Popular Songs About Homes and Houses

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Coming up with songs about home, songs that have the word home or houses in the lyrics (or title), was more challenging than I imagined. Some of the most popular songs about homes and houses date from around the early 20th century, and quite a few were made popular by an artist or a band other than the original songwriter. Here are my top choices of songs about home:

Pink Houses

  • Songwriter: John Cougar Mellencamp
  • Year: 1984
  • Artist: John Mellencamp
  • Album: Uh-Huh
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Ain't that America, home of the free; little pink houses for you and me."

Little Boxes

  • Songwriter: Malvina Reynolds
  • Year: 1961
  • Artist: Pete Seeger, 1963
  • Album: We Shall Overcome
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky-tacky."

Two of Us

  • Songwriters: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  • Year: 1969
  • Artist: The Beatles
  • Album: Let It Be
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Two of us riding nowhere, spending someone's hard earned pay."

Take Me Home, Country Roads

  • Songwriters: John Denver, Bill Danoff, and Taffy Nivert
  • Year: 1971
  • Artist: John Denver
  • Album: Poems, Prayers, and Promises
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River."

Burning Down the House

  • Songwriter: David Byrne
  • Year: 1983
  • Artist: Talking Heads
  • Album: Speaking in Tongues
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Hold tight, wait till the party's over; hold tight, we're in for nasty weather."

Homeward Bound

  • Songwriter: Paul Simon
  • Year: 1966
  • Artist: Simon and Garfunkel
  • Album: Sounds of Silence
  • Lyrics you may remember: "I'm sitting in the railway station, got a ticket for my destination."

500 Miles

  • Songwriter: Hedy West
  • Year: 1962
  • Artist: Peter, Paul, and Mary
  • Album: Peter, Paul, ​and Mary (first album)
  • Lyrics you may remember: "If you miss the train I'm on, you will know that I am gone; you can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles."

Ain't Got No Home

  • Songwriter: Woody Guthrie
  • Year: 1938
  • Artist: Woody Guthrie
  • Album: Released on various albums
  • Lyrics you may remember: "And I ain't got no home in this world anymore."

Can't Find My Way Home

  • Songwriter: Steve Winwood
  • Year: 1969
  • Artist: Blind Faith
  • Album: Blind Faith
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Come down off your throne and leave your body alone."

Home on the Range

  • Songwriter: Dr. Brewster Higley
  • Year: 1876
  • Artists: Many over the years
  • Album: Various albums (it is the official state song of Kansas)
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play."

(Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey

  • Songwriter: Hughie Cannon
  • Year: 1902
  • Artists: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Brenda Lee
  • Album: Assorted
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Won't you come home, Bill Bailey, won't you come home?"

Green, Green Grass of Home

  • Songwriter: Claude Putnam
  • Year: 1965
  • Artist: Tom Jones
  • Album: Green, Green Grass of Home
  • Lyrics you may remember: "The old hometown looks the same as I step down from the train, and there to meet me is my mama and papa."

Our House

  • Songwriter: Graham Nash
  • Year: 1970
  • Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
  • Album: Deja Vu
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Our house is a very, very fine house, with two cats in the yard."

House Where Nobody Lives

  • Songwriter: Tom Waits
  • Year: 1999
  • Artist: Tom Waits
  • Album: Mule Variations
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Without love, it ain't nothin' but a house, a house where nobody lives."

California

  • Songwriter: Joni Mitchell
  • Year: 1971
  • Artist: Joni Mitchell
  • Album: Blue
  • Lyrics you may remember: "I’m going to see the folks I dig; I’ll even kiss a sunset pig—California, I’m coming home."

Home

  • Songwriter: Christopher A. Daughtery
  • Year: 2007
  • Artist: Chris Daughtery
  • Album: Home
  • Lyrics you may remember: "I'm going home, back to the place where I belong. And where your love has always been enough for me."