Songs about cities

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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

A Song for (Almost) Every City

An intrepid developer has combined the powers of OpenStreetMap, Wikipedia, and Spotify to map 7,681 songs about 212 cities across the globe.

March 21, 2015 - The Washington Post - Wonkblog

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

Singing the City Sterile: Urbanism and New Wave

<p>I&#39;ve always hated songs about cities, particularly mawkish anthems like &quot;New York, New York,&quot; &quot;I Left My Heart in San Francisco,&quot; and the ghastly &quot;I Love L.A.&quot; Lyricists seem to dream them up when there&#39;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. </p>

February 2, 2008 - Josh Stephens

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