Songs That Mention California

(Listed by Song Title)


Full List of California Songs
with Comments and Lyrics
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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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Title   (Click link to listen to song)
Artist     (Click link to read comments and lyrics)
26 Miles (Santa Catalina) The Four Preps
101 Albert Hammond Jr.
500 PS Bonez MC & RAF Camora
A Friend in California Merle Haggard
A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations, Briggs Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3
Adios Linda Ronstadt
Adios to California John Hiatt
All American Made Margot Price
All I Wanna Do Sheryl Crow
All of California and Everyone Who Lives There Stinks The World/Inferno Friendship Society ("World Inferno," The Wifs" or "Inferno")
All the Gold in California Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
All the Gold in California The Gatlin Brothers
all the good girls go to hell Billie Eilish
Almond Grove Cracker
Alone in Arizona Exene Cervenka
Alone in Arizona John Doe
Always Like the Son Release the Sunbird
American Boy Estelle (feat. Kanye West)
Anywhere Rita Ora
Arizona Mark Lindsay
Attention Charlie Puth
Avalon Al Jolson
Back to California Carole King
Back to California Sugarcult
Back To California The Wallflowers
Bad at Love Halsey
Bakersfield Social Distortion
Bakersfield Bound Chris & Herb
Beach Baby First Class, The
Beautiful Cracker
Bed Case Tancred
Beer Can Hill Merle Haggard
Beverly Hills Circle Jerks
Beverly Hills Weezer
Big Sur The Thrills
Big Dipper Cracker
Big Sur Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard
Birth of Serpents The Mountain Goats
Bixby Canyon Bridge Death Cab For Cutie
Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots The Cheers
Bless You California The Beau Brummels
Blue Tacoma Russell Dickerson
Body Count Body Count
Bottle and a Gun Hollywood Undead
Boys Charli XCX
Buck Jump Time (Project Rap) Gregory D & DJ Mannie Fresh
Burn Hollywood Burn Public Enemy
Calamity Song The Decemberists
California Bahari
California Big and Rich
California Blink-182
California Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
California Kenny Chesney
California Colonel Loud
California Delta Spirit
California Dressy Bessy
California The Dollyrots
California E-40
California Robert Ellis
California EMA
California Gomez
California Melissa Etheridge
California Grimes
California Hollywood Undead
California Mason Jennings
California Miranda Lambert
California Rebecca Loebe
California Low
California Mates of State
California John Mayall
California Mazzy Star
California Tim McGraw
California Metro Station
California Joni Mitchell
California Hawk Nelson
California Never Shout Never
California Angel Olsen
California Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
California Phantom Planet
California Quasi
California Josh Ritter
California Rogue Wave
California  (Also titled "Why I Left California) Liz Phair
California The Rentals
California Savage Garden
California Frank Sinatra
California Umberto Tozzi
California Unified Theory
California Rufus Wainwright
California 37 Train
California (All the Way) Luna
California and The Slipping of the Sun Gorillaz
California Babylon Transplants
California Beach Boy The Dollyrots
California Blue Roy Orbison
California Blues  (Blue Yodel #4) Merle Haggard
California Blues Doc Watson
California Bound Frank Black
California Bound Carolina Liar
California Callin' Enrique Iglesias
California Calling The Beach Boys
California Christmas Leah Felder
California Commercial Ty Segall
California Cotton Fields Emmylou Harris
California Cotton Fields Gram Parsons
California Country I See Hawks In L.A.
California Country Boy
California Desert Party Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
California Dreamin' American Music Club
California Dreaming The Beach Boys
California Dreamin' José Feliciano
California Dreamin' Diana Krall
California Dreamin' The Mamas and the Papas
California Dreamin' Sia
California Dreamin' Nancy Sinatra
California Dreamin' Bobby Womack
California Earthquake
(Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On)
Rodney Crowell
California English Vampire Weekend
California Girl Tristan Prettyman
California Girls The Beach Boys
California Girls
The Magnetic Fields
California Girls Gretchen Wilson
California Gurls Katy Perry (featuring Snoop Dogg)
California Here I Come Al Jolson (also Fats Waller)
California (Hustle and Flow) Social Distortion
California's Burning Augustana
California's Burning Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women
California's Callin' Me Mike O'Rourke
California Kicks Fight Fair
California Kids Weezer
California King Bed Rihanna
California Love (feat. Tyga) Lil Wayne
California Love Tupac Shakur (2Pac)
California Mudslide Lightnin' Hopkins
California Man Cheap Trick
California Man The Move
California Night Jimi Hendrix
California Nights Best Coast
California Nights Lesley Gore
California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade The Decemberists
California Paradise The Runaways
California Rain Madeileine Peyroux
California Republic The Acousticats
California Revisited America
California Riots Jamey Johnson
California Saga: Beaks of Eagles
California Saga: Big Sur
California Saga: California
The Beach Boys
California Shake Margo Guryan
California Shoeshine Boys Laura Nyro
California Showers Lightnin' Hopkins
California Snow Dave Alvin
California Song Brooke White
California Songs Local H
California Soul The Fifth Dimension
California Soul Marlena Shaw
California Stars Wilco
California Stopover The Ladybug Transistor
California Sun The Dictators
California Sun DJ Fenix & Lisa Williams
California Sun Gin Blossoms
California Sun Narrative, The
California Sun Ramones
California Sun Rivieras
California Sunset Neil Young
California  (There is No End to Love) U2
California Thing Freedy Johnston
California Uber Alles The Dead Kennedys
California Uber Alles Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy
California Waiting Kings of Leon
California Winter Bonnie McKee
California Zephyr Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard
Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers
Calistan Frank Black
Carmelita Warren Zevon
Catalina The Descendents
Catch My Disease Ben Lee
Celluloid Heroes The Kinks
Check Out Time Tupac Shakur (2Pac)
Christmas in California The Cheetah Girls
City of Angels Ozomatli
City of Angels Thirty Seconds to Mars
City of Industry Camper Van Beethoven
Cocaine Cowboys Margo Price
Cold Gold (L.A.'s Alright) The Gotobeds
Come a Long Way Michelle Shocked
Come Back From San Francisco The Magnetic Fields
Come Monday Jimmy Buffett
Come to California Matthew Sweet
Comin' into Los Angeles Arlo Guthrie
Con Calma Remix (featuring Snow) Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry
Cool Alesso
Cowboys From Hollywood Camper Van Beethoven
Cracked Actor David Bowie
Creeque Alley Mamas and the Papas, The
Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk) The Offspring
Crying for Hollywood James Yuill
Curious Haley Kiyoko
Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) Q-Feel
Dani California Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dear California Vanessa Carlton
Death Valley '69 Sonic Youth
The Desert Babbler Iron & Wine
Desperados Under the Eaves Warren Zevon
Die a Happy Man Thomas Rhett
Do Re Mi Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Jim James (New Multitudes Album)
Do Re Mi Woody Guthrie
Do You Know the Way to San Jose? Dionne Warwick
Do You Wanna Hold Me? Bow Wow Wow
Dockweiler Beach Camper Van Beethoven
Does the Wind Still Blow in Oklahoma?
(featuring Ronnie Dunn)
Reba McEntire
Don't Move Back to L.A. Okkervil River
Down in Hollywood Ry Cooder
Down in the Valley The Head and the Heart
Downey, California Saint Etienne
Downtown L.A. J. J. Cale
Dress Yrself in Gallantry Drinkard Sisters
Drew Barrymore Bryce Vine
Drinking in L.A. Bran Van 3000
Dry River The Knitters
El Cerrito Cracker
El Cerrito Place Kenny Chesney
El Dorado Death Cab For Cutie
Estimated Prophet Grateful Dead
Ex's & Oh's Elle King
Expressway to Yr Skull Sonic Youth
E.Z. L.A. The Folk Implosion
Face of the Sun Shana Cleveland
Fantastic Voyage Coolio
Far Away Eyes The Rolling Stones
Feelin' Alive Jonas Brothers
Five Little Miles From San Berdoo Jane Russell
Flying High Country Joe and the Fish
Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
Friend of the Devil Grateful Dead
From California New Amsterdams
F*ck California The Presidents of the United States of America
Funky Thing Part 1 and Funky thing Part 2 Unemployed, The
Garden Grove Sublime
Get Along Kenny Chesney
Get Back The Beatles
Get Your Kicks (On Route 66) Chuck Berry
(Get Your Kicks) On Route 66 Nat King Cole
Ghost Town Adam Lambert
Ghosts of Beverly Drive Death Cab For Cutie
Gilman Street The Mr. T. Experience
Girl From Conejo Valley M. Ward
(Girl We Got A) Good Thing Weezer
Girls, Girls, Girls Mötley Crüe
Goddamn Tyga
(Go To) California Rob Zombie
Going Back to Cali LL Cool J
Going to California Led Zeppelin
Gold John Stewart
Golden Dreams Shwayze (with Cisco)
Golden State John Doe (featuring Kathleen Edwards)
Gonna Love Ya Avicii
Gone to California Pink
Good Life OneRepublic
Goodbye California Jolie Holland
Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd. Ryan Adams
Grant Avenue B. J. Baker
Grapevine Fires Death Cab For Cutie
Grey in L.A. Loudon Wainwright III
Had to Phone Ya Beach Boys, The
Hash Pipe Weezer
Hate it or love it (feat. 50 cent) The Game
Have a Nice Day Stereophonics
Hawaiian Cowboy Al Kealoha Perry and his Singing Surfriders
Heads Carolina, Tails California Joe Dee Messina
Heart of Gold Neil Young
Heavy, California Jungle
He's the Greatest Dancer Sister Sledge
Hello Adele
Here In California Dave Alvin
Here in California Lucinda Williams
Here in California Kate Wolf
Here in Frisco Merle Haggard
Highway 101 Social Distortion
Highway 5 American Music Club
The Hills of California Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers featuring June Hutton
Hippie From Olema No. 5 Youngbloods, The
History Lesson - Part II Minutemen
Hitchhiker Neil Young
Hold On Tom Waits
Hollywood Madonna
Hollywood The Runaways
Hollywood Dreams Miguel
Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings Father John Misty
Hollywood Freaks Beck
Hollywood Nights Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Hollywood Perfume Pretenders
Hollywood Sign Nico Vega
Hollywood the Second Time Wall of Voodoo
Hollywood Swinging Kool & The Gang
Home She & Him
Hong Kong Blues Hoagy Carmichael
Hooray For Hollywood Johnny 'Scat' Davis and Frances Langford
Hooray For Hollywood Neon Trees
Hot Rod Lincoln Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Hot Rod Lincoln Charley Ryan
Hot Rod Race Arkie Shibley
Hotel California The Eagles
Hotel California Gipsy Kings
House in California Keb Mo
House in L.A. Jungle
(How Much is) That Doggie in the Window? Patti Page
How to Survive in South Central Ice Cube
I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco (And I Don't Drink at All) Nancy Wilson
I Am... I Said Neil Diamond
I Dig Rock and Roll Music Peter, Paul and Mary
I've Never Been to Me Charlene
I Hate California Jonathan Coulton
I've Been Everywhere Hank Snow
I Heart California Admiral Radley
I Left My Wallet in El Segundo A Tribe Called Quest
I Live in L.A. Camper Van Beethoven
I Love L.A. Randy Newman
I Love New York Madonna
I Took A Pill In Ibiza Mike Posner
I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen Robbie Williams
In California Neko Case
In California Joanna Newsom
In Hollywood (Everybody Is a Star) Village People
In My Foreign The Americanos
In My Town Ry Cooder
International Love Pitbull (featuring Chris Brown)
Into the Great Wide Open Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
I Remember California R. E. M.
ISpy Kyle & Lil Yachy
It's a Vibe 2 Chainz
It's a Wonderful Night Fatboy Slim
sIt Neva Rains (featuring The Game) Tyga
It Never Rains in Southern California Albert Hammond
It Never Rains (In Southern California) Tony! Toni! Toné!
It Was a Good Day Ice Cube
Jump On It Sir Mix-a-Lot
Kalifornia Fatboy Slim
Kern River Merle Haggard
Kern River Blues Merle Haggard
King of Bakersfield Cracker
King of California Dave Alvin
Kim's Caravan Courtney Barnett
Kinks Shirt Matt Nathanson
L.A. The Fall
L.A. Elliott Smith
L. A. (California Suite) Mel Tormé
L.A. County Lyle Lovett
L.A. Freeway Guy Clark
L.A. Girl The Adolescents
L.A. Girls Charlie Puth
L.A. Girlz Weezer
L. A. Hallucinations Carly Rae Jepsen
L.A. International Airport Susan Raye
L.A. Love (La La ) (Remix) (feat. YG) Fergie
L.A. Song  (Out of This Town) Beth Hart
L.A. Sunshine War
L.A. Woman The Doors
Ladies of the Canyon Joni Mitchell
Land of Competition Bad Religion
Lawrence of California The Mekons
Leaves Miguel
Leaving California PJ Harvey and John Parish
Leaving L.A. Father John Misty
Left of the Dial The Replacements
Life in California Ice Cube
Lights Journey
Like a California King Everclear
The Little Old Lady From Pasadena Jan and Dean
Lodi Creedence Clearwater Revival
London Thunder The Foals
Los Ageless St. Vincent
Los Angeles Frank Black
Los Angeles Blink-182
Los Angeles Gene Clark
Los Angeles Emily Wells
Los Angeles X
Los Angeles Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
Los Angeles, I'm Yours The Decemberists
Los Angeles is Burning Bad Religion
Look at California (Frankie Beverly &) Maze
Look at California Mr. Shadow
Look at California The Scrayper Boyz
Lullaby Shawn Mullins
Lust For Life Lana Del Rey
MacArthur Park Richard Harris
Malibu Miley Cyrus
Malibu Hole
Malibu Sharon Van Etten
Malibu People John Phillips
Massachusetts Bee Gees
Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign Dory Previn
Maybe California Tori Amos
Me and Bobby McGee Kris Kristofferson
Mendocino The Sir Douglas Quintet
Mendocino County Line Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack
Mess Around Cage the Elephant
Midnight Flyer Nat King Cole
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & the Pips
Miss California Melissa Etheridge
Miss California Jack's Mannequin
Miss California Dante Thomas
Miss Santa Cruz County Cracker
Modesto is Not That Sweet The Hold Steady
Moon Over Marin Dead Kennedys, The
Music Machine Gabriella Cohen
My California Beth Hart
My California Lightnin' Hopkins
My Summer Vacation Ice Cube
Nevada, California The Jayhawks
Never Been to Spain Three Dog Night
Nobody Walks in L.A. Ashford & Simpson
No More Parties In L.A. Kanye West  (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
Northern California Girls Camper Van Beethoven
Not California Elizabeth Cook
Not California Hem
Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg
Ode to L.A. The Raveonettes
Oh California Colin Hay
Oh Lord, I Hate You California Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground
Okie From Muskogee Merle Haggard
Old L.A. Woody Guthrie
Ole Mulholland Frank Black
On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Judy Garland
One Big Holiday My Morning Jacket
One in a Million Guns N' Roses
Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels) Jim Croce
Out in California Dave Alvin
Out On the Weekend Neil Young
Pacific Coast Highway Hole
Pacific Coast Highway The Mamas and the Papas
Pacific Coast Highway Sonic Youth
Palm Desert Van Dyke Parks
Palm Dreams Haley Kiyoko
Palo Alto Radiohead
Paramedic! SOB X RBE
Party in the USA Miley Cyrus
Pastures of Plenty Woody Guthrie
Pastures of Plenty Odetta
Patient Zero Aimee Mann
PCH One Pernice Brothers
Piazza, New York Catcher Belle and Sebastian
Pink Rabbits The National
Plastic California Stereophonics
Pretty on the West Coast Be Calm Honcho 
Promised Land Chuck Berry
Psycho (featuring Ty Dolla Sign) Post Malone
Put the Blame on Mame Anita Ellis (voice) Rita Hayworth Performer
Queen of California John Mayer
Rattle Your Bones Black Whales
Redtail Hawk Kate Wolf
Reelin' In the Years Steely Dan
Return to San Francisco Merle Haggard
Rich Love OneRepublic and SEEB
Ride Lowell (featuring Icona Pop)
Ride Captain Ride Blues Image, The
Rock'n Me The Steve Miller Band
Rockstar Nickleback
Rosalita Bruce Springsteen
Route 66 The Rolling Stones
St. Dominic's Preview Van Morrison
St. Francis Dam Disaster Frank Black and The Catholics
Saints of Los Angeles Mötley Crüe
San Andreas Fault Natalie Merchant
San Bernardino The Mountain Goats
San Ber'dino Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
San Diego Serenade Tom Waits
San Diego Zoo The 6ths
San Francisco Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard
San Francisco Foxygen
San Francisco Galantis
San Francisco Jeanette MacDonald
San Francisco Scott McKenzie
San Francisco Bay Blues Eric Clapton
San Francisco Bay Blues Bob Dylan
San Francisco Bay Blues Jesse Fuller
San Francisco Bay Blues Phoebe Snow
San Francisco Days Chris Isaac
San Francisco Nights Eric Burdon and the Animals
San Francisco (You've Got Me) Village People
San Simeon Bryan Ferry
Santa Barbara Ronnie Milsap
Santa Cruz J. J. Cale
Santa Cruz The Thrills
Santa Monica Everclear
Santa Monica Savage Garden
Santa Monica Theory of a Daydream
Sausalito Connor Oberst
Sausalito Summer Night Diesel
Save as Draft Katy Perry
Save Me San Francisco Train
Say Goodbye to Hollywood Eminem
Say Goodbye to Hollywood Billy Joel
Say Yes Langhorne Slim
Seventy Miles Pete Seeger and Malvina Reynolds
Shaker Star Eef Barzelay
She'd Be California Rascall Flats
She's So California Gary Allan
She's So California Adam Gregory
Shores of California The Dresden Dolls
Sierra Nevada The Sons of the Pioneers
Sink with California Youth Brigade
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
Skalifornia The Skatalites
Smith and Jones Forever Silver Jews
Smoke Signals Phoebe Bridgers
Snow In California Ariana Grande
So L.A. The Motels
Southern California Purples Chicago
Standing on the Moon Grateful Dead
Step Vampire Weekend
Still in Hollywood Concrete Blonde
Straight Outta Compton N.W.A.
Streets of Bakersfield Buck Owens and The Buckaroos
Summer War
Swalla Jason Derulo
Sweater Weather The Neighbourhood
Sweet Home Chicago Robert Johnson
Tape From California Phil Ochs
Take California Propellerheads
Take it Easy, San Francisco Emily Wells
Taxi Harry Chapin
Telegraph Avenue Rancid
Temple Beautiful Chuck Prophet
Thank God for Girls Weezer
The Bay Lyrics Born
The Day The Roots
The Heart of Rock & Roll Huey Lewis and the News
The Hollywood Sign Billy Prewitt
The Lady is a Tramp (Also sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and many others.) Frank Sinatra
The Last Days of Oakland (Intro) Fantastic Negrito
The Oakland Stroke Tower of Power
The Only Place Best Coast
The Recipe Kendrick Lamar (feat. Dr. Dre)
The San Bernardino Boy Cracker
The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man Rolling Stones, The
The Valley Miguel
Thinkin Bout You Frank Ocean
Thrice All American (Tacoma) Neko Case
This is How We Do It Montel Jordan
This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie
This Life Vampire Weekend
This Year Mountain Goats, The
'Til It's Over Anderson .Paak
Tiny Dancer Elton John
To California The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
To Live and Die In L.A. Tupac Shakur (2Pac)
To Live and Die in L.A. Wang Chung
Tonight Tonight Hot Chelle Rae
Topanga Canyon John Phillips
Topanga Windows Spirit
Trigger Bang Lilly Allen
Trouble on Central Buddy
Tulare Dust Merle Haggard
Two States Pavement
Ukiah The Doobie Brothers
Uncle Remus Frank Zappa
Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers
Uneasy Rider Charlie Daniels Band, The
Unfair Pavement
Valley Girl Frank and Moon Zappa
Venice Bitch Lana Del Rey
Ventura Lucinda Williams
Ventura Highway America
Walking in L.A. Missing Persons
Washington Moon Globelamp
West Coast Coconut Records (Jason Schwartzman)
West Coast G-Eazy (with Blueface, ALLBLACK, & YG)
West Coast Lana Del Rey  (aka Elizabeth Grant)
West Coast Blues J. D. Edwards
West Coast Friendship Owl City
West Coast Poplock Ronnie Hudson and the Street People
What I Got Sublime
When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan Cleo Brown
When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano Leon Rene
White Christmas Bette Midler
White Horse Taylor Swift
White Punks on Dope The Tubes
Whittier Blvd. Thee Midnighters
Who Needs the Peace Corps? The Mothers of Invention
Willin' Linda Ronstadt
Willin' Little Feat
Winding Road Bonnie Somerville
Why You'd Want to Live Here Death Cab For Cutie
Wrong Way to Hollywood Wall of Voodoo
Yo Home To Bel-Air DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
You're Not in Kansas, Anymore Joe Dee Messina
You Can't Go Home Again Blink-182
You Know How We Do It Ice Cube

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