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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Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Songs About London, England
The Byrds

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Oliver's Army is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Songs About London, England
Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello

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The Clash

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London's Brilliant Parade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Songs About London, England
Elvis Costello

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London Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Songs About London, England
T. Rex

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Stay Free is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Songs About London, England
The Clash

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Willesden to Cricklewood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Songs About London, England
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

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Pinball Wizard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Songs About London, England
The Who

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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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Piccadilly Circus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Songs About London, England
Stiff Little Fingers

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Who Are You is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Songs About London, England
The Who

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David Bowie

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A Poem on the Underground Wall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Songs About London, England
Simon and Garfunkel

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

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

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Werewolves of London is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Songs About London, England
Warren Zevon

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The Battle of Epping Forest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Songs About London, England

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Sunny Goodge Street is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Songs About London, England

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Fool on the Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Songs About London, England
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Sérgio Mendes

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Hampstead Incident is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Songs About London, England

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All the Girls Love Alice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Songs About London, England

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Not Dark Yet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Songs About London, England
Bob Dylan

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The Kinks

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The Pogues

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West End Girls is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Songs About London, England
West End Girls

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The Rover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Songs About London, England
Led Zeppelin

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Electric Avenue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Songs About London, England
Eddy Grant

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It Could Be You is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Songs About London, England

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London Loves is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Songs About London, England

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Rain Fall Down is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Songs About London, England
The Rolling Stones

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The Pogues

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Toto

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London Stomp is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Songs About London, England
Bo Diddley

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Mercy I Cry City is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Songs About London, England
The Incredible String Band

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Blessed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Songs About London, England
Simon and Garfunkel

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White City Fighting is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Songs About London, England
Pete Townshend

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Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Songs About London, England
Foo Fighters

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Ernie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Songs About London, England
Benny Hill

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Haydn Symphony No. 104 'London... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Songs About London, England

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Down to London is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Songs About London, England
Joe Jackson

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Sweet Thing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Songs About London, England
Mick Jagger

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Memory of a Free Festival is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Songs About London, England

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