All travelers sing–the road demands it.

Driving more than 5,000 miles around Texas granted me a lot of radio time, and as I traveled across the wide open landscape of the Lone Star State, I discovered some truly brilliant melodies and lyrics. I also exceeded the daily recommended allowance for country music.

It would seem that for centuries, beautiful Texas has inspired artists and travelers alike to sing about this great place in the world. The following playlist comprises all my favorite songs about Texas, songs that mention the word “Texas”, songs about cities and towns in Texas, songs by musicians from Texas, as well as the official Texas state song. (I owe a Texas-size “Thank You” to all of you for introducing you to so many terrific Texas tunes.)

So, here it is–the ultimate TEXAS playlist:

  1. Deep in the Heart of Texas/ Perry Como
  2. Bluebonnets/ Cross Canadian Ragweed
  3. Southland in the Springtime/ Indigo Girls
  4. Cowboy Take Me Away/ Dixie Chicks
  5. The Mighty Rio Grande/ This Will Destroy You
  6. Too Far From Texas/ Stevie Nicks
  7. Merry Go ‘Round/Kacey Musgraves
  8. Gone to Texas/ Terry Allen
  9. Ohio (Come Back to Texas)/Bowling for Soup
  10.  Way Down Texas Way/ Asleep At The Wheel
  11. We Are All Where We Belong/ Quiet Company
  12. T is for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)/ Jimmie Rodgers
  13. That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)/ Lyle Lovett
  14. Texas/ Laura Belle Bundy
  15. Somewhere in Texas/ Raveonettes
  16. Texas Rivers Song/ Lyle Lovett
  17. If You’re Gonna Play in Texas/ Alabama
  18. Miles and Miles of Texas/ Asleep at the Wheel
  19. What I Like About Texas/ Jerry Jeff Walker & Gary P. Nunn
  20. Abilene/ George Hamilton IV
  21. Houston/ R.E.M.
  22. I Don’t Live In Dallas/ Jarrod Birmingham
  23. Galveston/ Jimmy Webb
  24. Levelland/ James McMurtry
  25. San Antonio Rose/ Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  26. Amarillo by Morning/ George Strait
  27. Streets of Laredo/ Johnny Cash
  28. Laredo/ Band of Horses
  29. Corpus Christi Bay / Robert Earl Keen
  30. Travis County/ Gary Clark, Jr.
  31. Luckenback, Texas/ Waylon Jennings
  32. La Grange/ ZZ Top
  33. Villa del Refugio/ This Will Destroy You
  34. El Paso/ Marty Robbins
  35. Texarkana/ R.E.M.
  36. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?/ George Strait
  37. Texas When I Die/ Tanya Tucker
  38. She’s Like Texas/ Josh Abbot Band
  39. Screw You, We’re from Texas/ Ray Wylie Hubbard
  40. God Blessed Texas/ Little Texas
  41. Texas/ Chris Rea
  42. Texas On A Saturday Night/ Willie Nelson & Mel Tillis
  43. Yellow Rose of Texas/ Gene Autry
  44. Waltz Across Texas/ Ernest Tubb
  45. Ride Ranger Ride/ Cass County Band
  46. All My Ex’s Live in Texas/ George Strait
  47. The Bluest Eyes in Texas/ Restless Heart
  48. Texas Flood/ Stevie Ray Vaughan
  49. Stars Over Texas/ Tracy Lawrence
  50. Red River Valley/ Woodie Guthrie
  51. I’m Bound to Follow the Longhorn Cows/ Alan Lomax
  52. The Texas Song/ Sandy (from Sponge Bob Squarepants)
  53. Texas, Our Texas/ Rick Pickren
  54. Blame It On Texas/ Mark Chesnutt
A cowboy sings in Austin, Texas, "Live Music Capital of America" (Photo by Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler).

A cowboy sings in Austin, Texas, “Live Music Capital of America” (Photo by Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler).

Comments

  1. Miguel
    San Leandro
    April 2, 2013, 10:03 pm

    I think you have to add Marty Robbins “El Paso”

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    3454 Doniphan Drive
    El Paso TX 79922-1644
    (915) 833-0402

  2. Emily
    Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
    April 3, 2013, 8:02 pm

    I LOVE that photo of the lupines. Those gorgeous flowers are one of my fondest memories of my years in the Texas Hill Country.

    For the past six years my hubby and I have been traveling full-time in an RV and a sailboat, and we crank the tunes on the road and on passage at sea all the time… Great list!!

  3. Wipaporn
    Lamphun, Thailand
    April 4, 2013, 9:15 pm

    I like the flowers(Bluebonnets).
    I work almost everyday in 1 week.
    My job, it’s a kind of routine job.
    When I see this picture of flowers, it do remind me the world outside, traveling, adventure.:)

  4. Michael @ Changes In Longitude
    Philadelphia
    April 12, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Nice list. You were scaring me a bit there as I was scrolling down and didn’t see any Stevie Ray Vaughan until near the end. I’d add “DFW,” a song he played with brother Jimmie as The Vaughan Brothers.

  5. Shauna Nicole
    Fort Worth, TX
    April 15, 2013, 7:59 am

    All time fave is number 4 :)
    Just found your blog… thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Brutus | ScooterTrippin
    Central Florida
    April 22, 2013, 11:51 pm

    Absolutely love the the list but you missed Texas Women by Hank Jr.

  7. Roxanna Papadimitriou
    Canton, GA
    April 24, 2013, 7:40 am

    How could you forget the “Cotton-Eyed Joe”?! (The traditional sounding version by Al Dean & The All Stars. Not that junky sounding disco version…yuk!) : )

  8. elisa
    brooklyn, ny
    May 1, 2013, 5:10 pm

    You forgot the song about a sleepy little town, down around San Antone…

    China Grove by the Doobie Brothers

  9. Devendra
    India
    May 2, 2013, 3:59 am

    Really awesome flowers, this type of flowers I saw “valley of Flower” Uttarakhand India
    I am back to my childhood memory, when i played nature lap.

  10. simon
    Central Florida
    May 13, 2013, 7:52 am

    Really Beautiful flowers http://farsino.ir

  11. Vicki Hedtke
    Minnesota
    May 16, 2013, 6:43 am

    What about Townes Van Zandt…..?

  12. Ervin Williams
    District Heights, MD
    June 3, 2013, 8:22 pm

    These are a very distinct and refreshing looking bunch of flowers and bet they smell as good as they look.

  13. gerard
    netherlands
    June 14, 2013, 3:57 pm

    When I arrived in 1972 at El Paso airport on my first oversea flight from Europe and I heard Marty Robbins sing El Paso on the airport speaker-system, it will be the number one for the rest of my life!!!

  14. Dbo
    May 3, 1:52 am

    Texas Tornado?