10 Of The Best Songs About Montana: Treasure State Playlist

Montana is known as “the Treasure State” because of its rich silver and gold reserves. However, the state holds even more treasures. The open skies, the charming people, and the captivating natural setting all make Montana so unique. 

The beautiful state has inspired equally beautiful art, and music is no exception. The state is the center of some incredible music.

And in this post, were going to take a brief look at some of those tunes as we cover the 10 best songs about Montana. Let’s get started.

1. “Montana Song” by Hank Williams Jr

In “The Montana Song” by Hank Williams Jr., the singer talks about how he will spend the winter months in Montana. Since he is from the south, the bitter cold Montana winters will be rough for him.

He has also recently lost someone he cared about, so he hopes to find someone who loves him in the state.

Williams sets a good plan with this song. Winters in Montana are beautiful. He even mentions the deep snow, which is emblematic of the state’s colder months. Montana is his go-to place to escape, and it is a wonderful place to do so.

2. “Wild Montana Skies” by John Denver

John Denver’s 1983 hit “Wild Montana Skies” is a tribute to a dear friend. His friend, an environmental activist, passed away.

As Denver says in the song, he loved nature and the open air, so Montana was the perfect state for him. The man learned to become a man from the natural world in the Treasure State.

This song is a beautiful tribute to his late friend, as well as the environment of Montana. 

3. “Montana Lullaby” by Ken Overcast

In the early 2000s, the state of Montana named “Montana Lullaby” by Ken Overcast the official state lullaby. This recognition is unsurprising given the song’s serene beauty. The song tells the listener about a Montana cowboy.

Many people applaud Overcast for capturing the spirit of the state. The soft and melodic tune has a romantic element, making a song that is all sorts of sweet.

As the cowboy finishes his evening round-up, he knows that Jenny is waiting for him at home. It is the perfect lullaby and a great song to represent Montana.

4. “Montana Rodeo” by Chris LeDoux

Chris LeDoux’s 1983 country song “Montana Rodeo” is just as it sounds. It tells the story of a rodeo that comes to Montana.

The singer talks about the different people that come to Montana for its rodeo. College kids come from states over. Native Americans dressed in cowboy attire, ranch hands, and rodeo hands join the celebration.

The song captures the essence of a major cultural event in Montana. The party lasts all weekend, and many Montana natives spend the whole year looking forward to the rodeo.

People familiar with the rodeo can tell why this is such a great song about Montana.

5. “Meet Me in Montana” by Dan Seals and Marie Osmond

In 1985, the country music artists Dan Seals and Marie Osmond released their hit, “Meet Me in Montana.”

The lyrics of the romantic song ask the listener to meet in Montana. The tune does a brilliant job of capturing the natural beauty of Montana. The singer wants to meet the love of their life in Montana to see nature in their eyes.

Seeing the person they love in the state they love would be the perfect combination. Surely, some Montanans in love can relate.

6. “Montana on My Mind” by Shane Clouse

In 2003, Shane Clouse released his country song, “Montana on My Mind.” The singer does not want to be anywhere else except Montana.

Clouse grew up in Missoula, Montana, so it makes sense that he feels such a strong connection with the state. His upbringing in the state also makes him an expert on its beauty. The song is the second track on the album of the same name.

People who grew up in Montana might be able to relate to this song. Something about the tall mountains, open skies, and charming people pulls Montanans back to the state, no matter where they are. 

7. “Montana” by Frank Zappa

“Montana” by Frank Zappa is a light-hearted and silly tune about a man moving to Montana to start farming dental floss.

The rock artist released it in 1973 on his album, Over-Nite Sensation. Listeners do not have to take the song seriously, but it is a fun story accompanied by a catchy tune.

Frank Zappa’s hit is one of the best songs about Montana because it is musically appealing with fun lyrics. There is also a fun guitar solo.

Even though there are no factually accurate lyrics about Montana, many people still associate Montana with Zappa’s song.

8. “Big City” by Merle Haggard

In the 1981 country song “Big City,” Merle Haggard sings about being fed up with the big city. He has spent most of his life working hard in a polluted urban area and wants nothing more than to get away from it all.

Haggard says that he wants to be free. He wants to go to Montana. The air in Montana is known for being fresh. So, it is no surprise that someone worn out by the big city wants to escape to the state.

Those who prefer the countryside to the city streets know exactly what the singer is talking about.

9. “Goodnight Montana” by David Walburn

In 2003, David Walburn released his song, “Goodnight Montana.” The songwriter came up with the song to close his shows at Glacier National Park.

He mentions all of the loveliest parts of Montana, from its skies to its rivers. The moral of the song is that a “goodbye” to Montana is never permanent. Even when people leave the state, their hearts will always remain in Montana.

One day, Montana will call out to them. Many Montanans who have left the state can attest that Montana has a way of pulling them back in.

The Montana-loving sentiment in this song is strong when Walburn refers to the state as “paradise.”

10. “Montana Sky” by White Heart

The Christian rock band White Heart released “Montana Sky” in 1987. The song refers to the state’s sky, for which Montana is well known. The state even has the nickname “Big Sky Country.” The song captures this very well with lyrics about a sky that never ends.

Since White Heart is a Christian band, they attribute the state’s natural beauty to God and his light. The sights of the state leave them in awe of God’s power. This song will resonate with religious Montanans.

Summing Up Our List Of Montana Songs

The state of Montana is beyond gorgeous, and the songs about the state are just as beautiful.

Most of the time, the artists themselves are from Montana. However, this is not always the case.

Some of the songs come from artists who have only ever visited the state.

This speaks to how spirited Montana is. No matter where a person comes from, the state will always resonate with them.

Its tall mountains and open skies call to visitors who pass through. Those who have never been to Montana simply need to listen to the best Montana songs to understand the state’s allure.

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Written by Laura Macmillan
Laura has over 12 years experience teaching both classical and jazz saxophone and clarinet. She now resides in California where she works as a session and live performer.