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Every Official State Song, Ranked

Every Official State Song, Ranked

Similar to our national anthem, each state in the U.S. has its own state song. These anthems are typically written about the specific state they represent and many have a long-standing history.

“The Star Spangled Banner” was not signed into law as the official anthem for the United States until 1931. Meanwhile, several state songs had already been determined by this point. For example, “Where the Columbines Grow,” Colorado’s first official state song, was adopted in 1915. Similarly, Iowa’s state song entitled “The Song of Iowa,” was adopted in 1911.

It’s also important to note that a state song must be voted into law by that same state’s legislature in order for it to be considered the official anthem. Additionally, some states have more than one official state song. Arizona, for example, adopted its state anthem in 1919 called “Arizona March Song.” However, when Rex Allen, Jr. produced the tune “Arizona” in 1981, the state legislature officially claimed it as the new state anthem a year later, giving Arizona two official state songs.

Some of the songs on our list below are well-known even outside state lines. Many grew up humming the tune of “Yankee Doodle,” Connecticut’s official state song since 1978. Other songs on our list, however, are better known within the state itself as few people likely know the lyrics to songs like “North Dakota Hymn” or “Beautiful Nebraska” unless they live or grew up within those specific states. (For more reading on the diversity in each state, check out every state’s most breathtaking natural wonder.)

To rank every official state song, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on Wikipedia pageview activity for all state songs. Official state songs were ranked based on average daily Wikipedia pageviews for the period January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023. Data on date of adoption came from various online sources. New Jersey and Maryland don’t have official state songs.

48. Rhode Island: “Rhode Island, It’s for Me”

Rhode Island state image | HDR image of the Providence, Rhode Island skyline
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HDR image of the skyline of Providence, Rhode Island from the far side of the Providence River viewed just as the sun is setting at dusk

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 1.2 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1996

47. Maine: “State of Maine”

Maine state image | Portland Head Light
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Portland, Maine, USA at Portland Head Light.

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 2.0 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1937

46. Tennessee: “My Homeland, Tennessee”

  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 2.9 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1925

45. Illinois: “Illinois”

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Source: fotoguy22 / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 3.8 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1925

44. North Dakota: “North Dakota Hymn”

  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 5.8 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1947

43. Delaware: “Our Delaware”

Dover, Delaware | Historic houses in Dover
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Historic houses at First State Heritage Park, Dover, Delaware, USA

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 6.0 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1925

42. Nebraska: “Beautiful Nebraska”

Nebraska state image | Aerial View of Lincoln, Nebraska in Autumn
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Aerial View of Lincoln, Nebraska in Autumn

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 6.2 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1967

41. South Dakota: “Hail, South Dakota!”

Panorama of Rapid City, South Dakota, USA by Sopotnicki
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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 6.7 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1943

40. Arkansas: “Arkansas”

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Source: ChrisBoswell / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 7.3 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1917

39. Vermont: “These Green Mountains”

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Source: KenCanning / E+ via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 7.9 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1999

38. Wyoming: “Wyoming”

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Source: JTSorrell / E+ via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 9.5 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1955

37. West Virginia: “The West Virginia Hills”

USA, West Virginia, Meadow River, Gauley River National Recreation Area
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Source: Malachi Jacobs / Shutterstock.com
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 12.5 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1963

36. New Hampshire: “Old New Hampshire”

Ashland NH by P199
Source: P199 / Wikimedia Commons

  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 12.8 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1949

35. Idaho: “Here We Have Idaho”

Sandy beach at Priest Lake Idaho with small waves in clear blue water, blue sky's and trees and forest in the background during summer season.
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Source: Josh Garver / Shutterstock.com
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 13.2 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1931

34. Montana: “Montana”

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Source: peeterv / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 13.3 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1945

33. Massachusetts: “All Hail to Massachusetts”

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Source: DenisTangneyJr / E+ via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 14.6 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1981

32. Alabama: “Alabama”

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Source: Darryl Vest / Shutterstock.com
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 15.1 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1931

31. South Carolina: “Carolina”

Bluffton, South Carolina | May River Sunset, Bluffton, South Carolina
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Sunset over the May River at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 15.2 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1911

30. Mississippi: “Go, Mississippi”

Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, Mississippi by Ken Lund
Source: Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, Mississippi by Ken Lund / BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 15.9 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1962

29. Washington: “Washington, My Home”

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Source: aiisha5 / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 15.9 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1959

28. Virginia: “Our Great Virginia”

Marion, Virginia | High angle view of trees and buildings against sky,Marion,Virginia,United States,USA
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Source: Michael Gibson / 500px / 500px via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 17.0 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 2015

27. Minnesota: “Hail! Minnesota”

Edina, Minnesota | Aerial View of the Business District of Edina, Minnesota at Sunrise
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Aerial View of the Business District of Edina, Minnesota at Sunrise

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 18.8 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1945

26. Utah: “Utah…This Is the Place”

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 19.1 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 2003

25. New Mexico: “O Fair New Mexico”

  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 19.6 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1917

24. Arizona: “Arizona”

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 19.6 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1981

23. Iowa: “The Song of Iowa”

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Source: f11photo / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 22.5 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1911

22. Michigan: “My Michigan”

Detroit, Michigan | Detroit Skyline
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Detroit Skyline, Detroit, Michigan, USA

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 22.6 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1937

21. Nevada: “Home Means Nevada”

Lake+Mead+National+Recreation+Area | Lake Mead National Recreation Area, East of Las Vegas, Nevada
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. The centerpieces of the National Recreation Area are its two large reservoirs: Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. These lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while the surrounding desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. Three of Americas four desert ecosystems — the Mojave desert, the Great Basin desert, and the Sonoran Desert — meet in Lake Mead NRA. As a result, this seemingly barren area contains a surprising variety of plants and animals, some of which may be found nowhere else in the world. Originally called Boulder Dam Recreation Area, it is managed under a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management dating from October 13, 1936. The name was changed to Lake Mead National Recreation Area on August 11, 1947. About 20,000 acres (81 km²) of the recreation area overlap with Grand Canyon-Parashan...

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 23.0 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1933

20. Pennsylvania: “Pennsylvania”

pennsylvania on the map
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Source: Alexander Lukatskiy / Shutterstock.com
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 23.9 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1990

19. Missouri: “Missouri Waltz”

Kansas City, Missouri | Kansas City, Missouri, USA Skyline
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Kansas City, Missouri, USA downtown skyline with Union Station at dusk.

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 25.9 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1949

18. Colorado: “Where the Columbines Grow”

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Source: EdwardSnow / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 28.9 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1915

17. North Carolina: “The Old North State”

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Source: ChrisBoswell / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 29.1 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1927

16. Ohio: “Beautiful Ohio”

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Source: espiegle / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 29.1 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1969

15. Alaska: “Alaska’s Flag”

  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 29.4 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1955

14. Oklahoma: “Oklahoma”

Moore, Oklahoma | Misty Morning 2
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A gentle Sunday morning fog over Moore, Oklahoma

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 33.5 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1953

13. Oregon: “Oregon, My Oregon”

Oregon state image | State Calital Building
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State Capital Building in Salem Oregon USA

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 34.4 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1927

12. Indiana: “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away”

A beautiful sunset of a windmill and barn silhouetted against the evening sky in rural Indiana USA, North America
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Source: DnDavis / Shutterstock.com
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 38.7 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1913

11. Hawaii: “Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī”

Beautiful Lanikai, Kailua Sunrise in Hawaii
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Source: Shane Myers Photography / Shutterstock.com
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 54.5 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1967

10. Wisconsin: “On, Wisconsin!”

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 55.5 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1959

9. California: “I Love You, California”

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Source: yhelfman / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 69.1 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1951

8. Texas: “Texas, Our Texas”

Austin, Texas | Downtown Austin Texas with capital and riverfront
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Downtown Austin Texas with capital and riverfront

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 99.8 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1929

7. Florida: “Old Folks at Home”

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Source: Sean Pavone / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 176.4 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1935

6. Kentucky: “My Old Kentucky Home”

Cherokee Park, Louisville KY by Scott Clark
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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 194.3 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1928

5. Kansas: “Home on the Range”

Kansas summer wheat field and storm by US Department of State
Source: Kansas summer wheat field and storm by US Department of State / BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 202.2 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1947

4. New York: “I Love New York”

Walkway Over The Hudson by Paul VanDerWerf
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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 266.2 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1980

3. Georgia: “Georgia on My Mind”

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Source: Jon Frederick / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 364.2 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1979

2. Louisiana: “You Are My Sunshine”

Slidell, Louisiana | Louisiana Sunset
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Sun setting in Slidell, Louisiana with houses on a river.

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  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 680.3 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1977

1. Connecticut: “Yankee Doodle”

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Source: ChrisBoswell / iStock via Getty Images
  • Avg. Wikipedia pageview activity: 806.5 per day
  • Year adopted as state song: 1978

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