The 20 essential songs about California

essential songs about California
The 20 essential songs about California

The 20 essential songs about California: California Girls, Malibu, Hotel California, Folsom Prison Blues, Dani California, San Francisco, Marina del Rey, California Dreamin’, Streets of Bakersfield, California and more

Flip through the gallery for 20 of the most iconic songs written about California, from the haunting “San Francisco” to the legendary Beach Boys classic “California Girls.”

“California Girls,” The Beach Boys
“Malibu,” Hole
“Hotel California,” The Eagles
“Folsom Prison Blues,” Johnny Cash
“Dani California,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
“San Francisco,” Scott McKenzie
“Marina del Rey,” George Strait
“California Dreamin’,” The Mamas and the Papas
“Streets of Bakersfield,” Buck Owens
“California,” Phantom Planet
“Californication,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
“California Love,” 2Pac
“Straight Outta Compton,” NWA
“Going to California,” Led Zeppelin
“Do You Know The Way to San Jose,” Dionne Warwick
“Lodi,” Creedence Clearwater Revival
“California Gurls,” Katy Perry
“West Coast,” Lana Del Rey
“California,” Joni Mitchell
“California,” Belinda Carlisle

20 essential songs about California

Whether you’re a native Californian, a transplant, or just dream of living there, the music world offers plenty of songs written in tribute to the Golden State. These songs span a wide range of genres, from soul to folk to hip-hop, and there’s an iconic California song for just about every music fan.

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