D.C. Gets Shafted On Paste Magazine’s 50 New State Songs List

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I realize D.C. is not a state, but it would’ve been nice for Paste Magazine to at least mention D.C. in their list of suggested state songs for the 21st century. A simple line stating “We would designate a song for D.C. but it is not a state,” would suffice. But no mention? Uncool, Paste Magazine. Uncool.

The list has some winners including a nice spread from Ryan Adams, M. Ward, Sufjan Stevens, and Ben Folds — but D.C. doesn’t even get mentioned as being in existence.

So let’s play a game in the comments: What would YOU pick as D.C.’s “state” song of today?

My vote goes to the DC remix of the Jay-Z/Alicia Keyes “Empire State of Mind” WLDC author Rebecca found online earlier this year by Eezy Money entitled “Capital Conscience.”

Rachel moved to DC in the fall of 2005 to study Journalism and Music at American University. When she’s not keeping up with the latest Major League Baseball news, she works on making music as an accomplished singer-songwriter and was even a featured performer/speaker at TEDxDupont Circle in 2012. Rachel has also contributed to The Washington Examiner and MASN Sports’ Nationals Buzz as a guest blogger. See why she loves DC. E-Mail: rachel@welovedc.com.

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12 thoughts on “D.C. Gets Shafted On Paste Magazine’s 50 New State Songs List

  1. Definitely Magnetic Fields.

    Runners up:
    The Evens, “Mount Pleasant Isn’t”
    Q and Not U, “And the Washington Monument (Blinks) Goodnight”

  2. It’s a little too negatively-focused to really be the district song, but “Everybody Knows” by The Evens would be great. Alternately, “D.C. Don’t Stand For Dodge City”. Whatever it is, I think it definitely needs to be Dischord hardcore/post-hardcore or go-go.

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