10 songs that clearly depict the most famous cities
Scott Mackenzie, ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’
"San Francisco" was created to promote the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
Bran Van 3000, ‘Drinking In LA’
Strangely, the French-Canadian artists are the most successful in revealing the hidden corners behind the lavish lifestyle of Los Angeles. In their greatest song, Bran Van 3000 portrayed an extremely lonely society, in a city where everyone owned a fake face.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’
Lonely people are the most romantic and sensitive ones, and the place that gives them the most unusual vibrations is hometown. "Ferry Cross The Mersey" makes listeners want to catch the nearest train to get back to their homeland, whether it's Tokyo or anywhere in the world.
They Might Be Giants, ‘Istanbul (Not Constantinople)’
Not every song written about the city praises flashy lights and classic melodrama plays. The capital of Turkey through "Istanbul" appears after the metaphor of giant and aggressive harrows. The song deals with politics, but it still has a strong appeal in the public.
Marc Cohn, ‘Walking In Memphis’
The city is associated with life - that is what Marc Cohn experienced when he walked around Memphis to seek new artistic inspiration. Not far away, it is located in the main scenery and people here.
Brandon Flowers, ‘Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas’
Although it is not a classic and exemplary song, "Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas" brings up the glamor of the entertainment capital of the world before the eyes of listeners. Don't forget to have a meaningful experience if you intend to visit casinos: “Didn’t nobody tell you the house will always win?”
Elbow, ‘Station Approach’
The old buildings of Manchester appear in turn through the door of the train coming from London. The song is like a secret letter of a boy who was far away from home. No color and no prejudice is where everyone accepts him and treats him with sincerity.
Bruce Springsteen, ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’
The opening shot of Bruce Springsteen's career gave him the prestigious Oscar gold statue. In this impressive soundtrack, Philadelphia city acts as a curtain revealing the tragedies of human destiny. The lyrics tell an unfortunate gay lawyer who had AIDS in the context of the 1980s when the century disease raged. Would he collapse like many other patients on the street in Philadelphia?
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, ‘Empire State Of Mind’
Alicia Keys and Jay-Z joined in the project "Empire State Of Mind" - a tribute to the most populous city in the United States. Is this place the "promising land" where every dream comes true?
The Clash, ‘London Calling’
The British capital is the greatest source of inspiration for songs written about the city, but only "London Calling" brings a sense of fear and mystery to this famous place. With dramatic melody, the tragedy of all London sank to the bottom of the river like swallowing the minds of the listeners. Before the construction of the Thames River Dam project in 1982, the people here lived in fear of London going into legend as Atlantis in the past.
By: Kelly Jonas