One of the best-known of those songs is "Meet Me in Montana," a duet recorded in 1985 by Dan Seals and Marie Osmond. The song hit #1 on the country charts, and was a much-needed boost for both performers' careers. Like much of the popular music about the state, it played up the idea of Montana as a refuge, a beautiful setting to enjoy a straightforward and honest life ... a place to escape the stress and broken dreams of the big city.
I remember hearing to "Meet Me in Montana" on the radio quite a bit back in the 80s, and having mixed emotions -- happy that a song about my state had made it big, while simultaneously cringing at how awful I thought the music was. But maybe that was just me.
Here's the song's chorus:
Won't you meet me in Montana.
I wanna see the mountains in your eyes.
Woah, woah, I had all of this life I can handle.
Meet me underneath that big Montana sky.