When you think of Texas songs, there are A LOT of songs that have Texas towns in their titles and a lot of them are made by country artists. Well, this list is a little different. This is strictly a list of rock/metal/blues songs that have “Texas” in the title of the song. So no country artists. Let’s start with a classic…
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood: An artist we lost way too soon, Stevie was a force on guitar and one of the finest blue guitarists the world has ever seen. Hailing from Dallas, it makes sense that he would record a song for his 1983 debut album, Flood in Texas. Even though the song was originally written by Larry Davis in 1958, Stevie’s version became the version many people still know and love today.
The Doors – The WASP (Texas Radio & the Big Beat): Fans of The Doors remember this song originally as a poem/jam that the band performed at gigs. Inspired by tthe Mexican radio stations that would explode in Texas in the 1950s, it was not until the LA Woman recording that The Doors finally recorded a studio version of this song. Now we can hear the story from Texas Radio…
WASP – Blind in Texas: Another flying wasp on this list, this time it’s the BAND WASP They’ve had a lot of songs about the party but this one from The last order, is all about partying in Texas. Roaming through cities like Dallas, Houston, Waco and of course El Paso.
On a Burning Body – Texas Blood Money: It would make sense for a Texas band to write a song WITH Texas in the title, wouldn’t it? From San Antonio, Upon A Burning Body show their love, not just for metal, but their home state of Texas Blood Money from their 2012 album, “Red. White. Green.. Even the music video shows them running on stage with a giant Texas flag.
Clutch – A Quick Death in Texas: Neil Fallon has always been an East Coast guy; but when it came to recording their 2015 Psychic warfare album, the the inspiration came from the locals Neil met in the small town near the recording studio they were staying. neil said that the video was recorded while having fun and he loved to play cowboy. Also extra brownie points for any city names they name fall in song.
Sons of Texas – Texas Trim: Even though this song wasn’t a single or a hit, it’s about something we love in Texas: a beautiful, beautiful woman. Plus… Sons of Texas named one of their albums Baptized In The Rio Grande; they were trained in McAllen, TX. So here is. The song definitely checks out and deserves a spot here.
Chris Rae – Texas: Underrated blues musician from England, Chris Rae has a HUGE repertoire of hits in his career. He never toured the United States, but the song comes from a conversation he had with a neighbor who had been to Texas. In the song, he talks about how we want to visit Texas. So far, it’s unclear if Chris actually went to Texas. But he did a great song about Texas so we’ll take it.
Bowling For Soup – Ohio (Come Back to Texas): I think we’ve had someone in our life where someone moves somewhere and we want them back. That’s what the person in this song does; trying to convince their girlfriend to return to the Lone Star state, so they can be together again. It is all the more logical that bowling for soup IS of Texas; they have represented Wichita Falls since 1994.
Gary Moore – Texas Strut: The name of Irish blues singer Gary Moore drops two big names from Texas in this song: ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Off his 1990 album, Still Got The Blues, Gary certainly has his guitar moaning in this song about Texas blues.
Reverend Horton Heat – Texas Rock-A-Billy-Rebel: One of the most popular rockabilly bands in the world, the trio from Dallas has a few songs with Texas in their names. Although their most popular would have to be this one from their 1998 album, Heating appliance.
Honorable Mention 1 (Elton John – Texan Love Song): Although some people mistakenly call it “Texas Love Song”, the correct title is “Texas love song“. I’m putting it as an honorable mention because it’s not a single but a lot of people like to cover the song online, so I’m giving it a mention here.
Honorable Mention 2 (ZZ Top – Heard It On the X): Even though they don’t have a song with “Texas” in the title… come on. It’s ZZ TOP! It’s THE band when you think of Texas. This song is also another tribute to the old radio stations that were blasting into Texas from across the border. Also, the song has a huge X, to represent… TEXAS. So it matters. RIP Dusty…
I may have missed a few, but if so, I encourage you to find more songs about Texas. You might stumble upon a few gems yourself.
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