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Full List of California Songs
with Comments and Lyrics
Short List of Califoria Songs
Listed by Song Title
Short List of Califoria Songs
Listed by Artist Name
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California is the subject of some of these songs, but many of them simply refer to either a place in the state, such as a city or a highway, or to the weather, a "California Girl," an attitude or lifestyle that the state embodies for the singer, or something else about the state.


A lot of songs have been written about California. Many of them describe a journey to or a longing to return to an coastal paradise with constant sun, abundant new opportunities, and where everyone is eternally young and beautiful - basically a mythical place that bears little resemblance to the real Golden State now or ever. (The Spanish named the territory after a mythical island paradise they were searching for that was supposed to be full of gold and inhabited by black women whose queen was named Califa. That didn't pan out, either.)

Other songs describe the disappointment the singers find after getting to California when they discover that it's no better than where they came from. Apparently, recording a California song is now a requirement if you're a musician, even if it's only to show that you hate California stereotypes or the Entertainment Industry Establishment. Musicians such as Local H and Brooke White are even writing songs about California Songs while other musicians write about how much they hate the state. It's all good, and it's all here on the list if I know about it.

This list is in alphabetical order by artist, not by title. I'll add new songs to the list as I discover them. Let me know if there is something not here that should be. The lyrics come from the Internet, and we all know how unreliable it can be. Also, be aware that some of these songs may contain explicit lyrics. Links to song versions on YouTube or elsewhere are included if I could find them. If the link to the song here does not work anymore, you can probably find another version of it on YouTube or you might find it on a music streaming site.
Here is a list
of some of the best free or cheap legal streaming sites available (in late 2017.)


For a much longer list, divided by regions, check out Wickipedia's List of songs about California.

Here's a list of Songs About Herps to go along with the list of songs about California to make songs about CaliforniaHerps complete.

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Artist     (Click link to read comments and lyrics) Title   (Click link to listen to song)
   
2 Chainz It's a Vibe
2Pac (see Shakur, Tupac)  
A
Acousticats, The California Republic
Ryan Adams Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd.
Adele Hello
Admiral Radley I Heart California
Adolescents, The L.A. Girl
Gary Allan She's So California
Alesso Cool
Dave Alvin California Snow
Dave Alvin Here In California
Dave Alvin King of California
Dave Alvin Out in California
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women California's Burning
America California Revisited
America Ventura Highway
The Americanos In My Foreign
American Music Club California Dreamin'
American Music Club Highway 5
Tori Amos Maybe California
Augustana California's Burning
Avicii Gonna Love Ya
B
Bad Religion Land of Competition
Bad Religion Los Angeles is Burning
Bahari California
B. J. Baker Grant Avenue
Courtney Barnett Kim's Caravan
Eef Barzelay Shaker Star
Be Calm Honcho  Pretty on the West Coast
Beach Boys, The California Calling
Beach Boys, The California Dreaming
Beach Boys, The California Girls
Beach Boys, The California Saga: Beaks of Eagles
California Saga: Big Sur
California Saga: California
Beach Boys, The Had to Phone Ya
Beatles, The Get Back
Beau Brummels, The Bless You California
Beck Hollywood Freaks
Chuck Berry Promised Land
Chuck Berry Get Your Kicks (On Route 66)
Best Coast The Only Place
Best Coast California Nights
Big and Rich California
Frank Black California Bound
Frank Black Los Angeles
Frank Black Ole Mulholland
Frank Black and The Catholics St. Francis Dam Disaster
Black Whales Rattle Your Bones
Blink-182 California
Blink-182 Los Angeles
Blink-182 You Can't Go Home Again
David Bowie Cracked Actor
Bow Wow Wow Do You Wanna Hold Me?
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise California
Bran Van 3000 Drinking in L.A.
Cleo Brown When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan
Jimmy Buffett Come Monday
Eric Burdon and the Animals San Francisco Nights
C
Camper Van Beethoven City of Industry
Camper Van Beethoven Cowboys From Hollywood
Camper Van Beethoven Dockweiler Beach
Camper Van Beethoven I Live in L.A.
Camper Van Beethoven Northern California Girls
Vanessa Carlton Dear California
Hoagy Carmichael Hong Kong Blues
Carolina Liar California Bound
Neko Case In California
Neko Case Thrice All American (Tacoma)
Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis All the Gold in California
Exene Cervenka Alone in Arizona
Cheap Trick California Man
The Cheetah Girls Christmas in California
Kenny Chesney California
Kenny Chesney El Cerrito Place
Chicago Southern California Purples
Chris & Herb Bakersfield Bound
Eric Clapton San Francisco Bay Blues
Gene Clark Los Angeles
Guy Clark L.A. Freeway
Nat King Cole Midnight Flyer
Nat King Cole (Get Your Kicks) On Route 66
Colonel Loud California
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen Hot Rod Lincoln
Concrete Blonde Still in Hollywood
Ry Cooder In My Town
Elizabeth Cook Not California
Jonathan Coulton I Hate California
Country Joe and the Fish Flying High
Cracker Almond Grove
Cracker Beautiful
Cracker Big Dipper
Cracker California Country Boy
Cracker El Cerrito
Cracker King of Bakersfield
Cracker Miss Santa Cruz County
Cracker The San Bernardino Boy
Creedence Clearwater Revival Lodi
Jim Croce Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)
Sheryl Crow All I Wanna Do
Rodney Crowell California Earthquake (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On)
Miley Cyrus Malibu
Miley Cyrus Party in the USA
D
Johnny 'Scat' Davis and Frances Langford Hooray For Hollywood
Dead Kennedys, The California Uber Alles
Death Cab For Cutie Bixby Canyon Bridge
Death Cab For Cutie Why You'd Want to Live Here
Decemberists, The California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade
Decemberists, The Calamity Song
Decemberists, The Los Angeles, I'm Yours
Lana Del Rey Lust For Life
Lana Del Rey West Coast
Delta Spirit California
Jason Derulo Swalla
Neil Diamond I Am... I Said
The Dictators California Sun
Diesel Sausalito Summer Night
Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy California Uber Alles
DJ Fenix & Lisa Williams California Sun
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Yo Home To Bel-Air
John Doe Alone in Arizona
John Doe (featuring Kathleen Edwards) Golden State
Dollyrots, The California
Dollyrots, The California Beach Boy
Doors, The LA Woman
Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang
Dresden Dolls, The Shores of California
Dressy Bessy California
Bob Dylan San Francisco Bay Blues
E
E-40 California
Eagles, The Hotel California
J. D. Edwards West Coast Blues
Anita Ellis (voice) Rita Hayworth Performer Put the Blame on Mame
Robert Ellis California
EMA California
Eminem Say Goodbye to Hollywood
Estelle (feat. Kanye West) American Boy
Melissa Etheridge California
Melissa Etheridge Miss California
Everclear Like a California King
F
The Fall L.A.
Fantastic Negrito The Last Days of Oakland (Intro)
Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Big Sur
Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard California Zephyr
Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard San Francisco
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Jim James (New Multitudes Album) Do Re Mi
Fatboy Slim It's a Wonderful Night
Fatboy Slim Kalifornia
Father John Misty Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings
Father John Misty Leaving L.A.
Leah Felder California Christmas
José Feliciano California Dreamin'
Fifth Dimension, The California Soul
Fight Fair California Kicks
First Class, The Beach Baby
The Foals London Thunder
Folk Implosion, The E.Z. L.A.
Four Preps, The 26 Miles (Santa Catalina)
Jesse Fuller San Francisco Bay Blues
G
Judy Garland On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
The Gatlin Brothers  All the Gold in California
Gin Blossoms California Sun
Gipsy Kings Hotel California
Globelamp Washington Moon
Gomez California
Lesley Gore California Nights
Gorillaz California and The Slipping of the Sun
Ariana Grande Snow In California
Grateful Dead Estimated Prophet
Adam Gregory She's So California
Grimes California
Guns 'N Roses One in a Million
Margo Guryan California Shake
Arlo Guthrie Comin' into Los Angeles
Woody Guthrie Do Re Mi
Woody Guthrie Old L.A.
Woody Guthrie Pastures of Plenty
Woody Guthrie This Land is Your Land
H
Merle Haggard A Friend in California
Merle Haggard Beer Can Hill
Merle Haggard California Blues  (Blue Yodel #4)
Merle Haggard Kern River
Merle Haggard Tulare Dust
Halsey Bad at Love
Albert Hammond It Never Rains in Southern California
Albert Hammond Jr. 101
Richard Harris MacArthur Park
Beth Hart LA Song  (Out of This Town)
Beth Hart My California
PJ Harvey and John Parish Leaving California
Colin Hay Oh California
Hawk Nelson California
Head and the Heart, The Down in the Valley
Hem Not California
Jimi Hendrix California Night
John Hiatt Adios to California
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations, Briggs
Hole Malibu
Hole Pacific Coast Highway
Jolie Holland Goodbye California
Hollywood Undead Bottle and a Gun
Hollywood Undead California
Lightnin' Hopkins California Mudslide
Lightnin' Hopkins California Showers
Lightnin' Hopkins My California
Lightnin' Hopkins Los Angeles Blues
Hot Chelle Rae Tonight Tonight
Huey Lewis and the News The Heart of Rock & Roll
I
I See Hawks In L.A. California Country
Ice Cube It Was a Good Day
Ice Cube Life in California
Ice Cube My Summer Vacation
Enrique Iglesias California Callin'
Iron & Wine The Desert Babbler
Chris Isaac San Francisco Days
J
Jack's Mannequin Miss California
Jan and Dean The Little Old Lady From Pasadena
Jamey Johnson California Riots
The Jayhawks Nevada, California
Mason Jennings California
Carly Rae Jepsen L. A. Hallucinations
Billy Joel Say Goodbye to Hollywood
Freedy Johnston California Thing
Al Jolson (also Fats Waller) California Here I Come
Jonas Brothers Feelin' Alive
Montel Jordan This is How We Do It
K
Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground Oh Lord, I Hate You California
Carole King Back to California
Elle King Ex's & Oh's
Kings of Leon California Waiting
The Kinks Celluloid Heroes
Gladys Knight & the Pips Midnight Train to Georgia
The Knitters Dry River
Kool & The Gang Hollywood Swinging
Diana Krall California Dreamin'
Kris Kristofferson Me and Bobby McGee
Kyle & Lil Yachy ISpy
L
Ladybug Transistor, The California Stopover
Kendrick Lamar (feat. Dr. Dre) The Recipe
Adam Lambert Ghost Town
Miranda Lambert California
Langhorne Slim Say Yes
Led Zeppelin Going to California
Lil Wayne California Love (feat. Tyga)
Mark Lindsay Arizona
LL Cool J Going Back to Cali
Local H California Songs
Rebecca Loebe California
Lyle Lovett L.A. County
Low California
Lowell (featuring Icona Pop) Ride
Luna California (All the Way)
Lyrics Born The Bay
M
Jeanette MacDonald San Francisco
Madonna Hollywood
Madonna I Love New York
Magnetic Fields, The California Girls
Magnetic Fields, The Come Back From San Francisco
Mamas and the Papas, The California Dreamin'
Mamas and the Papas, The Creeque Alley
Mamas and the Papas, The Pacific Coast Highway
Aimee Mann Patient Zero
Mates of State California
John Mayall California
John Mayer Queen of California
(Frankie Beverly &) Maze Look At California
Mazzy Star California
Tim McGraw California
Bonnie McKee California Winter
Scott McKenzie San Francisco
Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers featuring June Hutton The Hills of California
Joe Dee Messina Heads Carolina, Tails California
Joe Dee Messina You're Not in Kansas, Anymore
Metro Station California
Bette Midler White Christmas
Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The To California
Miguel Leaves
Miguel Hollywood Dreams
Miguel The Valley
Minutemen History Lesson - Part II
Missing Persons Walking in L.A.
Joni Mitchell California
Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon
Keb Mo House in California
Van Morrison St. Dominic's Preview
The Motels So L.A.
Mothers of Invention, The Who Needs the Peace Corps?
Mötley Crüe Saints of Los Angeles
Mountain Goats, The Birth of Serpents
Mountain Goats, The San Bernardino
Move, The California Man
Mr. Shadow Look At California
Mr. T. Experience, The Gilman Street
Shawn Mullins Lullaby
My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday
N
Matt Nathanson Kinks Shirt
The National Pink Rabbits
The Neighbourhood Sweater Weather
Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack Mendocino County Line
Never Shout Never California
New Amsterdams From California
Randy Newman I Love L.A.
Joanna Newsom In California
Nickleback Rockstar
Nico Vega Hollywood Sign
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
O
Connor Oberst Sausalito
Frank Ocean Thinkin Bout You
Phil Ochs Tape From California
The Offspring Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk)
Angel Olsen California
OneRepublic Good Life
OneRepublic and SEEB Rich Love
Roy Orbison California Blue
Mike O'Rourke California's Callin' Me
Buck Owens and The Buckaroos Streets of Bakersfield
Owl City West Coast Friendship
Ozomatli City of Angels
P
Van Dyke Parks Palm Desert
Gram Parsons California Cottonfields
Pavement Two States
Pavement Unfair
Pernice Brothers PCH One
Katy Perry (featuring Snoop Dogg) California Gurls
Katy Perry Save as Draft
Peter, Paul and Mary I Dig Rock and Roll Music
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers California
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Free Fallin'
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Into the Great Wide Open
Madeileine Peyroux California Rain
Liz Phair California  (Also titled "Why I Left California)
Phantom Planet California
John Phillips Malibu People
John Phillips Topanga Canyon
Pink Gone to California
Pitbull (featuring Chris Brown) International Love
Mike Posner I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Presidents of the United States of America, The F*ck California
Tristan Prettyman California Girl
Dory Previn Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign
Billy Prewitt The Hollywood Sign
Propellerheads Take California
Chuck Prophet Temple Beautiful  (the song and the complete album)
Public Enemy Burn Hollywood Burn
Charlie Puth Attention
Q
Q-Feel Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)
Quasi California
R
Rascall Flats She'd Be California
Ramones California Sun
Raveonettes, The Ode to L.A.
Susan Raye L.A. International Airport
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers Dani California
Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge
Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Release the Sunbird Always Like the Sun
R. E. M. I Remember California
Leon Rene When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
Replacements, The Left of the Dial
Thomas Rhett Die a Happy Man
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers California Desert Party
Rihanna California King Bed
Josh Ritter California
Rivieras California Sun
Rogue Wave California
Rolling Stones, The Far Away Eyes
Rolling Stones, The Route 66
Roots, The The Day
Runaways, The California Paradise
Runaways, The Hollywood
Jane Russell Five Little Miles From San Berdoo
Charley Ryan Hot Rod Lincoln
S
Saint Etienne Downey, California
St. Vincent Los Ageless
Savage Garden California
Savage Garden Santa Monica
Scrayper Boyz, The Look at California
Pete Seeger and Malvina Reynolds Seventy Miles
Ty Segall California Commercial
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Hollywood Nights
Tupac Shakur (2Pac) California Love
Tupac Shakur (2Pac) Check Out Time
Tupac Shakur (2Pac) To Live and Die In L.A.
Marlena Shaw
California Soul
She & Him Home
Arkie Shibley Hot Rod Race
Michelle Shocked Come a Long Way
Shwayze (with Cisco) Golden Dreams
Sia California Dreamin'
Frank Sinatra California
Frank Sinatra
The Lady is a Tramp (Also sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and many others.)
Nancy Sinatra California Dreamin'
Sir Douglas Quintet, The Mendocino
6ths, The San Diego Zoo
Skatalites, The Skalifornia
Elliott Smith L.A.
Phoebe Snow San Francisco Bay Blues
Social Distortion Bakersfield
Social Distortion California (Hustle and Flow)
Social Distortion Highway 101
Bonnie Somerville Winding Road
Sonic Youth Expressway to Yr Skull
Sonic Youth Death Valley '69
Sonic Youth Pacific Coast Highway
Sons of the Pioneers, The Sierra Nevada
Spirit Topanga Windows
Bruce Springsteen Rosalita
Steely Dan Reelin' In the Years
Stereophonics Have a Nice Day
Stereophonics Plastic California
Steve Miller Band, The Rock'n Me
John Stewart Gold
Sublime What I Got
Sublime Garden Grove
Sugarcult Back to California
Taylor Swift White Horse
Matthew Sweet Come to California
T
Tancred Bed Case
Thirty Seconds to Mars City of Angels
Dante Thomas Miss California
Three Dog Night Never Been to Spain
Thrills, The Santa Cruz
Thrills, The Big Sur
Tony! Toni! Toné! It Never Rains (In Southern California)
Tower of Power The Oakland Stroke
Umberto Tozzi California
Train California 37
Train Save Me San Francisco
Transplants California Babylon
Tribe Called Quest, A I Left My Wallet in El Segundo
Tubes, The White Punks on Dope
U
U2 California  (There is No End to Love)
Unified Theory California
V
Vampire Weekend California English
Vampire Weekend Step
Village People In Hollywood (Everybody Is a Star)
Village People San Francisco (You've Got Me)
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Loudon Wainwright III Grey in LA
Rufus Wainwright California
Tom Waits Hold On
Wall of Voodoo Wrong Way to Hollywood
Wall of Voodoo Hollywood the Second Time
The Wallflowers Back To California
Wang Chung To Live and Die in L.A.
War L.A. Sunshine
War Summer
M. Ward Girl From Conejo Valley
Dionne Warwick Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Doc Watson California Blues
Weezer Beverly Hills
Weezer California
Weezer California Kids
Weezer Hash Pipe
Weezer L. A. Girlz
Emily Wells Los Angeles
Emily Wells Take it Easy, San Francisco
Kanye West (featuring Kendrick Lamar) No More Parties In L.A.
Brooke White California Song
Wilco California Stars
Lucinda Williams Here in California
Robbie Williams I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen
Gretchen Wilson California Girls
Nancy Wilson I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco (And I Don't Drink at All)
Kate Wolf Here in California
Kate Wolf Redtail Hawk
Bobby Womack California Dreamin'
World/Inferno Friendship Society, The
(aka "World Inferno," The Wifs" or "Inferno")
All of California and Everyone Who Lives There Stinks
X
X Los Angeles
Y
Neil Young California Sunset
Neil Young Hitchhiker
Neil Young Out On the Weekend
Youth Brigade Sink with California
Z
Frank Zappa Uncle Remus
Frank and Moon Zappa Valley Girl
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention San Ber'dino
Warren Zevon Carmelita
Warren Zevon Desperados Under the Eaves
Rob Zombie
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