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John Mellencamp performs as part of the NBC "Today" show's outdoor Summer Concert Series September 7, 2001 at Rockefeller Center in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

When I think of Indiana, three things immediately come to mind: corn, basketball, and John Mellencamp. Not necessarily in that order. John’s prolific career has taken him all over the world but the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer still calls the Hoosier State home. It’s a big part of him and his music.

Mellencamp’s discography stretches back to 1976, when he used the stage name Johnny Cougar. He was making music videos almost from the beginning of his career. John Mellencamp broke through on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Need a Lover” in 1979. His first #1 single, the nostalgic “Jack & Diane,” came in 1982. And the video for 1985’s “Small Town” is filled with references to John’s birthplace of Seymour, Indiana and his current home of Bloomington, Indiana.

  • I Need a Lover (1979)

  • Jack & Diane (1982)

  • Small Town (1985)