From Beverly Hills to Malibu: Hot 100 Top 10s About California

Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Tupac
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Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Tupac.

With "Malibu," Miley Cyrus is the latest artist to get in a Golden State of mind.

As Miley Cyrus lands her ninth top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Malibu," Billboard shines a light on other top 10 hits that have featured California locations in their titles.

At least one top 10 name-checking California in a title has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in every decade since the '60s. Three surfed all the way to No. 1, with Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, leading the longest, for six weeks in 2010. (The Beach Boys' different composition "California Girls" hit No. 3 in 1965, and David Lee Roth's cover of that hit reached the same spot 20 years later.)

"Malibu" makes for another SoCal locale that has appeared in the title of a Hot 100 top 10, joining the likes of Pasadena (thanks to Jan & Dean in 1964), Hollywood (Kool & The Gang, 1974) and Beverly Hills (Weezer, 2005). The city of San Francisco has garnered two entries, both in 1967, by Scott McKenzie and Eric Burdon & The Animals, while Richard Harris and Donna Summer have both brought LA's "MacArthur Park" to the top tier.

Whether you're in California or California dreamin', here's a look at Hot 100 top 10s that pay tribute in their titles to the state, from La La Land to other sunny spots.

Title, Artist, Hot 100 Peak Position, Peak Date

"California Sun," The Rivieras, No. 5, Feb. 29, 1964

"The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)," Jan & Dean, No. 3, Aug. 1, 1964

"California Girls," The Beach Boys, No. 3, Aug. 28, 1965

"California Dreamin'," The Mamas & The Papas, No. 4, March 12, 1966

"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," Scott McKenzie, No. 4, July 1, 1967

"San Franciscan Nights," Eric Burdon & The Animals, No. 9, Sept. 16, 1967

"Do You Know the Way to San José," Dionne Warwick, No. 10, May 18, 1968

"MacArthur Park," Richard Harris, No. 2, June 22, 1968

"It Never Rains in Southern California," Albert Hammond, No. 5, Dec. 16, 1972

"Ventura Highway," America, No. 8, Dec. 9, 1972

"Hollywood Swinging," Kool & The Gang, No. 6, July 6, 1974

"Hotel California," Eagles, No. 1 (one week), May 7, 1977

"MacArthur Park," Donna Summer, No. 1 (3 weeks), Nov. 11, 1978

"California Girls," David Lee Roth, No. 3, March 2, 1985

"How Do U Want It"/"California Love," 2Pac feat. K-Ci and JoJo, No. 1 (2 weeks), July 13, 1996

"Beverly Hills," Weezer, No. 10, Oct. 8, 2005

"Dani California," Red Hot Chili Peppers, No. 6, May 27, 2006

"California Gurls," Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, No. 1 (six weeks), June 19, 2010

"Malibu," Miley Cyrus, No. 10, June 3, 2017


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