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Songs About London, England  

Alby Thompson
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List of songs about London, England, including songs that take place in the city or make notable reference to its streets and landmarks. Some songs are included simply for mentioning London in the title, or using the city as a reference point. (For example, Magnetic Fields "All the Umbrellas in London," which namechecks the city but only uses it - along with New York, Tokyo and other cities - as an extended metaphor for sadness.)

Excluded from the list are songs that only mention London along with other cities within the lyrics, and contain no specific content about the city itself. Some of the most popular rock songs of all time are featured on the list, many of them as a result of the "British Invasion" in which so much of the West's favorite music was coming out of the city. (The later Britpop movement also contributed a fair number of songs to the list, including hits from Blur, Pulp and Oasis.)

Many of the cities most popular and infamous thoroughfares have become well-known to the world by being mentioned in songs. Roads in London mentioned specifically include Warwick Avenue, Carnaby Street, Waterloo Street, Portobello Road, Baker Street (home to Sherlock Holmes) and Goodge Street. The London underground has also made a fair share of musical appearances, with shoutouts including "Euston Station" by The Oyster Band, "Circle Line" by Carmel and "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" by The Jam.

Not all songs on the list are in praise of London, it's worth noting. Several selections by the Clash, Madness, Lily Allen's "LDN" and even the Rolling Stones' "Street Fightin' Man" take a more critical view of gritty day-to-day life in London.
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The Clash
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Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Songs About London, England
The Byrds
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Pinball Wizard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Songs About London, England
The Who
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Who Are You is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Songs About London, England
The Who
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London Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Songs About London, England
T. Rex
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Oliver's Army is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Songs About London, England
Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello
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Werewolves of London is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Songs About London, England
Warren Zevon
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London's Brilliant Parade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Songs About London, England
Elvis Costello
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Sunny Goodge Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Songs About London, England
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Towers of London is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Songs About London, England
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David Bowie
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Stay Free is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Songs About London, England
The Clash
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Mother Goose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Songs About London, England
Jethro Tull
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Clubland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Songs About London, England
Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello
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London Loves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Songs About London, England
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Hampstead Incident is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Songs About London, England
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The Kinks
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West End Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Songs About London, England
West End Girls
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Piccadilly Circus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Songs About London, England
Stiff Little Fingers
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Not Dark Yet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Songs About London, England
Bob Dylan
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London Stomp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Songs About London, England
Bo Diddley
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Rain Fall Down is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Songs About London, England
The Rolling Stones
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