57+ Songs about California for the Ultimate Playlist

These songs about California will make you smile, knowing that you’re singing about the The Golden State.

From California songs about love, heartbreak, nostalgia, and beyond, these are some of the best country songs about California, pop songs about California, and rock songs about California.

Use this California playlist as you’re flying into San Francisco, driving through Los Angeles or hanging out in Santa Monica.

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Some of these are songs that mention California in the lyrics or title, while others don’t mention California by name, but are certainly about the state and contains characters and experiences that take place there.

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1. I Love You, California

2. Canyon Moon by Andrew McMahon

3. Sweet Life by Frank Ocean

4. Hollywood by Daniel Powter

5. Los Angeles by Counting Crows

6. California Nights by Lesley Gore

7. Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys

8. Malibu by Hole

9. California Love by 2Pac

10. I Left My Heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennett

11. California by Joni Mitchell

12. Paradise City by Guns and Roses

13. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers

14. It Never Rains in Southern California

15. Big Sur by The Thrills

16. I Love LA by Randy Newman

17. California by Phantom Planet

18. Summer ’79 by Ataris

19. California by Eddi Reader

20. California Sun by the Ramones

21. Hollywood Nights by Bob Seger

22. Beverly Hills by Weezer

23. Rise Above by Black Flag

24. California Sunrise by Dirty Gold

25. California Dreamin by the Mamas and the Papas

26. Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty

27. No Room in Frame by Death Cab for Cutie

28. California Stars by Billy Bragg

29. San Luis Obispo by The Scissor Sisters

30. California Soul by Marlena Shaw

31. Miss California by Jack’s Mannequin

32. California by Hawk Nelson

33. I Remember California by R.E.M

34. California’s Burning by Augustana

35. Back to California by Carole King

36. California by Semisonic

37. Back to California by The Wallflowers

38. California by Low

39. Back to California by Sugarcult

40. California by Metro Station

41. Ventura Highway by America

42. Ukiah by The Doobie Brothers

43. Pasadena Girl by Nellie McKay

44. Hollywood is Not America

45. Los Angeles is Burning by Bad Religion

46. Do You Know the Way to San Jose

47. California by the Simpletones

48. Meet Me in California by the Plain White Ts

49. San Diego by Parmalee

50. Hotel California by the Eagles

51. Back Home by Yellowcard

52. California Sky by Unwritten Law and Blink 182

53. California by The Kooks

54. California by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

55. California Gurls by Katy Perry

56. San Francisco Days by Chris Isaak

57. California Day by Starland Vocal Band

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