Popular Songs About Homes and Houses
The most loved 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
- Songwriter: 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
- Songwriter: 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
- Artist: 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
- Artist: 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 in 1967
- Album: Green, Green Grass of Home
- Lyrics you may remember: "The old home town 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."
Of interesting note, just about every song on this list of top songs about home can be easily played on a guitar. Providing a person actually knows how to strum a guitar these days.
At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, CalBRE #00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.