Top 40 Songs with Arizona in the Lyrics: Songs 20 through 1

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Arizona sunsets have inspired many songs.

Yesterday, we brought you 20 songs about Arizona, or with some reference to Arizona in the lyrics. We found 170 songs total, and whittled our list of the best down to 40. Our post yesterday counted down songs 40 through 21.

Here are the top 20 songs with lyrics about AZ:

20. "Phony Rappers" (A Tribe Called Quest): "His rhyme style is older than a Chrysler Cordoba/I'm wilder than the cats in Arizona."

19. "June on the West Coast" (Bright Eyes): "I spent a day dreaming of dying in Mesa, Arizona/Where all the green of life had turned to ash."


18. "2 Minutes of Death" (Stuck Mojo): "Fowler warned ya, then he had to storm ya/On that ass like heat in Arizona."

17. "The Painted Desert" (10,000 Maniacs): "In a Flagstaff trailer court, you wrote the line/He kicked a tumbleweed and his mother called him home/Where the Arizona moon met the Arizona sun."

16. "In the Springtime of His Voodoo" (Tori Amos): "Standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona/And I'm quite sure I'm in the wrong song."

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Kings of Leon: Awkward in Arizona.
15. "Aging Orange" (Vandals): "Maybe it's my ape drape, or hippes in my band/But now we only tour in Arizona or Japan."

14. "Arizona" (Kings of Leon): "Her lamp, slippers in her bedroom/She must feel it's awkward/Oh, I said it's Arizona."

13. "There Is No Arizona" (Jamie O'Neal): "There is no Arizona/No painted desert, no Sedona/If there was a Grand Canyon/She could fill it up with the lies he's told her."

12. "Yuma, AZ" (Damien Jurado): Once met a girl in Yuma, Arizona/Whose mother was dyslexic like mine/Grandpa owned a ranch, was where she learned to dance/I hear she goes out dancing all the time."

11. "Arizona" (Scorpions): "Arizona really feels alright/Girls swing here and they treat you right/Have so many special ways, you know/And that's alright."



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24 comments
KEVIKOHN
KEVIKOHN

"Take It Easy" by The Eagles

wbell1982
wbell1982

Hey Hipster... Put on Your Hobo Shoes...do your homework

patrickbohler1965
patrickbohler1965

Hate to be a ball buster, but By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (Glen Campbell) Doesn't count.
No mention of "Arizona."

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

There was also a song that talks about the old train from Bisbee to El Paso.  I'm wracking my brain trying to remember.

rileyrott
rileyrott

Arizona by Paul Revere & The Raiders!

rileyrott
rileyrott

Ocean Front Property by George Strait!!!

rileyrott
rileyrott

What about Rider In The Rain by Randy Newman??? It should be Top 10, if not #1. How could you not even mention it?

rileyrott
rileyrott

What about Rider In The Rain by Randy Newman????  Gotta be Top 10....at least!!

siggyfay
siggyfay

Disappointed you didn't add any Refreshments or Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.  Also what about Jimmy Eat World - 'Don't  Don't'..."Don't you know that I miss you?  Ninth and Ash on a Tuesday night.(Casey Moore's)"..."Up the stairs at the Weatherford, a ghost each place I hide.(Hotel Weatherford - Flagstaff".  But most importantly most likely the best song EVER written about Arizona....Arizona by Pedro The Lion.  Thanks for the article.

air-is-oh-na
air-is-oh-na

WRONG lyrics for "Arizona" by KOL!

 

CORRECT:

"The lamp flickers in the bedroom/She must feel as awkward. Whorehouse Arizona..."

 

The most beautiful song with 'Arizona' in the lyric.

 

Gotta love the TOOL on this list, as well!!

Frank zee
Frank zee

There is a song bout Phoenix AZ called  "Future Phoenix" was written and recorded by "Kid Trouzers" in the 80's..he now uses the stage name "Joggyn Smyler"  you can enjoy the "Future Phoenix" song in the player at   myspace.com forward slash joggynsmyler 

Livinisez
Livinisez

'Take it Easy' is a Jackson Browne composition that Frey was given . Also where is Little Feat? You can't get from Tuscon to Tucumcari to Tahachapi without spending some time in Arizona.

PACW
PACW

Speaking of Hoyt Axton; "If the cat could talk"!  There is also a country song from the 70's that I've not been able to find that begins, "gotta see the lights of Tucson".  The song convoy begins,  "Arizona noon, on the fifth of June. . " but some folks tell me Convoy is not exactly mainstream!  Same would probably go for "Who's going to run the truck stop in Tuba City"Was leaving out the Lee Greenwood song a deliberate omission?

Elfbrew
Elfbrew

props to WILCO, but WHAT!! no ROGER CLYNE ??

Buddy85216
Buddy85216

Try "Tucson, Arizona" by the great Rory Gallagher

Concerned Arizona Fan
Concerned Arizona Fan

When I think of songs with Arizona in the lyrics, I tend to think of Mark Lindsay's "Arizona" first.

Plus, the Rivieras' remake of "California Sun", retitled "Arizona Sun", should have been on here somewhere..

Stephen Chilton
Stephen Chilton

I would have added Limbeck's Coming From Tucson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

"I can't imagine that we won't miss this, Coming from Tucson with everyone sleeping. It was a long quiet drive. Yeah, we took it last night, over the Colorado river."

guest
guest

And in  Vampire Weekend's California English part 2 (B- Side to Cousins) there's a lyric that goes like "Through half the towns of Arizona I dreamed a dream that I have when I hold her"

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

@rileyrott Actually, that was Mark Lindsay as a solo act, but absolutely should be on the list because it's just a great song.

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