Songs The Best Songs About Chicago  

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If you're from the Windy City, you'll definitely want to check out this list of the best songs about Chicago. Chicago often gets overshadowed by New York and Los Angeles, but several rappers, rock stars and legendary blues musicians have written songs about the Windy City. Some of these great tunes specifically mention Chicago, while others only allude to the Illinois City.

Buddy Guy is one of the most famous Chicago musicians and his song, “Meet Me in Chicago” is one of the best songs about the city. Kanye West may live out in California now, but he referenced Chicago, his home town, in the song “Homecoming.” The Elvis Presley hit, “In the Ghetto,” also specifically references Chicago.

Chicago may not be mentioned in Local H's song “California Songs,” but this is the unofficial rock anthem of the Windy City. Moby was inspired by Chicago's house music scene for his track “South Side” and the North Side is represented in JD McPherson's tune, “North Side Gal.”

Which song on this list of the best Chicago songs is your number one pick? Vote it to the top and share your opinions in the comments section.

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Sweet Home Chicago Ben Harper, Tom Freund

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Sweet Home Chicago Stephen Stills, The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars

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My Kind of Town Frank Sinatra

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Super Bowl Shuffle Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew

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In The Ghetto Elvis Presley

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Lake Shore Drive Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah

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Chicago Tom Waits

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Homecoming Chris Martin, Kanye West

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Peace Frog The Doors

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Chicago Sufjan Stevens

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Meet Me in Chicago Buddy Guy

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Chicago Wind Merle Haggard

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Chicago (Chi-Town) Blues Earth, Wind & Fire

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We Ride Cam'ron, Jay-Z, R. Kelly

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Windy City Blues The Marshall Tucker Band

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Via Chicago Wilco

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She Was In Chicago John Lee Hooker

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Only in Chicago Barry Manilow

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Growing Up Fall Out Boy

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Dear Chicago Ryan Adams

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Prairie Song Billy Corgan

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Shy-Town Gorillaz

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This City Patrick Stump

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Stratford-On-Guy Liz Phair

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North Side Gal JD McPherson

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Born in Chicago Steve Hackett

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South Side Moby

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