Let's head west to the Land of Milk and Honey with a seven-song tribute to the Grape State of California.
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From her 1971 album, Blue, California was written by Joni Mitchell and released as a follow-up to Carey. Mitchell wrote California while living in France. James Taylor played the guitar on the original recording, and Wilson Phillips covered the song on their 2004 album, California.
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L.A. Woman was written by Jim Morrison and recorded by the Doors as the title track to their 1971 album, L.A. Woman. The song's bridge uses the lyrics "Mr. Mojo Risin," which is an anagram of Jim Morrison. The album was the last to feature the singer before his death in July 3, 1971.
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California Gurls was released in 2010 as the lead single from Katy Perry’s album, Teenage Dream. Perry said it was an answer song to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s Empire State of Mind. Featuring Snoop Dogg, it hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in ten other countries.
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Soul Kid #1's (More Bounce In) California was first used on the 2003 soundtrack album, Legally Blonde 2, as More Bounce (In California). On the 2005 album, Americanized, the parenthesis is flipped. It's been played at Dodgers and Chargers games and used on The O.C. and Laguna Beach.
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Californication was the fourth single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' seventh studio album, Californication (1999). The song's about the darker side of Hollywood and was released in May, 2010. Though it peaked at No. 69 on Billboard Hot 100, it is the band's third-most performed song at live shows.
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No tribute to California is complete without The Beach Boys. California Girls was released in 1965 from the album, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). Wilson conceived the song on his first acid trip. It reached No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 and epitomizes the 1960s California Sound.