Songs The Best Songs About California  

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List Rules Songs with California in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about California as a subject.

Some say this entire list could be made up of just Red Hot Chili Peppers songs (har har) but for this poll we're having you vote on the best California songs of all time. West coast music has always had it's own flare, but not all these songs are performed by California artists. For example, Notorious B.I.G is an east coast rapper, but still has "Going Back to Cali" in his discography. This is a ranked list of all the greatest songs about California, as voted on by music fans like you. Some of the songs included below may have the words "California" or "Cali" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about the golden state as a subject or theme.

Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid Cali tracks that are thematically similar. Vote for the California songs that you enjoy the most, and downvote ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. If one of your top songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. Many genres of music are featured below, including rock, pop, folk, metal, and more.
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The Mamas & the Papas

2
35 10
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3
28 9
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Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Roger Troutman

4
28 12
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Red Hot Chili Peppers

5
20 7
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Ramones

6
22 9
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Beach Boys

7
20 9
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Red Hot Chili Peppers

8
7 2
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Pasha Zaytseff added

Led Zeppelin

IV

9
13 11
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The Notorious B.I.G.

10
5 4
California Uber Alles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About California
punksnotdead added Dead Kennedys

11
6 6
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Keshvar Alikhani added Joni Mitchell

12
3 3
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punksnotdead added Her Space Holiday

13
5 6
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KassahWutke added Phantom Planet

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0 1
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Elise Hennigan added

15
3 5
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KassahWutke added Wave

16
2 4
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Amy Boal added Jamestown Revival

17
2 4
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Joanna Newsom

18
5 8
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John Mayer

19
2 5
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2 5
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Gin Blossoms

21
3 7
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Vampire Weekend

22
12 18
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Katy Perry

23
1 5
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Tori Amos

24
2 7
Gone to California is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About California

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3 10
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0 6
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27
0 6
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Rascal Flatts

28
0 6
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Paper Tongues