The Best Country Songs About California

The sweet sounds of country music from the land of milk and honey.

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The sweet sounds of country music from the land of milk and honey.

August 3, 2023 7:08 pm GMT

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Ah, California. The golden west, the land of milk and honey, the cereal bowl of the nation. That sunshine state where the bomb ass hemp be, the state where you never find a dance floor empty and where pimps be on a mission for them greens.

California might not be smack bang at the heart of country music in the same way that it is for hip hop and hair metal, but its contribution to the genre should never be undervalued.

Buck Owens and Merle Haggard brought their Bakersfield twang to the country audiences at a time when the Nashville Sound was filling the country mainstream with 60’s pop strings, and Gram Parsons and Dwight Yoakam made it their spiritual home as they reinvented the genre in the 70s and 80s. Nowadays homegrown artists like Jon Pardi and Molly Tuttle are putting it firmly back on the map.

The Golden State has more than its fair share of country songs sung in its honour too and we’ve collected together 50 of the finest together in our playlist of The Best Country Songs About California.

See the full tracklist for the Playlist below:

  1. 1.

    California Sunrise

    Jon Pardi

  2. 2.

    Hotel California


  3. 3.

    Streets Of Bakersfield

    Buck Owens

  4. 4.

    L.A. County

    Lyle Lovett

  5. 5.

    Sin City

    The Flying Burrito Brothers

  6. 6.

    L.A. Freeway

    Guy Clark

  7. 7.


    Linda Ronstadt

  8. 8.

    California Stars

    Wilco and Billy Bragg

  9. 9.

    California Sober

    Billy Strings and Willie Nelson

  10. 10.


    Margo Cilker

  11. 11.

    All The Wine In California

    Logan Ledger

  12. 12.

    Heads Carolina, Tails California

    Jo Dee Messina

  13. 13.

    Two More Bottles Of Wine

    Emmylou Harris

  14. 14.

    California Cotton Fields

    Dallas Frazier

  15. 15.

    She's So California

    Gary Allan

  16. 16.

    Gonna California

    Terry Allen

  17. 17.


    Glen Campbell

  18. 18.

    King of California

    Dave Alvin

  19. 19.


    Sam Outlaw

  20. 20.


    Kenny Chesney

  21. 21.

    L.A. International Airport

    Susan Raye

  22. 22.

    San Francisco Blues

    Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway featuring Dan Tyminski

  23. 23.

    California Song

    Jerry Jeff Walker

  24. 24.


    Lucinda Williams

  25. 25.

    All The Gold In California

    Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

  26. 26.

    A Friend In California

    Merle Haggard

  27. 27.

    Blue Tacoma

    Russell Dickerson

  28. 28.

    The Late Great Golden State

    Dwight Yoakam

  29. 29.

    West Coast Town

    Chris Shiflett

  30. 30.

    The Rose of San Joaquin

    Tom Russell

  31. 31.

    San Diego Serenade

    Nanci Griffith

  32. 32.

    Mendocino County Line

    Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack

  33. 33.

    Grey in L.A.

    Loudon Wainwright III

  34. 34.

    Cold in California


  35. 35.

    San Francisco Mabel Joy

    Kenny Rogers

  36. 36.

    Blue California

    The Bellamy Brothers

  37. 37.

    She'd Be California

    Rascal Flatts

  38. 38.

    California Girls

    Gretchen Wilson

  39. 39.

    Santa Ana Winds

    Waylon Payne

  40. 40.

    The Heart Of California (For Lowell George)

    Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band

  41. 41.

    Kern River

    Merle Haggard

  42. 42.

    San Francisco is a Lonely Town

    Linda Martell

  43. 43.

    San Jose

    The Mavericks

  44. 44.

    Going To California

    The Arlenes

  45. 45.

    Pretty Girl From San Diego

    The Avett Brothers

  46. 46.

    San Francisco

    The Teskey Brothers

  47. 47.


    Trixie Mattel

  48. 48.

    Ticket to L.A.

    Brett Young

  49. 49.


    Tim McGraw

  50. 50.

    California Sunshine

    Jonathan Tyler

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Written by Ciara Bains
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