List of songs about cities

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Cities are a major topic for popular songs.[1][2] Music journalist and author Nick Coleman has gone as far as to say that apart from love, "pop is better on cities than anything else."[1]

Popular music often treats cities positively, though sometimes they are portrayed as places of danger and temptation. In many cases, songs celebrate individual cities, presenting them as exciting and liberating. Not all genres share the tendency to be positive about cities; in Country music cities are often portrayed as unfriendly and dehumanizing, or seductive but full of sin.[1][2] However, there are many exceptions, for example: Lady Antebellum's song ‘This City’, Danielle Bradbery's ‘Young in America’, and many others.

Lyricist and author Sheila Davis writes that including a city in a song's title helps focus the song on the concrete and specific, which is both more appealing and more likely to lead to universal truth than abstract generalizations. Davis also says that songs with titles concerning cities and other specific places often have enduring popularity.[3]

The following is a list of songs about cities, from both traditional and pop music: the list should not be considered complete.

Contents

Algeria[edit]

Algiers[edit]

Oran[edit]

  • "Rouhi ya Wahrane" by Khaled

Tizi Ouzou[edit]

Armenia[edit]

Yerevan[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Buenos Aires[edit]

Rosario[edit]

Córdoba[edit]

Azerbaijan[edit]

Baku[edit]

Australia[edit]

Adelaide[edit]

Alice Springs[edit]

Ballarat[edit]

Bathurst[edit]

Bendigo[edit]

Brisbane[edit]

Broken Hill[edit]

Cairns[edit]

Canberra[edit]

Coffs Harbour[edit]

Darwin[edit]

Gladstone[edit]

Gold Coast[edit]

Hobart[edit]

Kalgoorlie[edit]

Melbourne[edit]

Mount Isa[edit]

Newcastle[edit]

Perth[edit]

Port Lincoln[edit]

Queanbeyan[edit]

Sydney[edit]

Tamworth[edit]

Toowoomba[edit]

Townsville[edit]

Austria[edit]

Friedberg[edit]

Fürstenfeld[edit]

Salzburg[edit]

Wien (Vienna)[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Aalst[edit]

Antwerpen (Antwerp)[edit]

Bruges/Brugge[edit]

Bruxelles/Brussel (Brussels)[edit]

Knokke[edit]

Liège[edit]

Ostende[edit]

Waterloo[edit]

Bosnia & Herzegovina[edit]

Sarajevo[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Brasília[edit]

Fortaleza[edit]

  • "As Velas do Mucuripe" by Fagner

Londrina[edit]

Porto Alegre[edit]

Recife[edit]

Rio de Janeiro[edit]

Salvador[edit]

São Paulo[edit]

Canada[edit]

Calgary[edit]

Gaspe, Quebec[edit]

Halifax[edit]

Montreal[edit]

Saskatoon[edit]

Toronto[edit]

Vancouver[edit]

Winnipeg[edit]

Sudbury[edit]

Chile[edit]

Santiago[edit]

Valparaíso[edit]

China[edit]

Beijing[edit]

Shanghai[edit]

Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)[edit]

Kinshasa[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Barranquilla[edit]

Bogotá[edit]

Buenaventura[edit]

Cali[edit]

Medellín[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Rijeka[edit]

Sinj[edit]

Split[edit]

Vukovar[edit]

Cuba[edit]

Guantánamo[edit]

Havana[edit]

Santiago de Cuba[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Prague[edit]

Cyprus[edit]

Limassol[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Copenhagen[edit]

Holsterbro[edit]

Skanderborg[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

San Pedro de Macorís[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Guayaquil[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Alexandria[edit]

Cairo[edit]

Finland[edit]

Helsinki[edit]

France[edit]

Ajaccio[edit]

Amiens[edit]

Angers[edit]

Annecy[edit]

Avignon[edit]

Biarritz[edit]

Bordeaux[edit]

Brest[edit]

Caen[edit]

Calais[edit]

Cherbourg-Octeville[edit]

Clermont-Ferrand[edit]

Dijon[edit]

La Rochelle[edit]

Le Havre[edit]

Lyon[edit]

Marseille[edit]

Montpellier[edit]

Nancy[edit]

Nantes[edit]

  • "Nantes" by Barbara
  • "Nantes" by Beirut
  • "Dans les prisons de Nantes", traditional folk song covered by Tri Yann
  • "Nantes" by Renan Luce
  • "Sur le pont de Nantes" by Guy Béart
  • "En revenant de Nantes (La digue du cul)", traditional popular song
  • "Sophie de Nantes" by Pigalle

Nice[edit]

Orléans[edit]

Paris[edit]

Pau[edit]

Reims[edit]

Rouen[edit]

Saint-Étienne[edit]

St. Tropez[edit]

Strasbourg[edit]

Toulouse[edit]

Vesoul[edit]

Germany[edit]

Berlin[edit]

Bochum[edit]

Chemnitz[edit]

Delmenhorst[edit]

Detmold[edit]

  • "Lippe-Detmold eine wunderschöne Stadt"

Dresden[edit]

Düsseldorf[edit]

Frankfurt[edit]

Frankfurt (Oder)[edit]

Göttingen[edit]

Hamburg[edit]

Hamm[edit]

Hanover[edit]

Heidelberg[edit]

Kassel[edit]

Cologne[edit]

Königswinter[edit]

Krefeld[edit]

  • "Krefeld am Rhein" by Hörzu

Leipzig[edit]

Ludwigshafen[edit]

Mannheim[edit]

Marienbad[edit]

München[edit]

Nürnberg[edit]

  • "Nürnberg" by Hoelderlin
  • "Nürnberg" by Herr Nilsson

Oberhausen[edit]

Rostock[edit]

Stuttgart[edit]

Wolfenbüttel[edit]

Guinea-Bissau[edit]

Bissau[edit]

Greece[edit]

Athens[edit]

Piraeus[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Budapest[edit]

Iceland[edit]

Reykjavík[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Dublin[edit]

Cork[edit]

Israel[edit]

Jerusalem[edit]

India[edit]

Amritsar[edit]

Calcutta[edit]

Chandigarh[edit]

Chennai / Madras[edit]

Delhi[edit]

Goa[edit]

Jaipur[edit]

Jalandhar[edit]

Kanpur[edit]

Mumbai / Bombay[edit]

Varanasi[edit]

Italy[edit]

Bologna[edit]

Genoa[edit]

Milan[edit]

Modena[edit]

Naples[edit]

Pompeii[edit]

Rimini[edit]

Rome[edit]

Turin[edit]

Venice[edit]

Verona[edit]

Ivory Coast[edit]

Abidjan[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

Kingston[edit]

Montego Bay[edit]

Japan[edit]

Fukuoka[edit]

Hiroshima[edit]

Kyoto[edit]

Nagasaki[edit]

Nara[edit]

Tokyo[edit]

Yokohama[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Mombassa[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Riga[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Beirut[edit]

Liechtenstein[edit]

Vaduz[edit]

Luxemburg[edit]

Luxemburg[edit]

Mali[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Acapulco[edit]

Atotonilco[edit]

Culiacán[edit]

Guadalajara[edit]

Guanajuato[edit]

  • "Caminos de Guanajuato" by José Alfredo Jiménez

Juarez[edit]

Mexico City[edit]

Sinaloa[edit]

Tampico[edit]

Tijuana[edit]

Veracruz[edit]

Moldova[edit]

Bălți[edit]

Morocco[edit]

Marrakesh[edit]

Casablanca[edit]

  • "Casablanca" by Nessbeal ft Cheba Maria

Tanger[edit]

Agadir[edit]

Nepal[edit]

Kathmandu[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Amsterdam[edit]

Delfzijl[edit]

Den Haag (The Hague)[edit]

Eindhoven[edit]

Nijmegen[edit]

Rotterdam[edit]

Utrecht[edit]

Zwolle[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Auckland[edit]

Hastings[edit]

Wellington[edit]

Nicaragua[edit]

Managua[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

Lagos[edit]

North Korea[edit]

Pyongyang[edit]

  • "Pyongyang" by Blur

Norway[edit]

Oslo[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Lahore[edit]

Panama[edit]

Peru[edit]

Lima[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Manila[edit]

Poland[edit]

Bydgoszcz[edit]

Cracow[edit]

Gdańsk[edit]

Gdynia[edit]

Łódź[edit]

Piła[edit]

Poznań[edit]

Sopot[edit]

Szczecin[edit]

Ustrzyki Dolne[edit]

  • "Ustrzyki" by KSU

Warsaw[edit]

Wrocław[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Coimbra[edit]

Lisbon[edit]

Peniche[edit]

Porto[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

San Juan[edit]

Republic of Iraq[edit]

Baghdad[edit]

Romania[edit]

Bucharest[edit]

Timișoara[edit]

Medgidia[edit]

Russia[edit]

Moscow[edit]

Saint Petersburg[edit]

Sevastopol[edit]

Rwanda[edit]

Gisenyi[edit]

Kigali[edit]

Senegal[edit]

Mbignona[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Belgrade[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Cape Town[edit]

Durban[edit]

Johannesburg[edit]

Margate[edit]

Port Elizabeth[edit]

Pretoria[edit]

  • "Trein na Pretoria" versions by Stefan Lubbe, Die Briels, Die Grafsteen Sangers, Dozi, Peter Senekal.
  • "We are marching to Pretoria" (traditional)

Soweto[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Seoul[edit]

Busan[edit]

  • Dorawayo Busan Hang E (돌아와요 부산항에) sung by Cho Yong Pil

Spain[edit]

Almería[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Bilbao[edit]

Cadiz (Cádiz)[edit]

Cordova (Córdoba)[edit]

Granada[edit]

Huelva[edit]

Málaga[edit]

Madrid[edit]

Murcia[edit]

Salamanca[edit]

San Fernando, Cádiz[edit]

  • "A San Fernando, un ratito a pie y otro caminando" by Manolo García

San Sebastián/Donostia[edit]

Santiago de Compostela[edit]

Seville[edit]

Soria[edit]

Toledo[edit]

Torremolinos[edit]

Valencia[edit]

Valladolid[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Stockholm[edit]

Gothenburg[edit]

Uppsala[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Bern[edit]

Montreux[edit]

Wallisellen[edit]

Tanzania[edit]

Zanzibar[edit]

Tajikistan[edit]

Dushanbe[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Bangkok[edit]

Chiang Mai[edit]

  • "Above Chiangmai" by Harold Budd & Brian Eno
  • "បុបា្ផឈាងម៉ៃ" (Bopha Chiang mai, บุปผาเชียงใหม่) by ស៊ិន ស៊ីសាមុត (Sinn Sisamouth, สิน ศรีสมุทร)

Chonburi[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Tunis[edit]

Turkey[edit]

Ankara[edit]

Bodrum[edit]

Istanbul[edit]

Izmir[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

Kiev[edit]

Odessa[edit]

United Arab Emirates[edit]

Abu Dhabi[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Aberdeen[edit]

Belfast[edit]

Birmingham[edit]

Bradford[edit]

  • "Back to Bradford" by Smokie

Brighton[edit]

Coventry[edit]

Dover[edit]

Edinburgh[edit]

Glasgow[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

London[edit]

Londonderry[edit]

Manchester[edit]

Newcastle upon Tyne[edit]

Newport[edit]

Salford[edit]

Sheffield[edit]

Southampton[edit]

Wakefield[edit]

United States[edit]

Aberdeen, Maryland[edit]

Abilene[edit]

Akron[edit]

Albuquerque[edit]

Allentown[edit]

Amarillo[edit]

Anchorage[edit]

Arlington, Virginia[edit]

Atlanta[edit]

Asbury Park, New Jersey[edit]

Atlantic City, New Jersey[edit]

Austin[edit]

Avalon (Catalina Isl.), California[edit]

Baltimore, Maryland[edit]

Bangor, Maine[edit]

Baton Rouge, Louisiana[edit]

Beaumont, Texas[edit]

Birmingham[edit]

Bossier City[edit]

Boston[edit]

Brownsville, Texas[edit]

Buffalo, New York[edit]

Charleston, South Carolina[edit]

Chattanooga[edit]

Chicago[edit]

Cincinnati[edit]

Cleveland[edit]

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho[edit]

Commerce City, Colorado[edit]

Danville[edit]

Dallas[edit]

Decatur, Illinois[edit]

  • "Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!" by Sufjan Stevens

Denver[edit]

Des Moines, Iowa[edit]

Detroit[edit]

Doraville[edit]

El Paso[edit]

Eugene[edit]

Flagstaff[edit]

Flint[edit]

Folsom, California[edit]

Fort Lauderdale[edit]

Fort Worth[edit]

Galveston[edit]

Garden Grove[edit]

Gary[edit]

Greensboro, North Carolina[edit]

Hackensack, New Jersey[edit]

Holland, Michigan[edit]

Honolulu[edit]

Highland, Illinois[edit]

  • "Concerning the UFO Sighting near Highland, Illinois" by Sufjan Stevens

Houston[edit]

Indianapolis[edit]

Jackson, Mississippi[edit]

Jacksonville, Florida[edit]

Juneau[edit]

Kalamazoo, Michigan[edit]

Kansas City[edit]

Kent, Ohio[edit]

Knoxville, Tennessee[edit]

La Grange, Texas[edit]

Laredo[edit]

Las Vegas[edit]

Laurel, Mississippi[edit]

Lincoln, Nebraska[edit]

Little Rock[edit]

Llano, Texas[edit]

  • "Midnight Run to Llano" by Already Gone

Los Angeles[edit]

Louisville[edit]

  • "Home Away from Home" by Pokey LaFarge
  • "Flora" by Peter, Paul and Mary
  • "Louisville K-Y" by Ella Fitzgerald

Lubbock, Texas[edit]

Luckenbach, Texas[edit]

Malibu, California[edit]

Manti, Utah[edit]

Mayberry, North Carolina[edit]

Marina del Rey[edit]

Marshalltown, Iowa[edit]

Memphis[edit]

Memphis holds the distinction of being the most mentioned city in the world when it comes to commercially recorded songs. As of July 2013, this list has made it up to 1074 songs and counting. The list is maintained at the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum website. The ones listed below are some of the better known songs:

Miami[edit]

Milwaukee[edit]

Minneapolis[edit]

Mobile[edit]

Montgomery[edit]

Muncie, Indiana[edit]

Muskegon[edit]

Muskogee, Oklahoma[edit]

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina[edit]

Nashville[edit]

New Orleans[edit]

New York City[edit]

Olema, California[edit]

Olympia[edit]

Omaha[edit]

Palestine, Texas[edit]

Panama City, Florida[edit]

Pasadena[edit]

Peoria, Illinois[edit]

Philadelphia[edit]

Phoenix[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

Pittsfield[edit]

Portland, Maine[edit]

Portland, Oregon[edit]

Reno[edit]

Richmond, Virginia[edit]

Sacramento, California[edit]

Saginaw, Michigan[edit]

Saint Louis, Missouri[edit]

Salt Lake City, Utah[edit]

San Angelo, Texas[edit]

San Antonio[edit]

San Diego[edit]

San Jose[edit]

Santa Fe[edit]

San Francisco[edit]

Sausalito, California[edit]

  • "Sausalito Summer Night" by Diesel

Savannah[edit]

Seattle[edit]

Simi Valley[edit]

Sioux City, Iowa[edit]

Springfield, Illinois[edit]

  • "Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair" by Sufjan Stevens

St. Paul[edit]

Tacoma, WA[edit]

Tallahassee[edit]

Telluride, Colorado[edit]

Thibodaux, Louisiana[edit]

Topeka, Kansas[edit]

Tucson[edit]

Tucumcari, New Mexico[edit]

Tulare, California[edit]

Tulsa[edit]

Washington, D.C.[edit]

Wichita[edit]

Wildwood, New Jersey[edit]

Winslow, Arizona[edit]

Ypsilanti[edit]

  • "For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti" by Sufjan Stevens

Youngstown, Ohio[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

Montevideo[edit]

Venezuela[edit]

Caracas[edit]

Cumaná[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

Hanoi[edit]

Saigon[edit]

References[edit]

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