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43 Songs About Oklahoma

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You don't have to be an Okie from Muskogee to appreciate all there is to love about Oklahoma. Celebrate the Sooner State with a playlist of pop, rock, and (mostly) country songs about Oklahoma.

You don't have to be an Okie from Muskogee to appreciate all there is to love about Oklahoma. Celebrate the Sooner State with a playlist of pop, rock, and (mostly) country songs about Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Is More Than OK

Oklahoma is a land of both beauty and brutality, demanding patience and resilience from its residents. Literally derived from the Choctaw words meaning "red people," the state became Indian Territory during the Trail of Tears. Almost as many Native Americans currently call it home as anywhere else in America.

While Oklahoma boasts of mountain ranges and prairies, it must also occasionally contend with nature's dangerous elements, like tornadoes. Oklahoma has more tornadoes on average than any other state. In the 1930s, the infamous Dust Bowl was an ecological and economic disaster that sent many locals fleeing elsewhere for both work and survival. But the land that takes also provides, along the lines of agriculture and an abundance of fossil fuel. There's even an oil well under the state capitol building. Oklahoma is more than OK. Just ask any proud Okie.

Celebrate all that Oklahoma is with a playlist of songs about the Sooner State. We have a long list to start you off!

1. "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood

This Grammy Award-winning country song is as sinister as the approaching storm clouds overhead which threaten to snuff out everything in their path. Conditions outside are right for a tornado.

As the fierce winds whip and swirl outside, the motherless girl at the center of this dark 2012 song of vengeance takes cover in the family cellar. Her abusive father lays passed out on the couch where he will finally get what's coming to him:

There's not enough rain in Oklahoma
To wash the sins out of that house
There's not enough wind in Oklahoma
To rip the nails out of the past.

Oklahoma is part of the Great Plains tornado belt which extends from Texas to Canada. The state receives an average of 52 tornadoes a year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

2. "Okie From Muskogee" by Merle Haggard & The Strangers

Dagnabbit, it turns out that Merle Haggard was only an Okie at heart. ("Okie" is a nickname for an Oklahoman.) The Hag was from Oildale, California, rather than the Oklahoma city of Muskogee. The legendary singer's family lived in Oklahoma during the Great Depression. Circumstances forced them to flee the state during the Dust Bowl after their barn burned. They migrated west in search of work like so many others.

Haggard co-wrote this 1969 classic at the height of the Vietnam era when the hippie movement was in full swing and there were numerous demonstrations. Twenty minutes is all that was required to write the lyrics. The tune was intended to be a light-hearted representation of the conservative perspective. "Okie from Muskogee's" impact has been long and far-reaching, however. An anthem of sorts, the ditty celebrates straight-laced conservative values, including:

  • respecting authority figures like the college dean
  • rejecting drugs
  • being patriotic and
  • maintaining a clean cut appearance.

3. "Fly Over States" by Jason Aldean

The man in this 2012 country overhears fellow airline passengers deriding what they see below as "just a bunch of square cornfields and wheat farms." Someone guesses that it must be Oklahoma they're flying over:

Man it all looks the same,
Miles and miles of back roads and highways,
Connecting little towns with funny names,
Who'd want to live down there in the middle of nowhere?

In this chart-topping, the narrator defends such "flyover states"—large swathes of land located in the heartland of America. He references the stunningly picturesque sunsets that grace Oklahoma's plains and knows that these lands have as much purpose as any other.

4. "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" by David Frizzell and Shelly West

Two Oklahoma lovers pine for one another as they endure a separation of more than 1,000 miles in this 1981 country chart-topper from the soundtrack of the comedy film Any Which Way You Can. The woman has left her home in middle America for California, and now she misses her cowboy back in Tulsa.

In L.A., the city lights shine brighter than the moon, and everyone is a wannabe celebrity. Despite the excitement on the Sunset Strip, she misses her Oklahoma sweetheart who is back on the farm plowing the fields on his John Deere. He is likewise occupied with thoughts of her. Both of them are occupied with thoughts of their beloved and wish to be together:

You're the reason God made Oklahoma
And I'm sure missing you,
I'm sure missing you.

As a duo, Shelly West and David Frizzell achieved seven Top 40 country hits. West's mother was Country Music Hall of Fame performer Dottie West, and Frizzell's older brother was Country Music Hall of Famer Lefty Frizzell. Frizzell was West's brother-in-law.

5. "Tulsa Time" by Don Williams

This ditty was a hit for both country artist Don Williams in 1978 and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton in 1980. In a Tulsa hotel during a blizzard, Williams' guitarist had a brainstorm and took 30 minutes to jot down this song on hotel stationery. It features an Oklahoma man who leaves his Tulsa hometown heading west, fueled by his dreams of stardom.

When he gets to Hollywood, however, the aspiring celebrity finds rejection, learning "they don't need me in the movies and nobody sings my songs." Figuring that he is wasting his time, the disillusioned narrator determines that Tulsa is a much happier place for him and he could set his watch to a slower more predictable pace there. Tulsa is calling him back home.

6. "My Oklahoma Home" by Bruce Springsteen & The Seeger Sessions Band

Bruce Springsteen and friends revive the "dust bowl" folk song written long ago by siblings Sis and Bill Cunningham in this boisterous 2006 number. The peppy uptempo of this modernized folk tune betrays the underlying sorrow of the narrator's life story.

The narrator is a hopeful young man who settles in the Oklahoma panhandle with a farm of chickens, young pigs, a mule, and a cow. Unfortunately, the crops he plants won't grow without rain, and it all blows away, leaving him only the mortgage. Then a twister blows away his new wife, and soon after, he himself blows away in the unforgiving Oklahoma wind.

The young farmer finds the silver lining in the situation by realizing that no matter where he is, he'll never be far from home because he's a "roamin' Oklahoman" in the clouds, along with the contents of everything in his life that blew away.

7. "Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble to Me" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

When you do someone really wrong, you get chased out of town and aren't welcomed back. That's what happened to the guy in this 2009 country tune. Long ago he two-timed a lover in Tulsa when he took her out to lunch then got up, excused himself, and fell in love with someone else. What nerve!

The scoundrel subsequently spent years rambling the country, missing the Oklahoma hills, and wishing he could make Tulsa his home again. But he knows that he will live longer staying gone. When the narrator meets a new love interest, he tells her that he'd follow her as far as Little Rock but "Tulsa sounds like trouble to me."

8. "Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa" by Gene Pitney

People criticize youth today for breaking up via text, but there were always impersonal methods as well as those with little empathy. The guy in this 1963 pop song seems to have acquired his manners from a mail-order catalog. He's writing a freaking letter to inform his beloved that he won't be coming home because he was permanently waylaid 24 hours from Tulsa, falling in love with someone else.

Only one day away from his lover's embrace, the traveling man—is he a truck driver, a saleman perhaps?—stopped for the night at a small motel and was instantly taken by a woman he had dinner with. Night turned into day and the cheating bum was never going back to Tulsa again.

9. "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa" by George Strait

Although the narrator in this 2003 country tune tries to resist his lover's magnetic tug, it keeps pulling him back to Tulsa. What a mighty strong magnet that is! Their love is an unhealthy mix, and they've suffered countless breakups. This man knows he needs a clean break, so he asks for reasons not to return to Tulsa. What he doesn't account for, however, is that emotion nearly always overcomes logic.

10. "Tulsa Jesus Freak" by Lana Del Rey

Oklahoma is consistently one of the top 10 most religious states in America and is home to Oral Roberts University, a private evangelical university. The often disparaging term "Jesus freak" refers to someone who is an exceedingly devout Christian.

This ethereal 2021 pop song features a woman who beckons her religiously conflicted lover to treasure her like he beholds his Bible verses. She loves more freely than he does and invites the gin-drinking, sexually inhibited man into her bed. In addition, the chill gal suggests that they go back to Arkansas where they can be freer to love with wild abandon. Even Jesus freaks gotta get their groove on.

Famous Musicians From Oklahoma

ArtistArtistArtist

Joe Diffie

Toby Keith

Reba McEntire

Garth Brooks

Vince Gill

Carrie Underwood

Blake Shelton

B.J. Thomas

Hanson

Gene Autry

Ronnie Dunn

Charlie Wilson (of the Gap Band)

Woody Guthrie

Hoyt Axton

Hinder

11. "Never Been to Spain" by Three Dog Night

This 1971 rock ditty involves a man who recounts that although he's never been to heaven he surely has been to Oklahoma, as that is his birthplace. In a geographical free association, he flippantly mentions other places he's never been to, including features about the locations that he appreciates. What's especially weird is that he doesn't say he particularly wants to go to these places; he's just never previously visited.

12. "Oklahoma-Texas Line" by Rascal Flatts

Life is all about the simple pleasures of home and home. In this 2004 country tune, a man is ever appreciative for the loving wife he shares a rural home and family with:

Everything I love is there inside
A little brick house on the Oklahoma-Texas Line.

Rascal Flatts' guitarist and vocalist Joe Don Rooney spent his growing up years living in Oklahoma. considers himself to be from the Sooner state (although he was born in Kansas).

13. "Oklahoma Swing" by Vince Gill (featuring Reba McEntire)

Two Oklahoma natives, country stars Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, mix it up in this sassy uptempo tune from 1990 about a couple who enjoys a good time on the dance floor. The woman is a pretty hometown redhead who captures her boyfriend's heart with her sweet vocals.

Although the lady songbird is from the right side of the tracks, according to her mama, word on the street is that her Okie sweetheart has done time in a California prison. The two lovebirds do a dance called the Oklahoma swing, swaying to fiddles on the sawdust floor. They don't have a care in the world except each other.

14. "If You're Ever in Oklahoma" by J.J. Cale

This bluesy rock tune from 1973 by Oklahoma native son J.J. Cale highlights a hazard of passing through Oklahoma. The song's narrator cautions that if you're trying to evade the police for any reason, then consider traveling at night because the po-po are tough in Oklahoma and they'll hold you up for a long time with severe fines and stiff penalties.

Oklahoma is known for its speed traps. It also represents a major drug trafficking route because it is the crossroads for two major interstates bisecting the nation: I-35 leads from Duluth, Minnesota to the north to Loredo, Texas, down south and I-40 traverses the country almost coast-to-coast.

15. "No U in Oklahoma" by Reba McEntire

Parents often see trouble coming, but Reba didn't listen to her daddy's warnings about that boyfriend with a wild streak. In this unusually perky 2019 country song, the narrator details how love came unwound between her and her sweetheart as he lied, betrayed her, and she followed him all over the country, finally winding up in Oklahoma alone:

You put the T for tears in Texas
S for sad in St. Louis
Our reckless travels led us
To the state of Missouri
I cried clear 'cross Carolina
'Bout some bar in Tennessee
There's no U in Oklahoma
And that's okay with me.

16. "Oklahoma Breakdown" by Stoney LaRue

The self-centered guy in this curious 2007 country song has a girlfriend who is crying her eyes out. Rather than examining the root of her emotionality, he dismisses it as an "Oklahoma breakdown." His priority is drinking and making out with the girl down near the river. When his confessions of love are coupled with requests that she respond in kind, you get the feeling that what's broken down is not just her mental state but his empathy and all sense of communication between them. He has no business dating her.

17. "Oklahoma Borderline" by Vince Gill

Kicked to the curb by his Houston honey, the good ol' boy in this 1985 country song hitches a ride back home to Oklahoma. He's out on his ear with only two dollars to his name, so he heads back to Oklahoma to sort himself out. Looking forward to seeing his mama and the Oklahoma City girls who treat him right, the fella sees the Oklahoma borderline as an important bridge connecting his old life and the new life that awaits him. Let's just hope that trouble doesn't follow.

18. "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore" by Carrie Underwood

Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood won the fourth season of American Idol in 2005 and has since risen to superstardom. She was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, but lived on a farm in the nearby rural town of Checotah, with a population of about 3,000.

Underwood wrote this song just as she was emerging on the national stage. She reminisces about her childhood days and contrasts the very different worlds of where she came from and where she currently resides. The star admits that she'd rather be tipping cows in Tulsa than hailing cabs in NYC and that the cost of dinner in Manhattan compares to the downpayment on a house back home. She misses the blue skies and the kindness of Okie people, festivals, football games, and fishing. Evidently, Underwood managed to balance both worlds because she's still performing.

19. "Rodeo" by Garth Brooks

Rodeo riding is in this guy's blood, and he'll risk broken bones, a broken home, and everything he owns just to hear the roar of the Sunday crowd in Tulsa. The cowboy in this country ditty leaves his lover's side to return to his one true love, the rodeo. Neither his wounds nor anything his lady friend can say or do can hold him back. Rodeos are public exhibitions of cowboy skills, including tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, and bull riding.

20. "Tecumseh Valley" by Townes Van Zandt

This 1968 folk ballad tells the sad story of an Oklahoma girl who went by the name of Caroline. Her father was an out-of-work miner who sent her across the hill to the Tecumseh Valley to seek employment. The earnest girl tended bar at Gypsy Sally's and saved up money to return home to her father in Spencer.

However, Caroline caught word that her father had died, and with that so, too, did her dreams. The grieving girl thus turned to a life of prostitution and died a broken spirit. Spencer is a real location in Oklahoma, located in the center of the state. There is also a city called Tecumseh, named after the Shawnee Indian chief.

"Resilience is woven deeply into the fabric ok Oklahoma. Throw us an obstacle, and we grow stronger." - Brad Henry, former governor of the state of Oklahoma

"Resilience is woven deeply into the fabric ok Oklahoma. Throw us an obstacle, and we grow stronger." - Brad Henry, former governor of the state of Oklahoma

Even More Songs About Oklahoma

Know another song about Oklahoma that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Tulsa Queen

Emmylou Harris

1977

22. Take Me Back to Tulsa

Asleep at the Wheel

1973

23. Red River Blue

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert

2011

24. Oklahoma Morning

Charley Pride

1975

25. Oklahoma Girl

Eli Young Band

2005

26. Oklahoma Sky

Miranda Lambert

2011

27.The Tulsa Shuffle

The Tractors

1994

28. Oklahoma Sunshine

Waylon Jennings

1974

29. Oklahoma Dust

The Notorious Cherry Bombs

2004

30. Tulsa Turnaround

Kenny Rogers

1979

31. Oklahoma Sunshine

Waylon Jennings

1974

32. Does the Wind Still Blow in Oklahoma?

Reba McEntire & Ronnie Dunn

2007

33. Oklahoma Christmas

Blake Shelton & Reba McEntire

2012

34. Oklahoma

Jon Langston

2013

35. Oklahoma Wind

Billy Joe Shaver

1993

36. A Long Way from OK

Granger Smith

2005

37. The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy)

Wade Hayes

1997

38. (Don't Let the Sun Set on You in) Tulsa

Waylon Jennings

1971

39. Don't Make Me Come to Tulsa

Wade Hayes

1995

40. In Oklahoma

Mel McDaniel

1987

41. Leroy's Dust Bowl Blues

McCoury Band (featuring Steve Earle)

1999

42. Oklahoma Sunday Morning

Glen Campbell

1971

43. WOLD

Harry Chapin

1973

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 22, 2021:

Mary - Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed reading and hope that you found some songs that you liked. I hope that one day you can visit that part of the country. Have a good week!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 21, 2021:

I love reading your descriptions of the songs. They tell me so much about Oklahoma, which I haven't yet visited. Maybe, one day and these songs will come back to me.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 21, 2021:

Adrienne - I've loved traveling on business and for pleasure and living in many different states (but not Oklahoma). It's beautiful to see the diversity of landscape and locales within America. Going some places makes you almost wish that you lived there while passing through others makes you appreciate home more. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 21, 2021:

Bill - I was surprised when I started counting how many major country stars were from the state. Hope your Father's Day Weekend was a good one. Thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 21, 2021:

Heidi - You are multi-talented indeed! I bet you had a starring role in the musical an earlier part of your life. I can imagine you on stage belting it out!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 21, 2021:

Chitragada - Thank you for your kind comment. I appreciate your stopping by! Have a wonderful week ahead!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2021:

Yes, we certainly do have loads of wide-open spaces in our part of the country! We are both vaccinated and doing well, thanks for asking. I hope the same for you.

Adrienne Farricelli on June 20, 2021:

It's amazing how you can come up with so many lists of songs about a specific topic. I have never been in Oklahoma but I love the scenery I see in movies and pictures. It's not surprising so many singers were inspired by Oklahoma.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on June 20, 2021:

I can’t believe how many songs there are about Oklahoma. Amazing! They sure have produced their fair share of country music stars. I don’t listen to country music too often but my father in-law sure did love his country music. Great job as always, Flourish.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 20, 2021:

And can we just pay tribute to a whole darn musical about Oklahoma? Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" title track from it is a must-add. "O-k-l-a-h-o-m-a, Oklahoma!" BTW, I can do a one-woman performance of the musical since I think I have all the songs memorized. I can also do Sound of Music on request.

Happy Weekend!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 20, 2021:

Great article and wonderful list of songs based on Oklahoma. I enjoyed all the information, that you have shared about Oklaahoma.

As always, an interesting read. Thank you for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 20, 2021:

Peggy - Driving through Oklahoma and Texas I've been impressed by the expansive wide openness and the oil wells. We just don't have those where I live. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are doing well.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2021:

My immediate thought was about the stage play of Oklahoma. I have driven through it often when visiting relatives in the Midwest. As you know, it is a neighboring state to Texas. I don't listen to much country music, but I enjoy Blake Shelton as one of the hosts for the TV show "The Voice." He seems to be a character!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 19, 2021:

Linda - Not even "Okie from Muskogee"? Oh, my! Well, I appreciate your reading regardless. I guess it's like me reading a beef recipe of yours. I appreciate you. Have a good weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 19, 2021:

Devika - I'm glad you found this list enjoyable. There are so many good places to visit and sing about in this world.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 19, 2021:

Bill - It's funny how some states seem so very worth singing about while others don't appear in many (well-known) songs. Apparently, there are quite a few songs about Seattle you know. Have a good weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 19, 2021:

Misbah - I appreciate your visit and am glad you liked learning about the state. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 19, 2021:

Pamela - Congratulations to your grandson for landing that Google job! I'm sure he'll be very happy in Seattle. I hope you have a happy weekend.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 19, 2021:

I'm with the other Linda. Perhaps because I don't listen to Country, but you'd think I'd know at least one of these. All I could come up with is the stage play (musical) from the 1940s. It's a fun topic though and I'm always amazed at all the information you provide.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 19, 2021:

FlourishAnyway Wow! This is new to me. You have shared a new list of songs and about a place I have not seen but heard a lot of and read about as well. I enjoy reading about your song lists. Always a surprise and music is one off my best pass times.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 19, 2021:

That one was too easy! The only surprise was that there are so many songs about that state. Now I have to think about my Washington. I wonder if we even have ten songs about us. :)

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 19, 2021:

Flourish, It was nice to learn about Oklahoma. It was a joyful and informative read both at the same time. Thanks for that.

Many Blessings to you!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 19, 2021:

I am always amazed about the vast number of songs on any given topic. This article has such good country songs about Oklahoma. I enjoyed listening to many of them Carrie Underwood sure has a beautiful voice.

My grandson just graduated from college in Tulsa, but he is leaving for Seattle soon to work for Google. I think he has enjoyed his time there and probably is unaware fo the number of songs about the state.

Thanks for another good article full of songs, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 19, 2021:

Sankajit - Glad you like it. Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 19, 2021:

Linda - Thank you for reading. I am glad to live where I do bur enjoyed visited Oklahoma the one time I went. Have a good weekend.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on June 18, 2021:

"Tulsa Time" by Don Williams

l like this song most

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 18, 2021:

I don’t know any of the music, but I enjoyed reading the descriptions and learning about Oklahoma very much. I love the way in which you combine music and information.

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