There’s no doubt about it, West Virginia is a special place. And that certainly comes through in music. This is by no means a definitive list, but here are 15 of our favorite songs about West Virginia.
“Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn
Butcher’s Holler may be in Kentucky, but Loretta was singing to every little girl who knew just exactly what it was like to grow up a coal miner’s daughter.
“Leaving West Virginia” – Kathy Mattea
Gonna be honest: This song will hit hard for anyone who’s moved away from these hills. (Kathy is from South Charleston/Cross Lanes, guarantee people will debate this the comments.)
“A Country Boy Can Survive” – Hank Williams, Jr.
Yes indeed Hank, we came from the West Virginia coal mines.
“My Home Among The Hills” – Choral Piece
As we wrote awhile back, this famous choral piece about West Virginia is actually not one of official our state songs.
“Grandma’s Hands” – Bill Withers
When this R&B legend and West Virginia native sings about the roughness of his grandmother’s hands, and the trueness of his grandmother’s love, you know West Virginia. He calls it his “favorite thing he’s ever written.”
“I Need You” – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
There’s nothing like driving around on a beautiful sunny day in the Mountain State with the one you love. We want to ride across West Virginia with you, Tim!
“Which Side Are You On?” – Florence Reece
Although written in Kentucky about the Harlan mine wars, this song perfectly captures the struggle miners faced fighting for better working conditions and fair pay.
“The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia” – Emmylou Harris
Oh the hills of West Virginia, “they’ll keep me and never let me go.” We couldn’t not include one of the most famous songs ever written about our state.
“West Virginia My Home” – Hazel Dickens
One of the true great ladies of Bluegrass and folk, this Mercer County native’s haunting ballad about leaving the state will ring true for anyone who’s laid awake at night wishing they were home.
“West Virginia Man” – David Allan Coe
In one of Coe’s less country-songs, this song about growing up a West Virginia man sounds more like a Johnnie Johnson song (who’s from Fairmont).
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” – John Denver
Because of course.