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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Six Best Songs About Ohio

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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If you are a human with access to the news, you are probably sick of hearing about Ohio, the swing state that will likely determine the shape of today's Presidential election. Luckily, Ohio sounds better out of some musician's mouths than it does coming out of Rush Limbaugh's. Here are the six best songs about Ohio. Let us know your favorites in the comments below, and we'll overanalyze the results well into next week.

6. The Black Keys - "Ohio" "Ohio" is a non-specific love note to The Black Keys' home state. There are few details to link the song to the state, and none to reference the duo's town of Akron. If The Black Keys hailed from Tulsa, this song would still work with a chorus of "Woah- oh -oh -oh -oh -oh -oh -oh -Oklahoma!" The point of "Ohio" is not geographic. The song is a fortunately non-whiny reflection from a burned out touring band. Even somebody who's never lived in a van for months on end can relate to the longing of home.

5. The Ohio Players - "O-H-I-O" The Ohio Players is a group best known for "Love Rollercoaster" and the ridiculous legend that some girl was murdered during that song's recording session. "O-H-I-O" is, in the great funk tradition, lyrically meaningless. It's all about the beat, the bass, the horns, those synth space noises. But if there is a message to "O-H-I-O," it's to not underestimate this state. This track is for anybody who needs proof that Ohioans can party, that a swing state can swing.

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