Songs About Cities

Songwriters often commemorate their favorite city or hometown in song. They have sung about cities from coast to coast – from Baltimore and Bakersfield, from Missoula to Miami. Some songs have even made their way into Broadway musicals. Here is a list of just a few of the many, and the performer who made the song famous.

  • "4th of July, Asbury Park" - Bruce Springsteen
  • "A Bar in Bakersfield" - Merle Haggard
  • "Abilene" - Les Brown
  • "Allentown" - Billy Joel
  • "Amarillo by Morning" - George Strait
  • "Autumn in New York" - Tommy Dorsey
  • "Baltimore" - Randy Newman
  • "Birmingham" - Randy Newman
  • "Bowling Green" - Everly Brothers
  • "Brooklyn Blues" - Barry Manilow
  • "Chattanooga Choo Choo" - Glenn Miller, Barry Manilow, Cab Calloway
  • "China Grove" - Doobie Brothers
  • "Cleveland Rocks" - Presidents of the United States of America, Ian Hunter
  • "Dayton, Ohio 1903" - Randy Newman
  • "Daytona Nights" - Hank Williams Jr.
  • "Detroit Rock City" - Kiss
  • "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" - Dionne Warwick
  • "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans" - Louis Armstrong
  • "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" - George Strait
  • "El Paso" - Marty Robbins, Grateful Dead
  • "Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce" - Elvis Presley
  • "Get Out of Denver" - Bob Seger
  • "Hollywood Nights" - Bob Seger
  • "Hollywood Swinging" - Kool & The Gang
  • "Houston" -- Dean Martin
  • "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" - Tony Bennett
  • "I Love L.A." - Randy Newman
  • "I've Been Everywhere" - Johnny Cash (about lots of cities)
  • "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" - Glenn Miller
  • "Jackson" - Johnny & June Carter Cash
  • "Kansas City" - Wilbert Harrison, The Beatles, David Bromberg
  • "Lights" - Journey (about San Francisco)
  • "(I'll Take) Manhattan" - Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
  • "Marina Del Rey" - George Strait
  • "Miami" - Will Smith
  • "Midnight in Missoula" - Nancy Griffith
  • "Morning Morgantown" - Joni Mitchell
  • "My Kind of Town" - Frank Sinatra (about Chicago)
  • "New Orleans Wins the War" - Randy Newman
  • "New York Minute" - Don Henley, Eagles
  • "New York, New York" - Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli
  • "New York State of Mind" - Billy Joel
  • "Okie From Muskogee" - Merle Haggard
  • "Old Cape Cod" - Patti Page, Bette Midler
  • "Oxford Town" - Bob Dylan
  • "Philadelphia Freedom" - Elton John
  • "Please Come to Boston" - Dave Loggins
  • "Salt Lake City" - Beach Boys
  • "San Francisco" - Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks
  • "San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) " - Scott McKenzie
  • "Santa Monica Pier" - Christine Lavin
  • "Sweet Home Chicago" - Blues Brothers, Muddy Waters
  • "Take Me Back to Chicago" - Chicago
  • "The City of New Orleans" - Arlo Guthrie, Steve Goodman
  • "Viva Las Vegas" - Elvis Presley
  • "Walking in Memphis" - Marc Cohn
  • "Youngstown" - Bruce Springsteen

City Songs from Musicals

  • "Atlantic City" - Ragtime
  • "Chicago" - Pal Joey
  • "Dear Old Syracuse" - The Boys from Syracuse
  • "Gary, Indiana" - The Music Man
  • "Good Morning Baltimore" - Hairspray
  • "Kansas City" - Oklahoma
  • "Loveland" - Follies
  • "Meet Me in St. Louis" - Meet Me in St. Louis
  • "New York, New York" - On the Town
  • "NYC" - Annie
  • "Only in New York" - Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • "Santa Fe" - Newsies