Rock 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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Oliver's Army is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Songs About London, England
Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello

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The Clash

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Stay Free is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Songs About London, England
The Clash

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Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Songs About London, England
The Byrds

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London Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Songs About London, England
T. Rex

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London's Brilliant Parade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Songs About London, England
Elvis Costello

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Piccadilly Circus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Songs About London, England
Stiff Little Fingers

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Pinball Wizard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Songs About London, England
The Who

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Willesden to Cricklewood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Songs About London, England
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

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Lullaby of London is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Songs About London, England
The Pogues

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Mother Goose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Songs About London, England
Jethro Tull

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Who Are You is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Songs About London, England
The Who

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

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David Bowie

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Werewolves of London is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Songs About London, England
Warren Zevon

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Sunny Goodge Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Songs About London, England

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

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London Loves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Songs About London, England

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Clubland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Songs About London, England
Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello

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Electric Avenue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Songs About London, England
Eddy Grant

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West End Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Songs About London, England
West End Girls

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Fool on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Songs About London, England
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Sérgio Mendes