List of U.S. state songs

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Forty-eight of the fifty U.S. states have one or more state songs, a type of regional anthem, which are selected by each state legislature as a symbol (or emblem) of that particular U.S. state.

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 10 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"), adopted by Florida, and " My Old Kentucky Home", are among the best-known songs in the U.S. In 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, along with "Where the Columbines Grow". [2] In 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. [3] Additionally, Woody Guthrie wrote or co-wrote two state folk songs – " Roll On, Columbia, Roll On" and " Oklahoma Hills" – but they have separate status from the official state songs of Washington and Oklahoma, respectively. 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.

New Jersey has never adopted a state song. [4] In 2021, Maryland removed the official status of " Maryland, My Maryland" due to pro-Confederate language deemed racist, but did not establish a replacement. [5] Virginia's previous state song, " Carry Me Back to Old Virginny", adopted in 1940, [1] was later rescinded in 1997 due to language deemed racist by the Virginia General Assembly. [6] In 2015, " Our Great Virginia" was made the new state song of Virginia. [7]

Iowa's (" The Song of Iowa") uses the tune from the song " O Tannenbaum" as the melody for their official state song. [8]

State songs

State State song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Year adopted
  Alabama " Alabama" Edna Gockel Gussen Julia S. Tutwiler 1931 [1] [9]
  Alaska " Beyond Your Dreams Within Your Reach (Alaska's Flag)" Elinor Dusenbury Marie Drake 1955 [1] [10]
  Arizona State song: " Arizona" Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr. Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr. 1981 [1] [11]
State anthem: " Arizona March Song" Maurice Blumenthal Margaret Rowe Clifford 1919 [1] [11]
  Arkansas State anthem: " Arkansas" Eva Ware Barnett Eva Ware Barnett 1917/1987 [1] [12]
" Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)" Wayland Holyfield Wayland Holyfield 1987 [1] [12]
" Oh, Arkansas" Terry Rose and Gary Klaff Terry Rose and Gary Klaff 1987 [1] [12]
State historic song: " Arkansas Traveler" Sandford C. Faulkner State Song Selection Committee 1949/1987 [1] [12]
  California " I Love You, California" Abraham F. Frankenstein F. B. Silverwood 1951 [1]
  Colorado " Where the Columbines Grow" A.J. Fynn 1915 [1] [13] [14]
" Rocky Mountain High" John Denver and Mike Taylor John Denver 2007 [13] [15]
  Connecticut State song: " Yankee Doodle" 1978 [16] [17]
Second state song: "Beautiful Connecticut Waltz" Joseph Leggo 2013 [16] [17]
State cantata: " The Nutmeg" Stanley L. Ralph 2003 [16] [17]
State polka: "Ballroom Polka" Ray Henry 2013 [17] [18]
  Delaware " Our Delaware" Will M. S. Brown George Beswick Hynson 1925 [1]
  Florida Official song: " Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)" (with revised lyrics) Stephen Foster Original: Stephen Foster

Adapted: Stephen Foster Memorial at the University of Pittsburgh

2008 (revised lyrics) [19]
1935 (original lyrics) [1]
Official poem: " I Am Florida" Walter "Clyde" Orange Allen Autry Sr. 2013 [20] [21]
State anthem: " Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)" Jan Hinton 2008 [22]
  Georgia " Georgia on My Mind", sung by Ray Charles Hoagy Carmichael Stuart Gorrell 1979 [1]
  Hawaii State anthem: " Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī" Henri Berger King David Kalākaua 1967 [1] [23]
  Idaho " Here We Have Idaho" Sallie Hume Douglas McKinley Helm and Albert J. Tompkins 1931 [1]
  Illinois " Illinois" Archibald Johnston Charles H. Chamberlain 1925 [24]
  Indiana " On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" Paul Dresser 1913 [1]
  Iowa " The Song of Iowa" Melchior Franck S. H. M. Byers 1911 [1]
Official Companion State Song: "Make Me a World in Iowa" Effie Burt 2002 [1] [25]
  Kansas " Home on the Range" Daniel E. Kelley Brewster M. Higley 1947 [1] [26]
Official state march: "The Kansas March" 1935 [1]
Official march: "Here's Kansas" 1992 [1]
  Kentucky State song: " My Old Kentucky Home" Stephen Foster 1928 [1]
Bluegrass song: " Blue Moon of Kentucky" Bill Monroe 1988 [1] [27]
  Louisiana " Give Me Louisiana" Doralice Fontane [28] 1970 [1]
" You Are My Sunshine" Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell 1977 [1]
State march: "Louisiana My Home Sweet Home" 1952 [1]
Environmental song: "The Gifts of Earth" [29]
  Maine State song: State of Maine Roger Vinton Snow Roger Vinton Snow 1937 [1]
State ballad: Ballad of the 20th Maine The Ghost of Paul Revere Griffin Sherry 2019
  Maryland None (Previously: Maryland, My Maryland)
  Massachusetts State anthem: " All Hail to Massachusetts" Arthur J. Marsh 1981 [1] [30]
State folk song: " Massachusetts" Arlo Guthrie 1981 [1] [31]
State ceremonial march: " The Road to Boston" unknown 1985 [1] [32]
State patriotic song: " Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)" Bernard Davidson 1989 [1] [33]
State glee club song: " The Great State of Massachusetts" J. Earl Bley George A. Wells 1997 [1] [34]
State polka: " Say Hello to Someone from Massachusetts" Lenny Gomulka [35] 1998 [36]
State ode: " Ode to Massachusetts" Joseph Falzone 2000 [1] [37]
  Michigan An official state song: " My Michigan" H. O'Reilly Clint Giles Kavanaugh 1937 [1]
  Minnesota " Hail! Minnesota" Truman Rickard Cyrus Northrop 1945 [1]
  Mississippi " Go, Mississippi"
(sometimes called Go Mis-sis-sip-pi)
William Houston Davis 1962 [1]
  Missouri " Missouri Waltz" melody: John V. Eppel
arranged: Frederic K. Logan
J.R. Shannon 1949 [1]
  Montana " Montana" Joseph E. Howard Charles Cohan 1945 [1]
State ballad: "Montana Melody" 1983 [1]
State lullaby: "Montana Lullaby" 2007 [38]
  Nebraska Official: " Beautiful Nebraska" Jim Fras Jim Fras and Guy Miller 1967 [1] [39]
  Nevada " Home Means Nevada" Bertha Rafetto 1933 [1]
  New Hampshire Official: " Old New Hampshire" Maurice Hoffman John F. Holmes 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] [40]
  New Jersey None [41] N/A N/A N/A
  New Mexico 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" Michael Martin Murphey, Don Cook, and Chick Rains 1989 [1]
Bilingual song: " New Mexico – Mi Lindo Nuevo México" Pablo Mares 1995 [1]
State cowboy song: "Under New Mexico Skies" Syd Masters 2009
  New York State song: " I Love New York" Steve Karmen 1980 [42]
State hymn of remembrance: "Here Rests in Honored Glory" Donald B. Miller 2018 [43] [44]
  North Carolina " The Old North State" E.E. Randolph William Gaston 1927 [1]
  North Dakota " North Dakota Hymn" C. S. Putman James Folely 1947 [1]
  Ohio " Beautiful Ohio" Mary Earl Ballard MacDonald (1918)
Wilbert McBride (1989)
1969 [1] [45]
Rock song: " Hang On Sloopy" Wes Farrell and Bert Berns 1985 [1] [46]
  Oklahoma Official state song: " Oklahoma" Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein II 1953 [1] [47]
Official state waltz: "Oklahoma Wind" 1982 [1]
State Folk Song: " Oklahoma Hills" Woody Guthrie and Jack Guthrie 2001 [48] [49]
Official state children's song: "Oklahoma, My Native Land" Martha Kemm Barrett 1996 [50]
Official state gospel song: " Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Wallis Willis 2011 [51]
  Oregon " Oregon, My Oregon" Henry Bernard Murtagh John Andrew Buchanan 1927 [1]
  Pennsylvania " Pennsylvania" Eddie Khoury and Ronnie Bonner 1990 [1]
  Rhode Island State march: " Rhode Island" 1996
State song: " Rhode Island, It's for Me" 1996 [1]
  South Carolina " 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 " Hail, South Dakota!" DeeCort Hammitt 1943 [1]
  Tennessee " My Homeland, Tennessee" Roy Lamont Smith Nell Grayson Taylor 1925 [52]
"When It's Iris Time in Tennessee" Willa Waid Newman 1935 [1] [52]
"My Tennessee" Frances Hannah Tranum 1955 [52]
" Tennessee Waltz" Pee Wee King Redd Stewart 1965 [1] [52]
" Rocky Top" Felice and Boudleaux Bryant 1982 [1] [52]
" Tennessee" Vivian Rorie 1992 [52]
"The Pride of Tennessee" Fred Congdon, Thomas Vaughn, and Carol Elliot 1996 [1] [52]
"A Tennessee Bicentennial Rap: 1796-1996" Joan Hill Hanks 1996 [52]
" Smoky Mountain Rain" Kye Fleming
Dennis Morgan
2010 [52] [53] [54]
"Tennessee" John R. Bean 2012 [52]
  Texas " Texas, Our Texas" William J. Marsh William J. Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright 1929 [55] [56]
  Utah State song: " Utah…This Is The Place" Sam and Gary Francis 2003 [57]
State hymn: " Utah, We Love Thee"
(state song from 1937 to 2003) [58]
Evan Stephens 2003 [1]
  Vermont " These Green Mountains" Diane Martin (composer)
Rita Buglass Gluck (arranger)
Diane Martin 1999 [1] [59]
  Virginia Traditional state song: " Our Great Virginia" Jim Papoulis (arranger), based on " Oh Shenandoah" Mike Greenly 2015 [7]
Popular state song: " Sweet Virginia Breeze" Steve Bassett and Robbin Thompson 2015 [7]
Emeritus state song: " Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" (retired as official song in 1998) James A. Bland [60] 1940 [1] [6]
  Washington 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] [61]
Unofficial state rock song: " Louie Louie" Richard Berry Richard Berry unofficial [62]
  West Virginia Official state song: " The West Virginia Hills" Henry Everett Engle Ellen Ruddell King 1963 [1] [63]
Official state song: "This Is My West Virginia" Iris Bell Iris Bell 1963 [1] [63]
Official state song: "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home" Julian G. Hearne, Jr. Julian G. Hearne, Jr. 1963 [1] [63]
Official state song: " Take Me Home, Country Roads" John Denver, Bill Danoff, and Taffy Nivert 2014 [64]
  Wisconsin State song: " On, Wisconsin!" William T. Purdy Charles D. Rosa and J. S. Hubbard 1959 [1] [65]
State ballad: "Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams" Shari A. Sarazin Erma Barrett 2001 [1] [65]
State waltz: "The Wisconsin Waltz" Eddie Hansen Eddie Hansen 2001 [1] [65]
  Wyoming State song: " Wyoming" George Edwin Knapp Charles E. Winter 1955 [1] [66]
State song: "Wyoming Where I Belong" Annie & Amy Smith Annie & Amy Smith 2018 [1] [67]

Federal district songs

Federal district Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Year adopted
  District of Columbia Song: "Washington" Jimmie Dodd 1951 [68]
March: " Our Nation's Capital" Anthony A. Mitchell 1961 [68]

Territory songs

Territory Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Year adopted
  American Samoa " Amerika Samoa" Napoleon Andrew Tuiteleleapaga Mariota Tiumalu Tuiasosopo 1950
  Guam " Stand Ye Guamanians" Ramon Manalisay Sablan Ramon Manalisay Sablan

Lagrimas Untalan (translation)

1919
  Northern Mariana Islands " Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi" Wilhelm Ganzhorn David Kapileo Taulamwaar Peter

Jose and Joaqin Pangelinan

1996
  Puerto Rico Anthem: " La Borinqueña" Félix Astol Artés Manuel Fernández Juncos 1977
  United States Virgin Islands " Virgin Islands March" Sam Williams and Alton Adams 1963

See also

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