Tuesday, March 31, 2009

20 Sweet: Place Songs

After doing months of intense stay-up-all-night research, I have come to the conclusion that the topical distribution on the standard album is as follows, in my very scientific, incomprehensible analysis of the data:

-a few songs about relationships
-a token unrequited love song here and there
-a handful of songs with clich├ęs like “outside looking in” or “here without you”
-a song whose meaning only the band can understand

And finally...most albums contain:

-at least one song about a specific city, country, or region that means something to the artist, whether it is his or her home, or just somewhere that he or she thinks is pretty darn cool

Without further ado, here are some fun Place Songs.

Feel free to post ones I missed! Or even write your own...

1. “Amsterdam” – Guster
2. “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” – The Postal Service
3. “Carolina in My Mind” – James Taylor
4. “Los Angeles” – The Rosewood Thieves
5. “The Only Living Boy in New York” – Simon & Garfunkel
6. “Chicago” – Sufjan Stevens
7. “El Salvador” –Athlete
8. “Soweto (feat. Goapele)” – Hieroglyphics
9. “Blue Ridge Laughing” – Carbon Leaf
10. “Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin
11. “Omaha” – Counting Crows
12. “In Cairo” – Hot Hot Heat
13. “Midnight Train to Georgia” – Gladys Knight & The Pips
14. “To Zion” – Lauryn Hill
15. “Pangea” – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
16. “California Dreamin’” – The Mamas and the Papas
17. “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” – Vampire Weekend
18. “New Hampshire” – Matt Pond PA
19. “Born in the U.S.A.” – Bruce Springsteen
20. “Australia” – The Shins


Anonymous said...

"Vienna" by Billy Joel. Such a great song.

"Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles.

"Georgia on my Mind" by Ray Charles.

Music Online said...

Good compilation.. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

sweet home alabama - lynryd skynryd
doraville - atlanta rhythym section
second avenue - art garfunkel
el paso - marty robbins
jackson - johnny & june carter cash
waiting for the day - gerry rafferty
moon river - brook benton/andy williams
nashville - the lovin' spoonful

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, Zion is the name of Lauryn Hill's child and the song is about her child as well...