Songs about Cities

 

This is a list of songs that are about different cities (mostly European cities). The songs included are direct homages to a city or a neighbourhood, bear the name of a city, or at least mention a city in the lyrics. The songs are from different times and represent different types of music. I have chosen them on the basis of my preference and not tried to include all the songs that I know are about cities. The list is not representative, because in case of some cities I have deliberately looked for more songs that are about them, whereas in case of others I have just written down what I know. These songs somewhat capture the character of that city for me, or just make me yearn for it when I am not there. The titles in bold are the ones that I like the most.

 

Amsterdam

Jacques Brel, Amsterdam

 

Athens

Μελίνα Μερκούρη, Αθήνα

Σοφία Βέμπο, Λόντρα, Παρίσι, Αθήνα

Μπελιντα, Το ταγκό της Αθήνας

Chico Buarque, Mulheres de Atenas

Apurimac feat. Έλλη Πασπαλά, Mi ultimo tango en Atenas

 

Belgrade

Zdravko Čolić, April u Beogradu

 

Berlin

Berliner Luft

Marlene Dietrich, Ich hab’ noch einen Koffer in Berlin

David Bowie, Heroes

Nina Hagen, Auf ‘m Bahnhof Zoo

Ton Steine Scherben, Rauch-Haus-Song 

Peter Fox, Schwarz zu Blau

Von wegen Lisbeth, Hellersdorf

 

Bodrum

MFÖ, Bodrum Bodrum

 

Brussels

Dalida, Il pleut sur Bruxelles

 

Budapest

Die Juliska aus Budapest

 

Dublin

Molly Malone

Rocky Road to Dublin

Luke Kelly, On Raglan Road

The Rare Ould Times

 

Istanbul

Kâtibim (Üsküdar’a Gider İken)

Aziz İstanbul

Cem Karaca, İstanbul’u Dinliyorum

MFÖ, Bu Sabah Yağmur Var İstanbul’da

Müslüm Gürses, İstanbul’a Elveda

Marc Aryan, Istanbul

Levent Yüksel, İstanbul

Mirkelam, İstanbul’da

Safet Isović, U Stambolu na Bosforu

 

Izmir

Τσακιτζής / Çakıcı (İzmir’in Kavakları)

 

Jerusalem

שולי נתן ,ירושלים של זהב

 

Lisbon

Amália Rodrigues, Lisboa não sejas francesa

Amália Rodrigues, Ai Mouraria

Amália Rodrigues, L’automne de notre amour

Mariza, Transparente

 

London

Caetano Veloso, London London

 

Mardin

Seyfi Yerlikaya, Turnam Gidersen Mardin’e

Yola Çıktım Mardine

 

Moscow

Муслим Магомаев, Лучший город земли

Татьяна и Сергей Никитины, Александра

Vennaskond, Õhtud Moskva lähistel

 

Munich

Solang der Alte Peter

 

Nantes

Barbara, Nantes

 

Naples

Pino Daniele, Napule è

 

Paris

Josephine Baker, J’ai deux amours

Charles Trenet, Ménilmontant

Juliette Gréco, Il n’y a plus d’après

Léo Ferré, Le pont Mirabeau

Léo Ferré, Mon Sébasto

Léo Ferré, À Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Marianne Faithfull, Paris Bells

Jacques Dutronc, Il est cinq heures, Paris s’éveille

 

Rome

Arrivederci Roma

Antonello Venditti, Roma capoccia

Antonello Venditti, Roma Roma Roma

Antonello Venditti, Grazie Roma

 

Saint Petersburg

Billy Joel, Leningrad

 

Syracuse

Henri Salvador, Syracuse

 

Tallinn

Voldemar Kuslap, Rocca al Mare

 

Tbilisi

თბილისო

 

Thessaloniki

Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης, Θεσσαλονίκη μου

Yedí Kulé

David Saltiel, El incendio de Salónica

Bir Fırtına Tuttu Bizi

Çalın Davulları

 

Trieste

La campana di San Giusto

Teddy Reno, Trieste mia

 

Venice

Nilla Pizzi, Voga e va

Venezia, la luna e tu

Fred Buscaglione, Mia cara Venezia

Jacqueline Dulac, Venise sous la neige

Charles Aznavour, Que c’est triste Venise

 

Vienna

Wien, Wien nur du allein

Draußen in Sievering blüht schon der Flieder

Mein Herz, das ist ein Bilderbuch vom alten Wien

Mei Mutterl war a Weanerin

Georg Kreisler, Wien ohne Wiener

Georg Kreisler, Der Tod muss ein Wiener sein

Barbara, Vienne

Ultrafox, Vienna

Leonard Cohen, Take This Waltz

 

Warsaw

David Bowie, Warszawa

1 reply to Songs about Cities
  1. WOW!
    Eine unglaubliche grosse Reise, unheimliche grosse Sammlung, eine sündhafte Album. Ich bin komplet neidisch! 🙂
    Ich freue mich Dich getroffen zu haben! 🙂 Ich wünsch dir noch viel viel Spass! Komm mal zurück, um die Julischka zu besuchen! 🙂

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