List of songs about California

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This is a list of songs about California. Many songs have been written about California; some songs describe its people, places, and events, while others touch on Californian "Fieke Schepens", experiences, and state of mind. This list tries to compile those songs and the artists who wrote the song, although many entries include songs covered by artists who were not the writer for a song.


Title Artist(s)
"80's Ladies" OslinK.T. Oslin
"Ænema" Tool
"Ain't No California" Mel Tillis
"All of California and Everyone Who Lives There Stinks" World/Inferno Friendship SocietyThe World/Inferno Friendship Society
"All the Gold in California" Gatlin, LarryLarry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
"Already There" Radical Something
"America" Waylon Jennings
"Antennas" Rancid
"Atomic" Fieke Schepens Ft. The Black Eyed Peas & Robin Thicke
"Away from California" Radio Racer
"Back to California" King, CaroleCarole King
"Back to California" Sugarcult
"Back to California" Wallflowers, TheThe Wallflowers
"Back from Cali" Slash with Myles Kennedy
"Back Home" Yellowcard
"(A) Beautiful Place" Good Charlotte
"Big In LA" Joelle
"Brad Logan" Rancid
"Breakfast in America" Supertramp
"Bringing it Back" Lil Rob
"Burning Hot in Cali" Latyrx
"CA-1" J.A.M.
"Cali, Cali, Cali" Alyssa Bernal
"Cali Get Down" Radical Something
"Cali Girl" Ballyhoo!
"Cali Iz Active" Dogg Pound, ThaTha Dogg Pound
"Cali Livin'" Homeless Nation
"Cali Sunshine" Game, TheThe Game (featuring Bilal)
"Calfiron-I-Ay" Deanna Durbin
"California" Adicts, TheThe Adicts
"California" The Airborne Toxic Event
"California" Akia
"California" OslinAkwid
"California" American Pearl
"California" Atherton
"California" Unified Theory
"California" Berry, ChuckChuck Berry
"California" Blatz
"California" Metro Station
"California" Boone, DebbyDebby Boone
"California" Jeff Daniels
"California" John Callahan
"California" Carlisle, BelindaBelinda Carlisle
"California" The Casanovas
"California" Chesney, KennyKenny Chesney
"California" Copeland
"California" Datarock
"California" Dealership
"California" Delta Spirit
"California" Dr. Dog
"California" Dressy Bessy
"California"[1] Dylan, BobBob Dylan
"California" Kate Earl
"California" EMA
"California" Independent
"California" Farmer, MylèneMylène Farmer
"California" Farrar, JayJay Farrar
"California" Flash and the Pan
"California" Flight Station, TheThe Flight Station
"California" OslinFord, Marc
"California" Georgia Prophets
"California" Gomez
"California" Hawk Nelson
"California" Happy End
"California" H.E.A.T.
"California" Hit'n'Hide
"California" Hayes, DarrenDarren Hayes
"California" Hollywood Undead
"California" The Kimberly Trip
"California" OslinThe Kingston Trio
"California" Kooks, TheThe Kooks
"California" Kravitz, LennyLenny Kravitz
"California" Lil Rob
"California" Low
"California" Mayall, JohnJohn Mayall
"California" McIntyre, JoeyJoey McIntyre
"California" Ryan, JoeyJoey Ryan
"California" Manfred Mann's Earth Band (lyrics by Sue Vickers)
"California" Never Shout Never
"California" Mitchell, JoniJoni Mitchell
"California" Moffats, TheThe Moffatts
"California" Nannini, GiannaGianna Nannini
"California" Angel Olsen
"California" O'NEILL, A BA. B. O'Neill
"California" Petty, TomTom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"California" Tom Ugly
"California" Phantom Planet[2]
"California" Quasi
"California" Radical Something
"California" Ritter, JoshJosh Ritter
"California" Rentals, TheThe Rentals (often mislabeled as Weezer)
"California" Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
"California" Robert Charlebois
"California" Rogers, StanStan Rogers
"California" Rogue Wave
"California" Ruggiero, VicVic Ruggiero
"California" Semisonic
"California" Shawn Mullins
"California" Shorelines End
"California" Simpletones, TheThe Simpletones
"California" Slean, SarahSarah Slean
"California" Sly Boogy
"California" Something for Kate
"California" OslinStanley, Ralph
"California" Stroke 9
"California" Tea Leaf Green
"California" Toploader
"California" Tozzi, UmbertoUmberto Tozzi
"California" Unified Theory
"California" Unsensored
"California" Urban Fate
"California" Villalobos, GinaGina Villalobos
"California" Wainwright, RufusRufus Wainwright
"California" Wave
"California" Wax
"California" Wedding Present, TheThe Wedding Present
"California" Wilson Phillips
"California" Winds of Plague
"California" Wiz Khalifa
"California (All the Way)" Luna
"California (There Is No End to Love)" U2
"California 1" Con Funk Shun
"California And The Slipping Of The Sun" Gorillaz
"California Babylon" Transplants, TheThe Transplants
"California Bloodlines" Stewart, JohnJohn Stewart
"California Blue" Orange Peels, TheThe Orange Peels
"California Blue" Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison
"California Blues" (Blue Yodel No. 4) Rodgers, JimmieJimmie Rodgers
"California Blur" Swirl 360
"California Bound" Black, FrankFrank Black
"California Bound" Carolina Liar
"California Boy" Lil B
"California Brain" RapScallions
"California Bummer" Further
"California Burritos" Chuck Ragan
"California Calling" The Beach Boys
"California Christmas" Marcella Detroit
"California Cotton Fields" OslinGram Parsons
"California Couldn't Pay Our Education" Zimmerman, RoyRoy Zimmerman
"California Crossing" Fu Manchu
"California Day" Starland Vocal Band
"California Dreamin'" Mamas and the Papas, TheThe Mamas & the Papas[3]
"California Dreamer" Wolf Parade
"California Dreams" Theme song of California Dreams
"California Earthquake" Elliot, Mama Cass John Hartford, Mama Cass Elliot
"California Earthquake (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On)" OslinThe Grateful Dead
"California English Vampire Weekend
"California Flash" OslinAttila
"California Flight" J, JerryJ Jerry (a.k.a. California Flight)
"California Girl" Daniel Daglow, David Merriweather, Tony Banks (1985 California Beauty Pageant)
"California Girl" Chilliwack
"California Girl" Lucky 7
"California Girl" Pacific Dub
"California Girls" Beach Boys, TheThe Beach Boys[4]
"California Girls" Wilson, GretchenGretchen Wilson
"California Girls" Magnetic Fields, TheMagnetic Fields
"California Gold" dada
"California Gold" Defari
"California Grace" Long Beach Shortbus
"California Gurls" Katy Perry
"California Here I Come" Hawkins, Sophie B.Sophie B. Hawkins
"California Here I Come" Jolson, AlAl Jolson
"California Here I Come" Shocking Blue
"California Here I Go" Balas, JonathanJonathan Balas
"California (I'm Comin')" OslinLittle Richard
"California Isn't Big Enough (Hey There Girl)" Meat Loaf
"California Jam" Klaatu
"California Justice" Five for Fighting
"California Kicks" Fight Fair
"California King Bed" Rihanna
"California Letter" Chris Thomas King
"California Lights'" Rocket From the Crypt
"California Livin'" Mac Dre
"California Love" 2Pac (featuring Dr. Dre)
"California Man" Cheap Trick
"California Man" Move, TheThe Move
"California My Way" The Treetops
"California Nights" Gore, LesleyLesley Gore
"California Nights" Sweet
"California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade" Decemberists, TheThe Decemberists
"California Paradise" Runaways, TheThe Runaways
"California Part I" Jennings, MasonMason Jennings
"California Part II" Jennings, MasonMason Jennings
"California Promises" Buffett, JimmyJimmy Buffett
"California Rain" The Madden Brothers
"California Rain" The Rescues
"California Rain" Silvertide
"California Revisited (Everyone I Meet Is from California)" America
"California Rose" Roy Rogers & the Sons of the Pioneers
"California Saga: Big Sur" The Beach Boys
"California Saga: The Beaks of Eagles" The Beach Boys
"California Saga: California (On My Way to Sunny Californ-i-a)" The Beach Boys
"California Sky" Unwritten Law
"California Snow" Tom Russell
"California Son" The Adolescents
"California Song" Mountain Goats, TheThe Mountain Goats
"California Song" White, BrookeBrooke White
"California Songs" Local H[5]
"California Soul" Fifth Dimension, TheThe 5th Dimension
"California Soul" Gimmicks, TheThe Gimmicks
"California Soul" OslinSmokey Robinson and the Miracles
"California Soul" Starr, EdwinEdwin Starr
"California Soul" Shaw, MarlenaMarlena Shaw
"California Star" The Echo Division
"California Stars" Billy Bragg & Wilco (lyrics by Woody Guthrie)
"California Sucks" Screeching Weasel
"California Sun" Rivieras, TheThe Rivieras[6]
"California Sun" Gin Blossoms
"California Sun" Jem
"California Sun" The Outfield
"California Sun" The Ramones
"California Sun" The Fire Men
"California Sunset" Young, NeilNeil Young
"California Sunshine" Christa Black
"California 37" Train
"California Über Alice" NOFX
"California Über Alles" Dead Kennedys
"California Vacation" Game, TheThe Game
"California Waiting" Kings of Leon
"California Way" Bluhm, TimTim Bluhm
"California Zephyr" Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard
"California's Bleeding" Amen
"California's Lonely" Smile Empty Soul
"California's Burning" Augustana
"Californicatin" J. Geils Band, TheThe J. Geils Band
"Californication" Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Californie" Air
"Calistan" Black, FrankFrank Black
"Cancer California" Bullets and Octane
"Cemetery" Strung Out
"Champagne" 311
"Check My Brain" Alice in Chains
"Christmas in California" America
"Christmas in California" Cheetah Girls, TheThe Cheetah Girls
"Christmas in San Francisco" Tony Romano
"Clouds Over California" Devildriver
"Come Back to Cali" Holdup, TheThe Holdup
"Come to California" Sweet, MatthewMatthew Sweet
"Cowboy" Kid Rock
"Crossing the Plains"[7] n/a
"Curbside Prophet" Mraz, JasonJason Mraz
"Dani California" Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Day After Day (It's Slippin' Away)" Shango (rock group)
"The Day That Saved Us" Automatic Loveletter
"Dirty Rotten Bastards" Green Day
"Desperadoes Under the Eaves" Zevon, WarrenWarren Zevon
"Disciples of California" Skygreen Leopards, TheThe Skygreen Leopards
"Do Re Mi" Guthrie, WoodyWoody Guthrie
"Dog Breath" Zappa, FrankFrank Zappa
"Drivin' To Kalifornia" Redlight King
"Earthquakes and Sharks" Brandtson
"Endless Summer" Daniel Amos
"Entertainment" Rise Against
"Estimated Prophet" Grateful Dead
"Exquisitely Bored" Pete Townshend
"Eyeless" Slipknot
"Feels Alright" Mark Lennon
"Flakes" Frank Zappa
"For Crying Out Loud" Meat Loaf
"Forest Fire" Dead Kennedys
"Fort Bragg" Heringer, AndrewAndrew Heringer
"Follow You Home" Nickelback
Friend in California"A Friend in California" Merle Haggard
"From California" New Amsterdams, TheThe New Amsterdams
"Fuck California" Presidents of the United States of America, TheThe Presidents of the United States of America
"Fuck You, I'm From California" GoldenwestGoldenwest
"Fort Bragg" Heringer, AndrewAndrew Heringer
"Future Perfect Tense" Sweet Billy Pilgrim
"Gene Autry" Beulah
"Get Back" Beatles, TheThe Beatles
"Ghosts of California" Nafa
"Goddam California" Will Hoge
"Going Back to Cali" LL Cool J
"Going Back to Cali" Notorious B.I.G., TheThe Notorious B.I.G.
"Going Back to Cali" Sevendust
"Goin' to California" Gin Blossoms
"Going to California" John David & Clear Spirit
"Going to California" Led Zeppelin
"Gold" John Stewart
"Golden Showers in the Golden State" Tom DeLonge
"Golden State" John Doe
"Golden State" City and Colour
"Gone to California" Pink
"Goodbye California" Jolie Holland
"Goodnight, California" Kathleen Edwards
"Go to California" Motorpsycho
"Go to California" Rob Zombie
"Grey Bar Hotel" Gil Dabney
"Have a Nice Day" Stereophonics
"Hang Ten" Edwin
"Headless" Dog Fashion Disco
"Heaven 90210" Urge Overkill
"Heels Over Head" Boys Like Girls
"Heads Carolina, Tails California" Messina, Joe DeeJo Dee Messina
"Here in California" Alvin, DaveDave Alvin
"Here in California" D-Napoleon, NatalieNatalie D-Napoleon
"Here in California" Wolf, KateKate Wolf
"Highway Five" American Music Club
"Highway 101" Social Distortion
"Hills of California" John Trollmann
"Hippie from Olema" The Youngbloods
"Holiday from Real" Jack's Mannequin
"Holiday in the Sun" Hot Hot Heat
"Holly Wants to Go to California" Funkadelic
"Holly (Would You Turn Me On?)" All Time Low[8]
"Home" JamisonParker
"Homebody" Zox
"Home to California" Karen Alexander
"Hotel California" Eagles, TheEagles
"House in California" Mo, KebKeb Mo
"Hurry Up California" Sunset MainCalvin Lechner & Simon Nagel (Sunset Main)
"I Couldn't Live in Southern California" Tom T. Hall
"If You're Going To San Francisco" Scott McKenzie
"I Hate California" Coulton, JonathanJonathan Coulton
"I Love You, California" (state song of California)[9] Silverwood, Francis BernardFrancis Bernard Silverwood
"I Remember California" R.E.M.
"I'm Asking Her to Stay" Sherwood
"I'm Going Home" Kingston Trio, TheThe Kingston Trio
"I'm Headin' For California" Glenn Miller
"In California" Dillinger, DazDaz Dillinger
"In California" Newsom, JoannaJoanna Newsom
"In California" Lisa Marr Experiment[10]
"In California" Stat Quo
"In Northern California (Where the Palm Tree Meets the Pine)" Danny O'Keefe
"In Your Atmosphere" John Mayer
"Irvine" Clarkson, KellyKelly Clarkson
"It Never Rains in Southern California" Hammond, AlbertAlbert Hammond
"It Never Rains (In Southern California)" Tony! Toni! Tone!
"Just Like California" Old 97s
"Kal-E-Fornia" David Lanz
"Kali4nia" Skandoe and Playboss
"Kaliforn-Eye-a" P.O.D.
"Kalifornia" Above the Law
"Kalifornia" Brand New Immortals
"Kalifornia" Fatboy Slim
"Kailfornia" Kaizers Orchestra
"Kalifornia" Kashmir
"Kalifornia Dreamin'" Nappy Roots
"Kalifornija" Vytautas Kernagis
"King of California" Dave Alvin
"Land of Competition" Bad Religion
"Let It Roll" All Time Low
"Leaving California" Afroman
"Leaving California" Boys Like Girls
"Leaving California" Harvey, P.J.P. J. Harvey and John Parish
"Leaving California" Smith, ShawnShawn Smith
"Leaving California" Maroon 5
"Leaving Jesusland" NOFX
Lights and Buzz, The"The Lights and Buzz" ('Christmas in California') Jack's Mannequin
"Lights" Journey
"Like a California King" Everclear
"Lodi" Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Long December" Counting Crows
"Look at California" Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
"Look Out California" OslinBadfinger
"Losing California" Sloan
"Love-In California" The Power of 3
"Madera" Hey Ocean!
"Maybe California" Amos, ToriTori Amos
"Meet Me in California" Plain White T's
"Meet Me by the River's Edge" The Gaslight Anthem
"Midnight California" Dave Gleason's Wasted Days
"Miss California" Jack's Mannequin
"Miss California" Melissa Etheridge
"Miss California" Plato 0 Plomo
"Miss California" Thomas, DanteDante Thomas
"More Bounce in California" Soul Kid#1
"Music is the Victim" Scissor Sisters
"My California" OslinLightnin' Hopkins
"New York to California" Kearney, MatMat Kearney
"Not California" Hem
"Nothing Left to Lose" Kearney, MatMat Kearney
"Oh California" Russell, ClaudiaClaudia Russell
"Oh California"[7] n/a
"The One" Old 97's
"One Big Holiday" My Morning Jacket
"Only in California" Mack 10
"The Only Place" Best Coast
"Option Twelve" Meet Grover
"Outshined" Soundgarden
"Out Here in Cali" Big B
"Out in California" Dave Alvin
"Out in California" Tom Russell
"Overdrive" Katy Rose
"Pacific Coast Party" Smash Mouth
"Pacific Theme" Broken Social Scene
"Playing Favorites" Starting Line, TheThe Starting Line
"Promised Land" Berry, ChuckChuck Berry
"Parallel Universe" Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Postcards" Amber Pacific
"Pumping Irony" Zimmerman, RoyRoy Zimmerman
"Queen of California" John Mayer
"Race Cars and Goth Rock" Walker, ButchButch Walker
"A Railroad Trestle in California" Eddie Hinton
"Raining in California" Human Nature
"Reality Check" OPM
"The Redtail Hawk" Kate Wolf
"Ride to California" Paper Tongues
"Road Trippin'" Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Rock Coast Blues" Country Joe and the Fish
"Rock Star Land" Yellowcard
"Route 66" Mayer, JohnJohn Mayer
"San Andreas Fault" Natalie Merchant
"Santa Barbara" Radical Something
"Save the Drama" Light FM
"Scavenger Type" NOFX
"Shadow of California" Blue Öyster Cult
"Shamrock Doesn't Grow in California" OslinJohnny Cash
"She'd Be California" Rascal Flatts
"She's So California"[11] Gary Allan
"Shores of California" Dresden Dolls, TheThe Dresden Dolls
"Sink with Kalifornija" Youth Brigade
"Sleepy California" Her Space Holiday
"Snow in California" Stills, TheThe Stills
"So at Last" Walker, ButchButch Walker
Song About California, A"A Song About California" Hey Ocean
"Song for Kelly Huckaby" Death Cab for Cutie
"The Sound of California" OslinBrian Wilson
"South California Purples" Chicago
"Southern California" Heringer, AndrewAndrew Heringer
"Southern California Wants To Be Western New York" Williams, DarDar Williams
"Southern California" Tammy Wynette & George Jones
"Speed Home California" Sugar Ray
"Stay The Night" James Blunt
"Sugar" Maroon 5
"Sunny in California" Aberdeen
"Summer of California '79" Number Girl
"Sunday best" Augustana
"Sunrise Sunset" New Years Day
"Take A Look Inside" Over It
"Take California" Propellerheads
"Tape From California" Ochs, PhilPhil Ochs
"The Recipe" Kendrick Lamar
"To California" Mighty Mighty Bosstones
"Two States" Pavement
"U Got Nothin' On Me" Demi Lovato
"Unfair" Pavement
Vast Spoils of America, The"The Vast Spoils of America" Saves the Day
"Vinnie's Hooch" Johnny Socko
"Walking Shoes" Halsted
"We Don't Need Another Song About California" My Chemical Romance
"Welcome To California" Elliott Niezel, Heartbeatz
"Westbound Sign" Green Day
"West Coast" Coconut Records
"West Coast" Lana Del Rey
"West Coast" The Neighbourhood
"West Coast Friendship" Owl City
"West Coast Poplock" Ronnie Hudson & the Street People
"Westside Till I die" TQ
"When You Get to California" Hoodoo Gurus
"Where's California" Teena Marie
"Winding Road" Somerville, BonnieBonnie Somerville
"Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread" Dylan, BobBob Dylan

Los Angeles and Vicinity[edit]

Title Artist(s)
"21 Jumpstreet" Snoop Dogg feat. Tray Deee
"99 Miles From L.A." Albert Hammond
"99 Miles from L.A." Roman Alcocer
"Ænema" Tool
"Alameda" Elliott Smith (could also be about Alameda Street in Portland, Oregon)
"A Long December" Counting Crows
"All I Wanna Do" Sheryl Crow
"Amateur Lovers" Switchfoot
"American Bad Ass" Kid Rock (reference to Compton)
"Angeles" Elliott Smith
"April 29, 1992 (Miami)" Sublime
"Awakening" Switchfoot
"Babylon Sisters" Steely Dan
"Back in L.A." Apathy
"The Ballad of Jed Clampett" Jerry Scoggins, Flatt and Scruggs
"Been to Hell" Hollywood Undead
"Beverly Hills" The Circle Jerks
"Beverly Hills" Weezer
"Beverly Hills Hotel" Whitestarr
"Big City" Wall of Voodoo
"Big Machine" The Goo Goo Dolls
"Bloody Mary Morning" Willie Nelson (reference to L.A.)
"Blue Jay Way" The Beatles (refers to a street in the Hollywood Hills)
"Born and Raised in Compton" DJ Quik
"Born in East L.A." Cheech Marin, a parody of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."
"Boulevard" Jackson Browne (references Hollywood Boulevard)
"Boyz n da Hood" Eazy-E
"Bunker Hill" Michael Penn (references the Bunker Hill section of Downtown Los Angeles as well as Vermont Avenue, a major north-south thoroughfare in the city)
"Bunker Hill" Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Burn Hollywood Burn" Public Enemy
"Buzzbomb From Pasadena" The Dead Kennedys
"California Girls" The Magnetic Fields
"California's Burning" Augustana
"Car Phone" Sheeler & Sheeler
"Carmelita" Warren Zevon
"Carson Girls" Angry Samoans
"Celluloid Heroes" The Kinks (about the stars on Hollywood Boulevard)
"Christmas in Hollywood" Hollywood Undead
"Ciao, Babe" Lexington & 3rd
"Ciao L.A." Chokebore
"City of Angels" The Distillers
"City of Angels" 10,000 Maniacs
"City of Angels" Pangea Project
"City of Angels" Red Elvises
"City of Angels" Thirty Seconds To Mars
"City of Devils" Yellowcard
"City of the Angels" Journey
"City of Satan" Turbonegro
"The City with Two Faces" Goldfinger
"Come a Long Way" Michelle Shocked
"Come to L.A." Chilly
"Coming into Los Angeles" Arlo Guthrie
"Compton Compton" The Game
"Compton Swangin" BG Knocc Out & Dresta
"Compton's In The House" N.W.A
"Contact/L.A.U.S.D" Jurassic Five
"Cruiser" Red House Painters
"Drinking in L.A." Bran Van 3000
"L.A. Girl" The Adolescents
"Los Angeles, I'm Yours" The Decemberists
"Two More Bottles of Wine" Emmylou Harris

San Francisco and the Bay Area[edit]

Title Artist(s)
"99 Miles to San Francisco" April Matson
"408 Funktion" Killa Sharks
"707" Mac Dre
"All Dressed Up for San Francisco" The Philosopher Kings
"All the Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco" American Music Club
"Arizona" Mark Lindsay
"Autumn" Joanna Newsom
"Back in San Francisco" The Orange Peels
"The Ballad of San Francisco" Caedmon's Call
"The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink" Green Day
"The Bay" Lyrics Born
"The Bay" Zion I
"Berkeley is My Baby and I Wanna Kill It" Blatz
"The Best in Me" Sherwood
"Bixby Canyon Bridge" Death Cab for Cutie
"The Blind Leaving the Blind" Punch Brothers
"Bodega Bay" Glen Uber
"Caldecott Tunnel" Something Corporate
"Calling San Francisco" Tommy Castro
"Campbell California" Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards
"Carlotta Valdez" Harvey Danger
"The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco" The Lucksmiths
"Christie Road" Green Day
"Christmas in San Francisco" Vic Damone
"City Hall" Vienna Teng
"Cold Wind" Arcade Fire
"Come Back from San Francisco" The Magnetic Fields
"Come Monday" Jimmy Buffett
"Condition Oakland" Jawbreaker
"Danville Girl" Woody Guthrie
"Deep Kick" Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)" Woody Guthrie
"Desvelado" Bobby Pulido
"Don't Gimme No Bammer Weed" RBL Posse
"Don't Marry Her" The Beautiful South
"Down and Out in San Francisco" Martha Berner
"Down in Oakland" Transplants
"Down on Mission Street" Lloyd Cole
"Down in Frisco" Jon English
"Do You Know the Way to San Jose" Burt Bacharach, performed by Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Frankie Goes to Hollywood
"Drunk in San Francisco" San Quinn & Tuf Luv
"Earthquake Weather" All Bets Off
"Fake Tales of San Francisco" Arctic Monkeys
"Fasting in San Francisco" Lupon
"Frisco Blues" John Lee Hooker
"Frisco Niggaz" Messy Marv, San Quinn, Jt the Bigga Figga, Black C.
"Frisco Town" Memphis Minnie
"Gilman Street" (Berkeley) The Mr. T Experience
"Girl in the Blue Velvet Band" Peter Rowan
"Golden Gate" Al Jolson
"Golden Gate Bridge" Rose Melberg
"Goodnight, San Francisco" The Bittersweets
"The Golden Gate" John Vanderslice
"Got the Gate on the Golden Gate" Mel Tormé
"Grace Cathedral Hill" The Decemberists
"Grace Cathedral Park" Red House Painters
"The Grand Duchess of San Francisco" American Music Club
"Groveland Welcomes You" Carmen Taira
"The Haircut Song" Ray Stevens
"Haight Street" Anberlin
"Half Moon Bay" Ronnie Day
"Half Moon Bay" Tom Grant
"Half Moon Bay" Train
"Hazy SF" Six Organs of Admittance
"Hello, San Francisco" Buddy Guy
"Here in Frisco" Merle Haggard
"Honeymoon in San Francisco" Of Montreal
"Houston (I'm Comin' to See You)" Glen Campbell
"Hyde Park" Further
"Hyphy" The Federation
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" Tony Bennett
"I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco" Carmen McRae
"If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)" Counting Crows
"In America" the Charlie Daniels Band (reference to the San Francisco Bay)
"In San Francisco" The Welcome Matt
"In San Francisco (Wake Me Up)" The Welcome Matt
"In San Francisco Watching SLC Punk" Ghost Runner on Third
"In the Sixties" Sarine Voltage
"Into Action" Tim Armstrong featuring Skye Sweetnam
"Josie" John Stewart
"Journey to the End of the East Bay" Rancid
"Judy Is a Punk" The Ramones ("both went down to Frisco, joined the SLA")
"Julia (Come Out of the Rain)" Josh Rouse
"Jumpers" Sleater-Kinney
"Keep Hoping, St. Francis" Kristene Mueller
"K-L-M Line" The Fairways
"King of Disco" Akcent
"Left of the Dial" The Replacements
"Let's Go Back to San Francisco" (Parts 1 and 2) The First Class (although recorded by Tony Burrows with this group, this two-part song appeared on a compilation album for The Flower Pot Men (Burrows' former group) later on)
"Let's Go to San Francisco" (Parts 1 and 2) The Flower Pot Men
"Life in San Francisco" Girls
"Lights" Journey
"Lights Out in San Francisco" Craig Chaquico
"Linden Arden Stole the Highlights" Van Morrison
"A Little Bit of Everything" Dawes
"Love on Haight Street" BT
"Make Like Paper" Red House Painters
"Matkalla San Franciscoon" Edu Kettunen
"Mean Old Frisco" Arthur Crudup, covered by Eric Clapton, Jackie DeShannon
"Mercury News" Lucy Wainwright Roche
"Million" Paul Kantner & Grace Slick
"Mission Bells" The Aislers Set
"Mission Bells" Matt Nathanson
"Mission in the Rain" Jerry Garcia Band
"The Mission is Bitchin" The Units
"Mission Street" Vienna Teng
"Misty Mountain Hop" Led Zeppelin
"Moon over Marin" The Dead Kennedys
"My Brother Lived in San Francisco" Joan Ryan
"My Side of the City" Beulah
"New Oakland" Mistah F.A.B.
"New Year's Kiss" Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
"New Zealand Pines" John Vanderslice
"Oakland" Too Short
"Oakland Stroke" Tower of Power
"Oaktown" The K.G.B.
"Oh! There's a Disco in San Francisco" This Romantic Tragedy
"Okie From Muskogee" Merle Haggard (reference to San Francisco)
"Olé! Tarantula" Robyn Hitchcock
"On a San Francisco High" Sony Holland
"Pacific Dust" The Mother Hips
"Pacific Heights" Pep Love
"Palo Alto" Radiohead
"Perfect Blue Buildings" (Berkeley) Counting Crows
"Piazza, New York Catcher" Belle and Sebastian
"Planet Fillmore" San Quinn
"The Pleasure of Her Company" Vic Damone
"Rendez-Vous: Potrero Hill" Architecture in Helsinki
"Return to San Francisco" Merle Haggard
"Ride Captain Ride" Blues Image
"Rob Fraser's Welcome to San Francisco" Eric Rigler & Alasdair Fraser
"Sad But True" Transplants (Berkeley)
"Saint Dominic's Preview" Van Morrison
"Samba de Sausalito" Santana
"San Fran" Kids of 88
"San Franciscan Nights" Eric Burdon & The Animals
"San Francisco", Walter Jurmann and Bronislaw Kaper, performed by Jeanette MacDonald, covered by Judy Garland
"San Francisco" Alkaline Trio
"San Francisco" Brett Dennen
"San Francisco" Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks
"San Francisco" Cascada
"San Francisco" Citylife
"San Francisco" Damian Anderson
"San Francisco" David Perskie
"San Francisco" Die Flippers
"San Francisco" The Dingees
"San Francisco" Ember FX
"San Francisco" Foxygen
"San Francisco" Frédéric François
"San Francisco" Gene Defcon
"San Francisco" Hello Saferide
"San Francisco" Jesse Rhodes aka Stegosaurus
"San Francisco" Jill Sobule
"San Francisco" The KOLIN
"San Francisco" Kristin Hersh
"San Francisco" Lucero (band)
"San Francisco" Maxime Le Forestier
"San Francisco" Midicronica
"San Francisco" Mike Burns
"San Francisco" The Mowgli's
"San Francisco" MU330
"San Francisco" Richard March
"San Francisco" Rufus Wainwright
"San Francisco" Sarah RabDAU
"San Francisco" Sherman Baker
"San Francisco" Son of Dave
"San Francisco" Spouse
"San Francisco" Steve Tannen
"San Francisco" Ten Mile Tide
"San Francisco" Vanessa Carlton
"A San Francisco" Vission Latina
"San Francisco (In Situ)" They Might Be Giants
"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" Scott McKenzie
"San Francisco (The Rhythm)" Eskmo
"San Francisco (You've Got Me)" Village People
"San Francisco, 1906" Capybara
"San Francisco Anthem" San Quinn feat Big Rich and Boo Banga (Produced by Traxamillion)
"San Francisco Bay" Lee Oskar
"San Francisco Bay Blues" Jesse Fuller
"San Francisco B.C." Silver Jews
"San Francisco Bound" The Pimps of Joytime
"San Francisco Days" Chris Isaak
"San Francisco Fan" Joe Jackson
"San Francisco Fat" NOFX
"San Francisco FM Blues" Doug Sahm
"San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)" Fever Tree
"San Francisco Holiday" Thelonious Monk
"San Francisco Hussle" Silver Convention
"San Francisco Is a Lonely Town" Ben Peters
"San Francisco Knights" People Under The Stairs
"San Francisco on the Water" Arik Einstein
"San Francisco Payphone" Catch 22
"San Francisco Saturdays" John Callahan
"San Francisco Shuffle" Meade
"San Francisco Song" Camera Obscura
"San Francisco, Take Me Back" Band of Annuals
"San Francisco Via Chicago Blues" The Elected
"San-Ho-Zay" Albert King
"Santa Rosa" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
"Sausalito" George Duke
"Sausalito" Conor Oberst
"Sausalito Summernight" Diesel
"Save Me, San Francisco" Train
"Sequel" Harry Chapin
"The SFC" RBL Posse, The Get Low Playay, and San Quinn
"Shark Infested" The Killa Sharks
"Shoot Out in Chinatown" The Band
"Show'n Love" The Killa Sharks
"Sidewalks of San Francisco" Trey Anastasio
"(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding
"Sky High Honey" Matt Nathanson
"Snow in San Anselmo" Van Morrison
"So Long, San Francisco" Glenn Yarbrough
"Soul Shadows" Bill Withers
"The Sound of San Francisco" Global Deejays
"Standing on the Moon" Grateful Dead
"Still in Saigon" Charlie Daniels Band ("Got on a plane in 'Frisco and got off in Vietnam")
"Strawberry Wine" Ryan Adams
"Stuart and the Avenue" Green Day
"A Summer in San Francisco" Hendrik Meurkens
"Sunday Night in San Francisco" Mel Tormé
"Sunny California" Saskia Eurlings
"Swansea" Joanna Newsom
"Take it Easy San Francisco" Emily Wells
"Tania" Camper Van Beethoven
"Taxi" Harry Chapin
"Tenderloin" Rancid
"Theme from The Streets of San Francisco" Patrick Williams
"Tiny Montgomery" Bob Dylan
"To: San Francisco" The Spill Canvas
"Vallejo" Mac Dre
"The Vowels, Pt. 2" Why?
"Wake Me Up in San Francisco" Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band
"We Built This City" Starship
"Welcome 2 Da Bay" Yukmouth
"Welcome to Paradise" Green Day
"When I Come Around" Green Day
"Who Needs the Peace Corps?" Frank Zappa
"Yay Area" E-40
"Yerba Buena Bounce" The Hot Club of San Francisco
"You Always Said You Hated San Francisco" Jonah Matranga
"Young San Francisco" Boy in Static

Other Locations, Cities, and Streets[edit]

Title Artist(s)
"16th Street" (San Diego) Invictus
"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" The Four Preps
"29 Palms" Robert Plant
"96 Miles to Bakersfield" George Lindsey
"Albatross + Ivy" Limbeck
"Alone in Santa Cruz" the Ataris
"Back to the 101" (or simply "101" in the U.S.) Albert Hammond, Jr.
"Back to Salinas" Mary McCaslin
"Bakersfield" Social Distortion
"Bakersfield" Tom Russell
"Big Sur" Adam Franklin
"Big Sur" King of Woolworths
"Big Sur" Magic Castles
"Big Sur" Mason Jennings
"Big Sur" The Thrills
"Billy the Mountain" Frank Zappa
"Bixby Canyon Bridge" Death Cab for Cutie
"The Blondes of Santa Barbara" Saint Milkweed
"Booyaka 619" (current theme song of wrestler Rey Mysterio) WWE
"Brand New Orange" Limbeck
"Bubble Toes" Jack Johnson
"Call of the West" Wall of Voodoo
"Caltrans" Doo Doo Wah (a song about California Department of Transportation road crews)
"Cambria" Jason Bennett
"Catalina" The Descendents
"Celluloid Heroes" The Kinks
"City of Deygo" Mike Nasty
"Cloudy" Simon & Garfunkel (references Berkeley and Carmel)
"Coronado II" PolarisPolaris
"Cucamonga" Frank Zappa
"Deckchairs and Cigarettes" The Thrills
"Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)" Guthrie, WoodyWoody Guthrie
"(Don't You Go To) Goleta" Camper Van Beethoven
"Don't Mess With the Mayor" (Carmel) The Medflys
"Don't Wait on Me" The Statler Brothers (references San Diego)
"Dream Life of Rand McNally" Jason Mraz
"El Camino Real" Alfred Reed
"El Caminos in the West" Grandaddy
"Far Away Eyes" The Rolling Stones (references Bakersfield and L.A.)
"For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield
"Freeport Boulevard" (Sacramento) Jackie Greene
"Friend of the Devil" Grateful Dead
"Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash
"Get 'Em Outa Here" (Sweet Home San Diego) Sprung Monkey
"Going Back to Big Sur" Johnny Rivers
"Gone Country" Alan Jackson (references L.A. and "The Valley")
"Go to Montecito" The High Llamas
"Going to Glendale" Further
"Grapevine Fires" Death Cab for Cutie
"Heading for Hesperia" F.X. MacDonald
"Heart of Gold" Neil Young (references Hollywood and Redwood City)
"Holly (would you turn me on)" All Time Low
"Highway 101" Social Distortion
"I Don't Like Mondays" The Boomtown Rats
"I Got the Blues in Santa Cruz" Horace Silver
"I'm a Raider" Luniz
"I'm Coming Home" Robert Earl Keen (references San Jose, Monterey Bay, and Santa Cruz)
"It's Always Sunny in Long Beach" MAX WEST
"I Wish I Looked a Little Better" Sparks
"I Woke Up in a Car" Something Corporate (references San Diego)
"Johnny Come Lately" Steve Earle (references San Diego)
"June on the West Coast" Bright Eyes
"Kern River" Merle Haggard
"Kern River" Dave Alvin
"La Jolla" Grey Boy
"The Lady from Twentynine Palms" The Andrews Sisters
"Leaving Las Vegas" Sheryl Crow
"Lions (Linden)" Pavement
"Lodi" Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Lonesome Santa Barbara Blues" Mark Roberts
"Make-Up and Faded Blue Jeans Merle Haggard
"Manzanar" Tom Russell
"Matterhorn" Joy Electric
"Meet Me In The Middle" Allstar Weekend (references Pacific Coast Highway and San Diego)
"Mendo" Loose Change
"Mendocino" The Sir Douglas Quintet
"Mendocino Desperados" Bob Gibson
"Mendocino County Line" Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack
"Miles from Monterey" West Indian Girl
"Modesto" True Love Always
"Modesto Is Not That Sweet" The Hold Steady
"Montecito White Trash Barbecue" Claude Hopper
"Monterey" Eric Burdon & The Animals
"Monterey" RhythmaRhythma
"Morning Misty Eyes" Tommy Flanders
"Ms. Santa Cruz County" Cracker
"Never Been to Spain" Hoyt Axton (references Needles)
"Next to Highway Number 10" John George Campbell
"O Valencia!" The Decemberists
"October in Oxnard" Rake and the Surftones
"Old Cayucos" Craig Melia
"On Interstate 15" Wall of Voodoo
"Pacific Coast Highway" Burt Bacharach
"Pacific Coast Highway" Courtney Love
"Pacific Coast Highway" The Mamas & the Papas
"Pacific Coast Highway" Sonic Youth
"Pacific Coast Party" Smash Mouth
"Paddle Out" (song about surfing in Santa Cruz) Sublime
"Palmdale" Afroman
"Pebble Beach" Vince Guaraldi
"Pescadero Days" Gary Gates
"Postcard from Lompoc" Kreg Viesselman
"Pretty Girl from San Diego" The Avett Brothers
"Quiet Beach Town" Franklin For Short (references Ventura)
"Ramona Moraga" Babyland
"Red Hill Mining Town" U2 (Joshua Tree)
"Revelation Big Sur" Red House Painters
"Riverside" The Beat Farmers
"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" Bruce Springsteen (references San Diego)
"The Rocket Ships of La Jolla" Jesus Jones
"The Rose of the San Joaquin" Tom Russell
"Route 66" Nat "King" Cole
"Route 101" Herb Alpert
"Running on Empty" Jackson Browne
"Sacramento" Cuf
"St. Modesto" Chris Walla
"Salinas" Jackie DeShannon
"San Andreas Fault" Natalie Merchant
"San Ber'dino" Frank Zappa
"San Berdoo Sunburn" Eagles of Death Metal
"San Berdu" The Vandals
"San Bernardino" The Mountain Goats
"San Bernardino" Satanic Surfers
"San Diego" Burning Brides
"San Diego" Feeder
"San Diego" L.A. Symphony
"San Diego" Parmalee
"San Diego" Roy Zimmerman
"San Diego" Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra
"San Diego" Starlight Mints
"San Diego" The Eternal Afflict
"San Diego is Burning" Agent 51
"San Diego Serenade" Tom Waits
"San Diego Song" The Coronas
"San Diego Zoo" The 6ths (Barbara Manning Vocals)
"San Luis Obispo" Ted Wulfers
"San Luis Obispo" Coyote (Marcy Brenner & Lou Castro)
"San Simeon" Bryan Ferry
"San Simeon" Goldfinger
"Santa Barbara" Matthew Hart
"Santa Barbara" Meg & Dia
"Santa Barbara" Mellow the Band
"Santa Barbara" Ronnie Milsap
"Santa Barbara" The Superficials
"Santa Barbara" World Party
"Santa Carla Twilight" Tiger Army
"Santa Cruz" Brian Sharpe
"Santa Cruz" JJ Cale
"Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)" The Thrills
"Siren on the 101" Over It
"Someone else's parking lot in Santa Cruz" The Mountain Goats
"South Coast" Tom Russell
"South Coast" Dave Stamey
"Summer '79" The Ataris
"Summertime" (Mendocino County) Crimpshrine
"Streets of Bakersfield" Buck Owens
"Streets of Bakersfield" Dwight Yoakam with Buck Owens
"Studebaker" Warren Zevon (Monterey, Fresno, Hwy 99)
"Surfin' U.S.S.R" Ray Stevens (references to Malibu)
"Sutter's Mill" Dan Fogelberg
"Talk to Me of Mendocino" Kate and Anna McGarrigle
"Talk to Me of Mendocino" Linda Ronstadt (also covered by Lee Ann Womack)
"Ten Miles to Bliss" Val Holler
"Tight Wad Hill" Green Day
"Trouble Child" Joni Mitchell
"Ukiah" The Doobie Brothers
"Vienna" Billy Joel
"Ventura" Lucinda Williams
"Ventura" Whiskey Chimp
"Ventura County Line" Fur Dixon and Steve Werner
"Ventura Highway" America
"Ventura, Ventura Space People" Shinobu
"Village of the Sun" Frank Zappa (Palmdale)
"We Weren't Crazy" Josh Gracin
"White Boy from Sacramento" Timothy B. Schmit
"Willin' (Tehachapi)" Lowell George

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ This is an early version of "Outlaw Blues"
  2. ^ Mates of State has covered this song
  3. ^ A cover was recorded by The Carpenters, and more recently, Meat Loaf.
  4. ^ David Lee Roth also had a hit with a cover of this song
  5. ^ Local H frontman Scott Lucas described this track as a "theme song for the Midwest, very anti-California"
  6. ^ This song was notably covered by Ramones & Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
  7. ^ a b Whitmer, Mariana (July 2005). "Songs with Social Significance: An Introduction". OAH Magazine of History (Organization of American Historians) 19 (4): 9–16. doi:10.1093/maghis/19.4.9. 
  8. ^ "Holly would" referring to "Hollywood"
  9. ^ "California State Library - History and Culture - California State Symbols". Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  10. ^ This song has been covered by Neko Case
  11. ^ [1][dead link]