When it comes to songs that have “Minnesota” in the lyrics, it turns out that there are quite a few - and in many genres of music including country, alternative, and hip-hop.

You probably have never heard of most of the songs that mention Minnesota, but here are 7 you probably have.


"Escapade" - Janet Jackson

MN Lyric: "Minneapolis!"

Fun Fact: Yeah, kinda cheated on this one. It's not exactly Minnesota in lyrics but close enough because as almost every Minnesotan knows, Janet recorded all of her successful albums in Minneapolis.

"Rock This Country! - Shania Twain

MN Lyric: "From Utah to Texas, Minnesota, Mississippi too"

Fun Fact: Shania Twain is the first female artist to have two albums sell 10 million copies each -- back to back.

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"Outshined" - Soundgarden

MN Lyric: "I am looking California, but feeling Minnesota"

Fun Fact: While the line seems to throw shade (as the kids say) towards Minnesota, this might be Chris Cornell's most personal song ever.  It also inspired the title for the movie "Feeling Minnesota" with Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz


"Guys and Dolls" - Frank Loesser (sung by Marlon Brando in the movie)

MN Lyric: "A picture about a Minnesota man falls in love with a Mississippi girl"

Fun Fact: You can hear this song in Mrs. Doubtfire when Robin Williams is first becoming Mrs. Doubtfire.

"Dani Californian" -  Red Hot Chili Peppers

MN Lyric: "never made it up to Minnesota, North Dakota man, wasn't gunnin' for the quota"

Fun Fact: It was rumored that Tom Petty was going to sue because it sounded like "Mary Jane's Last Dance". Not true, plus both songs were produced by Rick Rubin.


"Truck Drivin' Man" - Lynyrd Skynyrd

MN Lyrics: "He's got ladies up in North Dakota, from the Keys man, to Minnesota"

Fun Fact: The idea for "y"s in the band's name came from The Byrds.

"The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" - Weird Al

MN Lyrics: "I said, "Kids, if you could go anywhere in this great big world, now. Where'd you like to go ta. They said, "Dad, we want to see the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota. They picked the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota"

Fun Fact: Weird Al did quite a few non-parody songs. But they always seem to have a tie to some artist. This song had the Gordon Lightfoot vibe to it.



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