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Forty-eight states of the United States have one or more state songs, selected by each state legislature, and/or state governor, as a symbol (or emblem) of the state. New Jersey does not have an official state song, while Virginia's state song, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" (adopted 1940),[1] is now considered the "emeritus" state song and is scheduled to be replaced, having been rescinded by the Virginia General Assembly. The General Assembly has not voted on a new song yet - the process of selection, including an extensive contest for public submissions, began in 1998.

Some 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. 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]

A few of these songs are among the best-known songs in the U.S., including "Old Folks at Home" (better known as "Swanee River"), "Yankee Doodle", "You Are My Sunshine", "My Old Kentucky Home", 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 remainder (such as "Here We Have Idaho" or "Utah, This is the Place" or "State of Maine Song") are unlikely to be seen anywhere except on lists such as the following.


State Songs

State State song Composer/Lyricist Year adopted
Alabama Alabama Mrs. Edna Gockel Gussen /
Julia Strudwick Tutwiler
Alaska Alaska's Flag Elinor Dusenbury and
Carol Beery Davis
Arizona State song Arizona 1981[1][4]
State Anthem Arizona March Song1 1919[1][4]
Arkansas State anthem Arkansas 1917/1987[1]
Arkansas (You Run Deep In Me) 1987[1]
Oh, Arkansas 1987[1]
State historical song The Arkansas Traveler 1949/1987[1][5]
California I Love You, California words by: F. B. Silverwood
music by: Alfred F. Frankenstein
Colorado Where the Columbines Grow 1915[1][6]
Rocky Mountain High Lyrics: John Denver
Music: John Denver and Mike Taylor
Connecticut State song Yankee Doodle 1978[1][8]
State cantata The Nutmeg 2003[1][8]
Delaware Our Delaware 1925[1]
Florida Official song Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) Stephen Foster 1935[1]
State Anthem Florida
(Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)
Jan Hinton 2008[9]
Georgia Georgia on My Mind Hoagy Carmichael /
Stuart Gorrell
Hawaii Hawai'i pono'i Words: King David Kalakaua
Music: Henry Berger
Idaho Here We Have Idaho 1931[1]
Illinois Illinois 1967[1]
Indiana On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away Paul Dresser 1913[1]
Iowa The Song of Iowa[2] S.H.M. Byers 1911[1]
Iowa State Fight Song
The Bells of Iowa State
Kansas Home on the Range 1947[1]
Official state march The Kansas March 1935[1]
An 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][11]
Kentucky Home Made Christmas
Louisiana Give Me Louisiana 1970[1]
You Are My Sunshine Jimmie Davis
(former governor)
State march Louisiana My Home Sweet Home 1952[1]
Environmental song The Gifts of Earth [12]
Maine State of Maine Song 1937[1]
Maryland Maryland, My Maryland
(to the tune of O Tannenbaum)
Lyrics: James Ryder Randall 1939[1][13]
Massachusetts State song All Hail to Massachusetts Arthur J. Marsh 1981[1][14]
State folk song Massachusetts Arlo Guthrie 1981[1][15]
State ceremonial march The Road to Boston 1985[1][16]
State patriotic song Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free) 1989[1][17]
State glee club song The Great State of Massachusetts 1997[1][18]
State polka Say Hello to Someone from Massachusetts 1998[19]
State ode Ode to Massachusetts 2000[1][20]
Michigan An official state song My Michigan Giles Kavanaugh (lyrics), H. O'Reilly Clint (music) 1937[1]
Unofficial State song Michigan, My Michigan Winifred Lee Brent Lyster (1862 original; tune, "O Tannenbaum!"); James W. Long (1886 version; same tune); Douglas Malloch (1902 lyrics and new tune) Not Official
Minnesota Hail! Minnesota 1945[1]
Mississippi Go, Mississippi
(sometimes called Go Mis-sis-sip-pi)
Missouri Missouri Waltz melody: John V. Eppel
arranged: Frederic K. Logan
lyrics: J.R. Shannon
Montana Montana 1945[1]
State ballad Montana Melody 1983[1]
Nebraska Beautiful Nebraska 1967[1][21]
Nevada Home Means Nevada Bertha Rafetto 1933[1]
New Hampshire Official Old New Hampshire 1949[1]
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][22]
Official Live Free or Die Barry Palmer 2007
New Jersey unofficial New Jersey, My Home [1]
New Mexico State song O Fair New Mexico Elizabeth Garrett 1917[1]
Spanish state song Así Es Nuevo Méjico Elizabeth Garrett 1971[1]
State ballad Land of Enchantment 1989[1]
Bilingual song New Mexico - Mi Lindo Nuevo México Elizabeth Garrett 1995[1]
New York I Love New York Steve Karmen
North Carolina The Old North State 1927[1]
North Dakota North Dakota Hymn 1947[1]
Ohio Beautiful Ohio Mary Earl, music
Ballard MacDonald, original lyrics
Wilbert McBride, 1989 lyrics
Rock song Hang on Sloopy The McCoys 1985[1][24]
Oklahoma Official song Oklahoma! Rodgers and Hammerstein 1953[1][25]
Official state waltz "Oklahoma Wind" 1982[1]
Rock song Do You Realize?? The Flaming Lips 2009[26]
Oregon Oregon, My Oregon J.A. Buchanan and
Henry B. Murtaghin
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 1990[1]
Rhode Island State march Rhode Island 1996
State song Rhode Island, It's for Me 1996[1]
South Carolina Carolina 1911[1]
South Carolina On My Mind 1984[1]
South Dakota Hail, South Dakota! 1943[1]
Tennessee My Homeland, Tennessee Nell Grayson Taylor /
Roy Lamont Smith
When It's Iris Time in Tennessee Willa Waid Newman 1935
My Tennessee Frances Hannah Tranum 1931[1]
The Tennessee Waltz Redd Stewart /
Pee Wee King
Rocky Top Boudleaux Bryant /
Felice Bryant
Tennessee Vivian Rorie 1992
The Pride of Tennessee Fred Congdon /
Thomas Vaughn /
Carol Elliot
Texas Texas, Our Texas William J. Marsh (of Fort Worth) 1933[1][27]
Utah State Song Utah, This is the Place Sam and Gary Francis 2003[28]
State Hymn Utah, We Love Thee
(State Song 1937-2003)[29]
Evan Stephens 2003[1]
Vermont These Green Mountains 1999[1]
Virginia Emeritus state song Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (rescinded 1998 but not yet replaced) James Bland [30] 1940[1][31]
Washington State song "Washington, My Home" 1959[1]
State folk song "Roll On, Columbia, Roll On" Woody Guthrie 1987[1][32]
State rock song "Louie Louie" Richard Berry [33]
West Virginia Official state song The West Virginia Hills 1963[1]
Official state song This Is My West Virginia 1963[1]
Official state song West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home 1963[1]
Wisconsin State song On, Wisconsin! Lyrics: Charles D. Rosa and J. S. Hubbard
Music: William T. Purdy
State ballad "Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams" 2001[1]
State waltz "The Wisconsin Waltz" 2001[1]
Wyoming Wyoming 1955[1]


Territory Song Year adopted
American Samoa Amerika Samoa
Guam Stand Ye Guamanians 1919
Northern Mariana Islands Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi 1996
Puerto Rico La Borinqueña 1977
United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands March 1963

See also


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  2. ^ Act 31-126, Acts of Alabama, "STATE SONG: Alabama". Official Symbols and Emblems of Alabama. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2007-02-06.  
  3. ^ "Official State Song". Alaska Information. State of Alaska Office of Economic Development. Retrieved 2007-02-06.  
  4. ^ a b "Arizona State Anthems". SOS for Kids. Arizona Secretary of State's Office. 2003. Retrieved 2007-02-06.  
  5. ^ Arkansas Code 1-4-116
  6. ^ "Colorado State Song". Colorado State Symbols & Emblems. State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. Retrieved 2007-02-21.  
  7. ^ "Lawmakers OK 'Rocky Mountain High'". The Denver Post. March 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12.   CRS 24-80-909
  8. ^ a b STATE OF CONNECTICUT, Sites ° Seals ° Symbols; Connecticut State Register & Manual; retrieved on January 4, 2007
  9. ^ "Home" page. Retrieved on November 27, 2008
  10. ^ Names & Insignia of Hawaii
  11. ^ KRS 002.100
  12. ^ Lyrics & act numbers of official songs
  13. ^ Maryland, My Maryland - Maryland State Song
  14. ^ M.G.L. 2:19
  15. ^ M.G.L. 2:20
  16. ^ M.G.L. 2:27
  17. ^ M.G.L. 2:31
  18. ^ M.G.L. 2:43
  19. ^ M.G.L. 2:44
  20. ^ M.G.L. 2:47
  21. ^ NE-gov-symbols.
  22. ^ RSA 3:7
  23. ^ Ohio Revised Code: 1989 S 33, eff. 11-6-89; 1989 H 457
  24. ^ House Concurrent Resolution 16 on November 20, 1985.
  25. ^ 25 Okla. Stat. § 94.3
  26. ^ [1]
  27. ^ Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "," (accessed August 4, 2006).Government code, § 3101.005
  28. ^ Utah State Song - "Utah, This is the Place" from "Pioneer: Utah's Online Library" page. Retrieved on 2008-09-08
  29. ^ Utah State Hymn - "Utah We Love Thee" from "Pioneer: Utah's Online Library" page. Retrieved on 2008-09-08
  30. ^ Song rescinded in 1998 but not yet replaced and still in use until then.
  31. ^ "Official State Song of the Commonwealth of Virginia". 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-06.  
  32. ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved 2007-03-11.  
  33. ^ "Washington State Facts". wsdot. Retrieved 2008-04-23.  

Simple English

48 states of the United States (except New Jersey and Virginia) have a state song, chosen by the state legislature as a symbol of the state. Some states have more than one official state song.

State State song State Law
Alabama "Alabama" (not the Kurt Weill song)

"Sweet Home Alabama" (unofficial)

Alaska "Alaska's Flag"
Arizona "Arizona"
Arkansas "Arkansas"
"Oh, Arkansas""
"The Arkansas Traveler" (former)
California "I Love You, California"
"California, Here I Come" (unofficial)
Colorado "Where the Columbines Grow"
Connecticut "Yankee Doodle"
Delaware "Our Delaware"
Florida "(Way Down Upon The) Swannee River" ("Old Folks At Home")
"Florida, My Florida"
Georgia "Georgia on My Mind"
Hawaii "Hawai'i pono'i"
Idaho "Here We Have Idaho"
Illinois "Illinois"
Indiana "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away"

"Back Home Again in Indiana" (unofficial)

Iowa "The Song of Iowa"
"Iowa State Fight Song"
"The Bells of Iowa State"
Kansas "Home on the Range"
Kentucky "My Old Kentucky Home"
"Blue Moon of Kentucky" (bluegrass song)
Louisiana "Give Me Louisiana"
"Every Man A King"
"You Are My Sunshine"
"Belle Louisiane" (unofficial French song)
Maine "State of Maine Song"
Maryland "Maryland, My Maryland" (to the tune of "O Tannenbaum")

"All Hail to Massachusetts," words and music by Arthur J. Marsh - official song
"Massachusetts", words and music by Arlo Guthrie - official folk song
"The Road to Boston" - official ceremonial march
"Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)" - state patriotic song
"The Great State of Massachusetts" - state glee club song
"Say Hello to Someone from Massachusetts" - state polka
"Ode to Massachusetts" - state ode

Michigan "My Michigan"
"Michigan, My Michigan" (unofficial)
Minnesota "Hail! Minnesota"
Mississippi "Go Mis-sis-sip-pi"
Missouri "Missouri Waltz"
Montana "Montana"
"Montana Melody"
Nebraska "Beautiful Nebraska"
Nevada "Home Means Nevada"
New Hampshire "Old New Hampshire"- official
"New Hampshire, my New Hampshire" - honorary
"New Hampshire Hills" - honorary
"Autumn in New Hampshire" - honorary
"New Hampshire's Granite State" - honorary
"Oh, New Hampshire" - honorary
"The Old Man of the Mountain" - honorary
"The New Hampshire State March" - honorary
"New Hampshire Naturally" - honorary
New Jersey (No official state song)

"Be Proud To Be In New Jersey" || - by Mark Winter & Ellen Winter, nominated as official "New Jersey State Song" by the NJ State Council on the Arts in 1996.
"Born To Run" - popularly associated with state
"Who Says You Can't Go Home" - popularly associated with state
used in state tourism commercials

New Mexico "O Fair New Mexico" (English)
"Así Es Nuevo Méjico" (Spanish)
"Land of Enchantment" (Ballad)
"New Mexico - Mi Lindo Nuevo México" (bilingual)
New York "I Love New York"
North Carolina "The Old North State"
North Dakota "North Dakota Hymn"
Ohio "Beautiful Ohio"
"Hang on Sloopy"
Oklahoma "Oklahoma!"
"Faded Love"
"Oklahoma, My Native Land"
Oregon "Oregon, My Oregon"
Pennsylvania "Pennsylvania"
Rhode Island "Rhode Island"
"Rhode Island, It's for Me"
South Carolina "Carolina"
South Dakota "Hail, South Dakota!"
Tennessee "My Homeland, Tennessee"
"When It's Iris Time in Tennessee"
"My Tennessee"
"The Tennessee Waltz"
"Rocky Top, Tennessee"
Texas "Texas, Our Texas"
Utah "Utah, This is the Place" (until recently "Utah, We Love Thee")
Vermont "These Green Mountains" (until recently "Hail, Vermont!")
Virginia (No official state song)
"Carry Me Back to Old Virginia" (state song emeritus)
"Shenandoah (interim state song)
Washington "Washington, My Home" (almost "Louie Louie")
West Virginia "The West Virginia Hills"
"This Is My West Virginia"
"West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home"
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" (unofficial)
Wisconsin "On Wisconsin"
Wyoming "Wyoming"

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