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Which city has inspired the best songs?

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Over at the NME they have a list of great songs about London from The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset” to Lily Allen’s “LDN” to The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”, which until today I had always thought concerned a foliated area of Scandinavia (more of a Stones man, really). Anyway, that got us thinking: Which city can claim to have inspired the best tracks?

As a Brit-born New York resident I have mixed emotions on the matter, especially as an EW colleague once gifted me a terrific music playlist of classic rock tunes that concern assorted parts of California.  (And if you’ve never heard “Topanga” by David Soul, yes that David Soul, then you really should track it down asap.)

So what do you think? Have you left your heart in songs about San Francisco? Or is New York simply your kind of town when it comes to inspiring tunes?

While you’re mulling it over, feel free to enjoy this live performance by the Chicago-born, Los Angeles-residing Warren Zevon of a song the late great singer-songwriter confusingly introduces with the words, “There’s only one ‘Werewolves of New Jersey.'”

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