Playlist of the Moment: California

I did a couple of other OC recaps for Snark Squad earlier this month (here and here), and they reminded me of something- I have a playlist of songs about California.

Why? Because there are a LOT of songs about California. I mean, it is the most populous state and brings a lot of images and associations to mind just at the mention of its name, so I guess it makes sense. It was an incredibly easy playlist to make- I just searched my music for California and then added some about cities in California. I’m particularly fond of the first one- “My California” by Beth Hart. “I’ll love you like the sun loves California” is a lyric that has stuck in my brain since I first heard the song.


1. My California, Beth Hart

2. California Girls, The Beach Boys

3. California Stars, Billy Bragg and Wilco

4. Southern California Wants to Be Western New York, Dar Williams

5. Hotel California, The Eagles

6. A Song About California, Hey Ocean!

7. Heads Carolina, Tails California, Jo Dee Messina

8. All the Gold in California, Larry Gatlin

9. California Deamin’, The Mamas and the Papas

10. California, Phantom Planet

11. California, Rogue Wave

12. California, Rufus Wainwright

13. L.A. Song, Beth Hart

14. Goodnight L.A., Counting Crows

15.  L.A. Woman, The Doors

16. L.A. Is My Lady, Frank Sinatra

17. Walking in Los Angeles, Kate Micucci

18. Santa Monica, Everclear

19. San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair), Scott McKenzie

20. Here In LA, Roy Joseph



2 thoughts on “Playlist of the Moment: California

  1. Ginny

    Yea there aren’t to many songs about massachusetts ha ha. I have always loved the OC theme song, probably one of my favorite California Songs.

    1. Katie Post author

      There are a lot about Boston, but I can’t think of any about Massachusetts, the state, off the top of my head.


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