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What’s Your Favorite Song About a Place?

Tell us about the tunes that capture where you’ve been.

Some songs can really take you places.
Some songs can really take you places. Hoffnungsschimmer/CC BY-SA 2.0

Who doesn’t love that moment when you hear the name of a place you’ve been, mentioned in a song? Whether it’s your hometown or just a place you visited once, in the best cases, songs about recognizable places can make you feel like you’re part of a bigger, shared experience.

Myself, I often think of the song “Salt Lake City” by the Beach Boys. Growing up in Salt Lake City, I could never imagine why someone would want to write a song about the city I wanted so badly to get away from. But they mention our local amusement park, Lagoon! And Park City (sort of)! Realizing that these iconic musicians were referencing some of the same places I haunted as a kid made my own experience feel a bit more important. To this day, despite not really liking the Beach Boys, I’ll always listen to that song.

What’s your favorite song about a place? Fill out the form below to tell us about it, and we’ll collect our favorite responses in an upcoming article, complete with a playlist of some the greatest place-based songs of all time. Let us know what songs just take you there (and where “there” actually is).