Oklahoma is one of the prettiest southern states in America, and several tracks have been written about it over the years. Keep reading to find out the 31 best songs about Oklahoma, The Sooner State below!
1. Oklahoma Sunday Morning – Glen Campbell
First on the list is Oklahoma Sunday Morning by Glen Campbell. This track was released in 1971 and made it to 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It’s all about life in the state and the simple joys that exist in it. For example, in the track, he sings about families making their way to church and the kids playing outside while the sun is shining on them. He grew up in Oklahoma, so he was inspired by his childhood and real-life experiences. This song is one of his signature tracks, and it’s loved by his fans.
2. Oklahoma Hills – Jack Guthrie
Jack Guthrie made the list with his country hit Oklahoma Hills, which came out in 1945. What’s great about this tune is that it’s about a guy who is proud to be from the state and how much he loves growing up in Oklahoma. It’s a nostalgic song about life in the country and the beauty that you’ll see in The Sooner State.
This track is like an anthem for those living in Oklahoma, and it’s a song that is often played at sporting events or anywhere where the culture or history of the state is celebrated. With a simple melody and smooth vocals, you’ll want to listen to this track repeatedly if you’re from Oklahoma and have pride about where you come from.
3. Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa – George Strait
Country singer George Strait is next with Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa. He released this song in 2003 on his album Honkytonkville. It’s a slower track that is very sentimental and emotional about the city, which he holds near and dear to his heart. It went to 11 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and 69 on the Billboard Hot 100.
4. Oklahoma Morning – Charley Pride
Charley Pride had a hit with Oklahoma Morning, which is a country song all about the peacefulness and beauty that is the state. The guitar has a twang to it, and the vocals are superb and smooth. The lyrics talk about how the skies are blue, there are a lot of wheat fields, and there are hills everywhere. It paints the perfect picture of life in the country and how rural life is simple and serene compared to city life.
5. My Oklahoma Home – Bruce Springsteen
The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, is on the list with My Oklahoma Home, which was released in 2006 on Wed Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. This song features banjos, harmonicas, and other instruments that will remind you of the state. In the track, he sings about how he lost his home in a tornado, and it’s something anyone living in Oklahoma or Tornado Alley in general can relate to.
6. Oklahoma Girl – Eli Young Band
In 2005, the Eli Young Band released Oklahoma Girl, which is all about falling in love with someone who is from another state. While some people don’t think it’s worth it to go after this girl, he does and he knows that it could ultimately lead to heartache, but he can’t help it. This is an ode to Oklahoma women, and it’s a great country song about finding love.
7. Oklahoma Sky – Miranda Lambert
Next is Miranda Lambert with her 2011 song Oklahoma Sky from her album Four The Record. This is a country-love track, so it’s slow and very emotional. She talks about finally finding someone after searching for a long time, and he’s in this state. She lived in Oklahoma with Blake Shelton, so this song is very close to her heart, and she considers the state her second home.
8. You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma – David Frizzell and Shelly West
David Frizzell and Shelly West make the list with You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma. This song came out in 1980 on the movie soundtrack to Any Which Way You Can. It’s all about how a woman left the state for California, but she yearns for the cowboy she left in Tulsa. She misses the country life and seeing him riding his John Deere, and she wishes they were still together. This love track about being separated by miles made it to number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
9. Tulsa Jesus Freak – Lana Del Rey
Next is Lana Del Rey with Tulsa Jesus Freak, which was released in 2021 on Chemtrails Over The Country Club. This song is all about the traits that you’ll find in Oklahoma such as the people and landscapes that are nothing short of breathtaking. Her voice is beautiful, and when she describes Tulsa, it feels like you’re really there.
10. Tulsa Time – Don Williams
Next is Don Williams with Tulsa Time, which was released in 1978. It’s all about a man from Oklahoma who leaves to go out west in search of his big break. However, he realizes that he’s nothing special, and he keeps getting rejected in Hollywood, so he decides to go back to the city where he knows he will be much happier and has a purpose.
11. Down In Oklahoma – Ginger Prince
Ginger Prince released Down In Oklahoma in 1949, which is one of those magical songs about what life is like in the state. The instruments in the track are where it’s at, and you’ll notice it’s country and upbeat just like Oklahoma is.
12. Oklahoma Christmas – Blake Shelton Feat. Reba McEntire
Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire make the list with Oklahoma Christmas. This song is on his 2012 album Cheers, It’s Christmas. It’s all about the holiday and the joy of the season, such as what family traditions help make Christmas so special. There is a piano in the beginning, and he sings about things such as how the snow covers the fields and there are Christmas lights everywhere. This is a warm and emotional track about the love and charm of the season down in the state.
13. No U In Oklahoma – Reba McEntire
Speaking of Reba McEntire, she makes our list next with No U In Oklahoma. This is about how she didn’t listen when her dad tried to warn her about the trouble with her man. She talks about how her man lied to her and how he betrayed her, and by the end of the song, she ends up all alone in the state. Even though the subject is dark and sad, the track is actually fairly upbeat.
14. Oklahoma USA – The Kinks
The Kinks are on the list with Oklahoma USA, which came out in 1971 on Muswell Hillbillies. This song is all about a woman who is living a boring life where she works all the time but is dreaming of Hollywood. She dreams she is in the musical Oklahoma! and is wishing for a better and more fulfilling life. The piano is perfect for the vibe of this track, and you’ll feel like you’re daydreaming right along with her.
15. Fly Over States – Jason Aldean
Next is Jason Aldean with Fly Over States, which comes from his 2010 album My Kinda Party. This is a general song about Oklahoma and all of the states in the Midwest and South that are considered flyover states to politicians. It’s about the lovely people that inhabit these states and the beauty of nature you’ll find there, and it’s one of his most recognizable and beloved tracks about the heartland of America. It went to number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.
16. Oklahoma Dust – The Notorious Cherry Bombs
In 2004, The Notorious Cherry Bombs released the song Oklahoma Dust from their self-titled album. This track is a country song that talks about how regardless of where you live now, the state is going to stay in your heart and be a part of who you are. If you live or lived in Oklahoma then you’ll understand how The Sooner State is just a place that you’ll never forget and yearn for because it holds such a special place in your heart.
17. Crazy About Oklahoma – Jimmy Reed
In 1967, Jimmy Reed released Crazy About Oklahoma, which is a blues song that’s all about the state and how it’s better than Texas, and every other state in the country too. He has such a lovely and unique voice that it goes so well with the blues vibe of this track. The song also has solos with the harmonica, and it gives you that country feel. It’ll also make you nod your head in agreement as he sings about Oklahoma being the best place to be.
18. Oklahoma-Texas Line – Rascal Flatts
Next is the country band Rascal Flatts with Oklahoma-Texas Line, which was released on the album Feels Like Today. This song is all about falling for someone while you’re in The Sooner State and how this person you found is so perfect that it’s almost too good to be true. The person that they found lives in Oklahoma and has blue eyes, blond hair, and has their own place along Highway 81.
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19. Take Me Back To Tulsa – Asleep At The Wheel
Asleep At The Wheel had a hit in 1973 with Take Me Back To Tulsa on the album Comin’ Right At Ya. This song is a country track that talks about how a guy met a woman while in Louisiana, but he isn’t ready to get married so he decides to flee to Tulsa to get away from her and out of the commitment.
20. Okie From Muskogee – Merle Haggard
On the list next is country legend Merle Haggard with Okie From Muskogee. This track was released in 1969 from the album of the same name. This is a conservative anthem for those who are from rural America, and it celebrates the small-town values and the military. There is a lot of criticism of drug use and war in this song because it was released during the 1960s as a counter to the culture going on at the time.
When it was released, it was very controversial because people said that he was trying to get people to have a certain viewpoint of America, but in conservative states like Oklahoma, this track quickly became their anthem. It went to number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and remains a staple of rural American pride to this day.
21. Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood makes the list with Blown Away, which came out in 2012 on the album of the same name. She is from Oklahoma, and this song is one of several that references the state and everything wonderful about this part of America. It’s a mix of both country and pop, and the hook is very powerful with her booming vocals sending chills down your spine.
It was a hit and went to number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, two on the Hot Country Songs chart, 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 31 on the Adult Top 40.
22. Oklahoma Hills – Hank Thompson
Named as the official folk song for Oklahoma in 2001 by the original artist Woody Guthrie in 1945 is the track Oklahoma Hills, which was covered by Hank Thompson in 1961. His version of the song went to number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country & Western Singles chart. This is the most recognizable version of the track, and it’s all about the state and the things you’ll see there, such as the culture and rolling hills. The song is very folk and country, and it has a whimsical feel to it that you’ll find endearing and soothing.
23. Oklahoma Borderline – Vince Gill
In 1985, Vince Gill released the album The Things That Matter, which is one of the songs on his album Oklahoma Borderline. This track went to number nine on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and it’s all about how a man is hitchhiking back to the state after his woman in Houston kicked him out. He’s broke and is now going home to his mother. There are a lot of women in Oklahoma he knows will treat him better, so he’s forgetting his old life and starting over with a new life in his old hometown.
24. 24 Hours From Tulsa – Gene Pitney
Gene Pitney is on the list with 24 Hours From Tulsa from his 1963 album Blue Gene. This song is a pop track, and it’s all about how he’s telling his woman via a letter he isn’t coming back home because he found another woman that he’s in love with instead. The worst part is that he’s only about 24 hours from his woman in Tulsa when he happens to find this new girl he wants more. The song went to number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was in the 1991 film The Commitments.
25. Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Next is the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble To Me from 2009 and found on the album Speed Of Life. This is a country song that’s all about the city and how there is a lot of temptation found there. The temptation is something the narrator wants to avoid, such as all of the hot women found in Tulsa because he knows it’ll only cause him trouble.
26. Oklahomans! – Corb Lund
Next is Corb Lund with Oklahomans! from the 2020 album Agricultural Tragic. This is a rock song that’s all about Oklahoma and the kind warm people you’ll find within the state. It’s all about the good vibes you’ll feel there but also goes to the point that you should travel and move somewhere else too so that you can get other life experiences too.
27. Tulsa Queen – Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris makes the list with her 1977 hit Tulsa Queen, which comes from her album Luxury Liner. The song is all about an Oklahoma train named Tulsa Queen and how she is using this as a metaphor for trying to move forward in her life. If you’ve ever felt the need to just move on in a different direction, then you’ll relate to the lyrics in this song.
28. Oklahoma Breakdown – Stoney LaRue
Next is Stoney LaRue with Oklahoma Breakdown, which came out in 2007 on the album Live At Billy Bob’s Texas. It’s all about how the narrator is in love with a person that their parents don’t like and disapprove of them being together. Even though the two people break up regularly and fight, they still end up back together with one another.
It’s a song that a lot of people will relate to if they’ve had one of these relationships where it goes both good and bad on a whim or if your parents have ever not liked the person you’ve been in a relationship with.
29. If You’re Ever In Oklahoma – JJ Cale
JJ Cale is next on the list with If You’re Ever In Oklahoma, which came out in 1972 on the album Really. This song is one of those country tracks that’s all about being a lawbreaker, and it goes into how harsh the laws are in the state. The song talks about how if you’re someone who breaks the law, you have to do things in the dark because you don’t want to get caught or recognized.
30. Oklahoma Smokeshow – Zach Bryan
In 2022, Zach Bryan released Oklahoma Smokeshow on his album All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster. This song is a sad track that talks about an abusive relationship a woman is in, and she lives in the state. This song explores the dark side of rural small country towns and the people in them such as how the men are at the bars all of the time drinking, and a lot of bad things can happen when alcohol is involved.
31. Oklahoma Sunshine – Waylon Jennings
Last on our list is Oklahoma Sunshine from Waylon Jennings, which came out in 1974 on the album Ramblin’ Man. This song is all about how he left New York to go to Oklahoma to find love and be happy. Instead of dealing with the busy city life, he wants to go to a place where there is a big sky and a lot of land, so he can live a peaceful and more calming life.
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