Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 CITY SONGS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton - 1959
  2. The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter - 1956
  3. El Paso - Marty Robbins - 1960
  4. Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle - 1956
  5. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk - 1961
  6. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison - 1959
  7. Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band - 1966
  8. Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees - 1966
  9. Bristol Stomp - The Dovells - 1961
  10. Midnight in Moscow - Kenny Ball - 1962
  11. Memphis - Johnny Rivers - 1964
  12. Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell - 1968
  13. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Freddy Cannon - 1960
  14. The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan and Dean - 1964
  15. Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson - 1959
  16. Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees - 1967
  17. San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) -
    Scott McKenzie
    - 1967
  18. Galveston - Glen Campbell - 1969
  19. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Guy Mitchell - 1952
  20. Memphis - Lonnie Mack - 1963
  21. Tallahassee Lassie - Freddy Cannon - 1959
  22. Walking to New Orleans - Fats Domino - 1960
  23. New Orleans - Gary (U.S.) Bonds - 1960
  24. (Why Did I Tell You I Was Going To) Shanghai - Doris Day - 1951
  25. San Antonio Rose - Floyd Cramer - 1961
  26. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - The Four Lads - 1953
  27. The Boy from New York City - The Ad Libs - 1965
  28. Nashville Cats - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1967
  29. San Franciscan Nights - Eric Burdon and the Animals - 1967
  30. Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick - 1968
  31. Christmas in Killarney - Dennis Day - 1950
  32. The Tijuana Jail - The Kingston Trio - 1959
  33. I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett - 1962
  34. Honolulu Lulu - Jan and Dean - 1963
  35. Abilene - George Hamilton IV - 1963
  36. Mecca - Gene Pitney - 1963
  37. Birmingham Bounce - Red Foley - 1950
  38. Next Plane to London - The Rose Garden - 1967
  39. Detroit City - Bobby Bare - 1963
  40. Jackson - Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood - 1967
  41. Monterey - Eric Burdon and the Animals - 1967
  42. Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa - Gene Pitney - 1963
  43. Wildwood Days - Bobby Rydell - 1963
  44. (Why Did I Tell You I Was Going To) Shanghai - Billy Williams
    Quartet
    - 1951
  45. April in Paris - Count Basie - 1956
  46. Houston - Dean Martin - 1965
  47. Kansas City - Trini Lopez - 1963
  48. Little Rock Getaway - Les Paul - 1951
  49. Cincinnati Dancing Pig - Red Foley - 1950
  50. The Poor People of Paris - Russ Morgan - 1956
  51. By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Glen Campbell - 1967
  52. The Eyes of a New York Woman - B.J. Thomas - 1968
  53. Philadelphia U.S.A. - The Nu Tornados - 1958
  54. Lisbon Antigua - Mitch Miller - 1956
  55. Detroit City - Tom Jones - 1967
  56. Marrakesh Express - Crosby, Stills and Nash - 1969
  57. Port Au Prince - Nelson Riddle - 1956
  58. Viva Las Vegas - Elvis Presley - 1964
  59. New York's a Lonely Town - The Trade Winds - 1965
  60. Memphis Soul Stew - King Curtis - 1967
  61. Kansas City Star - Roger Miller - 1965
  62. I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City - Nilsson - 1969
  63. Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy - Freddy Cannon - 1960
  64. The Bilbao Song - Andy Williams - 1961
  65. On London Bridge - Jo Stafford - 1956
  66. Seattle - Perry Como - 1969
  67. Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard - 1969
  68. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Floyd Cramer - 1962
  69. By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Isaac Hayes - 1969
  70. Bowling Green - The Everly Brothers - 1967
  71. Saginaw, Michigan - Lefty Frizzell - 1965
  72. Cross the Brazos at Waco - Billy Walker - 1964
  73. Memphis Underground - Herbie Mann - 1969
  74. New Orleans - Eddie Hodges - 1965
  75. Jackson - Johnny Cash and June Carter - 1967
  76. The Poor People of Paris - Lawrence Welk - 1956
  77. Goodbye to Rome - Georgia Gibbs - 1955
  78. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Harpers Bizarre - 1967
  79. The Poor People of Paris - Chet Atkins - 1956
  80. The Eggplant That Ate Chicago - Dr. West's Medicine Show
    and Junk Band
    - 1966
  81. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Ernie Fields - 1960
  82. New Orleans - Neil Diamond - 1968
  83. The Burning of Atlanta - Claude King - 1962
  84. Arrivederci, Roma - Roger Williams - 1958
  85. Lodi - Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1969
  86. Kansas City - James Brown - 1967
  87. Okolona River Bottom Band - Bobbie Gentry - 1967
  88. Moon Over Naples - Bert Kaempfert - 1965
  89. What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me) -
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    - 1968
  90. Berlin Melody - Billy Vaughn - 1961
  91. New York's My Home - Sammy Davis Jr. - 1956
  92. Kansas City - Rocky Olson - 1959
  93. The Streets of Baltimore - Bobby Bare - 1966
  94. Miami - Eugene Church - 1959
  95. Cincinnati, Ohio - Connie Smith - 1967
  96. Barefoot in Baltimore - Strawberry Alarm Clock - 1968
  97. That Acapulco Gold - The Rainy Daze - 1967
  98. Chicago - Frank Sinatra - 1957
  99. Tupelo County Jail - Webb Pierce - 1958
  100. Baltimore - Sonny James - 1964

This list is comprised of songs with the names of cities in the title. Any worldwide city qualifies, but fictional cities are not included. Purposely misspelled city names are also not included. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969.

New Orleans rules the musical cityscape with six songs on the list, followed by Paris, Kansas City and New York with five apiece. Memphis and Chattanooga each make four appearances, followed by San Francisco and Baltimore with three apiece.





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