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The Very Best Songs About Washington, DC

Discover the very best songs about Washington, DC. Whether it’s home, you’re traveling there tomorrow, or are fascinated by its grand and often divisive political character, we have your back. From The United States Army Band to The Decemberists, from Parliament to Beyoncé, from Lead Belly to Bob Dylan, from Gil Scott-Heron to R.E.M., we’ve gathered the very best songs about Washington, DC in one place. Start with our top ten songs about the District, and then explore by genre – including classical, alternative, hip hop, rock, R&B and soul, blues, country, singer/songwriter, country, satire from the Capitol Steps, Christmas, and even a reggae tunes. You’ll find all the best songs about Washington, DC right here.

Top 10 Songs About Washington, DC

  1. National Emblem March – Spirit of America Ensemble (iTunes | Amazon) Composed on a train tour by Edwin Eugene Bagley in 1902, and published in 1906, this piece was cited by John Philip Sousa as one of the most effective street marches ever written
  2. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service (iTunes | Amazon) Ben Gibbard wrote this 2003 track about being an outsider in The District after his girlfriend moved to DC
  3. Washington, DC – The Nighttime Adventure Society (Artist) Emerging indie band plays and sings an infectiously pleasant ode to their one-time home and Capital
  4. Washington DC – The Magnetic Fields (iTunes | Amazon) Despite the city’s power, architecture and beauty, none are the inspiration behind this 90s track from the Magnetic Fields
  5. Chocolate City – Parliament (iTunes | Amazon) George Clinton’s spoken vocals hypothesize about an all-African American cabinet in the White House in this 1975 funk track
  6. DC or Nothing – Wale (iTunes | Amazon) Washington rapper Wale shares his story of growing up and struggling to survive in DC in this explicit 2011 track
  7. Hail to the Chief – The United States Air Force Band (iTunes | Amazon) The official Presidential Anthem for the United States frequently precedes or accompanies the sitting President’s arrival
  8. State of the Union – Chicago (iTunes | Amazon) Singer Roger Lamm tells of his call to “tear the system down” in this funky 1972 rock classic
  9. The Bagman’s Gambit – The Decemberists (iTunes | Amazon) Lead singer Colin Meloy sings of an unattainable love met in a DC bathroom stall who happens to be unattainable target of the national authorities as well
  10. Washington DC 5/91 – Ellis Paul (iTunes | Amazon) Singer/songwriter Ellis tells of summer day in DC amidst the landmarks and tourists in this soothing DC ditty

Want more of the best songs about  Washington, DC? Check our list below for more favorites, standbys, classics, and a few oddball selections. No matter your musical taste, you can find a sound you like among the best songs about Detroit. Like us on Facebook or check out more top 10 songs for other great cities and destinations.

CLASSICAL PATRIOTIC SONGS ABOUT DC

COVERS OF “THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER”  

ALTERNATIVE SONGS ABOUT DC

HIP HOP SONGS ABOUT DC

R&B & SOUL SONGS ABOUT DC

ROCK SONGS ABOUT DC

SHOWTUNE SATIRE SONGS ABOUT DC         

BLUES SONGS ABOUT DC

SINGER/SONGWRITER SONGS ABOUT DC

COUNTRY SONGS ABOUT DC

REGGAE SONGS ABOUT DC

CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY SONGS ABOUT DC     

SUGGEST SONGS ABOUT WASHINGTON, DC

Is there a great, good, or not half-bad song about Washington, DC or that takes place in Washington that we missed? Drop us a line or contact us on Facebook and let us know. If it’s a fit, we’ll be sure to add it to our list of the best songs about Washington, DC.

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