Songs About Places

A group of protests with signs and drums walk down the street.

Songs About Places 2022: Songs of Protest

An annual list of songs about the places we call home, the places we miss, and the places we visit. In 2022, one of the most conspicuous songs about places took a stand on an ongoing moral crisis.

December 27, 2022 - James Brasuell

memphis Bus

Songs About Places 2021: 'Outside,' 'Lockdown,' and Memphis Among the Themes of Another Pandemic Year

2021 was full of songs that centered place in art's reckoning with reality. Were you listening?

December 12, 2021 - James Brasuell

New York Subway

Take the A Train: A Musical Inspiration for Planners

"Take the A Train" is a beautiful celebration of rail transit, urban sophistication, and the Harlem Renaissance all packed into the most danceable 2:54 minutes of musical teamwork ever recorded on a 78 disk. It's my inspiration for great planning!

August 16, 2021 - Todd Litman

Coronavirus and Transportation

Songs About Places in the Time of Coronavirus

The latest edition of Planetizen's annual list of songs about places, for all the audiophiles with a passion for place.

December 7, 2020 - James Brasuell

NOAA Satellite Fires

Songs About Places 2019

Songs about dystopia and catastrophe are impossible to avoid this year, but "Old Town Road" could be the path to redemption. Managing Editor James Brasuell assembled a Spotify playlist on songs about places from 2019.

December 11, 2019 - James Brasuell


Friday Funny: The Beach Boys Weren't Talking About Kokomo, Indiana

Aruba is real. Jamaica is real. Bermuda, Bahama, Key Largo, and Montego are all real. There is no Kokomo located off the Florida Keys, however, as promised by a famous song by the Beach Boys.

October 25, 2019 - South Florida Sun Sentinel

Paris Metro

Songs About Places - 2018

The 2018 edition of an annual playlist of songs about places by critically acclaimed and popular bands.

December 13, 2018 - James Brasuell

Big Flat, California

Songs About Places: Water, Rain, and Rivers

A playlist for those who seek inspiration from water—whether it's falling from the sky or running downhill.

March 7, 2018 - James Brasuell

Drinking Water

Happy Hour: A Playlist of Songs About Water

Here's a concept we can get behind.

March 2, 2018 - The Fresno Bee


2017's Best Songs About Places

Our favorite genre of music is the one that celebrates places.

December 18, 2017 - James Brasuell

Subway Escalator

Sunday Fun: 91 Songs About D.C. Metro

This time the sound of music is the sound of the subway.

June 18, 2017 - Archinect

Funny Girl

Friday Fun: A Playlist of Transit Oriented Tunes

This one's for the straphangers.

May 12, 2017 - CityLab

Crosswalk Button

Friday Fun: A Song Inspired by the Crosswalk Signal

Turn it to 11.

March 10, 2017 - CityLab

The Bronx

Poor Urban Planning and the Birth of Hip Hop

An architect known as the Hip-Hop Architect explains how the planning decisions of the 20th century served as muse and breeding ground for the multi-million-dollar industry of hip hop.

August 23, 2016 - Fader

Sutro Tower

A Year's Worth of Music About Places

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

January 22, 2016 - James Brasuell

Made in America Concert

2014 in Review—Music About Places

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

December 24, 2014 - James Brasuell

10 Urban Planning Songs

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.

December 9, 2010 - Abhijeet Chavan

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.

Top Apps

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Top Schools

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