All Ears Will Be on Kentucky: A 2019 Kentucky Derby Playlist

Pop Culture
Louisville, Ky., has one of the best live music scenes in the U.S. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. Since 1792, the Bluegrass State has built a reputation for its share of notable contributions to American culture.

For example, did you know that nine out of every 10 disco balls bought in the U.S. are manufactured in Kentucky? As are almost two out of every three bowling balls purchased worldwide. Kentucky produces most of the playing cards shuffled across America. It’s also responsible for JIF peanut butter, as well as Hot Pockets, Pop Tarts and Dixie Cups that grace grocery aisles from coast to coast.

What other state can lay claim to owning a day of the week like Kentucky does on the first Saturday in May? 

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, not only will the eyes of the world will be on Louisville, Kentucky for the 145th Kentucky Derby, but our ears will tune in to hear over 150,000 sing along to “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Seeing that Kentucky is the home of Bluegrass music, country music legend Loretta Lynn, hip hop/R&B star Bryson Tiller, alt-country kingpins Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, rockers My Morning Jacket and Cage the Elephant, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys, and the lead singer of 98 Degrees, Nick Lachey, among many other talents, we thought we’d share a Kentucky Derby playlist in advance of the First Saturday in May.

Agree or disagree? Let us know what songs make your Derby playlist.

Johnny Cash – My Old Kentucky Home:

Nappy Roots – My Old Kentucky Home:

Deep Purple - Kentucky Woman:

Dolly Parton – Kentucky Gambler:

Pavement - Kentucky Cocktail:

Chet Atkins - Kentucky Derby:

Kentucky Avenue - Tom Waits:

Joan Osborne - On The Old Kentucky Shore: 

Emmylou Harris - Blue Kentucky Girl:

Elvis Presley – Kentucky Rain:

Brad Paisley – Kentucky Jelly:

Bill Monroe – Blue Moon of Kentucky:


newsletter sign-up

Stay up-to-date with the best from America's Best Racing!