Friday Brains-Trust Appeal – Songs about Cities

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Right-oh, this is how we’re going to make it through Friday. I’m setting up a playlist of songs that have the names of cities in their title. Here’s three to start us off.

  • Falco – Vienna Calling
  • Sinatra – New York
  • Dionne Warwick – Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Your job, add suggestions in the comments and we’ll keep building up the playlist. Let’s see how far we can get before close of play!

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  1. Jim Boling

    Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans – Harry Connick, Jr.

    1. David Ould

      Interesting, love learning new stuff!

  2. Matt King

    Does Once in Royal David’s City count?
    And probably others about Jerusalem and Zion.

    1. David Ould

      hmmm, I’m not sure it does. 🙁

  3. Adam

    I Go to Rio?

    Viva Las Vegas

    Walking in Memphis

    Streets of Philadelphia

    1. David Ould

      grimace, but yes
      ZZ top version

    1. David Ould

      already got New York 😉

      more Falco, excellent.


      oh dear

      1. The Clone

        Fürstenfeld is an absolute classic. How can you suggest otherwise? Did you listen all the way through?

        1. David Ould

          all the way through? really? just give us the time reference to save the pain.

          1. David Ould

            well that’s 5 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. Still don’t see what all the excitement’s about.

      2. The Clone

        Got one more for you. Really obvious from the first note…

  4. Albert Rhesus

    Some by Australians

    Sydney from a 727 – Paul Kelly (sometimes uses 747)

    Adelaide – Paul Kelly

    London Still – The Waifs

    And this one from my childhood which I thought was Moscow, but only found out tonight is Moskau. Came out around the time of the Moscow Olympics.

    English version


    1. David Ould

      wow, that’s like a Russian BoneyM

    1. David Ould

      classics. and check out his badly mimed bass playing!

  5. Andrew Reid

    How about:
    Vienna – Ultravox (one for the new romantics fans!)
    Fire in Cairo – The Cure (close to my heart!)
    I’m going to Jackson – Johnny Cash
    24 hours from Tulsa – Gene Pitney
    Melbourne – The Whitlams
    Istanbul – They Might Be Giants
    New York state of mind – Billy Joel
    Wonderful Copenhagen – Hans Christian Anderson movie
    One night in Bangkok – Chess
    Kashmir – Led Zeppelin (province rather than city, perhaps?)
    Amsterdam – Coldplay

    Double Points
    First we take Manhattan, Then we Take Berlin – Leonard Cohen
    From St Kilda to Kings Cross – Paul Kelly (suburbs rather than cities?)

    Do states count or does it have to be cities?
    Oklahoma – Musical (Pretty average I know)
    California Girls – Beach Boys

  6. Andrew Reid

    Forgot this one:
    Night Boat to Cairo – Madness

  7. Andrew Reid

    I know it’s off topic, but this thread reminded me of the truly brilliant TISM song, “What nationality is Les Murray?”

    1. David Ould

      oh, that’s beautiful. Reido. So true.

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