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Top 10 Songs About London


There have been many songs written and sung about London so this was a hard decision, but here are our top ten songs about this great city. What's Your Favorite Song About London?

1. Streets of London - Ralph McTell (1974)

Some say this is the most recorded song about London. It talks of poverty, love, and drugs - maybe not in that order.
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2. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks (1967)

Apparently Ray Davies of The Kinks used to go past Waterloo station every day on his way to art school. Available on The EP Collection.
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3. London Calling - The Clash (1979)

The Clash proved that punk rock could be played with more than three chords. It's an anthemic mix of nostalgia, paranoia and rock defiance.
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4. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight - The Jam (1978)

The second single from on All Mod Cons, "Tube Station," was a protest against Britain's anti-immigrant "Paki-bashing" phenomenon, and was banned by the BBC.
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5. London - The Smiths (1987)

A song about moving to the 'Big Smoke'. "Do you think you've made the right decision this time?" Available on Louder Than Bombs and The World Won#t Listen.
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6. Up The Junction - Squeeze (1979)

This is one of the bands most well-known songs. The Junction it refers to is Clapham Junction and is a portrayal of life in South London.
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7. London is the Place for Me - Lord Kitchener (1948)

On 21 June 1948 the MV Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, bringing with it 493 West Indian immigrants. Lord Kitchener, a Trinidadian singer, shared this hopeful outlook on London life. Sadly, it wasn't true and by 1958 we had the Notting Hill riots.

8. London Dungeon - The Misfits (1979)

The Misfits started in 1977 in New Jersey and have always loved the fiendish side of life. They came to London in 1979 hoping to join a tour with The Damned but things didn't work out. Two band members got into a fight with skinheads while waiting to see The Jam, were arrested, and spent two nights in jail in Brixton; this experience inspired this song.
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9. Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant (1982)

A song about a street in Brixton, south London where there is a daily market. The song is about the 1981 Brixton Riots.
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10. Lambeth Walk - Noel Gay/Douglas Furber (1937)

Available on Lambeth Walk - War Show CD. This was first heard in the 1937 musical Me and My Girl. The song takes its name from a local street called Lambeth Walk once notable for its street market and working class culture in Lambeth, an area of London. It started a dance craze!
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