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Houston – The Action Town

With a musical history that includes Ray Charles, Jr., ZZ Top and Beyoncé, not to mention its massive hip hop scene, Houston is a musical force to be reckoned with. We combed through all the great blues, R&B, Hip hop, country and other songs about city to find the top tunes in the town. So we present the top 10 song about Houston, Texas. You can also take a listen to some of the other 65+ contenders and see if you agree.

Top 10 Songs for your Houston, Texas Soundtrack

  1. Houston, The Action Town – Weldon “Juke Boy” Jonner  (iTunes | Amazon) Ol’ Juke Boy’s classic blues hit still rings true for many a Houston man and woman out on the town today
  2. Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé (iTunes | Amazon) Houston’s chart-topping musical daughter credits the city for making her who she is in 2011’s pop and dance anthem
  3. Telephone Road – Steve Earle (iTunes Amazon) Earle captures the potential along ten-mile sprawl of this Southeast Houston thoroughfare. “Everybody’s rocking on Telephone Road”
  4. Houston, TX – Deer Tick (iTunes | Amazon) It’s in the title, if not the song. Sparked reviews such as “Houston, TX is the best song I’ve heard in a good long while”
  5. La Grange – ZZ Top (iTunes | Amazon) The Chicken Ranch was 90 minutes from Houston, but ZZ Top is homegrown. So were the Ranch’s clients… a haw haw haw haw
  6. Houston – Dean Martin (iTunes | Amazon) Dino’s ’65 lament may ring a familiar note to many of today’s biz travelers
  7. Texas Boyz (Screwed) – Lil Flip feat. Lil Red (iTunes | Amazon) Houston’s hip hop underground was partially exposed with this profanity-laden 2002 track
  8. Houston is Hot Tonight – Iggy Pop (iTunes | Amazon) Early 80s stream-of-(Houston)-consciousness rock with solid horn backup
  9. Tighten Up – Archie Bell and the Drells (iTunes | Amazon) This Houston group hit No. 1 on both the R&B and Pop charts in ’68. Cover below
  10. Bloody Mary Morning – Willie Nelson (iTunes | Amazon) Country legend hightails it to H-Town after his girl leaves in the night

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Want even more songs about Houston, Texas? Check the out our full Songs about Houston page for more rock, alternative, country hip hop, singer/songwriter and other musical selections about the home of the Houston Texans as well as Galveston and the  Galveston Bay area.


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Los Angeles – My Kinda Place

LA wouldn’t be LA without the music and larger entertainment industry. We’ve selected the top songs for an LA focused soundtrack for your next visit (or commute if you live there). If these aren’t enough tracks for you, be sure to click through to discover all the other songs about Los Angeles that we’ve gathered in our collection.


  1. All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow (iTunes | Amazon) Crow sings about squandered potential and unlimited dreams in the classic “This is LA” song
  2. L.A. My Kinda Place – Barry White (iTunes | Amazon) Barry’s velvet undertones blanket the city where dreams are mad
  3. Hooray For Hollywood – Rosemary Clooney (iTunes | Amazon) George’s aunt belts out this SoCal classic. Dreams were made from this
  4. I Love L.A.– Randy Newman (iTunes | Amazon) Master of the turning basic thoughts into popular music, Newman’s seminal classic celebrates the whole thing
  5. Los Angeles, I’m Yours – The Decemberists (iTunes | Amazon) “Shallow cheeked and sure… I can see your undies” sings this cheeky ballad
  6. Beverly Hills – Weezer (iTunes | Amazon) Rivers Cuomo’s genuine interest in the city came to be interpreted as a satirical slap once this 2005 alternative track became popular
  7. Hollywood Nights –  Bob Seger (iTunes | Amazon) This 1978 rock anthem hit 12 on the Billboard charts the year it was released
  8. California –  Phantom Planet (iTunes | Amazon) Made popular as the theme to the Fox series The O.C., this song resonated for Phantom Planet before the show ever aired
  9. Under The Bridge –  Red Hot Chili Peppers (iTunes | Amazon) The Chili Peppers’ classic ballad about the city they live in, the City of Angels
  10. Hollywood Swinging –  Kool & the Gang (iTunes | Amazon ) This R&B/ funk track was the band’s first Number One hit when it was released in 1974

Want even more songs about Los Angeles? Check the out our full Songs about LA page for more rock, alternative, hip hop, singer/songwriter and other musical selections about Los Angeles and Southern California.

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Cleveland, Ohio – A Swinging Election Day Favorite

Cleveland, Ohio (Photo Credit: Spatulated)

Just in time for Election Day 2012, we’re bringing you the top songs about Cleveland, which sits on the shore of Lake Erie in the most populous county in the (swing) state of Ohio.

Top Ten Songs About Cleveland

  1. Cleveland Rocks – Ian Hunter (iTunes | Amazon) The city’s de facto anthem first appeared on Hunter’s 1979 anthem and was meant as an affectionate counter so the city’s common reputation
  2. Look Out Cleveland – The Band (iTunes | Amazon) Rockin’ 1970 track gives Cleveland a heads up – with a shout out to Houston
  3. Cuyahoga – R.E.M.  (iTunes | Amazon) Alternative ditty about the polluted Cuyahoga River, which caught fire several times – most famously in 1969
  4. My Town – Michael Stanley Band (iTunes | Amazon) Michael Stanley’s 1983 heartland rock track reminesces about his hometome of Clevelend
  5. Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (iTunes | Amazon) Neil Young wrote this single in protest after seeing photos of 1970’s Kent State shootings in LIFE magazine
  6. Burn On – Randy Newman (iTunes | Amazon) Another ode to the fire-catching Cuyahoga River – fire free since 1969
  7. The Heart of Rock and Roll – Huey Lewis & the News (iTunes | Amazon) Legend says that Lewis’ original lyrics were “The heart of rock of roll is in Cleveland” instead of “still beating” in memory of a great concert there. Regional variations still include the city’s name
  8. Cleveland Rocks – Presidents of the United States of America (iTunes | Amazon) The POTUS(OA) covered Ian Hunter’s classic in 1997 for the opening song of the Drew Carey Show
  9. Youngstown – Bruce Springsteen (iTunes | Amazon) Springsteen spins a tale of iron discovery, industrialization and collapse in nearby Youngstown, Ohio.
  10. Ohio – The Black Keys (iTunes | Amazon) Prodigal sons – and sometimes accused sell-outs – The Black Keys yearn for their home state in this rocking modern track

Want more songs about Cleveland, Ohio? Check the out our full Songs about Cleveland page for more rock, alternative, hip hop, singer/songwriter and other musical selections about Cleveland.

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