To celebrate the Fourth of July, Calley and I spent more time than was strictly necessary putting together this mix of 50 songs (well, 51 with Washington, D.C.) about the 50 states. Or rather, related to the 50 states. You get the point.

Alabama: “Stars Fell On Alabama” :: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Alaska: “Alaska” :: Dr. Dog
Arizona: “Hotel Arizona” :: Wilco
Arkansas: “Home” :: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (“Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my ma and pa …”)
California: “California Stars” :: Billy Bragg & Wilco
Colorado: “Colorado” :: Grizzly Bear
Connecticut: “Peace Frog” :: The Doors (“Blood in the streets / of the town of New Haven …”)
Delaware: “Is This Thing On?” :: The Promise Ring (“Delaware: Are you aware of Air Supply and Television …”)
District of Columbia: “Washington, D.C.” :: Magnetic Fields
Florida: “Florida” :: The Push Kings
Georgia: “Midnight Train to Georgia” :: Gladys Knight
Hawaii: “Hawaii” :: Haley Bonar
Idaho: “Private Idaho” :: The B-52s
Illinois: “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!” :: Sufjan Stevens (“I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S …”)
Indiana: “Indiana Jones” :: Vermont
Iowa: “Iowa” :: Dar Williams
Kansas: “Train from Kansas City” :: Neko Case (We know, it’s probably Kansas City, MO)
Kentucky: “Bowling Green” :: The Everly Brothers
Louisiana: “Going Back to Louisiana” :: Bruce Channel
Maine: “Pink Chimneys” :: The Promise Ring (“Pink chimneys in Maine / couldn’t keep me away …”)
Maryland: “Baltimore” :: The Tamlins
Massachusetts: “Mass Pike” :: The Get Up Kids
Michigan: “I’ve Got a Girl in Kalamazoo” :: Tex Beneke
Minnesota: “Minnesota” :: The Dandy Warhols
Mississippi: “Mississippi Goddam” :: Nina Simone
Missouri: “Missouri” :: Low
Montana: “Big Sky Country” :: Chris Whitley
Nebraska: “Nebraska” :: Bruce Springsteen
Nevada: “Viva Las Vegas” :: Elvis Presley
New Hampshire: “New Hampshire” :: Matt Pond PA
New Jersey: “Jersey Shore” :: The Promise Ring
New Mexico: “New Mexico” :: Florida
New York: “New York, New York” :: Cat Power
North Carolina: “North Carolina” :: The Oranges Band
North Dakota: “Fargo” :: The Small Cities
Ohio: “Ohio” :: Damien Jurado
Oklahoma: “Oklahoma” :: Scud Mountain Boys
Oregon: “Oregon Girl” :: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Pennsylvania: “Freedom of ‘76” :: Ween
Rhode Island: “Rhode Island Is Famous For You” :: Blossom Dearie
South Carolina: “Oh Carolina” :: Shaggy
South Dakota: “Reno Dakota” :: Magnetic Fields
Tennessee: “Tennessee” :: Arrested Development
Texas: “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton” :: The Mountain Goats
Utah: “The Great Salt Lake” :: Band of Horses
Vermont: “Moonlight In Vermont” :: Ella Fitzgerald
Virginia: “Virginia” :: Jeremy Messersmith
Washington: “Thrice All American” :: Neko Case (“Life goes by slow in Tacoma …”)
West Virginia: “Country Roads” :: John Denver
Wisconsin: “Wisconsin” :: Jamie Ness
Wyoming: “Wyoming and Me” :: The Black Crowes

Yes, some of these are a bigger reach than others. And some are a huge reach. Suggestions for improvements welcomed.