Few things can affect our emotions more than music. A good song about our state can be enough to bring you to tears, whether you were born here or adopted Iowa later in life. Some of these songs will lift your spirits and some will make you wistful – but they all honor our beautiful life here in Iowa. (They are listed here in no particular order.)

1. “Iowa,” Dar Williams

Dar Williams’ haunting voice reflects the beauty of living in Iowa.

2. “It Sure Can Get Cold In Des Moines,” Tom T. Hall

This classic will have you singing along – or at least swaying to the tune.

3. “The Iowa Song,” Josh Connor

Talented country artist Josh Connor recounts his childhood in the Hawkeye State in this simple, lovely song.

4. “Iowa,” Slipknot

On the complete opposite of the musical spectrum is Slipknot, Iowa’s own heavy metal stars. If you’ve got 15 minutes and enjoy metal, this is definitely worth a listen.

5. “The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines,” Joni Mitchell

Joni’s impeccable voice could make anything sound amazing – even a dry cleaner from Des Moines.

6. “Iowa Stubborn,” from “The Music Man”

If you’ve never seen The Music Man, make it a point to watch it. It’s all about Iowa! This song alone is worth the time it’ll take to get the disc from Netflix (it’s not available to stream).

7. “The Iowa Indian Song,” Bing Crosby

This song is proof that Bing Crosby’s smooth-as-velvet voice can make literally anything sound good.

8. “The Iowa Waltz,” Greg Brown

This haunting tune is one of the most beautiful tributes to Iowa ever recorded.

9. “Iowa Gold,” Jane Roman Pitt

Jane Roman Pitt’s incredible voice makes this song sound almost like a hymn. In it she praises the simple beauty and amazing landscapes in Iowa.

10. The Iowa State Song

We wouldn’t dare leave out Iowa’s official state song. Set to the tune of “O Tannenbaum,” this easy-to-remember song will always sound like home.

What great songs about Iowa did we miss? Add them to the list in the comments.

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