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Songs that mention California?

Asked by tinyfaery (42868points) November 19th, 2008 from iPhone

I’m making a mix for a displaced friend. I know the obvious songs: Joni Mitchell, Led Zep, anything by RHCP or the Counting Crows, and rap songs from the 90s. I need more. Please help.

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miasmom's avatar

hotel California

eambos's avatar

You’re missing an obvious one-

Hotel California, The Eagles

damn it

tinyfaery's avatar

Hotel CA is obvious. Thanx nikipedia

miasmom's avatar

@eambos :)

Judi's avatar

The California Adventure in Disneyland plays lots of them! California Dreamin’, Wish They’d Offer Me California, I’m going in a couple of weeks, I’ll keep my ears open for ya!

rossi_bear's avatar

well the one i was going to say is the hotel california, but see the others bet me.LOL! :)

SoapChef's avatar

House in California by Keb Mo I love him.

@Judi Was that your best Sarah Palin?

Judi's avatar

you betcha!

jessturtle23's avatar

“California Sun” by Rancid. It’s really good.

PupnTaco's avatar

“California” by Joni Mitchell (from “Blue”)

eambos's avatar

Californiacation, Red Hot Chili Peppers

I’m not certain that it’s actually about California

nicachica's avatar

Going to California – Led Zeppelin

AstroChuck's avatar

California Girls – The Beach Boys
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas
California Man – The Move

peedub's avatar

Can’t miss this fresh track.

aanuszek1's avatar

The theme from the OC

jessehattabaugh's avatar

California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade, by The Decemberists

EmpressPixie's avatar

I see Joni Mitchell has already been mentioned. And I approve.

Dani California? Red Hot Chili Peppers. It’s not about, you know, California the state, but the word is there.

tonedef's avatar

Check out Minus the Bear. I think that all of their songs are about California. If not, they sound like they are.

Allie's avatar

Good song, jessehattabaugh

California Love – Tupac
California – Weezer
California Babylon – The Transplants
More Bounce in California – Soul Kid Number One
California Livin – Mac Dre
Who Am I – Snoop Dogg
Like a California King – Everclear
Los Angeles is Burning – Bad Religion
Cali Sunshine – The Game
Going Back to Cali – Notorious B.I.G.
Hollywood – Jackie Greene
Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Entertainment – Rise Against
93 til Infinity – Souls of Mischief

aidje's avatar

California Girls – The Magnetic Fields (not a cover)
California – Rogue Wave

(Both of those are pretty negative.)

ladytmerie's avatar

It Never Rains In Southern California-Tony Toni Tone’

Spargett's avatar

Just about every song on The Game’s new album has CA in. He’s quite the west coast patriot.

figbash's avatar

Nikipedia nailed it, but Los Angeles I’m Yours – The Decemberists, has some good lyrics:

How I abhor this place
It’s sweet and bitter taste
Has left me wretched, retching on all fours
Los Angeles, I’m yours

Likeradar's avatar

California by Phantom Planet. (is that the OC one someone already mentioned? never seen the show, but for some reason I think it might be.)

The Californian by Bob Schneider.

aanuszek1's avatar

Phantom Planet…that was it. All I know is its the theme to the OC

Likeradar's avatar

Tiny, are you looking for songs that mention CA in general, or are specific locations ok?

In college a friend and I did a so-Cal roadtrip to stop at places mentioned in songs… I could probably find our driving mix tape somewhere if specific cities would be useful.

wilhel1812's avatar


popo7676's avatar

“Doggie in the Window”-Patti Page
Its old, but she talks a little about California.

chutterhanban's avatar

Jack’s Mannequin – Into the Airwaves

…some pretty good L.A. references. Talks about his life there.

wilhel1812's avatar

California Nights by Neal Morse

chelseababyy's avatar

Pretty much anything by Jacks Mannequin,
All I wanna Do – Sheryl Crow (more aimed towards Santa Monica)
Half of Murs’ songs.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

mates of state did an awesome version of the california song the oc uses (originally by phantom planet).
less than jake did a remake of hotel california (originally by the eagles)
2pac did california originally (and then it was redone by my american heart)
california dreamer – wolf parade
california girls – magnetic fields
classic cars – bright eyes mentions california (‘if i get outta california/i’m going back to my home state/to tell em all/that i made/a mistake’)
california girls – tyga
tons of songs by jack’s mannequin
lazy days – shwayze (‘lazy days in los angeles….’)
the kelley affair – be your own pet (‘we took our act down to LA’)
angeles – elliott smith
cleanse song – bright eyes (not sure if the entire part is about california as i don’t know my way around there but it goes ‘a season to sleep and a place to get clean, maybe los angeles, somewhere no one’s expecting, on a detox walk through a glendale park over sidewalk chalk, someone wrote in red, “start over”, so I muffled my scream on an oxnard beach’)
a few songs by yellowcard
los angeles is burning – bouncing souls
going back to cali – ll cool j
california – metro station

ilovemetrostation's avatar

californiaaaaaa by: metro stationn!<3

eponymoushipster's avatar

why you’d want to live here – Death Cab for Cutie (re: Los Angeles)

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