Texas declared independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836, but it wasn't until almost 10 years later that the territory agreed to join the United States. The Lone Star State has a long and proud history of fierce self-reliance and doing things their own way, and Texas music is no exception.

From Red Dirt love songs to rebel-rock anthems, Texas has turned out some of the most prolific and talented artists and songwriters in country music history. Those Texas natives have returned the love to their home in the form of endless odes to the Lone Star State, in almost every musical form imaginable and from every style in the spectrum.

From way-back troubadours such as Gene Autry, to outlaw cowboys (including Willie Nelson), country mega-stars (Blake Shelton) and up-and-comers (hi, Birdtalker!), we've rounded up the best songs written about Texas or by those hailing from the sprawling southern state. Click below to take a listen to this Spotify playlist, featuring the most famous artists that Texas has produced, and some that have adopted the Lone Star State as their home.

Deep in the Heart of Texas: The Best Songs of the Lone Star State