Texans like to define themselves by size. We learned long ago that everything is bigger in Texas (although you might get an argument from Alaskans), and that pertains to music as well. There are hundreds of songs about Texas and whittling down the list to the four best is overwhelmingly difficult, however, it’s not impossible. Texas Monthly magazine defined a Texas song as one that was written or performed by any Texas native or resident. We have higher standards. The song must be about Texas or some aspect of the state. Here goes.
“Screw You, We’re From Texas” by Ray Wylie Hubbard. This is a song that defines the Texas attitude. Texans may dress and act differently from those in other states, but that’s because they are individuals who do things with flair, style and guts. Hubbard acknowledges the flaws of Texas in his song, including the Kennedy assassination and political and business scandals, but in his mind, those flaws are more than made up for by the creativity of those from the state and the ability to get things done at the most important times. It’s a song filled with piss and vinegar, but it’s also a good listen with a strong beat and a message.