The 30 Best Songs About Home

From Elvis to Radiohead, here is our list of favorite songs that make us want to pick up the phone and call someone.

Photo courtesy Elvis Presley Enterprises This is the living room of the honeymoon home where Elvis and Pricilla briefly played house. 

Since we’re winding down 2013 and so many of us have hit the road for the holidays, we got to thinking about what home really means. These 30 songs make a great mix for your travels or to simply remind you of why we go home or go on a drink and dial. We're not here to judge. 

Feel Like Going Home, Charlie Rich

This song gets under your skin and stays there. 

A House is Not a Home, Dionne Warwick

Written in 1964 by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the film of the same name starring Shelley Winters and Richard Todd, this melancholy tune will send chills down your spine. 

Via Chicago, Wilco

When Jeff Tweedy is on it is absolutely magical and his love of his hometown is obvious.

Goin’ Home, Rolling Stones

Mick sings about going home to see his girl, which one we don’t know. 

King of the Road, Roger Miller

Miller sings about life as an American hobo and not having a house – no phone, no pool, no pets…

House of the Rising Sun, The Animals 

We're not quite sure who wrote this eerie song, but the Animals took it to number one on the charts in their home of the United Kingdom as well as the United States, Sweden, Finland, and Canada.

Little Boxes, Malvina Reynolds 

The theme song to Showtime’s hit show Weeds best describes the real estate market today. 

Our House, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Graham Nash wrote this song for Joni Mitchell, with whom he had a love affair. 

Our House, Madness 

Ode to the workingman and the band’s biggest hit in America. 

Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin

An interesting love song with probably one of the most recognizable album covers ever. 

Once in a Lifetime, Talking Heads

“This is not my beautiful house…” 

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, Cracker

David Lowery sings about a simpler life while guitarist Johnny Hickman lugs seed and feed. 

Life in a Glass House and House of Cards, both by Radiohead

Two melancholy tunes about houses of glass and cards in which Thom Yorke must be trapped.

Pink Houses, John Mellancamp 

Mellancamp’s ode to American life. 

Country House, Blur 

A great song about hipsters longing for a simple life. 

My Father's House, Bruce Springsteen 

Off of Nebraska, this song’s lyrics might tear a hole in your heart: I broke through the trees, and there in the night/My father's house stood shining hard and bright/The branches and brambles tore my clothes and scratched my arms/But I ran till I fell, shaking in his arms

In Every Dream Home A Heartache, Roxy Music 

Vintage Bryan Ferry and we love it. 

The House is a Rockin', Stevie Ray Vaughn

Party anthem. 

Baby, Let's Play House, Elvis Presley 

Yes, Elvis. We will play house with you. 

Mama, I'm Coming Home, Ozzy Osbourne 

A really sweet love song: Ozzy’s promise to Sharon that he is coming home and leaving the road behind – no lyrics about a reality show though. 

Run's House, Run D.M.C 

It is Run’s world and we just live in it. 

Red House, Jimi Hendrix 

A blues songs Hendrix performed with Curtis Knight and the Squires in 1965 and 1966 inspired Red House.

I Don’t Want Play House, Tammy Wynette

Oh, Tammy…. 

Two Story House, George Jones and Tammy Wynette

It’s nice to see George and Tammy sing of better days. 

When I Get Home, Beatles

One of our favorite tracks off A Hard Day’s Night that just happens to be about coming home. 

Safe European Home, Clash

A fantastic track off of the Clash’s 1978 album Give ‘Em Enough Rope

Build You a House, Dave Matthews Band

We’re not sure how handy he is, but we like this unreleased track from David about building a house. 

Stranger in the House, George Jones and Elvis Costello

A fantastic duo between a country king and a rock god. 

Disturbance at the Heron House, R.E.M.

One of our favorite tracks off of Document. 

The Letter, The Box Tops

A baby-faced Alex Chilton sang about going home after his baby wrote him a love letter.

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