List of songs about Chicago

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This is a list of songs about Chicago.

0–9[edit]

A[edit]

  • "An Afternoon in Midway Plaisance. Fantasie for Piano.", 1893 – Composer: Gustav Luders[1]
  • "Apex Blues" by Jimmie Noone & His Apex Club Orchestra
  • "Apostrophe to Chicago" – Composer & Lyricist: Mrs. Emily M. (Blakeslee) Boyden
  • "Awake! Awake!" – Composer & Lyricist: Mrs. Emily M. (Blakeslee) Boyden

B[edit]

  • "Back to Chicago" – Styx, from Edge of the Century 1990
  • "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" – Jim Croce
  • "Baseball Dreams" – Ralph's World
  • "The Belle of Chicago" 1892 – Composer: John Philip Sousa
  • "Battle of Chicago" by Berkshire Seven
  • "The Belle of Chicago Barn Dance" – Composer: Theo. Bonheur
  • "The Belle of Lincoln Park" – Composer & Lyricist: Geo. Maywood
  • "Best Wishes to your Black Lung" – Less Than Jake
  • "Big Bill the Builder" (mayor) 1928 – Composers & Lyricists: Milton Weil, Bernie Grossman & Larry Shay
  • "The Big Unit" – The Mountain Goats
  • "The Billiken Man" 1909 – Composer: Melville J. Gideon, Lyricist: E. Ray Goetz, Sung by Blanche Ring
  • "Black Sox Two Step (Noir Chaussette's Two Step)" by Sidney Brown
  • "Blowin' in from Chicago" 2005 – Composer: Hank Hirsh – Six Perfections Music – Around and Back
  • "Born in Chicago" – Paul Butterfield 1965, blues
  • "Boost Chicago" – Composer: Armin P. Bauer
  • "Bow to the Masta", 1999 – Kool Keith
  • "Boy Reporter Blues, Dedicated to Horace Wade – Boy Reporter of the Chicago Evening American" 1924 – Composers: Dell Lampe & J. Bodewalt Lampe, Lyricist: Haven Gillespie
  • "Bucktown Stomp" by Johnny Dodds' Washboard Six
  • "The Burning Iroquois" (theater) 1904 – Composer: Edward Stanley, Lyricist: Mathew Goodwin
  • "The Burning of the Iroquois" 1904 – Composer: Thos. R. Confare, Lyricist: Morris S. Silver

C[edit]

  • "Cairo Street Waltz" 1893 – Composer: Signor Guglielmo Ricci
  • "Calling Me Home, Chicago", 1985 – Composer: Paul David Wilson
  • "Casimir Pulaski Day" – Sufjan Stevens
  • "Cha Cha Chicago" by Kai Winding
  • "Chi-City" – Common ft. Kanye West from Be (Common album) 2005
  • "Chi-Town" – The Cribs
  • "Chicago" – ABC
  • "Chicago" – Alexz Johnson
  • "Chicago" – Big D and the Kids Table
  • "Chicago" – Bis
  • "Chicago" – Clueso
  • "Chicago" – Da Brat
  • "Chicago" – Django Reinhardt
  • "Chicago" – The Doobie Brothers
  • "Chicago" – Frédéric François
  • "Chicago" – Hieroglyphics
  • "Chicago" – Ingram Hill
  • "Chicago" – Kate Voegele
  • "Chicago" – Lucy Wainwright Roche
  • Chicago (Michael Jackson song)- Michael Jackson (from Gary), from Xscape 1999, 2014
  • "Chicago" – Portugal. The Man
  • "Chicago" – The Purple Hearts
  • "Chicago" – Pal Joey (musical), Rodgers & Hart
  • "Chicago" – Roy Ayers
  • "Chicago" – Sean Watkins
  • "Chicago" – Shawnna
  • "Chicago" – Sufjan Stevens from Illinois (album), 2005
  • "Chicago" – The Tossers
  • "Chicago" – The Uglysuit
  • "Chicago...." – Screeching Weasel
  • "Chicago – A Shinning Jewel By The Lake", 2012 Composer, Lyricist, and Audio Engineer: Michael Droste Singer: Jimmy G ChicagoSong.org
  • "Chicago at Night" – Spoon
  • "Chicago Avenue" by The Klaxons
  • "Chicago Bound" – Canned Heat
  • "Chicago Bound" – Jimmy Rogers
  • "Chicago Bound Blues" – Bessie Smith
  • "Chicago Breakdown" – Doctor Ross
  • "Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh, I Love It)" by Salsoul Orchestra
  • "The Chicago Conspiracy" by David Peel
  • "Chicago, Damn" – Bobbi Humphrey
  • "Chicago Fanphair '93" – Local H from Ham Fisted 1995
  • "Chicago's Finest" – Emmure
  • "Chicago Institute" – Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  • "Chicago Is So Two Years Ago" – Fall Out Boy from Take This to Your Grave 2003
  • "Chicago Is Large" – Nazgul
  • "Chicago Is Not Chicago" – Soul Coughing
  • "Chicago, New York" – The Aislers Set
  • "Chicago, Now!" – The Fall
  • "Chicago-Rillas" – Chali 2na
  • "Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night" – The Hold Steady
  • "Chicago Song" – David Sanborn
  • "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" – Fred Fisher, popularized by Frank Sinatra
  • "Chicago (We Can Change The World)" – Graham Nash 1971 (about the 1968 Democratic National Convention)
  • "Chicago Wind" – Merle Haggard
  • "Chicago x 12" – Rogue Wave
  • "Chicago" 1909 – Composer: Aubrey Stauffer, Lyricist: Jimmie O'Brien
  • "Chicago" – Composer: Granville English, Lyricist: Charles G. Blanden
  • "C-h-i-c-a-g-o" – Composer & Lyricist: Gertrude E. Ketchum
  • "Chicago Ad March" 1915 – Composer: A. H. Nussbaum
  • "Chicago After Midnight" – (from the musical 'Chicago')
  • "Chicago Beautiful" 1955 – Composer & Lyricist: Juanita Mabelle Rosness
  • "Chicago Blues" 1946 – Composers: Arthur Crudup, Ransom Knowling, Judge Riley (RCA Victor 20-3261)
  • "Chicago Boogie" 1947 – Composer: Ernie Harper (Aristocrat, 201A)
  • "Chicago Bound Blues" 1923 – Composer & Lyricist: Lovie Austin
  • "Chicago Buzz" by Junie Cobb
  • "Chicago By The Inland Sea" – Composer & Lyricist: Russell Wood
  • "Chicago Calling Davies" by Brian Knight
  • "Chicago Centennial Jubilee March 1803-1903" 1903 – Composer: John W. Baume
  • "Chicago Chicago Chicago" – Composers & Lyricists: Ben Trace, Al Trace & Herbie Herbert
  • "Chicago, City of Destiny" 1921 – Composer: August Halter, Lyricist: Dr. Edward L. Fernald
  • "The Chicago Cyclist March" 1896 – Composer: Hans Liné
  • "Chicago Day Waltz" 1893 – Composer: G. Valisi
  • "The Chicago Express (March Two-Step)" 1905 – Composer: Percy Wenrich
  • "Chicago Flip" by Whistler's Jug Band
  • "Chicago For Christ" 1910 – Composer & Lyricist: Robert Harkness
  • "Chicago Function" by Sidney Bechet
  • "Chicago's Gift to a 'Nation's Hero'" (U.S. Grant) 1891 – Composer & Lyricist: W.C. Robey
  • "The Chicago Girls' March or Two-Step Dance" 1895 – Composer: J.W. Tate
  • "The Chicago Glide" – Composer: Prof. Joseph Gearen
  • "Chicago Green" by The Surfaris
  • "Chicago (How I Love Chicago)" – Composers & Lyricists: Ben Trace, Al Trace & Teddy Phillips.
  • "The Chicago Hussar's Quickstep" 1892 – Composer: A. H. Rintelman
  • "Chicago, Illinois (Looks Mighty Good to Me)" – Composer: Ernest H. Kelley, Lyricist: Jas. J. Kennedy, Arranger: Jean Walz
  • "C-h-i-c-a-g-o in Illinois" – Composer & Lyricist: Tom Lynn, Editor: Jack Tomlinson
  • "Chicago Is For Me" by Frank Lamphere
  • "The Chicago March" 1909 – Composer: Henry S. Sawyer
  • "Chicago. Marine Band" – Composer: Wm. F. Peters
  • "Chicago Monkey-Man Blues" by Rosa Henderson
  • "Chicago, My Home Town" – Composer & Lyricist: Paul S. Hargrow
  • "Chicago Oberek" by L'il Wally
  • "Chicago of My Heart" (Dedicated to Chicago on 'Census day' June 11) 1930 – Composer: Ben Kanter, Lyricist: Eileen Quinlan
  • "Chicago One Point Five" by Police Teeth
  • "Chicago Polka" 1935 – Composer: John Krachtus
  • "Chicago Post March" 1896 – Composer: Ellis Brooks
  • "Chicago, Prairie Gem of Illinois" – Composer & Lyricist: Laura Aborn
  • "Chicago Quickstep" 1882 – Composer: Mrs. D. C. Payne
  • "Chicago Rhythm" 1929 – Composer: Ben Kanter & Lyricist: Bernie Grossman
  • "Chicago Scottische" by Alexander Prince
  • "Chicago Sidewalk" by Arthur Adams
  • "C-h-i-c-a-g-o Spells Chicago" – Composer: Frank D. Brayn, Lyricist: Chas. H. Smith, Arranger: Al LaRue
  • "Chicago Stomp Down" by Duke Ellington
  • "Chicago Style" 1952 – Composer: James Van Heusen, Lyricist: Johnny Burke
  • "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" 1922 (originally spelled Todd'ling) – Composer & Lyricist: Fred Fisher
  • "Chicago, the City of Today" – Composer: Bill Snyder, Lyricist: Ann Marsters
  • "Chicago, the Gem on the Shore" 1923 – Composer & Lyricist: J. A. Johnson
  • "Chicago, the Most Beautiful City" – Composer & Lyricist: Frank Padula
  • "Chicago Theatre of the Air Theme" – Composer: Adolf G. Hoffmann, Lyricist: Francis Coughlin
  • "Chicago Town Waltzes" 1893 – Composer: Rudolph Patek, T.R.A.M Vienna
  • "Chicago Tribune March" 1893 – Composer: W. Paris Chambers
  • "The Chicago Tribune Centennial March" 1947 – Composer: Robert Trendler, Lyricist: Jack La Frandre
  • "The Chicago Two-Step" – Composer: J. P. Brooks
  • "Chicago Waltz" 1945 – Composer: Joseph P. Elsnic
  • "Chicago World's Exposition" 1892 – Composer: Victor Vogel
  • "City of Promise. 1934 Century of Progress Song" – Composer: Jos. Snabl-Antes, Lyricist (Czech text): Vasek Niederle, Lyricist (English trans.): Libushka Bartusek
  • "City Lights" – Lucky Boys Confusion
  • "City of CHI" – Juice
  • "City of Chicago" – Luka Bloom / Christy Moore
  • "Cold Chicago" – Humming House
  • "Columbia Fair (Grand March)" – Composer: Theodore Moelling
  • "Columbian Guards March – The Musical Hit of the World's Fair" 1892 – Composer & Lyricist: T. P. Brooke
  • "Columbus Fair (Grand March)" – Composer: Geo. Schleiffarth
  • "Come to Chicago" – Composer: Dorothy Giffey, Lyricist: James Andrichen
  • "Closer To Our Graves" – Lucky Boys Confusion
  • "Cold And Windy Night" by The Fantastic Four (band)
  • "Come On! Feel the Illinoise! – Sufjan Stevens
  • "Convoy" – C.W. McCall
  • "The Corner" – Common ft. Kanye West from Be (Common album) 2005
  • "Country Girls" – John Schneider
  • "Crook County" – Twista, from Mobstability 1998, Midwest hip hop
  • "Cubs in Five" – The Mountain Goats

D[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

  • "Fair Women of Chicago Waltzes" 1893 – Composer: Theo. H. Northrup
  • "Far, Far Away" – Wilco
  • "Ferris Wheel March" 1893 – Composer: Geo. Maywood
  • "Ferris Wheel Waltz" 1893 – Composer: G. Valisi, Lyricist: Harry C. Clyde
  • "First Steps" 1993 – Composer: Tommy Stinson, from Bash & Pop, "Friday Night is Killing Me"*
  • "The Forest of Love and Romance, Theme song of the Black Forest Village, A Century of Progress Chicago" 1933 – Composer: Ernie Kratzinger, Lyricist: Charles Kallen
  • "Full Moon" – Common
  • "Funeral March In Memoriam, Carter H. Harrison, Mayor of Chicago" 1893, Composer : W. Herbert Layon

G[edit]

H[edit]

  • "Hail Chicago (March)" 1933 – Composer: Stanley Kay, Lyricist: A. Seaborg
  • "Hail, Chicago! Official Song of the Pageant of Progress" 1921 – Composer: Bob Allen, Lyricist: Ted Turnquist
  • "Hail to Thee, Chicago" – Composer: John E. King, Lyricist: Estella A. Johnson-Hunt
  • "Hands Open"- Snow Patrol
  • "Happy Summertime" – R. Kelly ft. Snoop Dogg, from TP.3 Reloaded 2005
  • "The Hat He Never Ate" – Composer: Ben Harney, Lyricist: Howard S. Taylor
  • "Hello Chicago" – Topher Jones & Amada Ft. Ido vs. The World
  • "Hello Chicago Fox-Trot" 1933 – Composer: Anthony Misuraca, Lyricist: Joseph Argento
  • "Hitch Hike" – The Rolling Stones, from Out Of Our Heads 1965, originally by Marvin Gaye
  • "Home" – Kanye West
  • "Homecoming" – Kanye West, Ft. Chris Martin from double platinum Graduation 2008
  • "Homesick At Spacecamp" – Fall Out Boy 2003

I[edit]

  • "I Am Proud of Chicago" – Composer & Lyricist: Ben Schwartzberg
  • "I Came Home" – Rhymefest
  • "I Dream of Chicago" – Parlours
  • "I Used to Work in Chicago. I Did But I Don't Anymore" 1944 – Composers & Lyricists: Larry Vincent & Sunny Skylar
  • "I'll Meet You In Chicago (At The Fair)" 1928 – Composers & Lyricists: Charlie Harrison & Fred Rose
  • "I'm a Ramblin' Man" – Waylon Jennings
  • "I'm Dying Tomorrow" – Alkaline Trio
  • "I'm from Chicago" 1917 – Composer: Leo Edwards, Lyricist: Blanche Merrill
  • "I'm Going Right Back to Chicago" (Coon Song) 1906 – Composer: Egbert Van Alstyne, Lyricist: Harry Williams
  • "In Cairo Street: A Characteristic Fantasie for Piano" 1893 – Composer: Geo. Schleiffarth
  • "In Chicago" – Composer & Lyricist: Olive Jeane
  • "In 1933. (Where Will You Be)" – Composer & Lyricist: Art Kassel, Arranger: Charles Adams
  • "In Old Chicago" 1937- Composers & Lyricists: Mack Gordon & Harry Revel
  • "In Tha Chi" – Shawnna ft. Syleena Johnson, from Block Music 2006
  • "In The Kitchen – Umphrey's McGee
  • "In The Ghetto"- Elvis Presley
  • "Into The Chicago Abyss" by Southall Riot
  • "Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago" – Soul Coughing
  • "It's a Cold Winter" by Frankie Knuckles
  • "It's a Way They Have in Chicago" (from Sinbad) 1896 – Composer: Gustav Lüders, Lyricist: M.E. Rourke
  • "It's a Way They Have in Chicago" (from the Royal Chef) 1904 – Composer: Ben M. Jerome, Lyricists: Geo. E. Stoddard & Chas. S. Taylor
  • "I've Got All This Ringing In My Ears and None On My Fingers" – Fall Out Boy, from Infinity on High 2007

J[edit]

K[edit]

L[edit]

M[edit]

  • "The Man from the South with a Big Cigar in his Mouth" 1930 – Composers & Lyricists: Rube Bloom & Harry M. Woods
  • "The March Maroon, University of Chicago March and Two-Step" 1906 – Composer: Harry Turner
  • "Marching on to Chicago" 1933 – Composers & Lyricists: Richard Daly, Thomas Parmiter & Clitus Wickens
  • "Mecca Flat Blues" 1924 – Composer: Jimmy Blythe, Lyricists: Jimmy Blythe & Priscilla Stewart
  • "Meet Me in Chicago" – Mat Kearney, Buddy Guy
  • "Mercy Me" – Alkaline Trio
  • "Miss Chicago (The Great 'Pageant' Song)" 1921 – Composer: Edmund Braham, Lyricist: W.S. Greelish
  • "Move Your Body" by Tyree
  • "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" – Brian Wilson
  • "My Kind of Town" – Frank Sinatra 1964

N[edit]

O[edit]

  • "Ode for the opening of the World's Fair. Held at Chicago, 1892" – Composer: C. W. Chadwick, Lyricist: Harriet Monroe
  • "Oh City of a Century" – Composer: Eleanor Everest Freer
  • "Oh You Chicago, Oh You New York" 1910 – Composer: Albert Von Tilzer, Lyricists: Junie McCree & Sydney Rosenfeld
  • "On a Freezing Chicago Street" – Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
  • "On the Midway, or the Jolly Bum, Bum" 1893 – Composer & Lyricist: Louis Ortenstein
  • "On The South Side of Chicago" – Freddy Cole
  • "One Way Ride (To Chicago)" by Lois Johnson
  • "The Original Chicago Blues" 1915 – Composer: James White
  • "Our Chicago" (U of C) 1926 – Composer & Lyricist: Norman Reid
  • "GO" – Ofycial & Wade White Owl feat Papi

P[edit]

Q[edit]

R[edit]

S[edit]

T[edit]

"Turn It Up Again" by Conway Brothers

U[edit]

  • "The University Quickstep", 1865 – Inscribed to the President and Friends of the Chicago University, Composer: E. M. Shaw

V[edit]

  • "Via Chicago", 1999 – Summerteeth by Wilco
  • "The Viking March – Captain Andersen's Viking Ship from Norway to the World's Fair", 1893 – Composer: H. C. Verner

W[edit]

Y[edit]

Z[edit]

  • "Zelda", 2007 – Isn't This Supposed to Be Fun!? by Farewell

Songs about Chicago sport teams[edit]

  • "All the Way", 2008 – Eddie Vedder
  • "Bear Down Chicago Bears", 1941 – Composer & Lyricist: Jerry Downs
  • "Chelsea Dagger", with text modified by Blackhawks' fans, 2006 – Composer and Lyricist: Jon Fratelli, Performers: The Fratellis
  • "The Chicago Cubs Song – Hey Hey! Holy Mackerel!", 1969 – Composer: John Frigo, Lyricist: I. C. Haag
  • "Come On You Cubs Play Ball", 1937 – Composer & Lyricists: Bernard "Whitey" Berquist,[5] Tiffany Music Company
  • "Cubs on Parade (The Great March and Two-Step)", 1907 – Composer: H.R. Hempel, Arranger: Jos. Techen
  • "The Glory of the Cubs", 1908 – Composer: Arthur Marshall, Lyricist: F.R. Sweirngen
  • "Go Cubs Go", 1984 – Composer & Lyricist: Steve Goodman
  • "Here Come the Hawks", 1968 – Composer: J. Swayzee, Producer: The Dick Marx Orchestra and Choir
  • "Hurrah for the Cubs", 1930 – Composer: Burrell Van Buren, Lyricist: Betty Douglas
  • "Let's Go, Go-Go White Sox", 1959 – Composer & Lyricists: Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers
  • "Super Bowl Shuffle", 1985 – Composers: B. Daniels, L. Barry, Lyricists: R. Meyer, M. Owens, Performers: Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew, the 1985 Chicago Bears
  • "Watch the Cubs Play Ball", 1941 – Composer & Lyricist: Harry A. Magill
  • "Wave the Flag (For Old Chicago)", 1929 – fight song of the University of Chicago; Lyricist: Gordon Erickson
  • "White Sox Fitted", 2010 – Composer & Lyricist: Young General
  • "The White Sox March", 1907 – Composer: T.F. Durand
  • "We're The Cubbies", 2012 Composer & Lyricist & Audio Engineer: Michael Droste CubsSong.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Works by Gustav Luders (1865-1913)". Geoff Grainger. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Weston's march to Chicago". IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana. Indiana University. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Windy City Boogie Woogie". King Cole Trio: Transcriptions and Early Recordings, Vol. 6 (1941-1943). Hong Kong: Naxos Digital Services Ltd. 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Harry Carroll (1892-1962)". Sheet Music Galore. Geoff Grainger. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die." Jimmy Greenfield, 2012.

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