Talk:List of U.S. state songs

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Wrong Elizabeth Garrett[edit]

The links for the composer of the state songs of New Mexico link to an Elizabeth Garrett, but it seems to be the wrong Elizabeth Garrett. The linked one is the president of Cornell University and was born in 1963, but the one that describes was born in 1885. Not sure what to do here. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:03, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

West Virginia[edit]

Reverted to the correct list of three songs. "Country Roads" is a copyright piece and not the state song. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SamC (talkcontribs) 23:28, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

Removed the following:

I'm From New Jersey, New Jersey, My Home, and Born to Run by native composer Bruce Springsteen are unofficial songs that reflect the state)

wooooo! If NJ has no state song, are these three anything other than someone's idea of what might represent the state? I'm listening to "Born to Run" right now and I have no idea what the direct connection is to NJ (aside from Springsteen being a New Jerseyian), and if I didn't hate NJ, I might actually be offended. The singer of the song is happy in spite of his location (which certainly could be NJ, though there's no evidence of that); since no other state has a song which describes it as "a runaway American dream", it an official state song. I'm not familiar with the other two, but any one person's choice of what should be the state song is not neutral. If these have even an iota of official recognition, it's okay to put them back, but I doubt they do. Tokerboy 04:37 Nov 23, 2002 (UTC)

Born to Run has long been rumored to have been considered for state song, and though it's mostly urban legend, there is a little bit (an iota, perhaps?) of truth to it: Alcuin 20:05, 2 March 2006 (UTC)


I was shocked to learn that "Rocky Mountain High" is not the unofficial state song of Colorado. What's wrong with those people?

Perhaps "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (listed as an unofficial state song of West Virginia) is enough John Denver songs for this list. --RBBrittain 02:55, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Every Man A King[edit]

The only mention of this song as a Louisiana State Song that I could find was here.

It isn't. It's gone from this list, with the two official state songs not here before added as well as a link to the lyrics of all four official songs at the Louisiana secretary of state's website. (The column is for statutes; I didn't have that exactly, but the page I linked has the act numbers for each of the four songs.) I left "Belle Louisiane", the so-called "unofficial French song", alone since it was properly added as "unofficial" and may represent a more significant chunk of Louisiana's culture than does Huey Long. --RBBrittain 03:09, 13 August 2006 (UTC)


Stripped out the songs other than "Oklahoma!" (from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical) which is the only official state song of Oklahoma. Also added link (from "Oklahoma!" article) to the statute; I did that before when I cleaned up Arkansas' state songs. --RBBrittain 02:52, 13 August 2006 (UTC)


I realized that list of state rock songs redirects here. We need to create a way to distinguish between the two.Sometimesseespeople 23:21, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

If you think there's enough material to warrant it, you could re-work the redirect page into an article in its own right. However, I'm not sure why Rock & Roll songs wouldn't be appropriate for this list as is— in fact several are already listed here.--Elipongo (Talk|contribs) 23:30, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Well I don't know if we need a new paage but we need a better way do distiguish between the two. Sometimesseespeople 13:14, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

I don't see a difference, really. The name of the page is "List of U.S. state songs", and it explicitly includes official and unofficial/traditional songs. As I see it, a rock & roll song is still a kind of song and fits under the topic of this page. Another example of this kind of thing would be Connecticut's entry on this page— they not only have an official song but they also have an official cantata, which is just another kind of song. So unless I'm missing something obvious (it wouldn't be the first time!), official/unofficial state rock & roll songs (like Sweet Home Alabama) belong here unless there are so many of them that they clog up this list and are deserving of their own, independent article.--Elipongo (Talk|contribs) 20:19, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Once again i don't think we need a new page. Maybe just color coding or something like that. Sometimesseespeople 00:05, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Now I see what you're getting at, but I don't think it would be right to just lump things into the categories of "Rock" & "Not Rock". There are several genres of music included here besides Rock; there's Classical, Show tunes, Traditional, Folk songs, Marches, Country songs, etc…. If you color code all of them the page would look like a rainbow! . I figure that anyone interested enough will follow a link to learn more about the song- I've been working on getting citations for the entries on this page so that should help some.--Elipongo (Talk|contribs) 02:54, 7 February 2007 (UTC)


Can someone please explain what it means to have an unofficial state song? Is it even possible to have reliable references supporting which songs are unofficial state songs? In my understanding a state song is a song adopted by the state aka government, therefore making it official. Perhaps the unofficial state songs belong in a list of songs about states. Tritium6 17:35, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

At the risk of being a killjoy, Louie Louie was in some sense "officially tested" and failed, whereas Hang On Sloopy and Do You Realize are more official than that, so I think Louie Louie should be marked as unofficial in the table, rather than just linking to a reference on a ".gov" site that *says* it is unofficial! (talk) 15:37, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

New Florida State Song[edit]

I don't have a source for this, but I was at the FMEA conference in Tampa where they announced the new Florida state song (to replace the old one because of supposedly racist lyrics)... I think it was something like "Where the Sawgrass meets the Sky". Could someone add this please? (talk) 02:34, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

The above should read "apparently racist lyrics". And instead of "" the signature should read "Ironmagma". See my talk page / this page's history for details. Ironmagma (talk) 22:29, 27 November 2008 (UTC)

No the song that you are talking about is the official anthem of Florida. The Florida state song is still "The Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:25, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Problem with wikitable?[edit]

There seems to be an issue with the wikitable formatting. For some reason the Vermont and Virginia songs don't turn up on the list. Mdumas43073 (talk) 08:07, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Iowa State Fight Song[edit]

The Iowa State Fight song is a University song not a state song. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:03, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

Washington, D.C.?[edit]

Does anyone know if Washington, D.C. has a "state" song? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:04, 5 December 2010 (UTC)


The official article uses "Here We Have Idaho" as an example of a state song that is "unlikely to be seen anywhere except on lists such as this." I'm not sure what they mean by that, but as someone born and raised in the state of Idaho, I can tell you that nearly everyone who spent their school years in the state knows the song. I've met people from different parts of Idaho while at college in Utah and they could all sing the chorus of "Here We Have Idaho," while most other people I've met in the western United State don't even know if their state has a state song. So while the song is certainly not well known nationally, I assure you it is very much alive among Idahoans. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:38, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

Kentucky =[edit]

What is the third song "Kentucky Down Home Christmas" in the Kentucky list about? It has no source, no date, no tag, and is a red link that goes nowhere. Looks to me like someone just listed a song with Kentucky in the name that has no formal standing. Teri Pettit (talk) 01:57, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

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