With its mixture of sex, drugs, East & West Hollywood inspired culture and beautiful beaches, serene highways and laidback-relaxed lifestyle, California is an inspiration to all types of artists, regardless of genre. Here’s a list that will take you on a trip through the bright Hollywood lights, down the calm California highways and leave u with that sun-kissed California tan.

(YouTube and Spotify playlists at the bottom)

By Katharina Brill

The list is no order of preference.

Foxygen – San Francisco

The Mamas and the Papas – California Dreamin’

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

The Doors – L.A. Woman


Kings of Leon – California Waiting


Wolfmother – California Queen


The Decemberists – Los Angeles, I’m Yours


The Beach Boys – California Girls


America – Ventura Highway


The Rivieras – California Sun


Joni Mitchell – California


Albert Hammond – It Never Rains in Southern California


Bob Seger – Hollywood Nights


Yellowcard – Backhome


Neil Young – California Sunset

Bonus Track:

You can listen to the playlist on YouTube here: