List of songs about Ohio

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This is a list of songs written about the U.S. state of Ohio:

Title Artist/composer Album Date Description
"Beautiful Ohio" MacDonaldBallard MacDonald 1918 Made the official state song of Ohio in 1969.
"Bloodbuzz Ohio" The National High Violet 2010
"Boy in Ohio" OchsPhil Ochs Greatest Hits 1970
"Burn On" Randy Newman Sail Away 1980
"Carmen Ohio" CornellFred Cornell 1903 The oldest school song still in use by The Ohio State University.
"Carry Me Ohio" Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway 2003 The song's narrative is partly based on frontman Mark Kozelek's boyhood in Ohio.[1]
"Cleveland Rocks" HunterIan Hunter You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic 1979 A cover version was used as the theme song for The Drew Carey Show in the 1990s.[2]
"Cuyahoga" R.E.M. Life's Rich Pageant 1986 About the once-heavily polluted Cuyahoga River; the lyrics reference when it caught fire in 1969, which became a watershed incident in the environmental movement.[3]
"Dayton Ohio, 1903" Randy Newman Sail Away 1980
"Escape from Ohio" Electric Six Kill 2009
"Four Days" Counting Crows This Desert Life 1999 A song about four days away from a girl in Ohio who Adam Duritz met.[4]
Girl from Ohio"The Girl from Ohio" Outlaws Lady in Waiting 1976
"Lisbon, OH" Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver 2011
"Look At Miss Ohio" Gillian Welch Soul Journey 2003
"Look Out Cleveland" The Band The Band 1970
"My City Was Gone" PretendersThe Pretenders single 1982 The song is an autobiographical lament about the singer returning to her childhood home in Ohio and discovering that rampant development and pollution had destroyed the "pretty countryside" of her youth; the lyrics make specific references to places in and around Akron, Ohio, the hometown of lead singer and writer Chrissie Hynde.
"Ohio" Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young single 1970 Written by Neil Young in reaction to the 1970 Kent State Shootings, after he saw the photos of the incident in Life Magazine.[5]
"Ohio" Isabelle Adjani Pull Marine 1983 Song in French by actress Isabelle Adjani, written by Serge Gainsbourg.
"Ohio" Damien Jurado Rehearsals for Departure 1999
"Ohio" The Black Keys Ohio 2011
"Ohio" Justice (band) Audio, Video, Disco 2011
"Ohio" Over the Rhine Ohio 2003
"Ohio" BernsteinLeonard Bernstein, et al. 1953 From the Broadway musical Wonderful Town, about two sisters who move to New York City from Columbus, Ohio; in the song, they lament leaving.
"Ohio (Come Back to Texas)" Bowling for Soup Hangover You Don't DeserveA Hangover You Don't Deserve 2005
"Ohio Is for Lovers" Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and WhiteThe Silence in Black and White 2004
"Ohioisonfire" Of Mice & Men (band) The Flood (Of Mice & Men album) 2011
"Youngstown" SpringsteenBruce Springsteen Ghost of Tom JoadThe Ghost of Tom Joad 1995 The song tells the tale of the rise and fall of Youngstown, Ohio, over several generations, from the discovery of iron ore nearby in 1803 through the decline of the steel industry in the area in the 1970s.[6]


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom, Review: Ghosts of the Great Highway, Allmusic, retrieved August 6, 2011 .
  2. ^ "Cleveland Rocks by Ian Hunter Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Greene, Jay (April 21, 2011), Earth Day, R.E.M., Tea Party, Big Oil, the future of wind and solar power in Michigan, America, Crain's Detroit Business, retrieved August 6, 2011 .
  4. ^ Lisa's Counting Crows Shrine - Song Meanings, retrieved January 3, 2012  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help).
  5. ^ McDonough, Jimmy (2002). Shakey. New York: Anchor Books. p. 345. ISBN 0-679-75096-7. 
  6. ^ Sawyers, J.S. (2006). Tougher Than the Rest. Omnibus Press. pp. 140–142. ISBN 978-0-8256-3470-3.