Songs written about Texas seem to have it all: love, heartache, adventure, and a ton of state pride. And, boy, are there are a lot of them with roughly 4,000 songs written about Texas. With tracks ranging from Ernest Tubb’s classic “Waltz Across Texas” to the more recent single “Travis County” by Gary Clark, Jr., we’re sure you’ll recognize some of these titles in our list of 50 famous Texas songs below.
Historic Songs About Texas
Texas has a long, storied history of traditional country, folk and gospel music. The Texas anthem, Texas, Our Texas, dates back to 1924, while Texas A&M’s “Aggie War Hymn” has been linked back to World War I. Here are some of the most classic and important tracks that help define that state’s past.
- “Texas, Our Texas” by William J. Marsh
- “Waltz Across Texas” by Ernest Tubb
- “Deep in the Heart of Texas” by Gene Autry
- “Aggie War Hymn” by J.V. “Pinky” Wilson
- “The Yellow Rose of Texas” by various artists including Elvis Presley and Mitch Miller
- “Deep Elem Blues” by The Shelton Brothers
- “T is for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)” by Jimmie Rodgers
- “Red River Valley” by Woodie Guthrie
- “Texas Lullaby” by David Allan Coe
- “Fighter, Raiders, Fight” by Vic Williams and John J. Tatgenhorst
Our Pick: “Waltz Across Texas” by Ernest Tubb
Ernest Tubb, also known as the Texas Troubadour, is considered a pioneer of country music. Despite being known for popularizing the honkey-tonk genre, one of his biggest hits, “Waltz Across Texas,” was actually a dance hall favorite during waltz lessons.
Most Popular Songs About Texas
For a state dripping in pride and patriotism, it makes sense that some of its most popular and long-standing songs do the same. Take, for instance, Tanya Tucker’s “Texas (When I Die),” in which she says when she dies instead of going to heaven she’d rather go to Texas. Also included below is “London Homesick Blues,” which fans of Austin City Limits might recognize as the show’s theme song from 1977 to 2004.
- “London Homesick Blues” by Gary P Nunn and Jerry Jeff Walker
- “Miles and Miles of Texas” by Bob Wills
- “All My Exes Live in Texas” by George Strait
- “Texas Flood” by Stevie Ray Vaughan
- “God Blessed Texas” by Little Texas
- “Beautiful Texas” by Willie Nelson
- “Texas (When I Die) by Tanya Tucker
- “Luckenbach, Texas” by Waylon Jennings
- “El Paso” by Marty Robbins
- “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” by Alabama
Our Pick: “Texas Flood” by Stevie Ray Vaughan
This song serves as the title track to Vaughan’s 1983 debut studio album. Due to the success of the song and record, it became a standard track in the musician’s arsenal. But die-hard country fans know that it’s actually a cover of the 1958 version by Larry Davis.
New Songs About Texas
In recent years Texas music has seen another boom, due to the growing popularity of Austin and more crossover music popping up on mainstream radio. Roots country music has begun to blend with alternative rock and even pop, giving way to artists like The Highwomen, Leon Bridges and Kacey Musgraves.
- “Texas Sun” by Leon Bridges and Khruangbin
- “Wheels Of Laredo” by The Highwomen
- “Texas Pride” by Miranda Lambert
- “Travis County” by Gary Clark, Jr.
- “Lubbock or Leave it” by The Chicks
- “Too Far From Texas” by Stevie Nicks
- “Texas Time” by Keith Urban
- “Texas On My Mind” by Pat Green
- “Texas Was You” by Jason Aldean
- “Dime Store Cowgirl” by Kacey Musgraves
Our Pick: “Texas Sun” by Leon Bridges and Khruangbin
These two Texas-based groups have garnered a ton of accolades over the last few years, due in part to their collaborative EP “Texas Sun,” which features the head-bobbing title track listed above.
Songs About Texas Cities & Towns
There are thousands of songs written about the great state of Texas, so it’s no surprise that there are tons of songs devoted to specific cities and towns within its borders. On this list, you’ll notice a healthy mix of old country and new, with “King of Country” George Strait making an appearance multiple times—unsurprising considering the Texas native has over 30 albums under his belt.
- “Austin” by Blake Shelton
- “Galveston” by Glen Campbell
- “Corpus Christi Bay” by Robert Earl Keen
- “Houston” by R.E.M.
- “El Paso” by Marty Robbins
- “Abilene” by Waylon Jennings
- “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?” by George Strait
- “La Grange” by ZZ Top
- “Amarillo By Morning” by George Strait
- “San Antonio Rose/New San Antonio Rose” by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Our Pick: “La Grange” by ZZ Top
Due to the subject matter of this song (it’s about a brothel), or the otherworldly guitar playing, one might have missed that it takes place on the outskirts of La Grange, TX, a city in Fayette County near the Colorado river.
Other Notable Songs Related to Texas
While there are plenty of songs with the word Texas in the title, there are also many songs that indirectly touch on the state but also reach much further than its southern borders. Perhaps the most recognizable of the bunch is “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” which was released in 1946 and has since been recorded by the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, John Mayer and more.
- “Duello nel Texas” by Ennio Morricone
- “Eve’s Daughter” by Amanda Shires
- “Bob Wills is Still the King” by Waylon Jennings
- “Love at the Five and Dime” by Nanci Griffith
- “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” by Bobby Troup
- “On the Trail of the Buffalo” variant of John B Freeman’s “The Buffalo Song”
- “The Lone Ranger” theme music by Gioachino Rossini
- “Home on the Range” by Dr. Brewster M. Higley
- “The Hill Country Theme” by Willie Nelson
- “Jack Straw” by Grateful Dead
Our pick: “Eve’s Daughter” Amanda Shires
Below is a great list of songs that are uniquely Texas. Some are about Texas, some just popular in Texas history and modern play.
Frequently Asked Questions about Texas Music
We get a lot of questions about Texas music here at TexasProud.com so we update our FAQ every so often with interesting tidbits.
Does Texas have a state song or anthem?
Absolutely! The official Texas state song is “Texas, Our Texas” written in 1924 by William Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright. William was actually born in Liverpool, United Kingdom but emigrated to Texas as a young man while Gladys was a Fort Worth native. Texas, our Texas was selected as the official state song by a resolution of the Texas Legislature in 1929.
What is the Texas state dance?
The official dance of Texas is the Square Dance, of course! The late Governor Ann Richards, and Baylor Alumni, signed a proclamation designating square dancing as Texas‘ “official” folk dance in 1991. Thousands of Texans still participate in square dancing through the dozens of local square dance clubs around the state. Check out the video below for a great example of a classic Texas square dance.
What city in Texas offers the best Music?
Known as the live music capital of the world, Austin is by far the best city for music enthusiasts. With more than 250 music venues along Sixth Street and the surrounding area, Austin has become a popular music center for talented locals and A-list celebrities alike.