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Ci-Tay Songs: MP! checks out some of the best songs about cities!


So, are you lot still obsessed with Taylor Swift’s 1989? Cos we sure as hell are! In fact, one of the tracks that has received the most abuse from the repeat button at the MP! office is album opener ‘Welcome To New York’ AKA ‘the next track to get an inevitable Glee cover’. Natch’. It even scored Tay Tay a new job as ambassador for the BIg Apple. Impressive, non?

It also got us thinking about other awesome songs about cities – or at least with tenuous connections to them anyhow. After some very intensive research on our part (and copious amounts of tea and biscuits) we’ve compiled an exhaustive list of some the best geographical odes to city life and here are just some of our faves…

Will Smith – Miami

A stone cold 90s classic, ‘Miami’ is the perfect, sun kissed jam for any party playlist. WARNING: This song will cause involuntary shaking of the rump-ular area when you least expect it. WELCOME TO MIAMI.

Neon Jungle – Sleepless In London

A weepy mid tempo ballad for the normally fierce foursome, NJ showed they could do sensitive on this stellar album track about the heartbreak of missing someone when you’re miles away. *Sniff*

Katy Perry – California Gurls

Written as repost to the then ubiquitous ‘Empire State of Mind’ by Jay Z, K Pezza wrote this catchy floor filler to celebrate the bikini clad la-deez of the West Coast. This was THE song of summer 2010 and remains an untouchable pop classic to this day.

Amelia Lily – California

Ah, the pain of transatlantic love. We can’t say we’ve ever experienced it ourselves, but former X Factor star Amelia Lily sure has, and wrote a damn catchy tune about it too. The “Ca-li-for-ni-a” and “Lon-don ci-taaaay” bits in the chorus are still both ridiculous and genius in equal measure.

Mini Viva – Left My Heart In Tokyo

One of Xenomania’s most promising acts since Girls Aloud, Mini Viva were a sassy pop duo with killer singles like this completely bonkers dance tune about carelessly leaving your heart down by a river. We’ve often left our own hearts by the Thames so give us a shout if you find them. Cheers.

For these tunes and others, why not have a gander at our Ci-Tay (see what we did there?!) Spotify playlist and immerse yourself in some quality sounds from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Paloma Faith, Conor Maynard and loads more! Have we missed any? Feel free to add more suggestions in the comments below…

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Written by Sally O

The latest member of the MP! team, Sally's busy writing pop gossip and working on her bio right now.

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