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48 Songs About Louisiana

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

From Mardi Gras to jambalaya, from Cajuns to alligators to sweeping plantations, Louisiana has a magic all its own.  Celebrate the people and spirit of Louisiana with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about the great state.

From Mardi Gras to jambalaya, from Cajuns to alligators to sweeping plantations, Louisiana has a magic all its own. Celebrate the people and spirit of Louisiana with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about the great state.

The Magic of Louisiana

Louisiana is a magic place like no other. It's more than the debauchery of Mardi Gras. It's jazz, zydeco, and blues music. It's more than being able to drive to the local drive-thru Daiquiri Factory and order a frozen adult beverage. (No kidding. Note, however, that you're not allowed to drink it while driving.)

Between its bayous and plantation homes, Louisiana is paradise for both nature lovers and history aficionados. And for foodies, where else could you feast on po boys, beignets, jambalaya, pralines, étouffée, gumbo, and fried catfish quite this good?

Of course, there is that little thing about the weather. The humidity is brutal, it can rain like the bottom has dropped out of Heaven, and we all know about the devastating impact of its hurricanes.

On balance, however, Louisiana is a state worth celebrating. I was lucky enough to live there once. If you'll be taking a trip to Louisiana or have a soft spot for the Pelican State, then why not make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs? We have a long list to start you out.

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1. "Down at the Twist and Shout" by Mary Chapin Carpenter

If your toes don't start tapping to this fun 1991 country song, check your pulse because you're not alive, my friend! This Grammy Award-winning ditty celebrates two-stepping to Cajun music at the local bar as well as other facets of Louisiana culture: alligator stew, crawfish pie, and life on the bayou that includes the expectation of hurricanes.

2. "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty

Many musicians have sung this duet—most notably Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley—but no one does it better than the originals, legends Loretta and Conway. Their 1973 hit portrays a couple crazy in love but geographically separated by the mighty Mississippi River.

For the time being, they lovers take turns crossing the river to be together, not realizing that at some point they'll probably face a decision: one of them must leave their home state if they want to be together forever. That's the sacrifice of love!

Corner of Rue St. Anne and Rue de Chartres in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Corner of Rue St. Anne and Rue de Chartres in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Interesting Facts About Louisiana

Did you learn something about Louisiana?

The bridge over the Lake Pontchartrain causeway in Metairie, Louisiana, is the longest bridge in the world: nearly 24 miles (38.6 km).

New Orleans sits eight feet (2.45 m) below sea level. According to a NASA study, the city sinks up to 1.6 inches (40 mm) each year on account of both natural and human-induced processes.

Louisiana has one of the highest alligator populations in the United States. There are about half as many alligators as there are people in the state. And yes, people eat alligator. (It tastes like chicken.)

Louisiana is the only state with a large population of Cajuns. They are descended from Acadians who in the 1700s were driven out of Canada because they refused to pledge allegiance to the King of England.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was one of the deadliest hurricanes in the United States, costing $108 billion in property damage and at least 1,833 lives.

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is known as the Crawfish Capital of the World.

The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 for $15 million, almost doubling the size of the country. (Adjusted for inflation, that's $233 million.)

Louisiana is one of only two states in the country that does not have counties; it has 64 political subdivisions called parishes. (Alaska has boroughs instead of counties.)

Louisiana is the biggest producer of salt in the country, with 24% of the nation's salt supply coming from the state.

The only American Revolutionary War site outside of the original 13 colonies was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.

Mardi Gras colors are Purple (Justice), Gold (Power), and Green (Faith)

Drive-thru daiquiris are a reality in Louisiana. (Yep.) Head on over to the Daiquiri Hut and select your frozen concoction. Add a jello shot or two.

Approximately 1.4 million people attend Mardi Gras every year. The annual direct and indirect impact of Mardi Gras exceeds $465 million.

The entrance to the voodoo underworld, Guinee, is in New Orleans. Local tradition says that the seven gates to Guinee are scattered throughout the French Quarter.

The gorgeous Nottoway Plantation in White Castle is the largest antebellum mansion in the South and served as the model for the mansion in Disney's animated movie, "The Princess and The Frog."

Famous people born in Louisiana include: rapper Lil Wayne, tv show host Ellen DeGeneres, political consultant James Carville, football players Peyton and Eli Manning, actress Reese Witherspoon, and country singers Tim McGraw, Kix Brooks, and Trace Adkins.

Other famous people born in Louisiana: exercise guru Richard Simmons, singer Mahalia Jackson, singer Harry Connick Jr., actor Tyler Perry, author Truman Capote, lawyer Johnnie Cochran, jazz great Louis Armstrong, singer Jerry Lee Lewis, and actor Jared Leto,

3. "Louisiana Saturday Night" by Mel McDaniel

If you're a Duck Dynasty fan, maybe you recall one of the reality stars trying to sing this 1980 song as he came out of dental anesthesia. The country classic describes a Saturday night family hoe-down, in which all the kinfolk come over. They kick off their shoes and dance all night in the kitchen to fiddle music while drinking beer. Now doesn't that sound like a hoot?

4. "Callin' Baton Rouge" by Garth Brooks

The cowboy in this catchy country song is a trucker who spent the previous night in Baton Rouge with a flirty young woman named Samantha who he had just met. (Hey, stop judging.)

Now his travels are taking him away from her. However, his heart is still stranded in Cajun country. And because this is a song from 1993, the love-stricken fella can't text message her, and he doesn't have a cell phone yet, so he's stopping every hundred miles to call his new sweetheart.

5. "New Orleans" by Kid Rock

Laissez les bons temps rouler. (Translated literally, "let the good times roll.")

Kid Rock is making a break for it, leaving his native Detroit for the Big Easy in this jazz-influenced 2007 rock song. He misses jambalaya, crawfish pie, and the music of the Neville brothers. There's also a friend of his who's gonna treat him right down near Bourbon Street. I'm betting he's a paying customer kind of friend.

6. "Born on the Bayou" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

This 1969 rock song is a signature song for CCR. The narrator recalls his youth, living in the backwoods of the bayou. (A bayou is a marshy, slow-moving outlet of a river or lake.) It was Fourth of July, and he chased a voodoo-type spirit.

Of course, John Fogerty, the writer of the song, grew up in faraway Berkeley, California. At the time, he had never been to a bayou. However, that's what writers do: pretend.

Bayous can be saltwater, freshwater, or a combination (called "brackish water.")  Unfortunately, Louisiana has lost about 1,900 square miles (4,900 sq km) since the 1930s.

Bayous can be saltwater, freshwater, or a combination (called "brackish water.") Unfortunately, Louisiana has lost about 1,900 square miles (4,900 sq km) since the 1930s.

7. "Queen of New Orleans" by Jon Bon Jovi

In this 1997 rock song, the narrator recalls his romantic meetup with a mysterious Cajun girl several years prior. She donned a fine burgundy dress, and as they danced in the streets of New Orleans, he has visions that he was dancing with famed voodoo mistress Madame Marie Laveau.

8. "Lady Marmalade" by Patti LaBelle

Maybe it's her sweet voice, but somehow Patti LaBelle managed to make a song about a freaking prostitute sound not so raunchy. The New Orleans paid lady shows up to do business with a man named John. She flirts with him, then ends up taking him home with her.

The hook of the song is famous, although Patti LaBelle has asserted that she didn't know what it meant at the time: "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?" ("Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?"). Her version was named to Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2001, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink recorded an adapted and not-as-classy version for the Moulin Rouge movie soundtrack.

9. "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" by The Oakridge Boys

In this catchy 1979 country song, Mary was a hometown Louisiana girl who got drunk and fell in love (or something like it) with a traveling man. He was just passing through, but when Mary's daddy caught wind of the shenanigans, he threatened to make alligator bait out of the traveler.

The "daughter gone bad" decided to head off down the highway with her traveling lover, leaving her mama crying, head in her hands. We all probably know how this one works out, but you can't tell youngin's nothin'.

10. "Apache Rose Peacock" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

The narrator in this 1991 rock song makes references to the voodoo gurus, ostentatious drag queens, and jazz music of New Orleans. He loves the place. With lots of sexually suggestive references, one must assume that he is at Mardi Gras. Having met a beautiful, showy woman in the French Quarter, he enjoys the fact that she's "insane" and permits sex in public places. This is every parent's nightmare.

11. "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Although many people associate this song with Ike and especially Tina Turner, it's actually a CCR original. The rock tune describes a man's journey via riverboat from the city down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. It also makes mention of some of the odd jobs he held to make ends meet. Over 100 artists have performed cover versions of this classic since CCR made it an international hit in 1969.

Streetcars (vintage electric rail vehicles) are an inexpensive way to see New Orleans and represent the history and romance of the city.

Streetcars (vintage electric rail vehicles) are an inexpensive way to see New Orleans and represent the history and romance of the city.

12. "Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On" by Jimmy Buffett

This moving country song from 2006 is about moving on in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. No one will forget people stranded on rooftops begging for rescue, abandoned animals, and dead bodies floating in floodwater. At least 1,833 human lives were lost, and so many more lives were changed forever.

Jimmy Buffett captures the aftermath aptly:

If a hurricane doesn't leave you dead
It will make you strong
Don't try to explain it just nod your head
Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.

13. "Adalida" by George Strait

Brimming over with compliments, the Louisiana country boy in this upbeat 1984 tune has his heart set on a pretty Cajun girl named Adalida. Wearing a simple cotton dress and a flirty smile, she might as well be the belle of the ball by the way all of the guys are admiring her. Romeo lets her know that he'd swim the Ponchartrain or walk through a hurricane just to be with her.

14. "In The Clear" by Foo Fighters

It was appropriate that this poignant 2014 rock song was recorded in New Orleans. It's hard not to think of New Orleans' hurricanes and its tendency for flooding, with the city being below sea level and sinking further every year.

The narrator conveys the vulnerability and despair of the heavy rain. He feels like both he and the person he is addressing are in danger, and while it's possible that he could drown, he doesn't want anyone to count him out.

15. "Iko Iko" by The Dixie Cups

This 1965 international hit is one of the most well-known songs of Mardi Gras. It has a checkered legal past, with multiple parties claiming authorship. Regardless, the catchy song is based on a traditional call and response chant sung by New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. According to the tune, one tribe's spy boy, or look out, encounters another tribe's flag boy and threatens to light their flag ablaze.

16. "Marie Laveau" by Bobby Bare

Don't call her a witch; Marie Laveau was a priestess, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. This 1974 country song, often played at Halloween time, describes the Creole woman who was famous for being an accomplished practitioner of the occult.

Marie's daughter, Marie Laveau II, continued her storied career and was a theatrical presenter of voodoo in and around New Orleans, walking the streets as if she owned them. In a way she did. Working as a hairdresser to wealthy women, she had an extensive network of informants and thus yielded great power and influence.

The song pokes a bit of fun at Marie Laveau's legend and lore, referring to her magic spells and potions and her extensive reputation for instilling fear. It tells the story of a man who seeks a magic wealth spell. But when Marie takes a liking to him, he makes the mistake of rejecting her advances, and thus falls prey to her dark magic.

17. "Louisiana Moon" by Avery Michaels

The cowboy in this romantic 2005 country song is thankful for the Louisiana moon. As the stars shine down and the warm wind blows, the moon brings back memories of falling in love. He and his sweetheart are trying to hang on to love, and he looks upon the Louisiana moon as a friend.

Louisiana has more reptiles than any other American state.  Louisiana relies on alligators for revenue in the form of hunting, farming, and tourism.

Louisiana has more reptiles than any other American state. Louisiana relies on alligators for revenue in the form of hunting, farming, and tourism.

18. "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals

A traditional folk song, this 1964 international hit is the tale of a man whose life has gone wrong in New Orleans. Son of a seamstress and an alcoholic gambler, the narrator has followed too closely in the footsteps of his father. No matter how hard he has tried to escape his life of sin and misery, he keeps returning to old habits in The Big Easy's House of the Rising Sun.

19. "Louisiana Rain" by John Wesley Ryles

The Louisiana man in this 1988 country song knows there's no use in complaining about the state's subtropical climate. If you're going to live there, it just comes with the territory. As the river continues to rise and he's feeling restless because there are downed power lines that are keeping him from reaching his sweetheart, he therefore reminds himself that eventually the rain will clear and the sun will shine again.

20. "Lake Charles" by Lucinda Williams

In this country song from 1998, a man's heart keeps beckoning him back to Lake Charles, Louisiana. He'd talk about the place and felt at home there. Although he was from east Texas, Louisiana was in his heart and he kept going back to Lake Charles.

Just marry the girl and move there! What are you waiting for?

Jackson Square in New Orleans with Saint Louis Cathedral in the backdrop.  It is the oldest cathedral in North America, founded in 1720.

Jackson Square in New Orleans with Saint Louis Cathedral in the backdrop. It is the oldest cathedral in North America, founded in 1720.

Even More Songs About Louisiana

Do you know a pop, rock, or country song that should be on this Louisiana playlist? Leave us a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. Louisiana Hot Sauce

Sammy Kershaw

1999

22. Louisiana Rain

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

1979

23. Down Louisiana Way

George Strait

1994

24. Louisiana Women

Waylon Jennings

1974

25. New Orleans

Toby Keith

1998

26. Louisiana 1927

Randy Newman

1974

27. Louisiana Moon

Alabama

1984

28. Lafayette

Lucinda Williams

1980

29. Bourbon Street

Little River Band

1975

30. Dark Lady

Cher

1973

31. Crescent City

Lucinda Williams

1988

32. Cajun Country

Hank WIlliams Jr.

1969

33. Down Louisiana Way

George Strait

1994

34. This City

Steve Earle

2011

35. City of New Orleans

Willie Nelson

1984

36. Louisiana Melody

David Ball

2004

37. New Orleans Ladies

LeRoux

1978

38. Ain't No Place to Pee on Mardi Gras Day

Benny Grunch

1997

39. Blue Bayou

Linda Ronstadt

1977

40. Witch Queen of New Orleans

Redbone

1971

41. Swamp Grass

Doug Kershaw

1972

42. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

Hank Williams Sr.

1954

43. Amos Moses

Jerry Reed

1970

44. Red River

Alabama

1990

45. Johnny B. Goode

Chuck Berry

1958

46. If You're Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)

Alabama

1984

47. Mr. Bojangles

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

1970

48. Hurricane

The Band of Heathens

2011

Many graves in Louisiana are above ground.  Crypts, tombs, and vaults hold the dead.

Many graves in Louisiana are above ground. Crypts, tombs, and vaults hold the dead.

Questions & Answers

Question: What are the lyrics to the song, "Back In My Louisiana Home"?

Answer: The song is called, "Take Me Back to My Louisiana Home" and is a 1904 number with music by Gus Edwards and lyrics by Will D. Cobb. Here are the lyrics:

I strolled one day by a window, that looked out on the street,

and I paused for a moment to listen, to a strain of music so sweet,

someone was playing Dixie, that dear old southern air,

and far from home and friendless, it held me spellbound there,

I could not see the singer, I only heard the song,

But it seemed as though they knew me and were cheering me along,

And as I paused to listen the music seemed to say,

It is summertime in Dixie and all is bright and gay.

Birds are singing in the trees, branches bowing to the breeze,

flowers fair fill the air, ev'ry where I roam,

Land of honey and of bee,

There my sweetheart waits for me,

Way down south in the land of cotton.

Take me back to my Louisiana home.

I stepped up close to the window, and looked at the singer there,

woith the golden sunlight falling, like a crown on her golden hair.

Her face was turned toward me, and my heart stood still with joy,

for she was my Dixie sweetheart, and I her Dixie boy,

I ought to've known 'twas Jessie the moment she began,

For there's no girl north of Mobile, Can sing like Jessie can,

She sings for me alone now we've both come back to stay,

It is summertime in Dixie and today's our wedding day.

Birds are singing in the trees, branches bowing to the breeze,

flowers fair fill the air, ev'ry where I roam,

Land of honey and of bee,

There my sweetheart waits for me,

Way down south in the land of cotton.

Take me back to my Louisiana home.

Question: Which song about Louisiana was inspired by the songwriter's interaction with a New Orleans street performer while the two shared a jail cell?

Answer: The country folk tune, "Mr. Bojangles" (1970) by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was written by Jerry Jeff Walker. It was inspired by Walker's interactions with a homeless street performer when Walker was jailed for public intoxication in New Orleans. Here is the YouTube clip and sample lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-LVXR6rjXs

"I met him in a cell in New Orleans I was

Down and out."

© 2017 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 13, 2020:

Peggy - Louisiana has so much character. I loved living there in the short time that I did. Thank you for stopping by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2020:

I am not surprised that so many songs have been inspired by this state. It has many unique attributes. As always, you introduce me to fun new songs. Thanks!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 27, 2019:

Anonymous - I've searched extensively and don't have an answer for you. I hope that if a reader recognizes the song, they will leave a comment.

Anonymous on August 27, 2019:

which song had the line " i haven't tasted gumbo or a drop of dixie beer " ?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 19, 2019:

Melinda - Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your enthusiasm about that song. Glad you enjoy it so much!

Melinda Butts on May 19, 2019:

Louisiana Moon by Avery Michaels is the best one!! I love how his video includes family and events. He and his band always put on a good show.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 22, 2017:

Tamara - Thanks for stopping by! I'm sure Sirius probably has a radio station with Cajun music. They seem to have everything else! Have a good week.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on October 22, 2017:

I thoroughly enjoy the music associated with Louisiana, and I’ve always liked Cajun Music! I have, in fact, been trying to find a radio station online that plays this type of music!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 19, 2017:

Thanks, Larry! I appreciate the addition!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on October 18, 2017:

Didn't see Amos Mosses by the late, great Jerry Reed. I love that song. I also love CCR and Old Hank:-)

Great list!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 14, 2017:

Rasma - It's a great place to visit. Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 14, 2017:

Devika - Glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful weekend.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 14, 2017:

Interesting. Didn't know so many songs were written about Louisiana. Have always wanted to see the state.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 14, 2017:

I associated Jazz music with Louisiana. Interesting and I learned a lot here about the different songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Linda, if you happen to do that you might map out some of the sites in Mississippi as well. They have some fabulous B&Bs. I lived in the center part of the state in a historic hotel for more than a month (The Hotel Bentley). It was stunning, luxurious and then (disappointingly) the apartment I was waiting on finally opened up. It was all on my mind employer’s dime, too, which was doubly fantastic. It was a huge change when I moved from Louisiana to Maine a little more than a year later, as I missed Louisiana’s culture. Glad you found some familiar songs here.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 13, 2017:

Louisiana is one place in the United States that I'd love to visit. Thanks for sharing all the facts about the state. I actually knew two songs in your playlist—Proud Mary and House of the Rising Sun—which is unusual for me!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Peg, I'm so jealous! Sounds like a fun trip in a Hummer Limo! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 13, 2017:

This was a fun and interesting trip to the Bayou. Loved the historical facts. Listening now to CCR - Born on the Bayou. Also loved listening to Hank Williams growing up - Jambalaya, Crawfish pie, me-o-my-o. My last trip there included some a sightseeing trip in a Hummer Limo with our project team. Pretty cool place.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Linda - You must've gotten a tough cut or maybe overcooked. Some of the old plantations in Louisiana and Mississippi are B&Bs. I've stayed in some amazing ones. One of my favorite things is the Spanish moss.

I'm envious of you growing up in that old house. Reminds me of my great-grandparents' home. They owned the big house in town here in Virginia. I have boxes of powder puffs, a couple of pieces of furniture, and boxes of handkerchiefs that belonged to my great-grandmother and when I open them the smell takes me right back to her old home. I hope you still have something that reminds you of that 1898 home. Sweet memories.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Kristen - Thanks for your kind compliment. Hope you have a great weekend.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 13, 2017:

Flourish, great list of Louisiana songs. Some I've heard of and some I've haven't. Great facts on the state too.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 13, 2017:

I would never consider going during Mardis Gras. Too cra-cra.

Believe it or not, I've had alligator--there is a food vendor at the annual "Taste of Tacoma" who sells alligator-on-a-stick. It wasn't exactly a "tastes like chicken" moment, but it wasn't bad. Seemed a little tough, however.

Would love to see some of the old plantations. I love old architecture. I grew up in a house that was built in 1898.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Heidi - Thanks for the addition. Eat a beignet for me when you go! Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Dora - It does bring back the memories. Thanks for stopping by! Have a lovely weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Shyron, Bobby Bare's fun song about Marie Laveau is at #16. I'll add your other suggestion. Your comment about the bugs made me recall the size of their cockroaches. Biggest dang critters I've ever seen. And they were everywhere. I had totally forgotten about them. Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Linda - Don't go during Mardi Gras or the dead of summer. October is more like it. Have a tarot card reading in New Orleans, ride the streetcars, go to the plantation homes and tour the bayou, listen to the music, and eat all kinds of foods you won't find other places. I had never tasted alligator before (or since) I lived in Louisiana. They also have the best fried catfish ever. I lived in the central part of the state, Alexandria, but took trips nearly every weekend to different parts of the state because I knew I was only there for a year. Gotta explore!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Jo - Ha ha! Some of them would be pretty short. I don't know if anyone sings about North Dakota or Idaho or Nebraska. Perhaps they should, but well, you know. I should probably post a photo of the young Flourish in Louisiana. Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Kyriaki - It's wonderful that you got to experience the city and hopefully the surrounding area. I'm not a great fan of jazz, but when in New Orleans, how can you help but love whatever music is coming from one of the local bars? I developed a fondness of zydeco music which I had never heard of before living in Louisiana. So glad this brought back the fond memories!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2017:

Louise - The high water table is a big reason. The first time I saw a graveyard of above ground graves I was awestruck. So different!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 13, 2017:

Flourish - I've never given much thought to visiting Louisiana. No particular reason--it just wasn't on my bucket list. It's just possible that I might need to amend that list; you've piqued my curiosity. When I hear "Louisiana" I immediately think Mardis Gras and gators and hurricanes (probably in reverse order). But now I recognize that there's so much more. Great song list.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 13, 2017:

I'm sure that many song lovers are happy with the memory of some of these old numbers. Thanks also for the interesting facts about Louisiana. Really enjoyable!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on October 13, 2017:

The first song I thought of was Marie LaVeau, by Bobby Bare, it has special meaning to me, but you don't have the song listed, you have her name listed but not her song.

Marie LaVeau

Down in Louisiana

Where the black trees grow

Lives a Voodoo Lady named

Marie LaVeau

She has got a black cat tooth

and a Mojo bone

and anyone who wouldn't leave

her alone

She go (growl)

Another Man done gone.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The second one I thought of was Louisiana Man by Doug Kershaw from his Swamp Grass album, youtube.com/watch?v=maELRCfx3Vw

And in you poll.

Louisiana, I would have a button for *All of the above, but for me I like the Pecans that are the size of eggs and I hate the mosquitoes the size of humming birds (at least it seemed that way when we were in St. Charles, LA)

Beautiful hub

Blessings my friend.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 13, 2017:

Another Hank Williams (Sr.) song that comes to mind for me in Jambalaya (On the Bayou). Okay, now I want to go to this New Orleans style restaurant/bar that's near my friend in Orlando for some beignets. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Jo Miller from Tennessee on October 13, 2017:

Is this the first time you've used a state for a song list? If so, I see 49 more coming. Love this list. I had to go look up and listen to the Randy Newman song. I really like his songwriting.

Kyriaki Chatzi on October 13, 2017:

Well, Flourish. You certainly woke up a lot of memories (the good kind, don't worry).

I spent 2 months in New Orleans while I was in college. Your article reminded me of the state's flair and, of course, song-filled night streets.

Even though I am not a big fan of jazz, one can't help but admire the chemistry between this music genre and Louisiana's most beautiful city.

PS: Louisiana Hot Sauce is one of my favorite country songs. I'm so glad you included it on your list!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 13, 2017:

I had no idea there was so many songs about Louisiana. How interesting! The graveyard looks interesting too. I would imagine it gets a lot of visitors.