Streets of London - Ralph McTell (1974)
Some say this is the most recorded song about London. It talks of poverty, love, and drugs - maybe not in that order.
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks (1967)
Apparently, Ray Davies of The Kinks used to go past Waterloo station every day on his way to art school. Available on The EP Collection.
London Calling - The Clash (1979)
The Clash proved that punk rock could be played with more than three chords. It's an anthemic mix of nostalgia, paranoia and rock defiance.
Down In The Tube Station At Midnight - The Jam (1978)
The second single from on All Mod Cons, "Tube Station," was a protest against Britain's anti-immigrant "Paki-bashing" phenomenon, and was banned by the BBC.
London - The Smiths (1987)
A song about moving to the 'Big Smoke'. "Do you think you've made the right decision this time?" Available on Louder Than Bombs and The World Won#t Listen.
Up The Junction - Squeeze (1979)
This is one of the bands most well-known songs. The Junction it refers to is Clapham Junction and is a portrayal of life in South London.
London is the Place for Me - Lord Kitchener (1948)
On 21 June 1948 the MV Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, bringing with it 493 West Indian immigrants. Lord Kitchener, a Trinidadian singer, shared this hopeful outlook on London life. Sadly, it wasn't true and by 1958 we had the Notting Hill riots.
London Dungeon - The Misfits (1979)
The Misfits started in 1977 in New Jersey and have always loved the fiendish side of life. They came to London in 1979 hoping to join a tour with The Damned but things didn't work out. Two band members got into a fight with skinheads while waiting to see The Jam, were arrested and spent two nights in jail in Brixton; this experience inspired this song.
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant (1982)
A song about a street in Brixton, south London where there is a daily market. The song is about the 1981 Brixton Riots.
Lambeth Walk - Noel Gay/Douglas Furber (1937)
Available on Lambeth Walk - War Show CD. This was first heard in the 1937 musical Me and My Girl. The song takes its name from a local street called Lambeth Walk once notable for its street market and working-class culture in Lambeth, an area of London. It started a dance craze!