List of U.S. state songs

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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Virginny", adopted in 1940,[1] is now considered the "emeritus" state song and is scheduled to be replaced, having been rescinded by the Virginia General Assembly. The General Assembly has not voted on a new song yet—the process of selection, including an extensive contest for public submissions, began in 1998.

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/Lyricist Year adopted
Flag of Alabama.svg
"Alabama" Mrs. Edna Gockel Gussen /
Julia Strudwick Tutwiler
Flag of Alaska.svg
"Alaska's Flag" Elinor Dusenbury and
Carol Beery Davis
Flag of Arizona.svg
State song: "Arizona" Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr. 1981[1][4]
State anthem: "Arizona March Song" 1919[1][4]
Flag of Arkansas.svg
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][5]
Flag of California.svg
"I Love You, California" words by: F. B. Silverwood
music by: Alfred F. Frankenstein
Flag of Colorado.svg
"Where the Columbines Grow" A.J. Fynn 1915[1][6]
"Rocky Mountain High" Lyrics: John Denver
Music: John Denver and Mike Taylor
Flag of Connecticut.svg
State song: "Yankee Doodle" 1978[1][8]
State cantata: "The Nutmeg" 2003[1][8]
Flag of Delaware.svg
"Our Delaware" 1925[1]
Flag of Florida.svg
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)[9]
1935 (original lyrics)[1]
Official song: "I Am Florida" Original Poem:Allen Autry Sr.
Music: Walter "Clyde" Orange
State anthem: "Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)"
Jan Hinton 2008[12]
Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg
"Georgia on My Mind", sung by Ray Charles Words: Stuart Gorrell
Music: Hoagy Carmichael
Flag of Hawaii.svg
State anthem: "Hawai'i pono'i" Words: King David Kalākaua
Music: Henri Berger
Flag of Idaho.svg
"Here We Have Idaho" Sallie Hume Douglas 1931[1]
Flag of Illinois.svg
"Illinois" 1967[1]
Flag of Indiana.svg
"On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" Paul Dresser 1913[1]
Unofficial state song: "Back Home Again in Indiana" Ballard MacDonald
James F. Hanley
Flag of Iowa.svg
"The Song of Iowa" S.H.M. Byers 1911[1]
Official Companion State Song: "Make Me a World in Iowa" Effie Burt 2002[1][15]
Flag of Kansas.svg
"Home on the Range" 1947[1]
Official state march: "The Kansas March" 1935[1]
Official march: "Here's Kansas" 1992[1]
Flag of Kentucky.svg
State song: "My Old Kentucky Home" Stephen Foster 1928[1]
Bluegrass song: "Blue Moon of Kentucky" Bill Monroe 1988[1][16]
"Kentucky Home Made Christmas"
Flag of Louisiana.svg
"Give Me Louisiana" Doralice Fontane[17] 1970[1]
"You Are My Sunshine" Jimmie Davis
(former governor)
State march: "Louisiana My Home Sweet Home" 1952[1]
Environmental song: "The Gifts of Earth" [18]
Flag of Maine.svg
"State of Maine Song" Roger Vinton Snow 1937[1]
Flag of Maryland.svg
"Maryland, My Maryland"
(to the tune of "O Tannenbaum")
Lyrics: James Ryder Randall 1939[1][19]
Flag of Massachusetts.svg
State anthem: "All Hail to Massachusetts" Arthur J. Marsh 1981[1][20]
Unofficial state song:[citation needed] "The Spirit of America" 1988
State folk song: "Massachusetts" Arlo Guthrie 1981[1][21]
State ceremonial march: "The Road to Boston" 1985[1][22]
State patriotic song: "Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)" 1989[1][23]
State glee club song: "The Great State of Massachusetts" 1997[1][24]
State polka: "Say Hello to Someone from Massachusetts" Lenny Gomulka[25] 1998[26]
State ode: "Ode to Massachusetts" 2000[1][27]
Flag of Michigan.svg
An official state song: "My Michigan" Giles Kavanaugh (lyrics), H. O'Reilly Clint (music) 1937[1]
Unofficial state song: "Michigan, My Michigan"[citation needed] Winifred Lee Brent Lyster (1862 original; tune, "O Tannenbaum!"); James W. Long (1886 version; same tune); Douglas Malloch (1902 lyrics and new tune) Not official
Flag of Minnesota.svg
"Hail! Minnesota" 1945[1]
Flag of Mississippi.svg
"Go, Mississippi"
(sometimes called Go Mis-sis-sip-pi)
Flag of Missouri.svg
"Missouri Waltz" melody: John V. Eppel
arranged: Frederic K. Logan
lyrics: J.R. Shannon
Flag of Montana.svg
"Montana" 1945[1]
State ballad: "Montana Melody" 1983[1] [5]
Flag of Nebraska.svg
Official: "Beautiful Nebraska" Jim Fras & Guy G. Miller 1967[1][28]
Unofficial :[citation needed] "Dear Old Nebraska U (There Is No Place Like Nebraska)" Harry Pecha 1924
Flag of Nevada.svg
"Home Means Nevada" Bertha Rafetto 1933[1]
New Hampshire
Flag of New Hampshire.svg
Official: "Old New Hampshire" 1949[1]
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][29]
New Jersey
Flag of New Jersey.svg
None [30]
New Mexico
Flag of New Mexico.svg
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
Flag of New York.svg
"I Love New York" Steve Karmen[31]
North Carolina
Flag of North Carolina.svg
"The Old North State" 1927[1]
North Dakota
Flag of North Dakota.svg
"North Dakota Hymn" 1947[1]
Flag of Ohio.svg
"Beautiful Ohio" Mary Earl, music
Ballard MacDonald, original lyrics
Wilbert McBride, 1989 lyrics
Rock song: "Hang on Sloopy" The McCoys 1985[1][33]
Flag of Oklahoma.svg
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][34]
Official state waltz: "Oklahoma Wind" 1982[1]
Rock song: "Do You Realize??" The Flaming Lips 2009[35]
Official state folk song: "Oklahoma Hills" Woody Guthrie and Jack Guthrie 2001[36]
Flag of Oregon.svg
"Oregon, My Oregon" J.A. Buchanan and
Henry B. Murtaghin
Flag of Pennsylvania.svg
"Pennsylvania" 1990[1]
Rhode Island
Flag of Rhode Island.svg
State march: "Rhode Island" 1996
State song: "Rhode Island, It's for Me" 1996[1]
South Carolina
Flag of South Carolina.svg
"Carolina" 1911[1]
"South Carolina on My Mind" 1984[1]
South Dakota
Flag of South Dakota.svg
"Hail, South Dakota!" 1943[1]
Flag of Tennessee.svg
"My Homeland, Tennessee" Nell Grayson Taylor /
Roy Lamont Smith
"When It's Iris Time in Tennessee" Willa Waid Newman 1935
"My Tennessee" Frances Hannah Tranum 1931[1]
"The Tennessee Waltz" Redd Stewart /
Pee Wee King
"Rocky Top" Boudleaux Bryant /
Felice Bryant
"Tennessee" Vivian Rorie 1992
"The Pride of Tennessee" Fred Congdon /
Thomas Vaughn /
Carol Elliot
"A Tennessee Bicentennial Rap: 1796-1996" Joan Hill Hanks 1996[37]
"Smoky Mountain Rain" Kye Fleming
Dennis Morgan
"Tennessee John R. Bean 2012[40]
Flag of Texas.svg
"Texas, Our Texas" William J. Marsh (of Fort Worth) 1933[1][41]
Flag of Utah.svg
State song: "Utah, This is the Place" Sam and Gary Francis 2003[42]
State hymn: "Utah, We Love Thee"
(State Song 1937-2003)[43]
Evan Stephens 2003[1]
Flag of Vermont.svg
"These Green Mountains" 1999[1]
Flag of Virginia.svg
Emeritus state song: "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" (rescinded in 1998; not yet replaced) James Bland[44] 1940[1][45]
Flag of Washington.svg
State song: "Washington, My Home" 1959[1]
State folk song: "Roll On, Columbia, Roll On" Woody Guthrie 1987[1][46]
Unofficial state rock song: "Louie Louie" Richard Berry [47]
West Virginia
Flag of West Virginia.svg
Official state song: "Take Me Home, Country Roads" John Denver
Bill Danoff
Taffy Nivert
Official state song: "The West Virginia Hills" 1963[1]
Official state song: "This Is My West Virginia" 1963[1]
Official state song: "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home" 1963[1]
Flag of Wisconsin.svg
State song: "On, Wisconsin!" Lyrics: Charles D. Rosa and J. S. Hubbard
Music: William T. Purdy
State ballad: "Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams" 2001[1]
State waltz: "The Wisconsin Waltz" Eddie Hansen 2001[1]
Flag of Wyoming.svg
"Wyoming" 1955[1]


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

Territory Song Composer/Lyricist Year adopted
American Samoa
Flag of American Samoa.svg
"Amerika Samoa"
District of Columbia
Flag of Washington, D.C..svg
Song: "Washington" Jimmie Dodd 1951[49]
March: "Our Nation's Capitol" Anthony A. Mitchell 1961[49]
Flag of Guam.svg
"Stand Ye Guamanians" 1919
Northern Mariana Islands
Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg
"Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi" 1996
Puerto Rico
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg
"La Borinqueña" Lyrics: Manuel Fernández Juncos
Music: Félix Astol Artés
United States Virgin Islands
Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg
"Virgin Islands March" 1963

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Act 31-126, Acts of Alabama, "STATE SONG: Alabama". Official Symbols and Emblems of Alabama. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Official State Song". Alaska Information. State of Alaska Office of Economic Development. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Arizona State Anthems". SOS for Kids. Arizona Secretary of State's Office. 2003. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  5. ^ Arkansas Code 1-4-116
  6. ^ "Colorado State Song". Colorado State Symbols & Emblems. State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. Retrieved 2007-02-21. 
  7. ^ Brown, Jennifer (March 12, 2007). "Lawmakers OK 'Rocky Mountain High'". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  CRS 24-80-909
  8. ^ a b STATE OF CONNECTICUT, Sites ° Seals ° Symbols; Connecticut State Register & Manual; retrieved on January 4, 2007
  9. ^ [1] "Summary of Bills Related to Arts, Cultural, Arts Education. Or Historical Resources That Passed the 2008 Florida Legislature May 5, 2008", Retrieved 2011-12-14
  10. ^ "SR1894". Florida State Senate. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "I Am Florida". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  12. ^ from "Home" page. Retrieved on November 27, 2008
  13. ^ Hawaii Revised Statutes §5-10
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  16. ^ KRS 002.100
  17. ^ Statton, Dana; Mitchell, Jennifer (28 August 2014). "Give Me Louisiana: Selections from the Doralice Fontane Papers". Louisiana State University. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  18. ^ Lyrics & act numbers of official songs
  19. ^ Maryland, My Maryland - Maryland State Song
  20. ^ M.G.L. 2:19
  21. ^ M.G.L. 2:20
  22. ^ M.G.L. 2:27
  23. ^ M.G.L. 2:31
  24. ^ M.G.L. 2:43
  25. ^ Official Web Site of Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push
  26. ^ M.G.L. 2:44
  27. ^ M.G.L. 2:47
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  29. ^ RSA 3:7
  30. ^ Florio, Gwen (2007-02-16). "Lullaby rocks Mont. politics". USA Today. 
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  32. ^ Ohio Revised Code: 1989 S 33, eff. 11-6-89; 1989 H 457
  33. ^ House Concurrent Resolution 16 on November 20, 1985.
  34. ^ 25 Okla. Stat. § 94.3
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  37. ^
  38. ^ Tennessee Journal, Vol. 36, No. 23, June 4, 2010
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  41. ^ Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "," (accessed August 4, 2006).Government code, § 3101.005
  42. ^ Utah State Song - "Utah, This is the Place" from "Pioneer: Utah's Online Library" page. Retrieved on 2008-09-08
  43. ^ Utah State Hymn - "Utah We Love Thee" from "Pioneer: Utah's Online Library" page. Retrieved on 2008-09-08
  44. ^ The song was rescinded in 1998 but is still not yet replaced and still in use until for the time being.
  45. ^ "Official State Song of the Commonwealth of Virginia". 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  46. ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-11. 
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