Songs About Cities & States


SanFranciscoEver since the advent of the motor car near the turn of last century, followed by the development of the interstate highway system in the mid fifties, American’s have been on the move. As the years progress, we’ve become even more of a “mobile” society, whether it be for the purpose of work or pleasure. Fast forward to 2009 ….. Lots of songs small-town1have been recorded over the last 100+ years honoring places, cities and states as well as small town America, generally where the singer(s) or band members grew up or spent many memorable years in ….. most are good, some not so much. The following list here reflects a large number of those cities, states and places in songs by a wide variety of recording artists. As always, a vast selection of London_skylinegenres of music as well as years have been included for you to choose from to create your ultimate playlist or cd to burn, be it for the purpose of your next road excursion, plane trip or simply to make your next work commute or errand runs a little more pleasant. I limited the list to songs which specifically named towns, cities and states in the title. They even included international cities also. rolling_farmlandEven a few countries were slipped in here for good measure. I doubt if there could ever be a complete list made but this should be a good enough selection to choose from. At the end of the long list below, I included a few bonus songs that didn’t name specific places in the title, but did mention a several city and place names throughout the lyrics, such as Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” and David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s version of “Dancing In The Street”.

Enjoy :)

Songs About Cities & States

  1. 4 To 1 In Atlanta – Tracy Byrd
  2. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen
  3. 99 Miles From LA – Albert Hammond
  4. 99 Miles From LA – Johnny Mathis
  5. Abilene – George Hamilton IV
  6. Acapulco – Johnny Duncan
  7. Alabama Jubilee – Red Foley
  8. Alberta Bound – Gordon Lightfoot 
  9. Alberta Bound – Paul Brandt
  10. Albuquerque – Weird Al Yankovic
  11. All My Ex’s Live In Texas – George Strait
  12. All The Gold In California – Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
  13. All The Way From Memphis – Mott The Hoople
  14. All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star) – REM
  15. Allegheny Moon – Patti Page
  16. Allentown – Billy Joel
  17. Amarillo By Morning – George Strait 
  18. Amarillo Sky – Jason Aldean
  19. Amsterdam – Coldplay
  20. Amy’s Back In Austin – Little Texas
  21. Anchorage – Michelle Shocked
  22. Angel of Harlem – U2
  23. Another Rainy Day In New York City – Chicago
  24. April In Paris – Count Basie
  25. April in Paris – Ella Fitzgerald
  26. Arizona – Mark Lindsay 
  27. Atlanta Blue – Statler Brothers
  28. Atlanta Burned Again Last Night – Atlanta
  29. Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
  30. Austin – Blake Shelton
  31. Back In The New York Groove – Ace Frehley
  32. Bagpipes From Baghdad – Eminem
  33. Bar In Bakersfield – Merle Haggard
  34. Barcelona – Jewel
  35. Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton
  36. Beaches of Cheyenne – Garth Brooks
  37. Been To Canaan – Carole King
  38. Berlin – Lou Reed
  39. Beverly Hills – Weezer 
  40. Big In Vegas – Buck Owens
  41. Big Train From Memphis – John Fogerty
  42. Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley
  43. Blue Kentucky Girl – Loretta Lynn
  44. Bombs Over Baghdad – Outkast
  45. Born In East LA – Cheech Marin
  46. Boy From New York City – Ad Libs 
  47. Boy From New York City – Manhattan Transfer
  48. Brooklyn Roads – Neil Diamond
  49. By The Time I Get To Phoenix- Glen Campbell 
  50. Cabo San Lucas – Toby Keith
  51. Calcutta – Lawrence Welk
  52. California – Shawn Mullins 
  53. California Dreamin ‘ – Mamas & The Papas 
  54. California Girls – Beach Boys
  55. California Nights – Lesley Gore
  56. California Saga – Beach Boys 
  57. California Soul – 5th Dimension
  58. California Sun – Rivieras 
  59. California Sun – Ramones
  60. Callin’ Baton Rouge – Garth Brooks
  61. Carmel By The Sea – Kitty Wells
  62. Carolina In The Pines – Michael Martin Murphy
  63. Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson
  64. Chattanooga Choo Choo – Glen Miller
  65. Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy – Red Foley
  66. Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy – Frank Sinatra
  67. Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy – Freddie Cannon
  68. Chicago – Frank Sinatra
  69. Chicago (We Can Change The World) – Graham Nash
  70. Chicago Is So Two Years Ago – Fall Out Boy
  71. China Grove – Doobie Brothers
  72. Christmas In Fallujah – Billy Joel
  73. Christmas In Hollis – Run DMC
  74. Christmas in Killarney – Bing Crosby
  75. Cincinnati Lou – Merle Travis
  76. City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie
  77. City of New Orleans – Willie Nelson
  78. City of Night – Peter Schilling (Berlin)
  79. Cleveland Rocks – Ian Hunter
  80. Cleveland Rocks – Presidents of the United States (Drew Carry TV Show Theme)
  81. Colorado Kool-Aid – Johnny Paycheck
  82. Coming Into Los Angeles – Arlo Guthrie
  83. Dallas – Alan Jackson
  84. Denver – Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
  85. Detroit City – Bobby Bare
  86. Detroit City – Tom Jones
  87. Detroit Rock City – Kiss
  88. Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
  89. Do You Know The Way To San Jose – Dionne Warwick
  90. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind – George Strait
  91. Durham Town – Roger Whittaker
  92. Eight More Miles To Louisville – Grandpa Jones
  93. El Paso – Marty Robbins
  94. El Paso City – Marty Robbins
  95. England Swings – Roger Miller
  96. Everyone I Meet Is From California – America
  97. Eyes Of A New York Woman – BJ Thomas
  98. Fort Worth, Dallas Or Houston – George Hamilton IV
  99. Free Man In Paris – Joni Mitchell
  100. Friend In California – Merle Haggard
  101. Funky Nassau – The Beginning of The End
  102. Galveston – Glen Campbell
  103. Gary, Indiana - original cast (from the Broadway Musical “The Music Man” )
  104. Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
  105. Georgia On My Mind – Willie Nelson
  106. Get Outta Denver – Bob Seger
  107. Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
  108. God Blessed Texas – Little Texas
  109. Going To California – Led Zeppelin
  110. Goodnight Saigon – Billy Joel
  111. Harlem Shuffle – Rolling Stones
  112. Havana Daydreaming – Jimmy Buffet
  113. Hawaii – Beach Boys
  114. Hawaii Five-O – The Ventures
  115. Hazard – Richard Marx
  116. Heads Carolina, Tails California – JoDee Messina
  117. Holiday In Cambodia – Dead Kennedys
  118. Hollywood Nights – Bob Seger
  119. Hollywood Swingin’ – Kool & The Gang
  120. Honolulu LuLu – Jan & Dean
  121. Hotel California – Eagles
  122. Houston – Dean Martin
  123. Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You) – Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
  124. Houston Solution – Ronnie Milsap
  125. I Can Still Make Cheyenne – George Strait
  126. I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City – Nilsson
  127. I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Tony Bennett
  128. I Love LA – Randy Newman
  129. I Wouldn’t Live In New York City (If They Gave Me The Whole Dang Town) – Buck Owens
  130. If Hollywood Don’t Need You – Don Williams
  131. If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band) – Alabama
  132. Indiana Wants Me – R. Dean Taylor
  133. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants
  134. It Never Rains in Southern California – Albert Hammond
  135. It’s All Down To Goodnight Vienna – Ringo Starr
  136. I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo – Glenn Miller
  137. Jackson – Johnny Cash & June Carter
  138. Jamaica Farewell – Harry Belafonte
  139. Jersey Girl – Bruce Springsteen
  140. Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
  141. Kansas City (Hey, Hey  Hey  Hey) – Beatles
  142. Kansas City Song – Buck Owens
  143. Kansas City Star – Roger Miller
  144. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
  145. Katmandu – Bob Seger
  146. Kentucky Gambler – Merle Haggard
  147. Kentucky Rain – Elvis Presley
  148. Kentucky Waltz – Eddy Arnold
  149. Kentucky Woman – Deep Purple
  150. Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  151. Kingston Town – UB40
  152. Kokomo – Beach Boys
  153. LA Freeway – Jerry Jeff Walker
  154. La Grange – ZZ Top
  155. LA International Airport – Susan Raye
  156. LA To The Moon – Ronnie Milsap
  157. LA Woman – The Doors
  158. Lady Came From Baltimore – Tim Hardin
  159. Landing In London (All I Think About Is You) – 3 Doors Down
  160. Laredo – Chris Cagle
  161. Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees
  162. Last Train To London – Electric Light Orchestra
  163. Leavin’ Louisiana In The Broad Daylight – Oakridge Boys
  164. Leaving Las Vegas – Sheryl Crow
  165. Leaving New York – REM
  166. Leningrad – Billy Joel
  167. Lights of Albuquerque – Jim Glaser
  168. (Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts – Bee Gees
  169. Little Old Lady From Pasadena – Jan & Dean
  170. Little Past Little Rock – Lee Ann Womack
  171. Little Rock – Reba McEntire
  172. Little Rock – Collin Raye
  173. Lodi – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  174. London – Third Eye Blind
  175. London Bridge – Fergie
  176. London Calling – The Clash
  177. London Town – Pau McCartney & Wings
  178. London’s Burning – The Clash
  179. Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – Little Jimmy Osmond
  180. Louisiana Man – Doug Kershaw
  181. Louisiana Saturday Night – Mel McDaniel
  182. Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man – Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
  183. Luckenbach, Texas – Waylon Jennings
  184. Malibu – Hole
  185. Marina Del Rey – George Strait
  186. Marrakesh Express – Crosby Stills & Nash
  187. Maybe It Was Memphis – Pam Tillis
  188. Meet Me In Montana – Dan Seals & Marie Osmond
  189. Meet Me In St. Louis – Judy Garland
  190. Memphis – Chuck Berry
  191. Memphis – Johnny Rivers
  192. Memphis Blues – WC Handy
  193. Memphis Blues – Doc Watson
  194. Memphis In The Meantime – John Hiatt
  195. Mendocino – Sir Douglas Quintet
  196. Mexicali Blues – The Grateful Dead
  197. Miami – Will Smith
  198. Miami, My Amy – Keith Whitley
  199. Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer (Miami Vice TV Series)
  200. Midnight In Montgomery – Alan Jackson
  201. Midnight In Moscow – Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen
  202. Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  203. Mill Valley – Miss Abrams & The Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class
  204. Mississippi Moon – John Anderson
  205. Mississippi Queen – Mountain
  206. Mississippi Squirrel Revival – Ray Stevens
  207. Montego Bay – Bobby Bloom
  208. Monterey – Animals
  209. Mull of Kyntire – Paul McCartney & Wings
  210. My Home’s In Alabama – Alabama
  211. My Kind of Town – Frank Sinatra (Chicago)
  212. My Old Kentucky Home – traditional
  213. Nashville – Liz Phair
  214. Nashville Cats – Lovin’ Spoonful
  215. Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen
  216. New Orleans – Gary U.S. Bonds
  217. New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones) – Bee Gees
  218. New York Minute – Don Henley
  219. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra 
  220. New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
  221. Next Plane To London – Rose Garden
  222. Next Plane To London – They Might Be Giants
  223. Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
  224. Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia – Reba McEntire
  225. Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia – Vicki Lawrence
  226. North To Alaska – Johnny Horton
  227. Oh Atlanta – Little Feat
  228. Ohio – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  229. Okie From Muskogee – Merle Haggard
  230. Old Cape Cod – Patti Page
  231. Omaha – Moby Grape
  232. On a Bus To St. Cloud – Trisha Yearwood
  233. One Night in Bangkok – Murray Head
  234. Only Living Boy In New York – Simon & Garfunkel
  235. Paint Me A Birmingham – Tracy Lawrence
  236. Panama – Van Halen
  237. Passage To Bangkok – Rush
  238. Philadelphia – Neil Young
  239. Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
  240. Please Come To Boston – Dave Loggins 
  241. Point Me In The Direction of Albuquerque – Partridge Family
  242. Poor People of Paris – Les Baxter
  243. Portland Oregon – Loretta Lynn & Jack White
  244. Private Idaho – B-52′s
  245. Queen of Memphis – Confederate Railroad
  246. Reno – Doug Supernaw
  247. Reno – Dottie West
  248. Reno Bound – Southern Pacific
  249. Rio – Duran Duran
  250. Rivers Of Babylon – Boney M
  251. Rivers Of Babylon – Sublime
  252. Rainy Night In Georgia – Brook Benton
  253. Rocky Mountain High – John Denver (Colorado)
  254. Rocky Road To Dublin – Dropkick Murphys
  255. Rocky Road To Dublin – Dubliners or Pogues (tradional Irish folk song)
  256. Running Back To Saskatoon – The Guess Who
  257. Saginaw, Michigan – Lefty Frizzell
  258. Salt Lake City – Beach Boys
  259. San Antonio Rose – Bob Wills
  260. San Antonio Rose – Floyd Cramer
  261. San Antonio Stroll – Tanya Tucker
  262. San Francisco – The Mowgli’s 
  263. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie
  264. San Franciscan Nights – Animals
  265. Santa Cruz – Papa Doo Run Run
  266. Santa Cruz (You’re Not That Far) – The Thrills
  267. Santa Fe – The Bellamy Brothers
  268. Santa Monica – Everclear
  269. Sausalito Summer Night – Diesel
  270. Savannah Nights – Tom Johnston
  271. Say Goodbye To Hollywood – Billy Joel
  272. Seattle – Perry Como
  273. Shanghai Breezes – John Denver
  274. Shuffle Off To Buffalo – Hal Kemp
  275. Sidewalks of New York – Mitch Miller & The Gang
  276. Sioux City Sue – Bing Crosby
  277. Spanish Harlem – Aretha Franflin
  278. Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King
  279. St. Louis Blues – Louis Armstrong
  280. St. Louis Boogie – Pete Johnson
  281. St. Louis Gal – Bessie Smith
  282. Starkville City Jail – Johnny Cash
  283. Statesboro Blues – Allman Brothers
  284. Still In Saigon – Charlie Daniels Band
  285. Stranger In Moscow – Michael Jackson
  286. Starwood In Aspen – John Denver
  287. Streets of Bakersfield – Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens
  288. Streets of Laredo – Marty Robbins
  289. Streets of Miami – Allan Sherman
  290. Streets of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen
  291. Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again – Bob Dylan
  292. Summer In Berlin – Alphaville
  293. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  294. Take Me Back To Chicago – Chicago
  295. Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver (West Virginia)
  296. Tallahassee Lassie – Freddy Cannon
  297. Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa – George Strait
  298. Tennessee Flat Top Box – Rosanne Cash
  299. Tennessee Homesick Blues – Dolly Parton
  300. Tennessee River – Alabama
  301. Tennessee Saturday Night – Red Foley
  302. Tennessee Stud – Eddy Arnold
  303. Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page
  304. Texarkana – REM
  305. Texarkana Baby – Eddy Arnold
  306. Texas In My Rear View Mirror – Mac Davis
  307. Texas Playboy Rag – Bob Wills
  308. Texas State of Mind – David Frizzell & Shelly West
  309. Texas Women – Hank Williams Jr.
  310. There Is No Arizona – Jamie O’Neal
  311. This Ain’t Dallas – Hank Williams Jr.
  312. Tijuana Taxi – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  313. TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB featuring The Three Degrees
  314. The Tulsa Shuffle – The Tractors
  315. Tulsa Time – Don Williams
  316. Tulsa Time – Eric Clapton
  317. Tupelo Blues – John Lee Hooker
  318. Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison
  319. Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa – Gene Pitney
  320. Ventura Highway – America
  321. Vienna – Billy Joel
  322. Vienna – Ultravox
  323. Vienna Calling – Falco
  324. Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
  325. Waking Up In Vegas – Katy Perry
  326. Walking In Memphis – Bruce Springsteen
  327. Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn 
  328. Walking To New Orleans – Fats Domino
  329. Waltz Across Texas – Ernest Tubb
  330. Waterloo – Abba
  331. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans – Freddy Cannon
  332. We Built This City – Jefferson Starship (San Francisco)
  333. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
  334. What Made Milwaukee Famous – Rod Stewart
  335. What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out of Me) – Jerry Lee Lewis
  336. When It’s Spring Time In Alaska – Johnny Horton
  337. White Cross On Okinawa – Bob Wills
  338. Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
  339. Wild Montana Skies – John Denver & Emmylou Harris
  340. Witch Queen of New Orleans – Redbone
  341. WKRP In Cincinati (MainTheme) – Steve Carlisle (WKRP In Cincinati TV Theme)
  342. WKRP In Cincinati (Closing Theme) – Jim Ellis  (WKRP In Cincinati TV Theme)
  343. Woman from Tokyo – Deep Purple
  344. Wrong Side of Memphis – Trisha Yearwood
  345. Yellow Rose of Texas – Ernest Tubb
  346. Yellow Rose of Texas – Mitch Miller & The Gang
  347. You’re From Texas – Bob Wills
  348. You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma – David Frizzell & Shelly West

BONUS ….. Honorable Mention:

Even though there is no city, state or country name in the title, there are several references to multiple “places” throughout the song lyrics.

  1. All Over The World – Electric Light Orchestra
  2. Dancing In The Street – David Bowie & Mick Jagger
  3. Heart of Rock & Roll – Huey Lewis & The News
  4. I’ve Been Everywhere – Hank Snow/Johnny Cash
  5. Ramblin’ Man – Allman Brothers Band
  6. Rock’n Me – Steve Miller Band
  7. Route 66 – Nat King Cole/Chuck Berry/Depeche Mode
  8. Surfin’ USA – Beach Boys
  9. This Land Is Your Land – Kingston Trio/Peter, Paul & Mary
  10. Travelin’ Man – Ricky Nelson
  11. Wanted Man – Johnny Cash
  12. Where I Come From – Alan Jackson


4 Responses

  1. To whom it may concern:
    Our names are Amy Yan and Thea Postolache. We are 8th grade students at
    Eastern Middle School\’s Humanities and Communications program. Could we use
    this picture of the small towns for academic purposes? We are making a documentary
    about public relations and communications in general.

    • Hey girls-
      Thanks for visiting the site as well as your request. Please feel free to use the pics as you need to. I wish you both success on your documentary as well as presentation. If I can be of any further assistance, please let me know. Best of luck :)

  2. Bravo. That’s quite a list!

  3. This is the most comprehensive list I’ve seen. However, I have twi songs to add to the list. It is “Cross the Brazos at Waco” by Billy Walker and “Austin” by Blake Shelton.

    The list was a lot of fun to read. Thanks.
    Terrie

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