John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Sea to Shining Sea

As threatened, here's my take on a playlist encompassing the entire United States, which I entitled Sea to Shining See. This playlist contains a song for every U.S. state and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (sorry, other territories!) plus a couple of other songs that are related thematically to tie it all together.

For reasons that escape me at the moment, I decided to order the songs by date of admission to the union. Washington, D.C. was slotted between Tennessee and Ohio, using the 1801 passage of the District of Columbia Organic Act, which organized the land ceded to the Federal government by Maryland and Virginia into a Federal district under the control of the U.S. Congress. Puerto Rico was place between Utah and Oklahoma, based on the 1899 ratification of the Treaty of Paris, by which Spain formally ceded the territory to the United States.

The best was to listen to this playlist is on Spotify. If you have the Spotify player installed on your computer, you should be able to use the embedded player right below this paragraph:

You can also play it via the Spotify Web Player by clicking on this link: Sea to Shining Sea. If you aren't a Spotify subscriber, I would recommend it. A free account gives you unlimited listening time (in the US and Asia; elsewhere, it's 10 hours a month after the first six months) with occasional ads between songs.

If you're not a Spotify subscriber and you don't want to be, I put together a YouTube playlist that contains most of the songs; the song I chose for Maine is just not on YouTube at all. There are a couple others where I had to use versions other than the one I chose for the Spotify playlist. The embed below will play the entire list in order:

Or you can click here to open it in a new tab: Sea to Shining Sea

Lastly, if all you want to do is see the names of the songs I chose, you'll find the full list below the cut.

  • Chita Rivera and cast - America
  • City and Colour - Hello, I'm in Delaware
  • Billy Joel - Allentown
  • Fountains of Wayne - Hackensack
  • Billie Holiday - Georgia on my Mind
  • Ben Folds - Kylie from Connecticut
  • Dropkick Murphys - I'm Shipping Up to Boston
  • Mary Prankster - Blue Skies Over Dundalk
  • The Flirtations - South Carolina
  • Matt Pond PA - New Hampshire
  • Johnny Cash - The Wreck of the Old 97
  • The Boswell Sisters - Shuffle Off to Buffalo
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - North Carolina Breakdown
  • Blossom Dearie - Rhode Island is Famous for You
  • Ella Fitzgerald - Moonlight in Vermont
  • Neko Case - Bowling Green
  • Osborne Brothers - Rocky Top
  • The Magnetic Fields - Washington, D.C.
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Ohio
  • Mojo Nixon - Louisiana Liplock
  • Jackson 5 - Goin' Back to Indiana
  • Sheryl Crow - Mississippi
  • Sufjan Stevens - Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Step-Mother
  • Jim Croce - Alabama Rain
  • Julia Lane - Monhegan
  • Neko Case - The Train from Kansas City
  • Big Bill Broonzy - Goin' Back to Arkansas
  • Alien Fashion Show - Detroit Swing City
  • Kingston Trio - Everglades
  • Old 97's - W. TX. Teardrops
  • Dar Williams - Iowa
  • Locksley - Oh, Wisconsin!
  • Rufus Wainwright - California
  • Lucinda Williams - Minneapolis
  • Loretta Lynn and Jack White - Portland Oregon
  • John Stewart - Kansas Rain
  • John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
  • Gary Owen - Nevada Fighter
  • Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
  • Warren Zevon - Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
  • Frank Sinatra - I Got a Girl I Love (in North and South Dakota)
  • John Linnell - Montana
  • Bobby Sherman - Seattle
  • Ben Folds Five - Twin Falls
  • Neil Young - The Emperor of Wyoming
  • Murray Gold/BBC National Orchestra - I am the Doctor in Utah
  • Paul Simon - Born in Puerto Rico
  • Sara Gettelfinger and cast - Oklahoma?
  • Dan Bern - Albuquerque Lullaby
  • Public Enemy - By the Time I Get to Arizona
  • Eric Brace and Peter Cooper - Denali, Not McKinley
  • The Ventures - Hawaii Five-O
  • Electric Light Orchestra - Calling America
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