It was a 'down the rabbit hole' kind of morning. I typed in 'Owatonna' into the search bar of YouTube and ran into a Youtuber with the handle The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities & Towns - Topic. The Guy Who Sings, ended up recording a song called Owatonna! Owatonna! Owatonna! and I don't think he got the name right once. Well, curiosity got the best of me and I found his 50-song YouTube album for Minnesota and sure enough, there was a Faribault song, a Hastings song, one about Farmington, Rochester, and the list goes on and on.
I'm not sure if the videos are a serious thing for this YouTuber or simply a parody or spoof on another channel. What I do know is if you can get over some of the cringe-worthy pronunciations of some of the towns you might just find yourself laughing to yourself over some of these. I give to you, The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities & Towns' album Very Good Minnesota City Songs Because.
Owatonna! Owatonna! Owatonna!
While he never gets the pronunciation correct during this video, he certainly makes up for it in enthusiasm. "They've got a FIIIIIIIIIIIIINE Public Schoooooool Systemmmm"
No One Else Dares To Sing About Faribault, Minnesota!
A somewhat drum-heavy affair, that gives us the facts about Faribault. "It's on the confluence of the Cannon and Straight Rivers" "It's the Athens of the West!"
Rochester, Minnesota Song Forever
"Rochester is the home to the Mayo Clinic" "You've got the Zumbro river just zooming through the city"
This one brings a saxophone sound to it, maybe kazoo? Our friend seems to really enjoy all of the facts he has learned about Rochester, as this one is almost 2 minutes long!
Minneapolis All-Time Song
Ragtime meets robocop is how I would describe the music set to the lyrics. "It's the Mill City, It's the Mini-Apple, It's Minneapolis! Oh Yeah!"
"It's a little twin city" "The Saint-ly City" The tune sounds a little more ominous than the Minneapolis version. There might be less percussion in this one too, but don't worry there are a lot of YEEEAAAHHHHs in this one.
"It's on Lake Superior's Shores Duluth, Duluth Minnesota I Like Duluth because Duluth is so nice"
Jay Cook statue alert! He drops the statue's creator and the intersection of where you can find the remarkable piece of art.
Bloomington Is an Excellent City
"Let's go shopping at the Mall of America"
It took 25 seconds but the Mall of America was mentioned. I was fooled for a second as the opening stanza salutes the "beautiful river" that is the Minnesota River.
[I Made This] Brooklyn Park Song
There is a feeling of riding a train with this one. You can hear and feel the forward momentum.
"Up Stream of Downtown Minneapolis"
Oh! Plymouth, Minnesota Ok!
Much like the Brooklyn Park song before it, this one also has some forward momentum sounds to it. Although it's a lighter type of momentum, more of a bicycle ride.
"I like to say hello when I am in Plymouth Minnesota"
This one brings some funk to it. The bass is moving in this one. A true ode to Maple Grove.
"Oh my goodness! What a great place to live!"
Song About Woodbury, Minnesota
"Wood!BRRRY, MINNESOTA!" "Hop on the highway and drive to Woodbury"
I'm pretty sure this one opens up with what sounds like "woodbrr-y"
Maybe we are the ones that aren't pronouncing it right?
Brilliant Song About St. Cloud, Minnesota
"Saint Cloud Minnesota what a great place"
The title says it all here. Brilliant Song about St. Cloud. It opens with a running bassline followed by some percussion to accompany the lyrics.
Here Comes a Song About Eagan, Minnesota
OOOO Some guitar to open up this jam about Eagan.
"Eagan, Eagan Minnesota!"
I Love Blaine, Minnesota so Much
"Blaine Minnesota Oh Yeah"
This might be the new anthem for the City of Blaine.
Superb Eden Prairie Song Awesome
"You call it EP" "You can live, work, and DREAM in Eden Prairie"
Check out Bryant Lake! More local geography in this song.
[I Don't Regret Making] This Song About (Lakeville, Minnesota)
"Oh Yeah! I love Lakeville, it's a wonderful place to raise your family, 55044."
This one has more of a slower pop vibe to it, very keyboard intensive. He also goes through all of the more popular parks in Lakeville in the lyrics.
Coon Rapids Is a Fine Municipality
Let's Hear It For Burnsville, Minnesota!
Best Awesome Minnetonka Song
Apple Valley Awesome Song
Do You Enjoy This Song About Edina, Minnesota?
[If You Hate This] St. Louis Park Song (Then You're Dumb)
Moorhead! Moorhead! Moorhead!
How About Mankato, Minnesota, Eh? Isn't It Great?
Maplewood, Minnesota. Yes!
Yeah! Yeah! Shakopee, Minnesota
Cottage Grove Is a Fine Community
Pretty Good Song About Roseville, Minnesota
Richfield Is a Great Minnesota Place
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Here's a Song About Andover, Minnesota
Have You Ever Been to Savage, Minnesota?
Brooklyn Center Is the Best Community on the World
Oakdale Awesome Minnesota
City Anthem of Fridley, Minnesota
Good Best Winona Minnesota Song
Oh Yeah! Shoreview! Yeah!
Ramsey City Minnesota Song
Listen to This Song About Chaska, Ok?
I Love Prior Lake, Minnesota (Oh so Much)
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Intriguing Song About Chanhassen, Minnesota
Champlin Is an Excellent Municipality
Rosemount, Minnesota Greatest!
I Enjoy Crystal, Minnesota
Hey! Hey! Farmington! Hey!
New Brighton, Minnesota Song
Song Song Hastings Song Minnesota Excellent