Songs about cities

Blog post
January 22, 2016, 8am PST

Musicians from all varieties of musical genres spent the past year pondering, celebrating, and complicating our perception of places.

James Brasuell
March 21, 2015, 1pm PDT
An intrepid developer has combined the powers of OpenStreetMap, Wikipedia, and Spotify to map 7,681 songs about 212 cities across the globe.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
Blog post
December 24, 2014, 1pm PST

A list of personal favorites—music that expressed more than research or rhetoric can about the places where we live, work, and play.

James Brasuell
Blog post
December 9, 2010, 9am PST
While there may not be popular songs specifically mentioning urban planning, there are many songs about cities and the impact of planning decisions. Here are my 10 of favorites.
Abhijeet Chavan
Blog post
February 2, 2008, 4pm PST

I've always hated songs about cities, particularly mawkish anthems like "New York, New York," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and the ghastly "I Love L.A." Lyricists seem to dream them up when there's nothing else to sing about. Indeed, cities are the setting for life, not the object of it. Singing about them is like performing a play about a theater.

Josh Stephens