The Best Songs About London Places: Mapped

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The Best Songs About London Places: Mapped

A few weeks ago, after casually humming Baker Street to ourselves, we set about creating a map of songs with London street names in their title.

Little did we know what we'd let ourselves in for. Turns out there are not just loads of songs with London street names, but a ton that name-check London districts too.

We've pulled together a map of our favourites — from stone cold classics like Waterloo Sunset to the rather more esoteric strains of Neasden by Willie Rushton.

Click on the icons in the map above to find out more about the song and who sang it: the music notes represent London streets featured in song titles, the guitars represent districts.

We're sure to have missed out a few, so let us know any other London street/neighbourhood songs in the comments below.

For more London song-related amusement, find out if anyone has immortalised your hood in song, and check out three songs to make you love the tube.

Featured image by Stephanie Sadler in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 12 April 2016

oriordan

Are you sure the Duke Ellington song is named after London? There is also a Hyde Park in Chicago...

Glenshane Pass

There's 'Bathtime in Clerkenwell' by the Real Tuesday Weld.

Aidan Stevens

24 Minutes From Tulse Hill by Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

Gipsy Hill by Hard Skin

There is also apparently a band called the Forest Hillbillies

Glenshane Pass

And let's not forget Billy Jenkins and the Voice of God Collective who made an album called 'Greenwich' with tracks including 'Greenwich One Way System', 'Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital' and 'Meridian Council Estate (Vandalise Tourists' Property, Not Residents')'.

'Warwick Avenue' by Duffy.

'London Girls' by the Vibrators.

'Elgin Avenue Breakdown' by the 101ers. (OK, that's an album)

'Billericay Dickie' & 'Plaistow Patricia' by Ian Dury

'Bar Italia' by Pulp

'Dagenham Dave' by Morrisey.

'The Black Grunger of Hounslow' by Rambling Sid Rumpo

I suppose the hair splitters will say we can't have 'Angel' by Jimi Hendrix?

Khoi Huynh

"Seven Dials" by The Corner Laughers.

http://cornerlaughers.com/trac...

Josh

On the Madness front--
Victoria Gardens
Clerkenwell Polka
The Liberty of Norton Folgate
NW5 (If we're doing postcodes)

Chaps liked London...

Peter

I may be older than many who read this blog but I was born near and was brought up singing "The Lambeth Walk".

Michael

Streets of London by Charlotte Campbell

Erika

Bar Italia in Soho (Bar Italia - Pulp)

Viewpointofview

Kings Cross by The Pet Shop Boys?

Gel

I bet there must be hundreds, but off the top of my head, I can think of these few:

On Mother Kelly's Doorstep - the cockney music hall song, based on a real ‘Mother Kelly’ named Nelly Moss in Bethnal Green’s cobbled-stone Paradise Row at the turn of the last century.

London Calling - The Clash.

Wombles of Wimbledon - The Wombles

Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner - Hubert Gregg

Born Slippy - Underworld

Down In The Tube Station At Midnight - The Jam

Last Train To London - ELO

London Town - Wings

Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie & The Banshees (about a Chinese take away in Chislehurst!)

London Pride - Noel Coward

Up The Junction - Squeeze

Eton Rifles - The Jam

Hersham Boys - Sham 69

Viewpointofview

Saint Etienne have made loads of London songs inculding Mario's Cafe and Hobart Paving. And of course the album Tales from Turnpike House.

The Deptford Croppy

Rainy Night in Soho?
Transmetropolitan?
Sweet Thames Flow Softly?

Colin Wren

Morden by Good Shoes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Mike Jones

The Guns of Brixton - Clash
Streets of London was written and first performed by Ralph McTell
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - various artists incl F Sinatra Esq

Alexandra Westcott

Madness : muswell hill 'driving in my car'

steve

Towers of London by XTC how about?

MJ

Highgate Hill by Electric Penguins

Lozza

Northern Line - Jamie T