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50 Songs For 50 States; A 4th Of July Playlist

Mike Mehalick July 3, 2012 Features No Comments

Happy 236th Birthday America! You hardly look a day over 230. On July the 4th people of all colors, creeds, and sexual orientation will pull their red, white, and blue short shorts out of that secret place in their closets in celebration of freedom and…whatever word means “get really fucked up on jello shots and Bud Light”. We at SIMGE appreciate diversity, whether it be from genre to genre or state to state. Celebrating the wide swath of musical influence and variety all across this great land, here’s a selection of 50 songs with each state receiving its own aural recognition. Check out the Spotify playlist here (SIMGE – 50 States) and enjoy the holiday!

Alabama Shakes – “Hang Loose”

Dr. Dog – “Alaska”

Kings of Leon – “Arizona”

Bruce Springsteen – “Mary Queen of Arkansas”

EMA – “California”

Grizzly Bear – “Colorado”

Ben Folds – “Kylie From Connecticut”

City and Colour – “Hello I’m In Delaware”

Modest Mouse – “Florida”

Yuck – “Georgia”

Mew – “Hawaii”

Delta Spirit – “Idaho”

Fang Island – “The Illinois”

Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Indiana”

Slipknot – “Iowa”

Kansas – “Carry On My Wayward Son”

Tom Waits – “Kentucky Avenue”

The Walkmen – “Louisiana”

Okkervil River – “Maine Island Lovers”

Maryland – “Red Boots”

Dropkick Murphys – “The State of Massachusetts”

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Especially In Michigan”

Bon Iver – “Minnesota, WI”

Mountain – “Mississippi Queen”

Johnny Cash – “Missouri Waltz”

Youth Lagoon – “Montana”

Bruce Springsteen – “Nebraska”

Deer Tick – “Nevada”

Sonic Youth – “New Hampshire”

Bruce Springsteen – “Jersey Girl”

Coheed & Cambria – “Elf Tower New Mexico”

LCD Soundsystem  – “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”

Melissa Ferrick – “North Carolina”

Lyle Lovett – “North Dakota”

The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

Yo La Tengo – “Oklahoma U.S.A.”

Loretta Lynne & Jack White – “Portland Oregon”

Bloodhound Gang – “Pennsylvania”

The Front Bottoms – “Rhode Island”

Black Girls – “South Carolina”

Magic Man – “South Dakota”

Arrested Development – “Tennessee”

Stevie Ray Vaughn – “Texas Flood”

Futurebirds – “Johnny Utah”

The Magnetic Fields – “Long Vermont Roads”

The Rolling Stones – “Sweet Virginia”

Atlas Sound – “Washington School”

Daniel Johnston – “Wild West Virginia”

Locksley – “Oh, Wisconsin!”

Neil Young – “The Emperor of Wyoming”






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Mike is a graduate of the School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video focused on screenwriting. His career stops have included editing positions at AOL, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. He regularly contributes to a variety of outlets. Follow him @mmehalick

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