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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California Dreamin' The Mamas & the Papas

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California Love Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Roger Troutman

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Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers

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20 7
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California Girls Beach Boys

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California Sun Ramones

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Dani California Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Going Back to Cali The Notorious B.I.G.

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Pasha Zaytseff added Going to California Led Zeppelin IV

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KassahWutke added California Phantom Planet

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Keshvar Alikhani added California Joni Mitchell

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4 3
California Uber Alles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About California
punksnotdead added California Uber Alles Dead Kennedys

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punksnotdead added Sleepy California Her Space Holiday

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The Best Rap Songs About California

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KassahWutke added California Wave

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Amy Boal added California (Cast Iron Soul) Jamestown Revival

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In California Joanna Newsom

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Queen of California John Mayer

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2 4
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California Sun Gin Blossoms

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3 6
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California English Vampire Weekend

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1 4
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Maybe California Tori Amos

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11 16
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California Girls Katy Perry

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2 6
Gone to California is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About California

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Ride to California Paper Tongues

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She'd Be California Rascal Flatts