It’s Ohio Statehood Day. Do you know where your Ohio playlist is?

Happy Birthday Ohio! You’re 213 years young. Young, as in Youngstown, by Bruce Springsteen, one of the seventeen songs currently on my Ohio playlist, a collection exhaustively curated based on the following strict criteria. First, the song must have a strong and legitimate connection to the state or mention it or an Ohio city in some significant way. Second, because I say so. It’s this rigorous vetting that explains why I include Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National, but not Ohio (Come Back to Texas) by Bowling for Soup. It also explains why–at this date–I’m allowing Michael Stanley’s My Town, even though he doesn’t actually mention Cleveland, but not Anna Sun by Walk the Moon, even though the group started at Kenyon College and the song is named for a Kenyon sociologist. And in case you were wondering, I exiled The Heart of Rock and Roll by Huey Lewis & The News after realizing the lyric is, “But the heart of rock and roll, heart of rock and roll is still beating,” not, “…in Cleveland.” Lame. On Ohio Statehood Day, I’m opening the floor for additions, arguments, suggestions and raspberries. Oh, and here’s the list:

Bloodbuzz Ohio, The National.

Burn On, Randy Newman.

Cuyahoga, R.E.M.

Hang On Sloopy, The McCoys.

Look At Miss Ohio, Gillian Welch.

Ohio, the Black Keys.

Ohio, Over the Rhine.

Ohio, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Ohio, Damien Jurado.

Youngstown, Bruce Springsteen.

Cleveland Rocks, Ian Hunter.

To Ohio, The Low Anthem.

My City Was Gone, The Pretenders.

My Town, Michael Stanley.

Toledo, Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello.

Carry Me Ohio, Sun Kil Moon.

O-H-I-O, The Ohio Players.


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