Saturday, May 02, 2009

Eric's List of Geography Songs:
Cities & Places

4 to 1 in Atlanta - Tracy Byrd
4th of July Asbury Park - Bruce Springsteen
24 Hours From Tulsa - Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield
99 Miles From L.A. - Julio Iglesias
A Bar in Bakersfield - Merle Haggard
A Foggy Day in London Town - Dinah Washington, Mel Torme
Abilene - Marty Robbins
Albuquerque - Weird Al Yankovic
Allentown - Billy Joel
Alta Mira - Edgar Winter Group
Amarillo - Emmylou Harris
Amarillo Brillo - Frank Zappa
Amarillo by Morning - George Strait
Amarillo Highway - Terry Allen, Robert Earl Keen
Amsterdam - Joan Baez
Amy's Back in Austin - Little Texas
Another Song About Paris - Dave Frishberg
Anchorage - Michelle Shocked
Angel From Montgomery - Bonnie Raitt, John Prine
April in Fairbanks - Murray Grand
April in Paris - Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie
Armenia, City in the Sky - The Who
Arrividerci, Roma - Cliff Richard
Atlanta Blue - Statler Brothers
Atlanta June - Pablo Cruise
Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen
Augusta - Dave Loggins
Austin Pickers - Gary P. Nunn
Autumn in New York - Tommy Dorsey
Avalon Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
Avery County - David Olney
Baby Took A Limo to Memphis - Guy Clark
Back to Wentzville - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Baltimore - Randy Newman
Baltimore Oriole - Hoagy Carmichael
Barcelona - Freddy Mercury and Monserrat Caballier
Baton Rouge - Guy Clark
Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Belfast - Boney M
Belfast Child - Simple Minds

"I've been from Tucson to Tucumcari..."

Berlin Tonight - Bruce Cockburn
Big Noise, New York - Jennifer Warnes
Billericay Dickie - Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Biloxi - Jesse Winchester
Birmingham - Randy Newman
Birmingham Blues - Charlie Daniels Band
Birmingham Shadows - Bruce Cockburn
Blue Rock, Montana - Willie Nelson
Bobcaygeon - The Tragically Hip
Bochum - Herbert Grönemeyer
Born in East L.A. - Cheech & Chong
Boston Boy - David Grisman
Bowling Green - Everly Bros.
Brasilia Crossed with Trenton - Bob Mould
Bristol Stomp - The Dovells
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp - Led Zeppelin
Brooklyn Blues - Barry Manilow
Brooklyn Dreams - Neil Diamond
Brooksmith, Texas - Gary P. Nunn
Brown's Ferry Blues - Doc Watson
Brownsville Girl - Bob Dylan
Bruxelles - Jacques Brel
Buenos Aires - Patti Lupone
Buffalo Gals
By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Glen Campbell, Isaac Hayes
Calcutta - Larence Welk
Caledonia - Dougie Maclean
Calling Baton Rouge - Garth Brooks
Canaan - Carole King
Cape Town - The Rockets
Century City - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Charleston Railroad Tavern - Bobby Bare
Chatahoochee - Alan Jackson
Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glen Miller
Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy - Red Foley, Freddie Cannon
Chelsea Hotel #2 - Leonard Cohen
Chelsea Morning - Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins
Chicago - Crosby & Nash
China Grove - Doobie Brothers
Chinatown, My Chinatown
Chinatown Shuffle - Grateful Dead
Christmas In Hollis - Run DMC
Christmas in Killarney - Bing Crosby
Cincinnati, Ohio - Connie Smith
City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie, Willie Nelson
Cleveland Rocks - Presidents of the United States of America, Ian Hunter
Columbus Stockade Blues - Doc Watson
Corpus Cristi Bay - Robert Earl Keen
Crescent City (about New Orleans) - Lucinda Williams
Cross the Brazos at Waco - Billy Walker
Cumberland Blues - Grateful Dead
Cut Bank, Montana - Hank Williams Jr.
Dallas - Alan Jackson
Dallas - Jimmy Dale Gilmore
Dayton, Ohio 1903 - Randy Newman
Daytona Nights - Hank Williams Jr.
Denver - Larry Gatlin
Detroit Breakdown - J. Geils Band
Detroit City - Arthur Alexander, Bobby Bare, Tom Jones, Dean Martin
Detroit Rock City - Kiss
Dirty Old Town (about Salford, England) - Ewan MacColl
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
Doraville - Atlanta Rythm Section
Down in Corpus - Larry Joe Taylor
Dublin Blues - Guy Clark
Durham Town - Roger Whittaker
East St. Louis Toodle-oo - Steely Dan
El Cajon - Dave Frishberg
El Paso - Marty Robbins, Grateful Dead
El Paso City - Marty Robbins
Everything's Up-to-Date in Kansas City
Fairytale of New York - Pogues
Fake Tales of San Francisco - Arctic Monkeys
Floods in Florence - Phil Ochs
Flying Over Dallas - Jack Ingram
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
For Hollywood I Will - disappear fear
Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce - Elvis Presley
Ft. Worth Blues - Steve Earle
Fort Worth, Dallas Or Houston - George Hamilton IV
Four Walls of Raiford - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Frankfort Special - Elvis Presley
Free Man in Paris - Joni Mitchell
Fujiyama Mama - Wanda Jackson
Fun in Acapulco - Elvis Presley
Funky Nassau - The Beginning of the End
Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
Galveston - Glen Campbell
Gary, Indiana - The Music Man
Get Out of Denver - Bob Seger
Give Paris One More Chance - Jonathan Richman
Goin' Down To Laurel - Steve Forbert
Going Down to Liverpool - The Bangles
Going Down to Rio, Flying to Brazil - Motorhead
Goodbye Old Missoula - Willis Alan Ramsey

"I'm standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona..."
Goodbye Wheeling - Mel Tillis
Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel
Grazie Roma - Antonello Venditti
Greensboro Woman - Townes van Zandt
Greeted in Enid - Hank Williams Jr.
Guadalupe Days - Gary P. Nunn
Guadalahara - Elvis Presley
Guadalupe Days - Gary P. Nunn
Guitar Town - Steve Earle
Guns of Brixton - The Clash
Happiness is a Good Place to Visit But it Was So Sad in Fayetteville - Jerry Jeff Walker
Harlem - Country Joe & The Fish
Harlem Nocturne
Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones
Harper Valley PTA - Jeannie C. Riley
Havana Daydreaming - Jimmy Buffet
Havana Moon - Two Tons of Steel
Hazard - Richard Marx
He Went to Paris - Jimmy Buffet, Waylon Jennings
Hear Jerusalem Moan - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hot Rize
Heart of Rome - Elvis Presley
Hello Cleveland - Mono
Hell's Kitchen - The Cult
Helluva Town
Hills of Katmandu - Tantra
Hills of Shiloh - Bernadette Peters
Hollywood - The Cranberries
Hollywood Honeys - Hank Williams Jr.
Hollywood Hotel - Bryan Bowers
Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger
Hollywood Swinging - Kool & The Gang
Hollywood Waltz -Eagles
Hong Kong Blues - Hoagy Carmichael
Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu - Cornershop
Hong Kong Gardens - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Honolulu LuLu - Jan & Dean
Hooray for Hollywood
Hot 'lanta - Allman Brothers
Houston - Dean Martin
Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You - Larry Gatlin
Houston, We Have a Problem - Hank Williams Jr.
How Are Things in Gloccamorra - Finian's Rainbow
How Far Am I From Canaan - Soul Stirrers
How're You Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (after they've seen Paree)?
I Belong to Glasgow - Carl Peterson
I Can Still Make Cheyenne - George Strait
I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea - Elvis Costello
I Go to Rio - Peter Allen
I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo - Glenn Miller
I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City - Harry Nilsson
I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett
I Love L.A. - Randy Newman
I Love Paris - Frank Sinatra
I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say - Dr. John
I Wish I Was in Peoria - Lu Watters
I Wouldn't Live in New York City (if they gave me the whole dang town) - Buck Owens
If Hollywood Don't Need You - Don Williams
If You Ever Go To Houston - Bob Dylan
Il neige sur Liège - Jacques Brel
I'll Be Your San Antone Rose - Jerry Jeff Walker & Carole King
In & Around Nashville - Mike Seeger
In a New York Minute - Ronnie McDowell
In the Ghetto (about Chicago)- Elvis Presley
Is Anybody Goin' to San Antoine? - Doug Sahm
Is This the Way to Amarillo? - Tony Christie
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - Danny Kaye, Four Lads, They Might Be Giants
It's a Long Way to Daytona - Mel Tillis
It's a Long Way to Tipperary
I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo - Glenn Miller
Jackson - Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, Johnny & June Carter Cash
Jesus Just Left Chicago - ZZ Top
Jet City Woman - Queensryche
Johannesburg - Gil Scott-Heron
Johannesburg - Julian Laxton Band
Join me in L.A. - Warren Zevon
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison, The Beatles, David Bromberg
Kansas City Lights - Steve Wariner
Kansas City Railroad Blues - Bill Monroe
Kansas City Star - Roger Miller
Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
Katmandu - Bob Seger
Key Largo - Bertie Higgins
King of Hollywood - Eagles
King of New York - Fun Lovin' Criminals
Kitty From Kansas City - Rudy Vallee
Knoxville Courthouse Blues - Hank Williams Jr.
Knoxville Girl - Lemonheads
Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So) - Perry Como
L.A. Freeway - Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark
L.A. Turnaround - Billy Joe Shaver
L.A. Woman - The Doors
Lady Came From Baltimore- Tim Hardin, Bobby Darin
Lagrange - Z Z Top
Lambeth Walk - Artie Shaw
Last Mango in Paris - Jimmy Buffet
Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees
Last Train to San Fernando - Johnny Duncan
Latersville Maria Muldaur
Leaving Las Vegas - Sheryl Crow
Leningrad - Billy Joel
Les Bicyclettes del Belsize - Englebert Humperdinck
Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle
Little Old Lady From Pasadena - Jan & Dean
Little Rock - Colin Raye
Little Rock - Reba McEntire
Lodi - Creedence Clearwater Revival, Emmylou Harris
London - Pet Shop Boys
London Calling - The Clash
London Homesick Blues - Jerry Jeff Walker & the Lost Gonzo Band
London Pride - Noel Coward
London Song - Seatrain
London Sux - The Rudimentals
Long-Legged Hannah (from Butte, Montana) - Jesse Hunter
Lonesome L. A. Cowboy - New Riders of the Purple Sage
Louisville, K-Y - Ella Fitzgerald
Luckenbach, Texas - Waylon Jennings
Lynnville Train - Robert Earl Keen
Macon Rag - Norman Blake
Managua, Nicaragua - Guy Lombardo
Manchester, England - Hair Original Cast
Manchester Rambler - Ewan MacColl
(I'll Take) Manhattan - Rodgers & Hart
Mannheim - Xavier Naidoo
Mansion In Branson - Glen Campbell
Marblehead Messenger - Seatrain
Marblehead Morning - Daring/Stahl
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
Marina Del Rey - George Strait
Marrakesh Express - Crosby, Stills & Nash
Maybe it was Memphis - Pam Tillis

"Oh no, Guadalajara won't do..."
Mecca - Gene Pitney
Meet Me in St. Louis - Judy Garland
Meet Me in Stockholm - Sir Douglas Quintet
Memphis - Chuck Berry, Johnny Rivers
Memphis Blues - Doc Watson
Memphis Exorcism - Squirrel Nut Zippers
Memphis in June - Harry James, Julie London
Memphis in the Meantime - John Hiatt
Mendocino - Sir Douglas Quintet
Mention My Name in Sheboygan - Everly Brosthers
Mexicali Blues - Grateful Dead
Mexicali Rose - Bob Wills
Miami, My Amy - Keith Whitley
Miami Vice - J. Hammer
Michigan City Howdy Do - Johnny Cash
Midnight in Chelsea - Jon Bon Jovi
Midnight in Memphis - Meri Wilson
Midnight in Missoula - Nancy Griffith
Midnight in Montgomery - Alan Jackson
Midnight in Moscow - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen
Milwaukee, the Home of the Braves
Mobile Boogie - Hank Williams Jr.
Monterrey - Eric Burden and the Animals
Moon Over Marin - Dead Kennedys
Moon Over Miami - Vaughn Monroe, Sting
Moon Over Tucson - Carrie Newcomer
Morning Morgantown - Joni Mitchell
Moscow Nights
Move to Bremerton - MxPx
Mull of Kyntire - Wings
Munich Eunich - Thin White Rope
Muswell Hillbilly - The Kinks
My Galavantin' Galveston Gal - Gene Autry
My Galveston Gal - Phil Harris
My Kind of Town - Frank Sinatra (about Chicago)
Myrtle Beach Days - The Fantastic Shakers
Nagasaki - Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
Nashville Bum - Waylon Jennings
Nashville Cats - Lovin' Spoonful
Nashville Rebel - Waylon Jennings
Nashville Skyline Rag - Bob Dylan
Nashville Wimmin - Waylon Jennings
New Amsterdam - Elvis Costello
New Orleans - Hoagy Carmichael
New Orleans - Gary U. S. Bonds
New Orleans Ladies - Leroux
New Orleans Wins the War - Randy Newman
New York - Restless Heart
New York - Sex Pistols
New York City - J. F. Murphy & Salt
New York City - The Statler Brothers
New York City Blues - Dr. John
New York City Rhythm - Barry Manilow
New York Groove - Ace Frehley
New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees
New York Minute - Don Henley
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli
New York's A Lonely Town - Trade Winds
New York's Not My Home - Jim Croce
No Sleep Til Brooklyn - Beastie Boys
North Cumberland Blues - Jerry Jeff Walker
Noshville Katz - Lovin' Cohens
Nuevo Laredo - Sir Douglas Quintet
Nutbush City Limits - Ike & Tina Turner, Bob Seger
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Oh Atlanta - Little Feat
Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard
Old Cape Cod - Patti Page, Bette Midler
Old Nashville Cowboy - Jerry Jeff Walker
Omaha - Counting Crows
Omaha, Nebraska - Groucho Marx
On a Bus to St. Cloud - Trisha Yearwood
On the Bridge at Avignon - El Lobo
On the Road to Mandalay - Frank Sinatra
One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head

"I've been bad, I've been good, Dallas, Texas, Hollywood..."

One Night in Paris - 10cc
Opelousas Sostan - Rufus Jagneaux
Oxford Town - Bob Dylan
Paradise City - Guns n' Roses, Pat Boone
Pecos Promenade - Tanya Tucker
Pensacola - Joan Osborne
Pernambuco - Cole Porter
Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
Philadelphia Lawyer
Philadelphia Morning - Rocky Soundtrack
Please Come to Boston - Dave Loggins
Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque - Partridge Family
Portland Town - The Pennywhistlers
Pride of Cucamonga - Grateful Dead
Pueblo Waltz - Townes van Zandt
Queen of Memphis - Confederate Railroad
Queen of New Orleans - Jon Bon Jovi
Rain Falls Down in Amsterdam - Eric Andersen
Reno Bound - Southern Pacific
Reno, Nevada - Richard and Mimi Farina
Rio - Duran Duran
Road Movie to Berlin - They Might Be Giants
Road to Cairo - David Ackles, Julie Driscoll Brian Auger & the Trinity
Roanoke - Bill Monroe
Rochester, My Sweet Home - Gap Mangione
Rock the Casbah - The Clash
Rockport Sunday - Tom Rush
Rockville (Don't Go Back To) - REM
Romance in Durango - Bob Dylan
Rocky Top - Lynn Anderson
Rome Wasn't Built In A Day - Morcheeba
Rose of Washington Square - Kaye Ballard
Royal Orleans - Led Zeppelin
Rumble in Brighton - Stray Cats
Runnin' Back to Saskatoon - The Guess Who
Saginaw, Michigan - Lefty Frizzell
St. Louis Blues - W. C. Handy
Saigon With the Wind - World Beat
Sailing To Philadelphia - Mark Knopfler
Salt Lake City - Beach Boys
San Angelo - Marty Robbins
San Angelo Waltz - Ernest Tubb
San Antone Homesick - Gary P. Nunn
San Antonio - Joe Pat Hennan
San Antonio Girl - Steve Earle
San Antonio Rose - Commander Cody, Ray Price
San Diego Serenade - Tom Waits, Nanci Griffith
San Francisco - Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks
San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie
San Francisco Bay Blues - Richie Havens, Phoebe Snow
San Francisco Days - Chris Isaak
San Francisco Mabel Joy - Mickey Newbury, Joan Baez
San Franciscan Nights - Eric Burden
San Jacinto - Peter Gabriel
Santa Monica - Everclear
Santa Monica Pier - Christine Lavin
Sao Paolo Rain - Tom McRae
Saratoga Hunch - Dave Frishberg
Say Goodbye to Hollywood - Billy Joel
Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel
Seattle - Perry Como
See Rock City - Kentucky Headhunters
Send Me Down to Tucson - Mel Tillis
Shambala - Three Dog Night
Shangri-La - The Lettermen
Shanghai Noodle Factory - Traffic
Shlaflos in Berlin - Nicole
Show Me the Way to Amarillo - Albert West
Shuffle Off to Buffalo - Dick Powell
Sidewalks of Chicago - Merle Haggard
Sidewalks of New York
Silver Spring - Fleetwood Mac
Sioux City Sue - Bing Crosby, Gene Autry
Slum Goddess of the Lower East Side - The Fugs
Something Rotten in East St. Louis - Jimmy Witherspoon
Sonora's Death Tow - Robert Earl Keen
South City Midnight Lady - Doobie Brothers
South Nashville Blues - Steve Earle
South Side of Chicago - Vic Damone
(There is a Rose in) Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King, Aretha Franklin
Springtime In Atlanta - The Claire Rothrock Singers
Starkville City Jail - Johnny Cash
Statesboro Blues - Allman Brothers Band
Still in Hollywood - Concrete Blonde
Still In Saigon - Charlie Daniels Band
Streets of Bakerfield - Buck Owens
Streets of Baltimore - Gram Parsons
Streets of Berlin - Merle Haggard
Streets of Laredo - Marty Robbins
Streets of London - Ralph McTell or The Johnstons
Streets of Miami (a take-off on Streets of Laredo) - Allan Sherman
Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
Stuck Inside of Mobile (With the Memphis Blues Again) - Bob Dylan
Suffragette City - David Bowie
Sugar Town - Nancy Sinatra
Sun City - ArtistsUnited Against Apartheid
Surf City - Jan & Dean
Sweet Home Chicago - Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, Blues Brothers, many others
Sweetwater, Texas - Charlie Daniels Band
Swingtown - Steve Miller Band
Take Me Back to Chicago - Chicago
Take Me Back to Tulsa - Bob Wills
Talk Memphis - Jesse Winchester
Talk To Me of Mendocino - Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Tallahassee Lassie - Freddie Cannon
Taos, New Mexico - R. Dean Taylor
Terlingua Sky - Gary P. Nunn
Terrapin Station - Grateful Dead
Texarkana - REM
The Battle of Kookamonga - Home & Jethro
The Big Noise From Winnetka - Bob Crosby, Bette Midler
The Boy From New York City - The AdLibs, The Manhattan Transfer
The Bronx Bird Watcher - Allen Sherman
The Cisco Kid - War
The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati - Possum
The Devil Went to Newport - Mono Puff
The Eggplant That Ate Chicago - Dr. West's Medicine Show & Junk Band
The Eyes of a New York Woman - B. J. Thomas
The Girl from Ipanema - Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
The Houston Kid - Guy Clark
The Last Time I Saw Paris - Johnny Desmond
The Jamestown Ferry - Tanya Tucker
The Little Old Lady from Pasadena - Jan & Dean
The Motown Song - Rod Stewart
The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
The Only Living Boy in New York City - Simon & Garfunkel
The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter
The Shadow of Seattle - Marcy Playground
The Vampires of New York - Marcy Playground
There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go Marching In) - Bing Crosby
Tokyo Storm Warning - Elvis Costello
Toronto Under The Sign Of Capricorn - Lenny Breau
Trouble in Paris - Eric Andersen
Tucson, Arizona - Dan Fogelberg
Tucson Too Soon - Tracy Byrd
Tucumcari - Jimmie Rodgers
Tulsa Time - Don Williams, Eric Clapton
Tulsa Turnaround - Kenny Rogers
Tupelo County Jail - Webb Pierce
Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
Tuxedo Junction - Glenn Miller
Twin Falls, Idaho - Built to Spill
Two Little Girls From Little Rock - Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell
Twodot, Montana - Hank Williams Jr.
Ventura - Lucinda Williams
Vienna - Billy Joel
Vienna Calling - Falco
Viva Las Vegas - Elvis Presley
Viva Luchenbach - Jerry Jeff Walker
Walking in Jerusalem - Rory Block, Boone Creek
Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohen
Walking Jerusalem - Tracy Byrd
Walking to New Orleans - Fats Domino
Warm in Dallas - Hank Williams Jr.
Washington Square - Village Stompers
Waterloo - Abba
Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Way Down in Cairo - Stephen Foster
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Freddie Cannon
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
West L. A. Fadeaway - Grateful Dead
What Made Milwaukee Famous - Rod Stewart, Jerry Lee Lewis
When in Rome - Billy Joel
When in Rome - Phil Ochs
Why Don't You Meet Me Down In Corpus - Gary P. Nunn
Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
Winchester Cathedral - New Vaudeville Band
Windy City Blues (about Chicago) - Marshall Tucker Band
Woman From Tokyo - Deep Purple
Women and Wheeling - Brian Dorn
Wonderful Copenhagen - Danny Kaye
Woodstock - Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash
Wrong Side of Memphis - Trisha Yearwood
You Can't Say No in Acapulco - Elvis Presley
Youngstown - Bruce Springsteen


Anonymous said...

What about Chicago Girl
by Roger Whitaker?

Anonymous said...

How about Dallas by Alan Jackson

Clinging By The Fingernails said...

Great List. I'd add "Sleeping in Paris" by Roseanne Cash. I think Faith Hill also has a song entitled "Paris."

Anonymous said...

Enjoy these-thanks.'ve_Been_Everywhere I been everywhere is the grandaddy of geography songs-most famously by Willie Nelson and Johhnny Cash

Carolina In my mind, Only a dream in Rio-James taylor
brownsville girl, Kingsport town, and if a song doesn't need to have a geographic reference in the title, Big River and Wagon Wheel (latter greatly expanded by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show) have extensive geo referneces, and are great songs to boot.

Anonymous said...

Oops, forgot to mention that Wagon wheel, brownsville girl, and kingsport town are dylan songs

Anonymous said...

He sing about Brussel and the most populaire song of Brel is Amsterdam (My City)Bowie, Brel, John Denver and many others) Brel have many songs about Cities en more then 1000 artists sings his songs . Ultravox Vienna. Tullips from Amsterdam ?, Van Halen - Amsterdam (Van Halen is dutch / Americans) Coldplay - Amsterdam (don't forget the city, it is a Capitol but no Gouverment in the city, We are not New York, but New York is Amsterdam (Wallstreet - Redlight District (Wallen) Brooklyn - Breukelen Harlem - Haarlem. Thanks from Ronald (excuse me for my Englsih)

oth-not said...

I need some help. I am working for a company which runs a corn maze. This year the theme is 'music' and I am preparing clues to get people through the maze based on the names of cities and states in song titles or used in a song. I have no problem getting this info from 'oldies' music, but I want some contemporary artists.
Any suggestions?

Eric Riback said...

Dear Not,

Sorry, I haven't kept up very much, so that's why most of the songs listed here are kinda moldy-oldies.

Anonymous said...

'Goodnight Dallas' -- Carlene Carter

Anonymous said...

Fantastic list! One to add, if you'd like:

Biminy by Hello Dave is a great summer tune :-)

Erno Mijland said...

Impressing list Eric! I discovered it while working on a similar project: musical odes to cities and villages, punt on a geographical map. You can find it here and contribute if you wish.

Anonymous said...

great list,

Lonesome town by Ricky Nelson
Kokomo by the Beach Boys

Anonymous said...

New Orleans Paul Revere and the Raiders

Anonymous said...

Panic in Detroit - David Bowie

Anonymous said...

What about "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania"
by Guy Mitchell??

The Big Guy

Anonymous said...

Very impressive list! I'm amazed someone else knew "The Eggplant that ate Chicago."
Some other suggestions:
"East Nashville Skyline" - Todd Snider
"All the Way from Memphis" - Ian Hunter, Brian May
"Hackensack" - Fountains of Wayne
"Eighteen Miles from Memphis" - Stray Cats
"Oh, Atlanta" - Little Feat

Anonymous said...

Oops, just saw that you had "Oh, Atlanta."

Anonymous said...


London - AJ McLean

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

How about:
Ohio (Come back to Texas)

by Bowling For Soup ????

mantz said...

Wonderful list. You can check my list with songs that mention Chicago, here:

Jingles said...

Its to long to read..
But I check only some items and find it interesting ...

Anonymous said...

Um, what about By the Time I Get to Phoenix by Jimmy Webb?

Eric Riback said...

It was there, but for some reason on the same line as another song so easy to miss. I've fixed that.

Anonymous said...

"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"
(duet: Shelly West and David Frizzell)

Unknown said...

My suggestions of missing geo-classics:
> Dirty Water (Boston You're My Home) - The Standells covered by Payolas and others
> Up on Cripple Creek - The Band
> The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band
> Rainy Night In Georgia - Brook Benton
> Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
> Hotel California - The Eagles

Eric Riback said...

I've got nearly all of those already, you just have to look at the right list.

Unknown said...

Angeles - Elliott Smith ; Los Angeles, I'm Yours - The Decemberists ; Chicago Is - Frank Sinatra ; Panama City Hotel - Sugar ; Rockaway Beach - The Ramones ; Kokomo - the Beach Boys

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric, great list. Came across a little gem about Benson Arizona, just north of Tombstone. Cannot find it on your list. It was sung by John Yager as part of the soundtrack to a 1970's movie called "Dark Star" directed by John Carpenter. A real toe tapper. Hope you'll add it.

Steve said...

A few more:

40 Miles from Denver - Yonder Mountain String Band
Angel of Harlem - U2
Chickamauga - Uncle Tupelo
Deep Ellem Blues - (traditional, sung by the Red Dirt Rangers)
Holloway Jail - The Kinks
Hollywood Freaks - Beck
Ice of Boston - The Dismemberment Plan
Iowa City Adieu - The Autumn Defense
Jacksonville Skyline - Whiskeytown
Miami - U2
New Madrid - Uncle Tupelo
New Orleans - Red Dirt Rangers
New Orleand Instrumental No 1 - REM
Olympia, WA - Rancid
Ooh Las Vegas - Gram Parsons
San Quentin - Johnny Cash
Tampa to Tulsa - The Jayhawks
Tupelo - Nick Cave
Via Chicago - Wilco
Washington, DC - The Magnetic Fields
Williamton Angel - Golden Smog

David said...

Even more:

Atlanta Lady - Marty Balin
Banned In D.C. - Bad Brains
Beverly Hills - Weezer
Born In Chicago - Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Pixies
Born In East L.A. - Cheech & Chong
Chapel Hill - Sonic Youth
Drowning In Berlin - The Mobiles
Houston - R.E.M.
If You Ever Go To Houston - Bob Dylan
I'm So L.A. - Mynx
Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago - Soul Coughing
La Grange - ZZ Top
Los Angeles - X
London's Burning - The Clash
Motorway To Roswell - The Pixies
New York Is Gone - Leaving Trains
New York, New York - Nina Hagen
New York Woman - Yoko Ono
Omaha - Moby Grape
Panic In Detroit - David Bowie
San Antonio Stroll - Tanya Tucker
San Francisco's Doomed - Crime
Seattle - Public Image Ltd.
Sweet Home Chicago - Koko Taylor
Vienna - Ultravox
Warszawa - David Bowie
Washington Bullets - The Clash

Jill H said...

Awesome list - thanks

How about

Anchored Down in Anchorage - Tracy Champman

Eric Riback said...

I believe you're thinking of Anchorage by Michelle Shocked which is on the list. But thanks, anyway!

Anonymous said...

What about "New York" by Jay Z and Alicia Keys?

Anonymous said...

Love it! Thank you.
One to add?
Arthur's Theme (When you get caught between the moon and New York City) - Chris Cross


scrand6 said...

David Bowie - Panic In Detroit

Blondie - Detroit 442

Alice Cooper - Detroit City

J. Geils Band - Detroit Breakdown

Unknown said...

"Welcome to Janesville" - Smoking Popes

New Yawk said...

Al Kooper - New York City (You're a Woman)

Garland Jeffreys - New York Skyline

Wendy Waldman - The Wind in New York City

Art Paul Live at the Comedy Club on State said...

I also wrote one called Madison at