California's  Must-Hear Songs

These tracks cover a wide spectrum of genres, from soul to folk to hip-hop, and there's something here for any music aficionado.

The Beach Boys' song "California Girls""California Females," written by Brian Wilson and published in 1965, is a love song to girls

"Malibu," Hole says."Malibu," a major success for Courtney Love's '90s grunge band, is really a song inspired by one of Love's past romances

The Eagles' "Hotel California" "Hotel California," the title tune from the Eagles' 1977 album, is undoubtedly the band's most well-known song

Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"  Johnny Cash was thousands of miles away from California when he wrote this song about one of the state's most notorious jails. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Dani California. Despite the fact that the protagonist of this Red Hot Chili Peppers hit is from the South