The 22 Most New Jersey Songs Of All Time

Surprisingly, they’re not ALL by Bruce Springsteen.

1. Tom Waits, “Jersey Girl”

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“Tonight I’m gonna take that ride across the river to the Jersey side, take my baby to the carnival and I’ll take her on all the rides.”

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2. Alabama 3, “Woke Up This Morning,” AKA the theme song from “The Sopranos”

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3. Bon Jovi, “Livin’ On a Prayer”

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4. Real Estate, “Suburban Dogs”

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“Carry me back to sweet Jersey, back where I long to be, by the fumes of the yellow and green, next to my darling lady.”

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Montclair, NJ.

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5. The Promise Ring, “Jersey Shore”

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6. Yo La Tengo, “Night Falls On Hoboken (Part I)”

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7. Saves The Day, “You Vandal”

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“I woke up to my cold sheets and the smell of New Jersey. When do I get to wake up to you?”

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8. Lauryn Hill, “Every Ghetto, Every City”

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“Every ghetto, every city and suburban place I’ve been make me recall my days in the New Jerusalem.”

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South Orange, NJ.

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9. Bobby Rydell, “Wildwood Days”

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10. Lifetime, “Theme Song For a New Brunswick Basement Show”

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11. Titus Andronicus, “In a Big City”

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“I grew up on one side of the river. I was a disturbed dangerous drifter. Moved over to the other side of the river, now I’m a drop in a deluge of hipsters.”

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12. John Gorka, “I’m From New Jersey”

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13. The Four Seasons, “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”

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14. World/Inferno Friendship Society, “My Ancestral Homeland, New Jersey”

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15. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, “Counting Down the Hours”

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“Wondering if I’ve got a soul and counting down the hours ‘til it goes, on a dark wet night in April, on a street in Jersey, where I went looking for some writing that I knew would not be there.”

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Bruce Springsteen’s entire catalog, basically:

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16. Bruce Springsteen, “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”

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17. Bruce Springsteen, “Atlantic City”

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18. Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run”

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19. Bouncing Souls, “So Jersey”

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20. Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”

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21. Senses Fail, “Garden State”

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22. Frank Sinatra, “Come Fly With Me”

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Hear them all on Rdio:

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Or listen on Spotify:

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