List of U.S. state songs Article

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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 has no official state song, while Virginia's previous state song, " Carry Me Back to Old Virginny", adopted in 1940, [1] was rescinded due to its racist language by the Virginia General Assembly. [2] In 2015, " Our Great Virginia" was made the new state song of Virginia. [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. Tennessee has the most state songs, with 9 official state songs and an official bicentennial rap.

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]

Two individuals, Stephen Foster, and John Denver, have written or co-written two state songs. Foster's two state songs, " Old Folks at Home" (better known as "Swanee Ribber" or "Suwannee River") (for adopted by Florida), and " My Old Kentucky Home" are among the best-known songs in the U.S. On March 12, 2007, the Colorado Senate passed a resolution to make Denver's trademark 1972 hit "Rocky Mountain High" one of the state's two official state songs, sharing duties with its predecessor, "Where the Columbines Grow". [4] On March 7, 2014, the West Virginia Legislature approved a resolution to make Denver's " Take Me Home, Country Roads" one of four official state songs of West Virginia. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed the resolution into law on March 8, 2014. [5] Other well-known state songs include " Yankee Doodle", " You Are My Sunshine", " 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.

Maryland (" Maryland, My Maryland") and Iowa (" The Song of Iowa") use the tune from the song " O Tannenbaum" as the melody to their official state songs. [6]

State songs

State State song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Year adopted
Alabama
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" Sweet Home Alabama" Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd 2018 [1] [7]
Alaska
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" Alaska's Flag" Elinor Dusenbury Marie Drake 1955 [1] [8]
Arizona
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State song: " Arizona" Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr. Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr. 1981 [1] [9]
State anthem: " Arizona March Song" Maurice Blumenthal Margaret Rowe Clifford 1919 [1] [9]
Arkansas
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State anthem: " Arkansas" Eva Ware Barnett Eva Ware Barnett 1917/1987 [1] [10]
" Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)" Wayland Holyfield Wayland Holyfield 1987 [1] [10]
" Oh, Arkansas" Terry Rose and Gary Klaff Terry Rose and Gary Klaff 1987 [1] [10]
State historical song: " The Arkansas Traveler" Sanford Faulkner (Official lyrics by committee, 1947) 1949/1987 [1] [10]
California
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" I Love You, California" Abraham F. Frankenstein F. B. Silverwood 1951 [1]
Colorado
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" Where the Columbines Grow" A.J. Fynn 1915 [1] [11]
" Rocky Mountain High" John Denver and Mike Taylor John Denver 2007 [12]
Connecticut
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State song: " Yankee Doodle" 1978 [1] [13]
State cantata: " The Nutmeg" 2003 [1] [13]
Delaware
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" Our Delaware" 1925 [1]
Florida
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Official song: Revised lyrics of " Old Folks at Home (Suwanee River)" Adopted by the Stephen Foster Memorial at the University of Pittsburgh from the original by Stephen Foster 2008 (revised lyrics) [14]
1935 (original lyrics) [1]
Official poem: " I Am Florida" Walter "Clyde" Orange Allen Autry Sr. 2013 [15] [16]
State anthem: " Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)"
Jan Hinton 2008 [17]
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] [18]
Idaho
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" Here We Have Idaho" Sallie Hume Douglas 1931 [1]
Illinois
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" Illinois" Archibald Johnston Charles H. Chamberlain 1925 [19]
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] [20]
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] [21]
" Kentucky Home Made Christmas"
Louisiana
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" Give Me Louisiana" Doralice Fontane [22] 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" [23]
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] [24]
Massachusetts
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State anthem: " All Hail to Massachusetts" Arthur J. Marsh 1981 [1] [25]
State folk song: " Massachusetts" Arlo Guthrie 1981 [1] [26]
State ceremonial march: " The Road to Boston" 1985 [1] [27]
State patriotic song: " Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)" Bernard Davidson 1989 [1] [28]
State glee club song: " The Great State of Massachusetts" 1997 [1] [29]
State polka: " Say Hello to Someone from Massachusetts" Lenny Gomulka [30] 1998 [31]
State ode: " Ode to Massachusetts" 2000 [1] [32]
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] [2]
Nebraska
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Official: " Beautiful Nebraska" Jim Fras and Guy Miller 1967 [1] [33]
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] [34]
New Jersey
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None [35] N/A N/A
New Mexico
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State song: " O Fair New Mexico" Elizabeth Garrett 1917 [1]
Spanish state song: " Así Es Nuevo Méjico" Amadeo Lucero 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 1977 [36]
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] [37]
Rock song: " Hang On Sloopy" The McCoys 1985 [1] [38]
Oklahoma
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Official state song: " Oklahoma" Rodgers and Hammerstein 1953 [1] [39]
Official state waltz: " Oklahoma Wind" 1982 [1]
State Folk Song: " Oklahoma Hills" Woody Guthrie and Jack Guthrie 2001 [40] [41]
Official state children's song: "Oklahoma, My Native Land" Martha Kemm Barrett 1996 [42]
Official state gospel song: " Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Wallis Willis 2011 [43]
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 [44]
" When It's Iris Time in Tennessee" Willa Waid Newman 1935 [1] [44]
" My Tennessee" Frances Hannah Tranum 1955 [44]
" Tennessee Waltz" Pee Wee King Redd Stewart 1965 [1] [44]
" Rocky Top" Boudleaux Bryant /
Felice Bryant
1982 [1] [44]
" Tennessee" Vivian Rorie 1992 [44]
" The Pride of Tennessee" Fred Congdon /
Thomas Vaughn /
Carol Elliot
1996 [1] [44]
" A Tennessee Bicentennial Rap: 1796-1996" Joan Hill Hanks 1996 [44]
" Smoky Mountain Rain" Kye Fleming
Dennis Morgan
2010 [44] [45] [46]
" Tennessee" John R. Bean 2012 [44]
Texas
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" Texas, Our Texas" William J. Marsh William J. Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright 1929 [47] [48]
Utah
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State song: " Utah, This Is the Place" Sam and Gary Francis 2003 [49]
State hymn: " Utah, We Love Thee"
(State Song 1937-2003) [50]
Evan Stephens 2003 [1]
Vermont
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" These Green Mountains" Diane Martin (composer)
Rita Buglass Gluck (arranger)
Diane Martin 1999 [1] [51]
Virginia
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Traditional 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]
Emeritus state song: " Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" (retired as official song in 1998) James A. Bland [52] 1940 [1] [2]
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] [53]
Unofficial state rock song: " Louie Louie" Richard Berry Richard Berry unofficial [54]
West Virginia
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Official state song: " The West Virginia Hills" Henry Everett Engle Ellen Ruddell King 1963 [1] [55]
Official state song: " This Is My West Virginia" Iris Bell Iris Bell 1963 [1] [55]
Official state song: " West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home" Julian G. Hearne, Jr. Julian G. Hearne, Jr. 1963 [1] [55]
Official state song: " Take Me Home, Country Roads" John Denver
Bill Danoff
Taffy Nivert
2014 [56]
Wisconsin
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State song: " On, Wisconsin!" William T. Purdy Charles D. Rosa and J. S. Hubbard 1959 [1] [57]
State ballad: " Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams" Shari A. Sarazin Erma Barrett 2001 [1] [57]
State waltz: " The Wisconsin Waltz" Eddie Hansen Eddie Hansen 2001 [1] [57]
Wyoming
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State March: " Wyoming" George Edwin Knapp Charles E. Winter 1955 [1] [58]
State Song: " Wyoming Where I Belong" Annie & Amy Smith Annie & Amy Smith 2018[ citation needed]

Territories

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 [59]
March: " Our Nation's Capital" Anthony A. Mitchell 1961 [59]
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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Anthem: " La Borinqueña" Félix Astol Artés Manuel Fernández Juncos 1977
United States Virgin Islands
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" Virgin Islands March" 1963

See also

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