Popular Songs About Homes and Houses
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:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."