First off, let me wish my lovely wife a happy birthday: Happy Birthday Philosofette.
Great, now that that's out of the way, let's do something fun.
Last week I had the privilege of driving across half of the country. We passed through a decent number of states, and as we did so I often found myself thinking, "I wonder what song would be a good song for [the state we are driving through right now]?" I know this type of thing has been done other places, but I thought it might be fun to put together a WGOM 50 State Song List (plus DC).
So nominate your, uh, nominations. Use whatever criteria you see fit. Name dropping (for example: "I'm from New Jersey," for New Jersey), artist home (for example, Springsteen, for New Jersey), or anything else that fits the state (for example, a song by Garbage, for New Jersey). Then, chime in on others nominations. If it seems like there's a consensus forming, I might add it to the list. If the consensus changes, I'll change the list. You know. Whatever. It's informal. Also, I'm a big fan of not necessarily going with the obvious (though sometimes I suppose you have to).
I've gotten us started with two nominations.