40 Songs about Virginia (Pop, Folk, Rap/Hip Hop & More)
Virginia is one of the best-known states in the US. It was one of the 13 original colonies, and it was named after England’s Virgin Queen, Queen Elizabeth I.
Today, Virginia is known for its many famous sites, such as the Shenandoah National Park, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Appalachian Trail. It’s no wonder that
I. Famous/pop songs about Virginia
There are plenty of famous or pop songs about the state of Virginia. Some songs have been used as the state’s song and tackle some historical issues.
1) Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
This song was written by James A. Bland, a minstrel performer and an African-American. It was also used as Virginia’s state song from 1940 until 1997.
In this song, Tori Amos sings about the land of the US and the exploitation of the Native Americans under European colonization.
3) Leave Virginia Alone
4) Virginia is for Lovers
The title of this song, “Virginia is for Lovers,” is also the tourism slogan for the state and was used by Jordin Sparks as a bonus track in her debut album.
5) Night Train
II. Virginia folk songs
There are plenty of folk songs about Virginia written by natives. These folk singers tell stories about Virginia and even some infamous people in the state’s history.
1) Our Great Virginia
The folk song “Our Great Virginia” became the name state anthem for Virginia in 2015. In the first verse, the anthem refers to Virginia as the “birthplace of the nation.”
2) Railroad Bill
“Railroad Bill” is the first song on Paul Clayton’s album, “Folksongs and Ballads of Virginia.” The song is about an African-American outlaw named Morris Slater.
3) Orange County
4) James River Blues
This song is written from the point of view of a boatman from the 19th century who used to ship goods along the James River. He tells the listener how he lost his job as a boatman cause of the Railroad development.
5) East Virginia
III. Rap/hip hop songs about Virginia
Rap or hip-hop songs about Virginia will often be about a particular place in Virginia or an event in Virginian history.
This song has been described as an “ode to the Virginia that was never made.”
2) Virginia Gang
3) When They See US
This song was inspired by the “vibe” of Peterburg, Virginia.
4) Virginia Tech
Lil Flip wrote this song as a tribute to all those who died in the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007.
5) Peace in the Water
IV. Country songs about Virginia
1) Country Road
This is one of the most famous songs about Virginia. The narrator describes the natural landscape of West Virginia, and he is asking to be taken home where he belongs.
3) Green Rolling Hills
In this song, the singer explains that he’s sad that he needs to leave the rural landscape of West Virginia and move to a city in the north to find work. He later says that he will come back to the “green rolling hills of West Virginia.”
4) Longing for Old Virginia
5) Sweet Virginia
V. Rock songs about Virginia
Rock songs about Virginia will often talk about the romance of the natural landscape and sometimes the affairs in Virginia.
1) Virginia Moon
This song was a collaboration between Norah Jones and Foo Fighters. It’s about the natural beauty and the romantic image of the moon and nighttime in Virginia.
2) Summer’s End
This song tells the story of two lovers in Virginia who decide to break up at the end of Summer and meet again next Summer.
3) Virginia Plain
4) Sweet Virginia
5) Hills of West Virginia
In this song, the narrator tells the listener about his journey to the hills of West Virginia. He describes what up to in these hills and the winding roads and natural landscape.
VI. Songs about life in Virginia
In these songs, the singers will often describe what it’s like living in Virginia. Sometimes they will often tell the story of a particular event in Virginia.
1) Virginia Avenue
In this song, the narrator explains that he is walking down Virginia Avenue and is trying to find someone he can talk to about his problems.
2) Oh Virginia
In this song, the singer thanks Virginia for all the memories they made and for being the place where all their friends are.
3) For My Lover
4) West Virginia Fantasies
5) Down in Virginia
VII. Songs about Virginia Beach
In some cases, songs are written about Virginia Beach to promote it. In other cases, the musicians will talk about going to Virginia beach and spending time there.
1) The Virginia Beach Song
It’s believed that Luciano Illuminati wrote this song to promote Virginia Beach.
2) Virginia Beach
In this case, the narrator talks about going to Virginia Beach and waking the following day in a club car.
3) Virginia Beach
4) Virginia Beach
Morby explained that he felt compelled to write about “bizarre yet beautiful corners of American.”
5) Virginia Beach
VIII. Songs with Virginia in the title
Sometimes songs with “Virginia” in the title will be nostalgic and talk about the history of Virginia. The song can simply be about a girl named Virginia at other times.
1) Sweet Virginia Breeze
This song was voted as Virginia’s state popular song in 2015. It won in a Virginia state senate vote of 39-0 as the official popular song of Virginia.
2) Ghost of Virginia
In this song, the narrator describes a train his grandfather had seen back in the old days. He explains how the ground would shake and how the train’s “gears pound the steel.”
3) I Went Down to Virginia
4) Meet Virginia
This song has been interpreted in different ways. Some people believe this song is about a girl who wants to be something she isn’t. Others think that this song is about a boy who loves a sad girl.