Amarillo is the epitome of Texas. We have cowboys, tumbleweeds, chicken fried steak, and state pride. It's no wonder musicians find inspiration from our city.
Sadly, most of the songs written about or mentioning Amarillo don't exactly point out its glory. Most of the artists are leaving Amarillo as fast as possible. Or, more realistically, they stopped in Amarillo for approximately five seconds, which isn't even how long it takes for them to mention Amarillo in the song. In the most famous Amarillo song, "Amarillo By Morning," George Strait doesn't even arrive in Amarillo. He's just on his way.
No matter what the context is, those of us from Amarillo will always turn the volume up when a song mentions our home town. When people ask where we're from, we list the names of Amarillo songs as a description.
Although many of the songs about Amarillo are country songs, there are a few other genres mixed in. Several of these songs aren't actually about Amarillo, but we get mentioned, so it still counts.
Here are 25 songs that are about or mention Amarillo.
1. George Strait - Amarillo By MorningGreatest Hits
2. Jason Aldean - Amarillo SkyJason Aldean (Deluxe Version)
3. Emmylou Harris - AmarilloElite Hotel (Remastered)
4. Tony Christie - AmarilloWorldhits & Love Songs
5. Alan Jackson - AmarilloHigh Mileage
6. Gorillaz - AmarilloThe Fall
7. Miranda Lambert - New StringsKerosene
8. Jason Aldean - Fly Over StatesMy Kinda Party
9. Neil Sedaka - (Is This The Way To) AmarilloThe Show Goes On (Live At the Royal Albert Hall, London/2006)
10. Terry Allen - Amarillo HighwayLubbock On Everything
11. Bob Dylan - Brownsville GirlBob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
12. Fair To Midland - Amarillo Sleeps on My PillowArrows & Anchors (Deluxe Edition)
13. Rob Zombie - Two-Lane BlacktopPast, Present & Future
14. Townes Van Zandt - Snowin On RatonTexas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings
15. Robert Earl Keen - Hello New OrleansGravitational Forces
16. Nat King Cole - Route 66The World of Nat King Cole
17. Johnny Bush - Amarillo DepotCountry Masters: Johnny Bush
18. Old Crow Medicine Show - Sweet AmarilloRemedy
19. Issues - King of AmarilloKing of Amarillo - Single
20. Shaver - Leavin' AmarilloThe Earth Rolls On
21. Chris LeDoux - The Lights Of AmarilloUsed to Want to Be a Cowboy
22. Hank Snow - I've Been EverywhereThe Essential Hank Snow
23. The Great Divide - Amarillo WindmillRevolutions
24. Ryan Culwell - AmarilloFlatlands
25. Strangetowne - Amarillo GirlsHard Earned Love