List of Songs About California


Full List of California Songs
with Comments and Lyrics
Short List of Califoria Songs
Alphabetized by Song Title
Short List of Califoria Songs
Alphabetized by Artist Name
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Some of these songs are about the state itself, but most just reference a place in the state like a highway, a city, the weather, or a "California Girl." This list would be more accurately called "Songs that Refer to Somewhere in California or Something About the State" but that's a lousy title.

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

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)

2Pac (see Shakur, Tupac)
The Acousticats California Republic
Ryan Adams Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd.
Adele Hello
Admiral Radley I Heart California
The Adolescents 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
Augustana California's Burning
Avicii Gonna Love Ya
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
The Beach Boys California Calling
The Beach Boys California Dreaming
The Beach Boys California Girls
The Beach Boys California Saga: Beaks of Eagles
California Saga: Big Sur
California Saga: California
The Beatles Get Back
The Beau Brummels 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
Frank Black California Bound
Frank Black Los Angeles
Frank Black Ole Mulholland
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
Cleo Brown When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan
Jimmy Buffett Come Monday
Eric Burdon and the Animals San Francisco Nights
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
Kenny Chesney California
Kenny Chesney El Cerrito Place
Chicago Southern California Purples
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
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 Party in the USA
Johnny 'Scat' Davis and Frances Langford Hooray For Hollywood
The Dead Kennedys California Uber Alles
Death Cab For Cutie Bixby Canyon Bridge
Death Cab For Cutie Why You'd Want to Live Here
The Decemberists California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade
The Decemberists Calamity Song
The Decemberists Los Angeles, I'm Yours
Lana Del Rey Lust For Life
Lana Del Rey West Coast
Delta Spirit California
The Dictators California Sun
Diesel Sausalito Summer Night
Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy California Uber Alles
Dj Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Yo Home To Bel-Air
John Doe Alone in Arizona
John Doe (featuring Kathleen Edwards) Golden State
The Dollyrots California
The Dollyrots California Beach Boy
The Doors LA Woman
The Dresden Dolls Shores of California
Dressy Bessy California
Bob Dylan San Francisco Bay Blues
The Eagles 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
Melissa Etheridge California
Melissa Etheridge Miss California
Everclear Like a California King
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
Leah Felder California Christmas
José Feliciano California Dreamin'
The Fifth Dimension California Soul
Fight Fair California Kicks
The Foals London Thunder
The Folk Implosion E.Z. L.A.
The Four Preps 26 Miles (Santa Catalina)
Jesse Fuller San Francisco Bay Blues
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
Merle Haggard A Friend in California
Merle Haggard Beer Can Hill
Merle Haggard California Blues  (Blue Yodel #4)
Merle Haggard Kern River
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
The Head and the Heart 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 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
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
Billy Joel Say Goodbye to Hollywood
Freedy Johnston California Thing
Al Jolson (also Fats Waller) California Here I Come
Jonas Brothers Feelin' Alive
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
Diana Krall California Dreamin'
Gladys Knight & the Pips Midnight Train to Georgia
The Knitters Dry River
Kris Kristofferson Me and Bobby McGee
The Ladybug Transistor 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)
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
Jeanette MacDonald San Francisco
Madonna Hollywood
Madonna I Love New York
The Magnetic Fields California Girls
The Magnetic Fields Come Back From San Francisco
The Mamas and the Papas California Dreamin'
The Mamas and the Papas Pacific Coast Highway
Mates of State California
John Mayall California
John Mayer Queen of California
(Frankie Beverly &) Maze Look At 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
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 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.
The Mothers of Invention Who Needs the Peace Corps?
Mötley Crüe Saints of Los Angeles
The Mountain Goats Birth of Serpents
The Mountain Goats San Bernardino
The Move California Man
Mr. Shadow Look At California
The Mr. T. Experience Gilman Street
Shawn Mullins Lullaby
My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday
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
Nico Vega Hollywood Sign
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
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
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
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
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers California
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Free Fallin'
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
The Presidents of the United States of America 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
Q-Feel Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)
Quasi California
Rascall Flats She'd Be California
Ramones California Sun
The Raveonettes 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
The Replacements 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
The Rolling Stones Route 66
The Roots The Day
The Runaways California Paradise
The Runaways Hollywood
Saint Etienne Downey, California
Savage Garden California
Savage Garden Santa Monica
The Scrayper Boyz 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) To Live and Die In L.A.
Marlena Shaw
California Soul
She & Him Home
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'
The Sir Douglas Quintet Mendocino
The 6ths San Diego Zoo
The Skatalites 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
The Sons of the Pioneers Sierra Nevada
Spirit Topanga Windows
Bruce Springsteen Rosalita
Mazzy Star California
Stereophonics Have a Nice Day
Stereophonics Plastic California
The Steve Miller Band Rock'n Me
John Stewart Gold
Sublime What I Got
Sublime Garden Grove
Sugarcult Back to California
Matthew Sweet Come to California
Tancred Bed Case
Thirty Seconds to Mars City of Angels
Dante Thomas Miss California
The Thrills Santa Cruz
The Thrills Big Sur
Tower of Power The Oakland Stroke
Umberto Tozzi California
Train California 37
Train Save Me San Francisco
Transplants California Babylon
The Tubes White Punks on Dope
U2 California  (There is No End to Love)
Unified Theory California
Vampire Weekend California English
Vampire Weekend Step
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'
The World/Inferno Friendship Society
(aka "World Inferno," The Wifs" or "Inferno")
All of California and Everyone Who Lives There Stinks
X Los Angeles
Neil Young California Sunset
Neil Young Hitchhiker
Neil Young Out On the Weekend
Frank Zappa Uncle Remus
Frank and Moon Zappa Valley Girl
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention San Ber'dino
Warren Zevon Carmelita
Rob Zombie
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