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Songs About California, OC, LA & More

The best California songs are crafted by artists who grasp the paradoxical nature of the state, where greatness and tragedies intertwine. These songs resonate with triumph and heartache, success and failure, love and loss. They pay homage to the iconic Golden State while fearlessly exploring its gritty underbelly. California stands as one of the most idealized states in movies, music, and television, and within its realm, you’ll discover disco, hardcore, pop, punk, jazz, and folk compositions penned by both outsiders and lifelong residents.

Here is a collection of the many songs about California, Orange County, Los Angeles, and more, as they transport you on a nostalgic journey or inspire you to embark on a fun getaway.

Songs About California, OC, LA, and More

Songs With California in the Title

  1. “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & The Papas
  2. “Hotel California” by Eagles
  3. “California Love” by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre
  4. “California Girls” by The Beach Boys
  5. “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  6. “California Gurls” by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
  7. “California Stars” by Wilco
  8. “California Love” by Joni Mitchell
  9. “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin
  10. “California Soul” by Marlena Shaw
  11. “Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  12. “California” by Phantom Planet
  13. “California Nights” by Best Coast
  14. “California Waiting” by Kings of Leon
  15. “California” by The Weekend
  16. “California Here I Come” by Al Jolson
  17. “California Dream” by Wolf Parade
  18. “California” by Delta Spirit
  19. “California” by Jamestown Revival
  20. “California” by Metro Station
  21. “When You Get To California” by Hoodoo Gurus
  22. “California Sun” by The Ramones
  23. “California Sunset” by Neil Young
  24. “Queen Of California” by John Mayer
  25. “It’s A Longer Road To California Than I Thought” by The Wind And The Wave
  26. “California” by U2
  27. “California” by Lenny Kravitz
  28. “California Calling” by The Beach Boys
  29. “California Waiting” by Kings Of Leon
  30. “(Go To) California” by Rob Zombie
  31. “California Sunrise” by Dirty Gold
  32. “I Remember California” by R.E.M
  33. “California’s Burning” by Augustana
  34. “Back to California” by The Wallflowers
  35. “California” by the Simpletones
  36. “California Sky” by Unwritten Law and Blink 182
  37. “California” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  38. “California Nights” by Lesley Gore
  39. “Miss California” by Jack’s Mannequin
  40. “California Day” by Starland Vocal Band
  41. “Meet Me in California” by The Plain White T’s

The California State Song is “I Love You California.”

Songs About Orange County

  1. “OC Life” by The Vandals
  2. “New York to California” by Mat Kearney
  3. “Tragic Kingdom” by No Doubt
  4. “Orange County Girl” by Gwen Stefani
  5. “Garden Grove” by Sublime
  6. “OC’s So California” by Social Distortion
  7. “Costa Mesa” by Serena Ryder
  8. “Orange County” by The Ataris
  9. “Fullerton” by Aimee Allen
  10. “Laguna Beach” by Sammy Hagar
  11. “California Orange” by The Kooks
  12. “Surf City” by Jan & Dean
  13. “Orange County” by Stefy
  14. “Orange County (California)” by T. Rex
  15. “Orange County Swinging” by Bowling for Soup
  16. “Mission Viejo” by Grant Lee Buffalo
  17. “California (Orange County Mix)” by Phantom Planet
  18. “Orange County Blue and Brew” by Chris Shiflett and The Dead Peasants
  19. “Newport Beach” by Joyce Manor
  20. “Orange County Punk” by NOFX
  21. “In Orange County” by Orson
  22. “Orange County Lumber Truck” by Frank Zappa
  23. “San Clemente” by Derek Sheen
  24. “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano” by various
  25. “Surf City” by Jan & Dean
  26. “Surfin’ USA” by The Beach Boy
  27. “Surfin’ H.B.” by Sublime
  28. “H.B. Calling” by The Vandals
  29. “Huntington Beach” by Ryan Adams
  30. “Cruise Newport Beach” by Brad Paisley
  31. “Newport Beach” by Phantom Planet
  32. “Anaheim” by Toad the Wet Sprocket
  33. “Anaheim” by Papa Roach

Songs About Los Angeles

  1. “Hotel California” by Eagles
  2. “California Love” by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre
  3. “Los Angeles” by X
  4. “Beverly Hills” by Weezer
  5. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
  6. “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  7. “L.A. Woman” by The Doors
  8. “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  9. “Los Angeles, I’m Yours” by The Decemberists
  10. “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin
  11. “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” by Father John Misty
  12. “California Love” by Joni Mitchell
  13. “Los Angeles Is Burning” by Bad Religion
  14. “California” by Phantom Planet
  15. “Los Angeles” by Sugarcult
  16. “I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman
  17. “City of Angels” by Thirty Seconds to Mars
  18. “Los Angeles” by Mat Kearney
  19. “Santa Monica” by Everclear
  20. “Hollywood” by Marina and The Diamonds
  21. “Hollywood” by Daniel Powter
  22. “La La Land” by Bryce Vine
  23. “Malibu” by Hole
  24. “Paradise City” by Guns N Roses
  25. “Los Angeles, I’m Yours” by The Decemberists
  26. “Back in LA” by B.B. King
  27. “Born in East LA” by Cheech Marin
  28. “Los Angeles” by Counting Crows
  29. “Hollywood Night” by Bob Seger
  30. “Into The Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty
  31. “Pasadena Girl” by Nellie McKay
  32. “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow
  33. “L.A. Freeway” by Jerry Jeff Walker
  34. “Venice, USA” by Red Elvises
  35. “Free fallin’” by Tom Petty
  36. “L.A. Is My Lady” by Frank Sinatra
  37. “Dying in L.A.” by Panic! At The Disco
  38. “L.A. Song” by Beth Hart
  39. “Sunset People” by Donna Summer
  40. “Walkin’ In L.A.” by Missing Persons
  41. “Celluloid Heroes” by The Kinks
  42. “Los Angeles Blues” by Peggy Lee
  43. “Hollywood Park” by The Airborne Toxic Event

Songs About San Francisco

  1. “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” by Tony Bennet
  2. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
  3. “San Francisco” by Chuck Berry
  4. “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” by Scott McKenzie
  5. “Lights” by Journey
  6. “Christmas in San Francisco” by Russ Lorenson
  7. “San Francisco Days” by Chris Isaak
  8. “San Francisco” by Foxygen
  9. “San Francisco Bay Blues” by Eric Clapton
  10. “San Francisco (You’ve Got Me)” by The Village People
  11. “San Francisco” by The Mowgli’s
  12. “San Francisco” by Vanessa Carlton
  13. “San Francisco (Is Not the Same Without You)” by The Cascades
  14. “San Francisco” by American Music Club
  15. “San Francisco” by The Social Experiment
  16. “San Francisco” by The Wombats
  17. “San Francisco” by Midicronica
  18. “San Francisco” by The Magnetic Fields
  19. “San Francisco” by Young Griffo
  20. “San Francisco” by Foals
  21. “San Francisco” by Judy Garland
  22. “San Francisco” by 5 Seconds of Summer
  23. “San Francisco” by Gregory Alan Isakov
  24. “San Francisco” by The Mamas & The Papas

More Songs about California

  1. “Summer ’79” by the Ataris
  2. “This Is How We Do It” by Montrell Jordan
  3. “Going Back To Cali” by LL Cool J
  4. “It Never Rains In Southern California” by Albert Hammond
  5. “South California Purples” by Chicago
  6. “Sweet Life” by Frank Ocean
  7. “Lodi” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  8. “Ukiah” by The Doobie Brothers
  9. “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys
  10. “Big Sur” by The Thrills
  11. “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  12. “San Luis Obispo” by The Scissor Sisters
  13. “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” by Dionne Warwick
  14. “San Diego” by Parmalee
  15. “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
  16. “Catalina” by Seven Foot Wave
  17. “Bakersfield Bound” by Chris Hillman
  18. “Pacific Coast Party” by Smash Mouth
  19. “Sutter’s Mill” by Dan Fogelberg
  20. “Monterey” by Eric Burdon & The Animals
  21. “Palo Alto” by Radiohead
  22. “Sausalito Summernight” by Diesel
  23. “Talk to Me of Mendocino” by Kate & Anna McGarrigle
  24. “More Bounce In California” by Soul Kid Number One

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Monique McArthur
Monique McArthur is a mother of two, writer, and creator of delicious recipes. In her spare time she enjoys exploring all that Orange County has to offer, traveling, shopping, running with her dogs and spending time with family.