Many times, songs remind us of special moments in our lives, people we met, or places we visited. In this case, listening to these songs may likely make you want to visit these cities to experience the magic yourself. Put on your headphones, crank the music up, and immerse yourself in the top 5 classic songs about cities around the world:

1. “New York, New York”

New York, New York

Jerry Ferguson via Flickr


“…New York, New York
I want to wake up
In that city that never sleeps
And find I’m a number one, top of the list
King of the hill
A number one…”

Released: June 21, 1977

Interesting facts: Although is often associated with Frank Sinatra, the track is actually the theme song of the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York. Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, it was performed in the movie by Liza Minelli.

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2. “Viva Las Vegas”

Las Vegas, Nevada

Moyan Brenn via Flickr


“…Oh, there’s black jack and poker and the roulette wheel
A fortune won and lost on every deal
All you need’s a strong heart and a nerve of steel
Viva Las Vegas, viva Las Vegas…”

Released: April 28, 1964

Interesting facts: Elvis Presley recorded the song for his film Viva Las Vegas, but he never sang it live. It has become one of the most performed songs ever, with almost 30 cover versions of it.

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3. “London Calling”

London, England

Lies Thru a Lens via Flickr


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 girl…”

Released: December 7, 1979

Interesting facts: Since this classic song by The Clash is highly politically charged, there was some controversy when it was selected as part of the countdown coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Many people considered that it wasn’t the best symbol for England’s capital.

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4. “Barcelona”

Barcelona, Spain

Moyan Brenn via Flickr


“…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
Barcelona – La música vibró
Barcelona – Y ella nos unió
And if God willing we will meet again someday…”

Released: October 26, 1987

Interesting facts: This tune, recorded by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé, displays the Queen lead singer’s passion for opera. After being featured as the official song of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the track reached number 2 on the United Kingdom Singles Chart.

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5. “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”

San Francisco, California

Anita Ritenour via Flickr

“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…”

Released: May 13, 1967

Interesting facts: Written by John Phillips in 20 minutes and sung by Scott McKenzie, “San Francisco” was considered an anthem for freedom by young people in Central Europe and by participants of the 1960s counterculture movement.

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Here are some of the classics, but did we miss any top songs about cities on our list? Add your favorites to the comments!

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