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6 April 2010



Recently, David Archuleta tweeted, “It’d be cool to learn how to surf.” That got me thinking. Surfing, Southern California, Beach Boys! Then I started surfing—web-style!— and to my surprise, I found an old Beach Boys song that made me wonder how many songs have been written about cities. Here’s a completely random list of five songs about cities with links to lyrics, audio, and video where available. You’ll be surprised by No. 1.

NOTE: The ‘lyrics’ links open in the same browser window; hit the Back button to return here. Or, you could right click on ‘lyrics’ and select “open in new tab” in most browsers.

On the Lala.com audio, you can hear one full-length preview per song. Thereafter, only a 0:30 clip will play for free.

Top Five Songs about Cities

5. “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra
Lyrics  YouTube
4. “Allentown” by Billy Joel
Lyrics  Listen
3. “Youngstown” by Bruce Springsteen
Lyrics  Listen
2. “Amarillo by Morning” by George Strait
Lyrics  Listen  YouTube
1. “Salt Lake City” by the Beach Boys
Lyrics  Listen  YouTube

If David Archuleta ever writes a song about his hometown in the beautiful, majestic Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah, I don’t think it will sound like surf music, but I know the kids will ‘dig it’.


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  • 3cota | 1 | 6th April 2010 at 8:26 pm |

    Neat O! I never heard of ‘Salt Lake City’ by the Beach Boys. Enjoyed this post!

  • minja | 2 | 7th April 2010 at 10:04 am |

    I had never heard “Salt Lake City” either. It sounded strange hearing a Beach Boys ‘surf’ song about the Beehive State.

  • lyrix | 3 | 9th April 2010 at 12:12 am |

    I got to hear the Beach Boys perform “Salt Lake City” live at a festival during the 2002 Winter Olympics. It was quite cool seeing Brain Wilson up close. That was a fun time in Utah. Maybe David’s Utah song could be about the mountains. His voice can make you feel like you’re soaring right over those mountains.

  • minja | 4 | 11th April 2010 at 2:26 pm |

    hey lyrix, that’s just what I was thinking too: David should write a song about his Wasatch Mountains. It would be iconic, like the “Sound of Music.” I can imagine the music video of David walking — running! — up the Wasatch trails, with the spectacular views all around. The camera goes airborne at the end to reveal David on top of the mountain.