The 10 Most Iconic Songs About Cities
The melodies you start singing the second you arrive.
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"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"
Artist: Scott McKenzie
Album: "The Voice of Scott McKenzie"
Memorable Lyric: If you're going to San Francisco. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If you're going to San Francisco. You're gonna meet some gentle people there.
"Welcome to Atlanta"
Artists: Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris
Album: "Instructions" and "Word of Mouf"
Memorable Lyric: Welcome to Atlanta where the playas play and we ride on them things like every day. Big beats, hit streets, see gangsta's roamin' and parties don't stop til' eight in the mornin'
Artists: Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé
Memorable Lyric: Barcelona. It was the first time that we met. Barcelona. How can I forget? The moment that you stepped into the room. You took my breath away.
"Welcome to the Jungle"
City: Los Angeles
Artist: Guns N' Roses
Album: "Appetite for Destruction"
Memorable Lyric: Welcome to the jungle we've got fun and games. We got everything you want honey, we know the names.
Artist: The Clash
Album: "London Calling"
Memorable Lyric: London calling to the faraway towns. Now war is declared and battle come down. London calling to the underworld. Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls.
"Viva Las Vegas"
Artist: Elvis Presley
Album: Featured in the film "Viva Las Vegas."
Memorable Lyric: Viva Las Vegas with your neon flashin' and your one arm bandits crashin'. All those hopes down the drain. Viva Las Vegas turnin' day into nighttime. Turnin' night into daytime. If you see it once you'll never be the same again.
"April in Paris"
Artist: Composed by Vernon Duke, lyrics by Yip Harburg
Album: Originally produced for the musical "Walk a Little Faster" but performed by numerous artists including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra.
Memorable Lyric: Till April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom. Holiday tables under the trees. April in Paris, this is a feeling that no one can ever reprise.
Artist: Ian Hunter
Album: "You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic"
Memorable Lyric: All this energy callin' me. Back where it comes from. It's such a crude attitude, it's back where it belongs. All the little kids growin' up on the skids are goin': Cleveland Rocks, Cleveland Rocks.
"New York, New York"
Artist: Liza Minnelli
Album: From the film "New York, New York." Frank Sinatra recorded the song for his 1980 album "Trilogy: Past Present Future."
Memorable Lyric: I'll make a brand new start of it in old New York. If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere. It's up to you, New York, New York.
"Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis"
Artist: Words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Kerry Mills.
Album: Recorded by numerous artists upon its release. Judy Garland performed the song in the 1944 film "Meet Me in St. Louis."
Memorable Lyric: Meet me in St. Louis, Louis. Meet me at the Fair. Don't tell me the lights are shining. Anyplace but there.