The North Dakota Hymn

The North Dakota Hymn is the official state song for the state. James Foley wrote the song in 1926 and paired the song to the tune The Austrian Hymn. C.S. Putman arranged the music with distinct ragtime syncopation. North Dakota adopted the song as their official state song in 1947.   Photos courtesy of

Carolina in My Mind

  Carolina in My Mind was written and performed by James Taylor. The song first appeared on his 1968 self-titled debut album. “Taylor wrote it while overseas recording for the Beatles’ label Apple Records, and the song’s themes reflect his homesickness at the time. Released as a single, the song earned critical praise but not Read More

New York New York

New York New York has become a well-known song and theme for New York City. The song debuted in the 1977 Martin Scorsese film New York New York. Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb wrote the song for the film. “Composers Kander and Ebb stated on the A&E Biography episode about Liza Minnelli, that Read More

O Fair New Mexico

O Fair New Mexico is the state song for the state of New Mexico. The song was written by Elizabeth Garrett, who was the daughter of former Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett. Sheriff Garrett is best know as the man who killed Billy the Kid. The New Mexico legislature approved the song, which is considered Read More

Jersey Girl

Jersey Girl was composed and originally released by Tom Waits. He wrote the song with his future wife, Kathleen Brennan, who was living in New Jersey in mind. “It is one of Waits’ most tender songs, and captures a feeling of romantic longing despite its somewhat gritty details.” Waits said in a 1980 interview that, Read More

Old New Hampshire

  Old New Hampshire is one of the official state songs for the state of New Hampshire. The song was written by Dr. John F. Holmes in 1926. Maurice Hoffmann composed the music. Old New Hampshire was chosen to be the official state song in both 1949 and 1977. The state also has eight honorary Read More

Viva Las Vegas

When thinking of Nevada the place that most often comes to mind is Las Vegas. Elvis introduced the song Viva Las Vegas in 1963, which has continued to be popular for the grand strip. Viva Las Vegas was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Elvis Presley released the song in 1963, as a vehicle Read More

Beautiful Nebraska

  Beautiful Nebraska is the official state song for Nebraska. The song was written by Jim Fras and Guy Miller. The song was adopted as the state song in 1967.   Photos courtesy of


  Montana is the state song for the state of the same name. The song was written by Charles Cohan and composed by Joseph E. Howard. The state of Montana adopted the song as their state song on February 20, 1945.   Photos courtesy of  

Missouri Waltz

  Missouri Waltz is the official state song of Missouri. The song began as a minstrel song. “The song came from a melody by John Valentine Eppel and was arranged by Frederic Knight Logan, using lyrics written by James Royce Shannon. First published in 1914, the song did not sell well and was considered a Read More