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A Fun Way to Learn US State Capitals

Updated on April 1, 2012

Looking for a unique way for elementary school kids to memorize state capitals?

Try the state capitals song and video from Warner Bros. Animaniacs. It's from a Season One; Episode 20, skit titled Wakko's America. Wakko names the 50 states and their capitals in a Jeopardy style game in his classroom.

I know for me it's much easier remember the words to a song than it is to memorize facts. This is a great way to combine the two.


50 State Capitals Song

A Few Minor Notes of Correction

  • In the beginning of the clip it shows this text: THE NAMES OF ALL FIFTY STATES AND THEIR CAPITOLS. Capitols should be written as Capitals (with an "a"). A Capitol is a building. Capitals are the cities where these buildings are located.
  • Washington, D.C. is sung but is not a state capital.
  • Jefferson (Missouri) should be Jefferson City.
  • "Oklahoma and its city" is Oklahoma City.


Wakko's America Song Lyrics by Randy Rogel

Sung to the tune of Turkey in the Straw.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Indianapolis, Indiana
And Columbus is the capital of Ohio
There's Montgomery, Alabama, south of Helena, Montana
Then there's Denver, Colorado, under Boise, Idaho.

Texas has Austin, then we go north
To Massachusetts' Boston, and Albany, New York
Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Elvis used to hang out there a lot, ya know.

Trenton's in New Jersey, north of Jefferson, Missouri
You've got Richmond in Virginia; South Dakota has Pierre
Harrisburg's in Pennsylvania and Augusta's up in Maine
And here is Providence, Rhode Island, next to Dover, Delaware.

Concord, New Hampshire, just a quick jaunt
To Montpelier, which is up in Vermont
Hartford's in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall
And Kansas has Topeka; Minnesota has St Paul.

Juneau's in Alaska and there's Lincoln in Nebraska
And it's Raleigh out in North Carolina and then
There's Madison, Wisconsin, and Olympia in Washington
Phoenix, Arizona, and Lansing, Michigan.

Here's Honolulu; Hawaii's a joy
Jackson, Mississippi, and Springfield, Illinois
South Carolina with Columbia down the way
And Annapolis in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay.

They have wonderful clam chowder.

Cheyenne is in Wyomin' and perhaps you make your home in
Salt Lake City out in Utah, where the Buffalo roam
Atlanta's down in Georgia, and there's Bismarck, North Dakota
And you can live in Frankfort in your old Kentucky home.

Salem in Oregon; from there we join
Little Rock in Arkansas; Iowa's got Des Moines
Sacramento, California; Oklahoma and its city
Charleston, West Virginia, and Nevada, Carson City.

That's all the capitals there are!


Animaniacs, Vol. 1

Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs! The adventures (or misadventures) of the Warner Brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner Sister, Dot, who were so crazy that the studio execs locked them away in the water town at the Studio. The witty, slapstick humor with pop culture parodies and cartoon wackiness is on DVD for the first time ever with 25 fantastic Animaniacs episodes.

Wakko's America Song is included in Disc 5 of this 5 disc set.


Which grade do children in your district learn the US State Capitals?

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State Capitals Map

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US States & Capitals

(click column header to sort results)
States  
Capitals  
Alabama
Montgomery
Alaska
Juneau
Arizona
Phoenix
Arkansas
Little Rock
California
Sacramento
Colorado
Denver
Connecticut
Hartford
Delaware
Dover
Florida
Tallahassee
Georgia
Atlanta
Hawaii
Honolulu
Idaho
Boise
Illinois
Springfield
Indiana
Indianapolis
Iowa
Des Moines
Kansas
Topeka
Kentucky
Frankfort
Louisiana
Baton Rouge
Maine
Augusta
Maryland
Annapolis
Massachusetts
Boston
Michigan
Lansing
Minnesota
Saint Paul
Mississippi
Jackson
Missouri
Jefferson City
Montana
Helena
Nebraska
Lincoln
Nevada
Carson City
New Hampshire
Concord
New Jersey
Trenton
New Mexico
Santa Fe
New York
Albany
North Carolina
Raleigh
North Dakota
Bismarck
Ohio
Columbus
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
Oregon
Salem
Pennsylvania
Harrisburg
Rhode Island
Providence
South Carolina
Columbia
South Dakota
Pierre
Tennessee
Nashville
Texas
Austin
Utah
Salt Lake City
Vermont
Montpelier
Virginia
Richmond
Washington
Olympia
West Virginia
Charleston
Wisconsin
Madison
Wyoming
Cheyenne

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    • profile image

      kxndc 

      7 months ago

      I wonder if the person who made this poem can even remember because it is so long!

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      mmk 

      4 years ago

      awesome

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      sdeff 

      5 years ago

      This is good for kids.

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      Ilikepie 

      6 years ago

      it's a funny and useful too, a very big thanks to you

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      Susan Ream 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      This is Awesome and very timely. My granddaughter is memorizing the States and Capitals. I can't wait to share this with her. Thanks!

      Mekenzie

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      Joyful Pamela 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for sharing the fun ways to learn! :)

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      ggerner 

      7 years ago

      A fun way to learn! Thanks for the information.

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