rock Songs About London, England  

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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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Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Songs About London, England
Eight Miles High The Byrds

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London Calling The Clash

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Werewolves of London is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Songs About London, England
Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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Pinball Wizard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Songs About London, England
Pinball Wizard The Who

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West End Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Songs About London, England
West End Girls West End Girls

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Who Are You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Songs About London, England
Who Are You The Who

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Africa Toto

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London's Brilliant Parade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Songs About London, England
London's Brilliant Parade Elvis Costello

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Mother Goose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Songs About London, England
Mother Goose Jethro Tull

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Piccadilly Circus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Songs About London, England
Piccadilly Circus Stiff Little Fingers

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London Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Songs About London, England
London Boys T. Rex

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All the Girls Love Alice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Songs About London, England

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Lullaby of London is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Songs About London, England
Lullaby of London The Pogues

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Maid of Bond Street David Bowie

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Not Dark Yet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Songs About London, England
Not Dark Yet Bob Dylan

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The Rover is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Songs About London, England
The Rover Led Zeppelin

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Clubland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Songs About London, England
Clubland Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello

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A Poem on the Underground Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Songs About London, England
A Poem on the Underground Wall Simon and Garfunkel

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Down to London is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Songs About London, England
Down to London Joe Jackson

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Towers of London is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Songs About London, England

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Oliver's Army is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Songs About London, England
Oliver's Army Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello

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Denmark Street The Kinks

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East End is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Songs About London, England
East End Cockney Rejects

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The Battle of Epping Forest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Songs About London, England

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Sunny Goodge Street is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Songs About London, England

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Mercy I Cry City is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Songs About London, England
Mercy I Cry City The Incredible String Band

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Fool on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Songs About London, England
Fool on the Hill Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Sérgio Mendes

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Hampstead Incident is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Songs About London, England

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Stay Free is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Songs About London, England
Stay Free The Clash

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Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Songs About London, England
Baker Street Foo Fighters

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A Souvenir of London is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Songs About London, England
A Souvenir of London Procol Harum

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Willesden to Cricklewood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Songs About London, England
Willesden to Cricklewood Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

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Rain Fall Down is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Songs About London, England
Rain Fall Down The Rolling Stones

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Waterloo Sunset is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Songs About London, England
Mark Lanzarotta added Waterloo Sunset The Kinks

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If Looks Could Kill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Songs About London, England

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Haydn Symphony No. 104 'London... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Songs About London, England

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Transmetropolitan The Pogues

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London You're a Lady is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Songs About London, England

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The Streets of London is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Songs About London, England
The Streets of London John McDermott

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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square The Manhattan Transfer

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Electric Avenue is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Songs About London, England
Electric Avenue Eddy Grant

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It Could Be You is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Songs About London, England

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London Stomp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Songs About London, England
London Stomp Bo Diddley

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