Goodnight, Irene" Woody Guthrie 1987[1][46]
Unofficial state rock song: "Louie Louie" Richard Berry Richard Berry unofficial[47]
West Virginia
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Official state song: "The West Virginia Hills" Henry Everett Engle Ellen Ruddell King 1963[1][48]
Official state song: "This Is My West Virginia" Iris Bell Iris Bell 1963[1][48]
Official state song: "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home" Julian G. Hearne, Jr. Julian G. Hearne, Jr. 1963[1][48]
Official state song: "Take Me Home, Country Roads" John Denver
Bill Danoff
Taffy Nivert
2014[49]
Wisconsin
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State song: "On, Wisconsin!" William T. Purdy Charles D. Rosa and J. S. Hubbard 1959[1][50]
State ballad: "Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams" Shari A. Sarazin Erma Barrett 2001[1][50]
State waltz: "The Wisconsin Waltz" Eddie Hansen Eddie Hansen 2001[1][50]
Wyoming
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"Wyoming" George Edwin Knapp Charles E. Winter 1955[1][51]

Territories[edit]

Some American overseas territories, although not U.S. states, have songs and marches of their own.

Territory Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Year adopted
American Samoa
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"Amerika Samoa"
District of Columbia
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Song: "Washington" Jimmie Dodd 1951[52]
March: "Our Nation's Capital" Anthony A. Mitchell 1961[52]
Guam
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"Stand Ye Guamanians" 1919
Northern Mariana Islands
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"Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi" 1996
Puerto Rico
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"La Borinqueña" Félix Astol Artés Manuel Fernández Juncos 1977
United States Virgin Islands
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"Virgin Islands March" 1963

See also[edit]

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