Top Ten Songs About California

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How's it going, TTT? My criteria's rather loose. If it mentions Cali or a location therein, it's cool.

The Top Ten

1 Hotel California - The Eagles

It's rated so highly for a reason. - PetSounds

2 California Dreamin' - The Mamas and The Papas

Where I come from, you're lucky if you've got ANY leaves on the trees--brown or not. - PetSounds

I hate this annoying song so much. The Mamas and the Papas harmonizing drives me bonkers and Cass Elliot’s voice drives me nuts 🥜

3 California Girls - The Beach Boys

I could have easily filled this entire list with Beach Boys songs, but this is the most obvious. - PetSounds

4 Say Goodbye to Hollywood - Billy Joel

NOT the god-awful Eminem ripoff. - PetSounds

5 Going to California - Led Zeppelin

This song means so much to me. It's always been a favorite. - Beatlesboy9

6 L.A. Woman - The Doors

Seems Jim Morrison is also obsessed with a California girl. - PetSounds

7 Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett
8 Breakfast In America - Supertramp

"Take a jumbo across the water
Like to see America
See the girls in California
Hoping it's going to come true…" - PetSounds

9 Californication - The Red Hot Chili Peppers
10 Blue Jay Way - The Beatles

George Harrison wrote this song while sitting in a rental house on LA's Blue Jay Way. A couple years later, Paul Simon wrote "Cecilia" in the same house. Must be some good vibrations in the air. - PetSounds

The Contenders

11 Going Back to Cali - The Notorious B.I.G.
12 San Franciscan Nights - Eric Burdon & The Animals
13 California Sun - The Rivieras

Love this song

Famously a ripoff of the Beach Boys

14 Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty wrote this specifically about Putah Creek, near Lake Berryessa, where he went camping as a kid.
The line "Old Cody Junior took me over... if you get lost, come on home to green river" was about William Cody Junior [Buffalo Bill's son] who was the concessionaire during Fogerty's youth.

15 California Love - Tupac and Dr. Dre
16 Love Street - The Doors
17 Creeque Alley - The Mamas and The Papas
18 Culver Moon - Jackson Browne
19 I Love L.A. - Randy Newman
20 Little Old Lady (from Pasadena) - Jan & Dean
21 Hollywood Swingin' - Kool and the Gang
22 Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger
23 San Francisco - Scott McKenzie
24 For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

Many people erroneously think it is an anti-Vietnam song, but it is about riots on the Sunset Strip.

25 Mendocino - Sir Douglas Quintet
26 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
27 Celluloid Heroes - The Kinks
28 Surf City - Jan & Dean
29 Dead Man's Curve - Jan & Dean
30 California Gurls - Katy Perry
31 Coming Into Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie
32 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) - Bruce Springsteen
33 California Soul - 5th Dimension
34 The Streets of Bakersfield - Buck Owens
35 Hot Fudge - Robbie Williams
36 California - Colonel Loud
37 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
38 California - Joni Mitchell
39 I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett
40 Ride the Wild Surf - Jan & Dean
41 California Love - 2pac
42 To Live & Die in L.A. - Tupac
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Top Remixes

1. California Girls - The Beach Boys
2. California - Joni Mitchell
3. California Dreamin' - The Mamas and The Papas
RecklessGreed
1. Hotel California - The Eagles
2. Going Back to Cali - The Notorious B.I.G.
3. Say Goodbye to Hollywood - Billy Joel
iliekpiez
1. California Dreamin' - The Mamas and The Papas
2. Hotel California - The Eagles
3. California Girls - The Beach Boys
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