My favorite "California" Song is not really "about" California at all. Most of the songs with "California" in the title or in the lyrics often conjure up images of a free spirit lifestyle complete with beaches, cheap hotels, hippie vans and recreational drugs.
Those typical California songs are really not my style - especially with the "cheap hotels" however there is a song that always conjures up images of California for me mainly because it came out during the era of music videos. Wilson Phillips was a popular girl group in the early nineties and their video Hold On was shot on location in two wonderful California locations - the local mountains near Mt. Baldy and some California beaches.
I moved to Los Angeles in 1991 during a time when Hold On was on the top of the charts. I remember driving the streets in my newly adopted city of L.A. and hearing this California song blasting on the cassette tape deck in my car as I learned to navigate the 405 and Los Angeles traffic.
I hope you'll enjoy the stroll down California song history as you groove to the tune and the scenery in the Hold On video below.
Wilson Phillips recently made a "come back" when they resurrected Hold On in the hit movie, Bridesmaids. Although I was not a big fan of the movie, I loved the Wilson Philips element and once again listening to the best California song ever.