According to The Washington Post, Josh Abbott Band’s “She’s Like Texas” dominates wedding playlists in the Lone Star State. That’s not a huge surprise, given the tune from their 2010 album of the same name remains one of their most popular songs overall. But the saccharine sweet track that compares the woman of Abbott’s dreams to his home state hits all the right notes for newlywed Texans.
Other popular songs in Texas include a lot of the usual suspects. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran leads the list of most popular songs overall, while Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” comes in second.
But when it comes to songs uniquely popular to individual states, country music makes a great showing. John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is obviously huge in West Virginia. Josh Turner’s “Would You Go With Me” wins hearts in Colorado. And, thanks to its line dance-friendly beat, “Copperhead Road” owns Oklahoma and Kansas.
Perhaps the funniest one overall, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ In The Dark” is tops in a lot of the Great Plains. Nebraska, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota and Iowa all really love the song. Tennessee doesn’t really have a clear leader but apparently both “Wagon Wheel” and “Fishin’ In The Dark” always get plenty of requests.
So how did the author determine the top songs?
According to the Post, they examined every state’s top 500 wedding songs. Then, they subtracted the song’s rank in that state from the song’s rank nationwide to find its popularity overall. You can see the full list at The Washington Post.