Finally! A Playlist With Songs About Michigan
An online competition has resulted in a playlist which features a great group of songs that mention Michigan and towns in Michigan.
ClickOnDetroit.com recently held a bracket type playoff pitting songs about Michigan against each other to see which was the most popular.
The winner, to absolutely no one's surprise (at least anyone who has ever been to a Red Wings hockey game) was Journey's "Don't Stop Believing", which features a boy who was born and raised in "South Detroit" (wherever that is), who was so enamored with his hometown, he wanted to get on a train going "anywhere". (Anywhere BUT South Detroit, I would imagine). Right, Dave Landau?
But the great news is that the guy who came up with the competition, Ken Haddad, compiled a playlist of songs about Michigan, or towns in Michigan, that is pretty extensive, although not complete (is anything ever complete?).
The list has all the great ones in there like my favorite, "America" by Simon and Garfunkel, which calls out my hometown, "...it took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw" (because, again, who would want to stay in Saginaw? No one.)
Other great songs on the list include Bowie's fabled "Panic In Detroit", the dirge about the 1975 shipwreck in the UP, "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot, and of course, Kid Rock's ode to summer Up North, "All Summer Long."
Notably missing are any songs directly related to Grand Rapids. Are there any? Maybe some obscure classics out there in your closet somewhere?
Another song that came up missing is The Accidentals "Michigan (Again and Again)", but that's the great things about lists, it prompts discussion.
You can check it out the complete playlist below, and let me know some of the songs that YOU think may be missing.