The music of California and California-based musicians is vast. Here are a few selected examples of popular music, in the mainstream, that is working with the dream and a little bit of the reality of the experience of California.

The Beach Boys, “California Girls,” Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) (1965)

 The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys, “Surfing USA

The Mamas and the Papas , “California Dreamin” (1966)

The Doors, “LA WomanLA Woman (1971)

 (Jim Morrison dies at age of 27 three months after the album was released)

 America, “California Revisited,” Homecoming (1972)

The Eagles Hotel California

Rolling Stones, “Far Away Eyes,” Some Girls (1978) (Inspired by Bakersfield (central valley and LA Gospel music scene), made #1 on US Billboard music chart)

David Lee Roth, “California Girls,” Skyscraper (1988)

Madonna, “Hollywood,” Hollywood (2003)

Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication,” Californication (2009)

Rihanna, “California King Bed,” Loud (2010)

Sia, “California Dreamin,” Music Video from film San Andreas (2015)

Katy Perry, “California Gurls,” Teenage Dream (2010) (With snoop dog, answer to Empire State of Mind)

2pac feat Dr. Dre, “California Love” (1995)

Weezer California Kids and L.A. Girlz

The Cheetah Girls Christmas in California

 Ramones California Sun

California Road Trip Music Playlist

Selected Off the Chart California Based Musicians

Peter Sprague, “Desafinado” (in Portuguese “off key,” Bossa Nova song by Antonio Carlos Jobim); Peter and Tripp Sprague, “Blurring the Edges,” Blurring the Edges

Mitchell Long, “Tarde e lembranças,” quintet “Banda” playing live on KUVO radio in Denver Colorado, “Making Changes,” at Novel Café, Pasadena; With Mario de Barros, “Nos Paraiso,” Teatro Armando Cortez – Lisboa, Portugal, 17 Maio 2008 (Cape Verde music)