List of U.S. state songs

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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Virginny" (adopted 1940),[1] is now considered the "emeritus" state song and is scheduled to be replaced, having been rescinded by the Virginia General Assembly.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

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