Last night I was listening to a song called "Southern State," by Bright Eyes. This song is about Athens, GA, and it's excellent. Right now it pretty much sums up my very existence. It also got me thinking about city songs in general. I've always really liked them. There's something really cool about any song that can capture the big personality of a city that's basically just a place where a ton of little personalities run around and drink coffee and pump gas and stuff. What are some of the best city songs?
Here's a short list of ones that come to my own mind:
London Calling - The Clash
Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants
Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
Viva Las Vegas - Elvis
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees (there's a video tape somewhere of me singing this song when I was 8)
Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
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