If the skeeters don’t get ya, the gators will: Songs about Florida

“The state with the prettiest name,” Elizabeth Bishop wrote during the era when air conditioning was as rare as an integrated diner. Florida is like that: sundry contradictions that won’t even brush up against each other dialectically. I’ve done my par to explain our maniacal politics; Miami-Dade County went from Barack Obama handily and Hilary Clinton comfortably winning Cuban-Americans voters to watching Donald Trump turn in into allies of the Panhandle and northern Florida neo-rednecks who own the state legislature.

That’s why “Seminole Wind” tops my list. As resigned as a man attending the funeral of a beloved uncle, John Anderson’s biggest nineties hit acknowledges the boom-and-bust cycles

1. John Anderson – Seminole Wind
2. Róisín Murphy – Dear Miami
3. Modest Mouse – Florida
4. Patty Griffin – Florida
5. The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee
6. Blue Öyster Cult – Florida Man
7. Freddy Cannon- Tallahassee Lassie
8. Ray Charles – Moon Over Miami
9. Waylon Jennings – The Everglades
10. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Gainesville
11. Chris Rea – Daytona
12. Aerosmith – Last Child
13. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – Miiami
14. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Redneck Riviera
15. Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special
16. Miami Sound Machine – Conga
17. Rush – Countdown
18. Billy Joel – Miami 2017
19. Randy Newman – Miami
20. Muddy Waters – Deep Down in Florida

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