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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Ben Harper, Tom Freund

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Stephen Stills, The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars

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26 12
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Frank Sinatra

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25 12
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Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew

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20 8
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Elvis Presley

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19 9
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Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah

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18 9
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Tom Waits

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17 9
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Chris Martin, Kanye West

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11 4
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15 8
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Sufjan Stevens

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14 8
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14 8
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The Doors

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8 5
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5 2
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8 6
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Buddy Guy

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7 5
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5 3
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Earth, Wind & Fire

19
5 3
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Merle Haggard

20
5 3
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Wilco

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8 7
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Cam'ron, Jay-Z, R. Kelly

22
5 4
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The Marshall Tucker Band

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4 3
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3 2
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John Lee Hooker

26
6 6
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5 5
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Barry Manilow

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3 3
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Fall Out Boy

29
3 3
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3 3
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Ryan Adams

31
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7 8
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Billy Corgan

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6 7
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5 6
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Gorillaz

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4 5
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Patrick Stump

36
4 5
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JD McPherson

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4 5
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Liz Phair

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3 4
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Steve Hackett

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8 10
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Moby

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7 9
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