A Rock’n’roll Atlas Part 2: Cities by @BeestonJeremy

Having put Part 1: Countries together, I referred back to one of my iTunes playlists “Urban”. Lots of songs with city names and others that refer to cities or city life (60 in all). I like a challenge, lets try and thin it down to 10 as a companion piece.

I wasn’t as strict with myself about city names having to be in the song title. In part this was because the original Urban list was spurred by Talking Heads’ Cities which I wanted to include. Wanted Man is another song (wriiten by Dylan) that name checks cities and states across America and has the wonderful line: “Went to sleep in Shreveport, Woke up in Abilene, Wonderin’ why I’m wanted at some town half way in between”.

YouTube playlist 


1. London Calling – The Clash

2. Streets Of Bakersfield – Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens

3. New York Girls – Bellowhead

4. Motor City Is Burning – MC5

5. Trench Town Rock – Bob Marley & The Wailers

6. Boulder To Birmingham – Emmylou Harris

7. Cities – Talking Heads

8. Johnny Cash – Wanted Man

9. (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

10. Woman From Tokyo – Deep Purple

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