2008-12-31

Songs About Chicago


I started collecting songs and other audio tracks that were about, or made reference to, Chicago 19 years ago. Chicago was the first big city I ever lived in (or rather “near”, not “in”) and this was probably the main reason I started this. By the time my “collection” numbered around six items I thought that it had almost reached the top, except for those couple of hard-to-get tracks that were still stubbornly sitting on my list… Little did I know!

I have carried out this collecting habit of mine with varying levels of intensity all this time, from a nirvana of absolute apathy to sudden rushes of “Chicago frenzy" when triggered by the right stimuli. Having decided that I am probably not going to become a DJ after-all (a temporary job seemed enough to satisfy my curiosity) didn’t really help a lot, but I kept on collecting nonetheless. So, my slowly- yet ever-expanding collection lay dormant until a few days ago, when I came across this list of basik with “Songs about Berlin”. One of the songs (unknown to me) included both Berlin and Chicago in its title, so as one thing led to another I decided it was time to do something with that list of mine.

I went through my Excel files and paper lists concerning my CDs / LPs and cassettes and came up with about 45 tracks that have references to Chicago, direct or indirect, in the title or in the lyrics. Then, I did several Google searches, mixing and matching terms and guessing and re-searching. I cross-checked this all with the results from Wikipedia (which really has a much, much shorter list than mine :) (Update: I found out it also has a 2nd bigger one, which was helpful, but still...) and some other lists by Chicago locals and institutions and came up with another 70 tracks or so. And just when I thought I was finished, hell broke loose…!
So, even though a complete list seems impossible to me (for one thing, new songs keep coming out every day…) this one is the best you’ll find anywhere on the net and I’d appreciate it if you helped me expand it even more by pointing out further tracks for inclusion. Song covers are included only as an indication of some songs popularity.

At the bottom, I have also included some mini-lists with bands, albums and album-covers related to Chicago. Upon further thought, I have excluded some songs that artists say are written about life in Chicago but which provide no such concrete clue. These songs have been put in the “Unclear” list. After all, every song is written with some place in mind (I guess) but the main list only has tracks that make a clear reference to the city or one of its landmarks / historical events / personalities / teams, etc. So, to make a long story short, here is...


THE GREATEST "CHICAGO-SONGS" LIST IN THE WORLD:

1. 1 In The Morning – L.L. Cool J.
2. 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night – Simon & Garfunkel
3. 10 Minutes Chrono – 113 (FR)
4. 20 Flight Rock – Eddie COCHRAN
4.2. “ - Commander Cody
4.3. “ - Hiromu [instrumental]
4.4. “ - James HUNNICUTT
4.5. “ - Paul McCARTNEY
4.6. “ - Stray Cats
4.7. “ - Tiger Army
5. 2120 South Michigan Avenue – The Rolling Stones
5.2. 2120 South Michigan Avenue – Die Haut
6. 25 Degrees North – The Broadways
7. 30 Days In The Hole – Humble Pie
8. 3000 Miles Away – Daily Planet
9. 312 – Bohemia
10. 3AM QVC Shopping Spree Hangover – The Lawrence Arms
11. 43d Ward – Win Stracke
12. 7 Weeks – Gym Class Heroes, ft. William Beckett
13. 74 Fullerton – Slapstick [74 Fullerton is a bus-line in Chicago]
14. A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request – Steve Goodman
15. A Guided Tour of Chicago – The Lawrence Arms
16. A Penny For My Thoughts – Common Sense
17. Addicted – LIT
18. Ain't Hurtin' Nobody – John Prine
19. Ain't Yo Bidness – Insane Clown Posse [aka ICP]
20. Airplane – Crucial Conflict
21. Al Capone - Gangsters
22. Al Capone – Raul Seixas
23. Al Capone – Wesley WILLIS [+most of Willis’ songs]
24. (Someday We'll Go) All The Way – Eddie Vedder
25. Almost Honest – Josh Kelley
26. America What Time Is Love - KLF
27. American Boy – Kanye West, feat. Estelle
28. An Afternoon in Midway Plaisance. Fantasie for Piano – [Gustav Luders (or Lueders)]
29. Angelface (Multiples 5 Vs.Travel 4) - Atmosphere
30. April 29, 1992 (Miami) – Sublime
31. Apollo XI – OMD [aka Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark]
32. Apostrophe to Chicago – [Mrs. Emily M. (Blakeslee) Boyden]
33. Area 312 – Rez Band [aka Resurrection Band]
34. Arizona Sky – China Crisis
35. Around My Way – Talib Kweli [reference to Smooth Operator - Sade]
36. Asphalt Cowboy – Blake Shelton
36.2. “ - Jason Aldean
37. At Chicago – Matt Ammerman
38. At the Chicago World’s Fair – [Franz Allers, from “Showboat”]
39. Awake! Awake! – [Mrs. Emily M. (Blakeslee) Boyden]
40. Back Home – Fort Minor
41. Back To Chicago - Duke Tumatoe & The All Star Frogs
42. Back To Chicago – Styx
43. Back To Tennessee – Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
44. Backin' to Birmingham – Lester Flatt
45. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
45.2. “ - Frank Sinatra
46. Bad Man – Juicy Bananas
47. Ball Game – Da Brat
48. Band From Chicago – Max Creek
49. Bass – Chi-Boyz
50. Battle Cry – Army Of The Pharaohs
51. Be (Intro) - Common
52. Bear Down, Chicago Bears – [Al Hoffman under the pseudonym of Jerry Downs]
53. Best Wishes To Your Black Lungs – Less Than Jake
54. Big Bill the Builder (mayor) – [Milton Weil, Bernie Grossman & Larry Shay]
55. Bird Walk – Soulja Boy
56. Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance) – Elton John
57. Black Christmas – Army of the Pharaohs [reference to White Sox hat]
58. Black Man – Stevie Wonder
59. Blue Chicago Moon – Songs: Ohia
60. Blues For Mayor Daley – Junior Wells
61. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Andrews Sisters
61.2. “ - En Vogue
61.3. “ - Bette Midler
61.4. “ - Puppini Sisters
62. Boom – Mario
63. Boost Chicago – [Armin P. Bauer]
64. Born In Chicago (in 1941) – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band [Nick Gravenites]
64.2. “ - Mike Bloomfield
64.3. “ - Blue Watusis
64.4. “ - Slammin’ Watusis
64.5. “ (in 1951) – George Thorogood And The Destroyers
64.6. “ (in 1971) – Pixies [Nick Gravenites / Black Francis]
65. Bounce – Take 5
66. Brooke’s Chicago Marine Band – Roland Seitz
67. Buc Buc Buk – Daddy-O
68. Bud Billiken – Franz Jackson
69. Buffalo Bill – [unknown, to the tune of The Wabash Cannonball] [see explanation http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=29897&messages=78#380921]
70. Bulls-Eye (Suddenly) – Syleena Johnson, feat. Common
71. C-h-i-c-a-g-o – [Gertrude E. Ketchum]
72. C-h-i-c-a-g-o in Illinois – [Tom Lynn, Jack Tomlinson]
73. C-h-i-c-a-g-o Spells Chicago – [Frank D. Brayn, Chas. H. Smith, Al LaRue]
74. C-Town – Bone, Thugs N’ Harmony, feat. Twista
75. Cachou Lajaunie – Fabulous Trobadors (FR)
76. Cairo Street Waltz – [Signor Guglielmo Ricci]
77. Calendar Hung Itself – Bright Eyes
78. California - The Nadas
79. California Zephyr - Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard
80. Callin’ Me – Lil’ Zane
81. Camp Fire – Wu-Tang Clan
82. Can’t We All Just Get Along (At The Dinner Table) – Guttermouth
83. Canto A La Salsa – Brave Combo
84. Carry On - Telegraph
85. Charley Patton Songs – Gomez
86. Chasing Dreams – Jamie Notarthomas
87. Chi-City – Common
88. Chi Tha City – Windy City Thugs [www.myspace.com/windycitymusic]
89. Chi Town – Da Brat
90. Chi-Town Breakdown – Eric Noden
91. Chi Town's Finest - Beenie Man & Mya
92. Chicago – Anthony BARILLA [music for ‘Chicago’ play by Sam Shepard]
93. Chicago – Big D and The Kids Table
94. Chicago – Bis
95. Chicago – Da Brat
96. Chicago – The Doobie Brothers
97. Chicago – [Granville English, Charles G. Blanden]
98. Chicago - Robert FRIPP
99. Chicago - The FUGS
100. Chicago – Hieroglyphics
101. Chicago – Ingram Hill
102. Chicago – Graham Nash
102.2. “ - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (live)
103. Chicago – The Purple Hearts
104. Chicago – Sufjan Stevens
105. Chicago – Shawnna
106. Chicago – The Tossers
107. Chicago – Uglysuit
108. Chicago – Kate Voegele
109. Chicago – Lucy Wainwright Roche
110. Chicago – Sean Watkins
111. Chicago – [Aubrey Stauffer]
112. Chicago (How I Love Chicago) – [Ben Trace, Al Trace & Teddy Phillips]
113. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) – Chicago [Composer : Fred Fisher]
113.2. “ - Tony BENNETT
113.3. “ - Eddie CONDON & HIS ORCHESTRA
113.4. “ – Judy GARLAND
113.5. “ - Al JOLSON
113.6. “ - Django REINHARDT
113.7. “ - Frank SINATRA
113.8. “ - Rufus WAINWRIGHT
113.9. “ - Paul WHITEMAN'S CHARLESTON BAND
114. Chicago… - Screeching Weasel
115. Chicago 7 – Warren Farren
116. Chicago Ad March – [A. H. Nussbaum]
117. Chicago Anyday – Susan Werner
118. Chicago At Night – Spoon
119. Chicago Beautiful – [Juanita Mabelle Rosness]
120. Chicago Blues – Arthur CRUDUP
121. Chicago Blues – Lonnie JOHNSON
122. Chicago Blues – Luella MILLER
123. Chicago Blues – Clara SMITH
124. Chicago (Chi-Town) Blues - Earth, Wind & Fire
125. Chicago Bust Rag – Steve Goodman [Greg Hildebrand]
126. Chicago Boogie Style – Chicago Blues Band
127. Chicago Bound – Blues Blast Band [aka Blues Jam Tracks]
128. Chicago Bound – Jimmy Rogers
129. Chicago Bound – Canned Heat
130. Chicago Bound Blues – Bessie Smith
131. Chicago Breakdown - Louis ARMSTRONG [Composer: Jelly Roll MORTON]
132. Chicago By the Inland Sea – [Russell Wood]
133. Chicago Centennial Jubilee March 1803-1903 – [John W. Baume]
134. Chicago Chicago Chicago – [Ben Trace, Al Trace & Herbie Herbert]
135. Chicago, City of Destiny – [August Halter, Dr. Edward L. Fernald]
136. Chicago Cops – Bob Gibson & Bob (Hamilton) Camp [Written by Bob Gibson and Frank Hamilton to the tune of The Unreconstructed Rebel - http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=29897&messages=78#380921]
137. Chicago, Damn – Bobbi Humphrey
138. Chicago Day Waltz – [G. Valisi]
139. Chicago, Detroit, L.A. – Zoot Woman
140. Chicago Fanphair ’93 – Local H [they also have a song titled ‘Eddie Vedder’: he’s born in Chicago suburb Evanston]
141. Chicago Fire – We Are Action
142. Chicago Girl – Roger Whitaker
143. Chicago Here I Come – Jimmy REED
144. Chicago Hope – Bobby Peru
145. Chicago Hope – Southampton limited
146. Chicago, Illinois – Lesley Ann Warren /Henry Mancini [Victor/Victoria soundtrack]
147. Chicago, Illinois (Looks Mighty Good to Me) – [Ernest H. Kelley, Jas. J. Kennedy, Jean Walz]
148. Chicago In Mind – Albert Ammons
149. Chicago Institute – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
150. Chicago Is Burning – The Lawrence Arms
151. Chicago Is Large - Nazgul
152. Chicago Is So Two Years Ago – Fall Out Boy
153. Chicago Life Waltzes – [F. Puehringer]
154. Chicago March – [Edmund Forman]
155. Chicago March – [Henry S. Sawyer]
156. Chicago, Marine Band – [Wm. F. Peters]
157. Chicago Moan Blues – Tampa Red
158. Chicago Monkey Man Blues – (Ida COX)
159. Chicago, My Home Town – [Paul S. Hargrow]
160. Chicago, New York – The Aislers Seat
161. Chicago Now - FALL
162. Chicago Overcoat – Pink Spiders
163. Chicago Over The Rise – Misty MOORE
164. Chicago, Prairie Gem of Illinois – [Laura Aborn]
165. Chicago Quickstep – [Mrs. D. C. Payne]
166. Chicago Rent Party – Memphis SLIM
167. Chicago-Rillas – Rhymefest, feat. Bump J, Mikkey
168. Chicago’s “7” – Walt Wilder
169. Chicago's Gift to a 'Nation's Hero' (U.S. Grant) – [W.C. Robey]
170. Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night – The Hold Steady
171. Chicago Send Her Home – Thelma Houston & Jerry Butler
172. Chicago Skyline – Loren Davidson
173. Chicago Song – David Sanborn
174. Chicago Story – Tom T. Hall
174.2. “ – Bobby Bare
175. Chicago Story #1 – Skip Haynes
176. Chicago Style – [Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen]
176.2. “ - Bob Hope & Bing Crosby
176.3. “ - Rosemary CLOONEY & Bing CROSBY (live)
177. Chicago, The City of Today – [Bill Snyder, Ann Marsters]
178. Chicago, The Most Beautiful City – [Frank Padula]
179. Chicago Theatre of the Air Theme – [Adolf G. Hoffmann, Francis Coughlin]
180. Chicago x 12 – Rogue Wave
181. Chicago Town Blues – Art Thieme
182. Chicago Town Waltzes – [Rudolph Patek, T.R.A.M Vienna]
183. Chicago Tribune March – [W. Paris Chambers]
184. Chicago Waltz – [Joseph P. Elsnic]
185. Chicago Wind – Merle Haggard
186. Chicago World's Exposition – [Victor Vogel]
187. Christmas in Dixie – Alabama
188. City of CHI – Juice
189. City of Chicago – Luka Bloom & Barry Moore
189.2. “ - Christy Moore
190. City of Promise. 1934 Century of Progress Song – [Jos. Snabl-Antes, Vasek Niederle, Libushka Bartusek]
191. Closer To Our Graves – Lucky Boys Confusion
192. City of New Orleans – Steve Goodman
192.2. “ – Arlo Guthrie
192.3. “ – Willie Nelson
193. Coast 2 Coast – Angie Martinez, ft. Wyclef Jean [reference to Smooth Operator / Sade]
194. Cold Chill – Stevie Wonder
195. Cold Windy City of Chicago – Boxcar Willie
196. College Days – [tune: ‘Working on the Raildroad’-‘Levee Song’, contained in Illini Song Book]
197. Columbia Fair (Grand March) – [Theodore Moelling]
198. Columbian Guard – [T. P. Brooke]
199. Columbus Fair (Grand March) – [Geo. Schleiffarth]
200. Come On! Feel the Illinoise! – Sufjan Stevens
201. Come On You Cubs Play Ball – [anonymous, Tiffany Music Company]
202. Come to Chicago – [Dorothy Giffey, James Andrichen]
203. Comin’ Back to Chicago (Blues) – Jimmy Rushing
204. “ - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
205. Crook County – Twista
206. CTA Theme – Chi-Town Alliance
207. Cubs In Five – The Mountain Goats
208. Cubs on Parade (The Great March and Two-Step) – [H.R. Hempel, Jos. Techen]
209. Cuttin’ The Rug – Izzy Straddlin
210. Daley’s Gone – Steve Goodman
211. Dancing In The Streets – Martha and The Vandellas
211.2. “ – Mick Jagger & David Bowie
211.3. „ - Human Nature
211.4. „ - Nikki Webster
211.5. „ - Van Halen
212. Daylight – Eightball & MJG
213. Dead End Street – Lou Rawls
214. Dear Chicago – Ryan Adams
215. Dear Chicago – August Premier
216. Deep Dish – Ani Di Franco
217. Déjà Vu – Beyonce , feat. Jay-Z
218. Diddley Daddy - Bo Diddley
219. DIY – KMFDM
220. Doggz II – Redman
221. Don’t Forget About Me – Jim Jones
222. Doo Rags – Nas
223. Dope Boys – The Game, feat. Travis Barker [reference to White Sox]
224. Down And Out – Cam’ron
225. D.P.A. – Company Flow
226. Dr. Chicago – Udo LINDENBERG & DAS PANIK ORCHESTER
227. Drive Slow - Paul Wall feat. GLC, Kanye West [references: Chi-town, Lakeshore, Calumet, Bulls jacket]
227.2. “ – Kanye West [references as above + 79th St & May: Chicago]
228. Drowning – Hootie & The Blowfish
229. Duff Taylor and Baltimore Bill – Jim Craig
230. Ecstasy – Danity Kane
231. EL-A-Noy – Win Stracke
231.2. “ - Mark Dvorak
232. El Jefe – Daddy Yankee
233. Elected – Alice Cooper
234. (Native Girl) Elephant Walk – Donald & The Delighters
235. Everybody Movin’ – Bob Sinclair
236. Everybody Rise – Busta Rhymes
237. Everybody Rise Again – Busta Rhymes
238. Everything I Am – Kanye West
239. Face The Face – Pete Townshend
240. Faces In The Jazzamatazz – Ken Nordine
241. Fallen Soldiers - Cormega
242. Falling Off This Train (In Chicago) – Chancellorpink
243. Far, Far Away – Wilco
244. Ferris Wheel - Common
245. Ferris Wheel Waltz – [G. Valisi, Harry C. Clyde]
246. Final Tic – Crucial Conflict
247. Follow With Pride - Buckshot
248. Footworkin’ – Keke Palmer
249. Freaky Thangs – Ludacris
250. Free Or Dead – Atmosphere
251. Frisco Blues – John Lee HOOKER (1962)
252. Fuck You Lucy - Atmosphere
253. Full Moon – Armand Van Helden ft. Common
254. Funeral March In Memoriam, Carter H. Harrison, Mayor of Chicago - [W. Herbert Layon]
255. Gangsta Music – Diplomats
256. Gate Of Horn – Roger McGuinn
257. Gentleman From The Windy City – Son Seals
258. Georgia Hard – Robbie Fulks
259. Get Buck Muthafucka – Three 6 Mafia [‘New Chicago” is an Indiana town, but there is reference to South Side …school of rap]
260. Get Up – Crucial Conflict
261. Getcha Getcha – Nelly
262. Gettin’ It - Chingy
263. Ghost In Chicago – Fletch
264. Gillum’s Windy City – Jazz Gillum
265. Go, Cubs, Go – Steve Goodman
266. Go Go Chicago. Wonder City Home of Mine. – [Clitus M. Wickens]
267. Go Go Gadget Flow – Lupe Fiasco
268. Go-Go Sox – Paul Mall and the Bleacher Boys
269. Go Hard – Benzino
270. Go U Northwestern [Northwestern University Song]
271. Goin’ Crazy – Tha Liks
272. Goin’ To Chicago – Ten Years After
273. Goin’ Back To Chicago – Smokey Hogg
274. Going Back To Miami – The Blues Brothers
275. Going Nowhere Slow – Bloodhound Gang
276. Going To Chicago (Blues) – Count BASIE
276.2. “ – Peggy LEE
276.3. “ - Isaac HAYES
276.4. “ – Mark MURPHY
276.5. “ - Lou RAWLS
276.6. “ - Joe WILLIAMS
277. Golden Ring – Tammy Wynette And George Jones
278. “ - Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt & Kate McGarrigle
279. Good Night Kiss - RZA
280. Gotta Be There – Jennifer Lopez
281. Grand Exposition March – [Louis Falk]
282. Greater Chicago March – [Jacob Valentine Havener, Agner Clark Winkler]
283. Greetings. Chicago's Official Song. 1833-Chicago-1933 – [George D. Gaw, Frank Barden]
284. Growing Up – Fall Out Boy
285. Growing Up – Turk [aka Young Turk]
286. Habitat – Moss Def
287. Hail Chicago (March) – [Stanley Kay, A. Seaborg]
288. Hail, Chicago! Official Song of the Pageant of Progress – [Bob Allen, Ted Turnquist]
289. Hail to Thee, Chicago – [John E. King, Estella A. Johnson-Hunt]
290. Hands Open – Snow Patrol [reference to Sufjan Stevens ‘Chicago’ song]
291. Happy Summertime – R. Kelly feat. Snoop Dogg
292. Harm’s Way – Waco Brothers
293. Have You Been To New York? – E6
294. Haymarket Square – Against All Authority
295. Head Of Household – Jagged Edge [reference to Jordan and Pippen]
296. Heaven Ain’t Hard To Find – Tupac Shakur
297. Heaven Only Knows – David Allan Coe
298. Hello Chicago Fox-Trot – [Anthony Misuraca, Joseph Argento]
299. Here Come the Cubs – The Beach Boys
300. Here Come the Hawks! - [J. Swayzee, The Dick Marx Orchestra and Choir]
301. Here Comes The Neighbourhood – The Lawrence Arms
302. Here We Come Again – Riot
303. Hey Chicago – Low
304. Hey Ladies – Busta Rhymes
305. High School U.S.A. – Tommy Facenda [main / national version]
306. Hippie Boy – Flying Burrito Brothers
307. Hit It Till The Morning – R. Kelly
308. Hitch Hike – Marvin Gaye
308.2. “ - The Rolling Stones [slightly different, reference to another street]
309. Holiday – James McMurtry
310. Home – Groove Coverage
311. Home – Kanye West
312. Homecoming – Kanye West
313. Homesick At Spacecamp – Fall Out Boy
314. Hoo Bangin’ (WSCG Style) – Westside Connection
315. Hush Hush Tip - N-Tyce f/ Method Man
316. Hustle – Youngbloodz
317. I Ain’t Already There – Toby Keith
318. I Ain’t From Chicago – Jimmy REED
319. I Am Proud of Chicago – [Ben Schwartzberg]
320. I Can’t Do It Alone – Bebe Neuwirth
321. I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You – Jason Robert Brown
322. I’d Take Her To Chicago – Memphis Slim
323. I Hate Chicago – Mark Wills
324. I'll Meet You In Chicago (At The Fair) – [Charlie Harrison & Fred Rose]
325. I Love L.A. – Randy NEWMAN
326. I’m About To Explode – Crucial Conflict
327. I’m Dying Tomorrow – Alkaline Trio
328. I'm From Chicago – [Leo Edwards, Blanche Merrill]
329. I'm Going Right Back to Chicago (Coon Song) – [Egbert Van Alstyne, Harry Williams]
330. I’m Leaving Chicago - Luther "Guitar Jr." JOHNSON & HIS MAGIC ROCKERS
331. I'm Leaving for Chicago – Skip Haynes
332. I Need A Man – Foxy Brown
333. I Shot Ya – L.L. Cool J.
334. I Take a Lot of Pride In What I Am – Merle Haggard
335. I Think They Like Me – Dame Four
335.2. “ – Franchise Boys(ft. Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat,& Bow Wow)
336. I Used to Work in Chicago. I Did But I Don't Anymore – [Larry Vincent & Sunny Skylar]
337. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
338. I’ve Been Thinking – Common [previously known as ‘Common Sense’]
339. I Wish I Was In Chicago (On St. Valentine’s Day) – Richard M. Sherman
340. I Wonder – Kanye West
341. If Frank Had Been a Cowboy - Bob Colladay
342. If My Mary Were Here – Harry Chapin [reference to Lincoln Park]
343. Il Dritto Di Chicago – Fred Buscaglione
344. Illinois Blues – Skip James [no Chicago reference in other covers]
345. Illinois Medley – [University of Illinois song / contained in Illini Song Book]
346. Illinois & Michigan Canal – Arranmore
347. In 1933. (Where Will You Be) – [Art Kassel, Charles Adams]
348. In Cabrini-Green – Jodi Shaw
349. In Cairo Street: A Characteristic Fantasie for Piano – [Geo. Schleiffarth]
350. In Chicago – [Olive Jeane]
351. In Chicago – Skip Haynes
352. In Chicago’s Forest Preserve – Li’l Wally
353. In My Continental - Atmosphere
354. In My Day – Gregory Hines [Original score Jelly’s Last Jam - Chicago reference in skit, before actual lyrics]
355. In My Own World (Check The Method) - Common
356. In Old Chicago – Alice Faye [Music-Lyrics by Mack Gordon & Harry Revel]
357. In Tha Chi - Shawnna
358. In The Ghetto – Elvis Presley [by Mac Davis]
358.2. “ - Apache Indian
358.3. “ - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
358.4. “ - Chris CLARK
358.5. “ - Frank Flynn
358.6. “ - Merle Haggard
358.7. “ - Leatherface
358.8. “ - Natalie Merchant
358.9. “ - Dolly Parton
358.10. “ - The Cranberries
358.11. “ - Three 6 Mafia
358.12. “ - Ricky Shane [titled: ‘In Chicago’ – in German]
359. In The Kitchen – Umphrey’s McGee
360. In The Windy City – The Chicago Thieves
361. Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago – Soul Coughing
362. Is This The End (Part 2) – Puff Daddy
363. It’s A Big Daddy Thing – Big Daddy Kane
364. It's A Way They Have in Chicago – [Gustav Luders, M. E. Rourke]
365. It’s Your World - Common
366. Jack & Jill – Avant
367. Jam On It – Mos Def
368. Je Ne M’En Souviens Pas – Better Than Ezra
369. Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top
369.2. “ - Phish
370. Johnny’s Jump - Bob Riedy Band
371. Jolly Bears, To Those on the Board of Trade of Chicago. Polka Humoristic – [Geo. Schleiffarth]
372. Jumping The Shark – The Lawrence Arms
373. Just Blew In From The Windy City – Doris Day
374. Just For Money – Paul Hardcastle
375. Just Havin’ Fun (JB Theme) – Jonathon Brandmeier, aka “Johnny B & The Leisure Suits”
376. Kasimir S. Pulaski Day – Big Black
377. Kathleen (Catholicism Made Easier) – Randy Newman
378. Keep On Trying – Dancer
379. Keep Rising – Group Home
380. Kenesaw Mountain Landis - Jonathan Coultron
381. Kentucky Moon – The Kinks
382. King Size Papa – Julia Lee
383. Kingston Meets Chicago – Alan BLOOD
384. Kris Kringle was a car thief – Wesley WILLIS [+most of Willis’ songs]
385. La Complainte Du Phoque En Alaska – Beau Dommage [Michel Rivard] (FR)
386. L.A. Goodbye – The Ides of March
387. Lake Effect Kid – Fall Out Boy [Chicago natives: “back to the city I grew up in”]
388. Lake Michigan – The Broadways [Chicago area band – references to “downtown”, “tall buildings”, etc. are most likely about Chicago]
389. Lake Shore Drive – Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah
390. Lake Shore Drive - Art Porter Jr.
391. Lake Shore Drive – Cinque Cento
392. Lake Shore Drive – Innocence Mission
393. Lake Shore Drive (Slight Return) - Harris Newman
394. Lake Shore Driving – Duran Duran
395. Last Call – Kanye West
396. LAX To O'Hare – The Academy Is
397. LBC – Lucky Boys Confusion
398. Leader Of The Band – Dan Fogelberg
399. Leavin’ Chicago – John Lee HOOKER
400. Leavin’ Chicago – Roosevelt SYKES
401. Levin’ Chicago – Popol Vuh
402. Leaving Chicago - Knockout
403. Leaving Chicago AMF – Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah
404. Legit Ballaz - Twista
405. Let Me Entertain You – Queen
406. Let’s Go – Trick Daddy
407. Let's Go Chicago! I Will – [Earl Cleland]
408. Let's Go, Go-Go White Sox - Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers
409. Lincoln Park. A Solo and Chorus – [T. Glass, Geo.W. Morse]
410. (Margie’s at the) Lincoln Park Inn – Tom T. Hall
410.2. “ – Liz Anderson
410.3. “ – Bobby Bare
410.4. “ – Cal Smith
410.5. “ – The Statler Brothers
410.6. “ – Mel Tillis
411. Lincoln Park Pirates – Steve Goodman
412. Little Chicago Fire – Count Basie & Orchestra
413. Little Joe From Chicago – Nat King Cole
413.2. “ - Ted Weems & His Orchestra
414. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me – Dean Martin [Hank Mills, Dick Jennings]
414.2. “ - Merle Haggard
414.3. “ - Robert Mitchum
414.4. “ - Charlie Walker
415. Living A Lie – Cam’ron
416. Living In America – James Brown
417. Living In America – 2 Live Crew
418. Living in Chicago – BEE GEES
419. Lobster & Scrimp – Timbaland
420. Los Alamos – Yello
421. Love/Hate (So Chicago) – Shock Stars
422. Love In The Windy City – Howard Ferguson
423. Love Train – Big & Rich
424. Lyrical Molestation – Da Brat
425. Ma Baker – Boney M.
426. Machine Gun – Jimi Hendrix
427. Mama Chicago – Bonnie Koloc
428. Marching on to Chicago – [Richard Daly, Thomas Parmiter & Clitus Wickens]
429. Math – Ookla the Mok
430. McBride Argyle Station – Tom Dundee [folk]
431. Me and My Brother – Black Sheep [reference to Michael Jordan]
432. Mercy Me – Alkaline Trio
433. Merry Christmas In Chicago – 7th Heaven
434. Midnight Rider – Saxon
435. Midwest Invasion - Twista
436. Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Paris – Jay-Jay Johanson
437. Miss Chicago (The Great 'Pageant' Song) – [Edmund Braham, W.S. Greelish]
438. Mister Cee’s Master Plan – Big Daddy Kane
439. Mistreatin' Mama – Furry LEWIS
440. Moma’s Gotta Die Tonight – Body Count
441. Money Flow – Do Or Die
442. More Gangsta Music – Cam’ron
443. Mr. Flamboyant - Click
444. Mrs. O’ Leary’s Cow – Brian Wilson
445. Murders, Pimps + Thugs – Do Or Die
446. My Bloc – Tupac Shakur
447. My City – Common (featuring Mylik Yusef)
448. My Kind Of Town – Frank Sinatra
449. My Life – The Game, ft. Lil’ Wayne
450. My Nigga’s – Lil’ Boosie
451. My Way – Kanye West
452. Nauvoo (City of Joseph) – Illinois First!
453. Nelson And Simone – Illinois First!
454. Never Get Enough – Antoinette
455. New Heart For Christmas – Kill Hannah
456. New York's My Home – Sammy Davis Jr.
456.2. “ – Ray Charles
457. Nobody Knows Chicago – Big Joe Williams
458. North Side Story – Street Brats
459. North To Chicago – Hank Snow
459.2. “ - Jerry Reed
460. Not Like Me – Lil’ Wayne
461. Nowadays – Ann Reinking & Bebe Neuwirth [Fred Ebb & John Kander]
462. Ode for the opening of the World's Fair. Held at Chicago, 1892 – [C. W. Chadwick, Harriet Monroe]
463. Oh City of a Century – [Eleanor Everest Freer]
464. Oh Illinois – Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
465. Ohne Krimi Geht Die Mimi Nie Ins Bett – Bill Ramsey (DE)
466. Old Chicago – Fred Holstein
467. Old Mother Leary (or "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" or "There'll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight") – [unknown / parody to jazz song ‘A Hot Time in the Old Town’]
468. On A Freezing Chicago Street – Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
469. On My Way – Jadakiss
470. On The South Side Of Chicago – Ray Price
470.2. “ - Vic Damone
470.3. “ - Walter Wanderley
471. On The Tequila – Alanis Morissette
472. On, Wisconsin! [University of Wisconsin–Madison fight song, version contained in Illini Song Book]
473. One Less Thing – Liz Phair
474. One Of Four (Thank You) – Aesop Rock
475. One Night In Las Vegas – Chely Wright
476. Only in Chicago – Barry MANILOW
477. Orange Pineapple Juice – Common Sense [aka Common]
478. Our Chicago (U of C) – [Norman Reid]
479. Overnight – Scarface (feat. Do or Die, Rock Roc & Snypaz)
480. Paris, Tokyo – Lupe Fiasco
481. Peace Frog – The Doors
482. Perfect – Snoop Dogg
483. Phenomenon – L.L. Cool J.
484. Phone Call from Chicago – Peter Himmelman
485. Picketlines And Pepperspray – Silent Film
486. Pimpin’ All Over The World – Ludacris
487. Play Dis – Saukrates [feat. Common]
488. Playboy’s Theme – Cy Coleman
489. Pobre Juan – Mana
490. Police Song – Broadways
491. Poppin’ Tags – Jay-Z
492. Porno and Snuff Films – The Lawrence Arms
493. Prairie Fire That Wanders About – Sufjan Stevens
494. Prayer Changes – R. Kelly
495. Pretty Girls in Chicago Polka – Li’l Wayne
496. Project Chick – Cash Money Millonaires
497. Props Over Here – Beatnuts
498. Proteck Ya II Neck
499. Pure Uncut – Master P.
500. Pussy Money & Weed – Lil’ Wayne [reference to John Paxson]
501. Put The Blame On Mame – Rita Hayworth [dubbed by Anita Ellis]
502. Rags 2 Riches – Lil’ Flip
503. Raise Your Hands – Bon Jovi
504. Relaxing Town – Stephen Stills [reference to Soldier’s Field and Mayor Daley]
505. Respiration – Black Star, Mos Def, Talib Kweli
506. Return Of Theodore Unit – Ghostface Killah
507. Ricochet – Ice-T
508. Ride Wit Me – T.I.
509. Riverview – Billy CORGAN
510. Rock ‘N’ Roll – Mos Def
511. Rock’N’Roll McDonald’s – Wesley WILLIS [+most of Willis’ songs]
512. Rocky World – Daniel LANOIS
513. Roll Call – All 4 One
514. Roll Call (aka Real Nigga Roll Call) – Lil John feat. Ice Cube
515. Roll Wit Us – Dogg Pound
516. Rollin’ On The Island – Kid Rock
517. Root Of All Evil – Kyprios
518. Rootin’ Ground Hog – Sonny Boy WILLIAMSON
519. Round And Round Mi Mundo – La Sombra
520. Roun’ The Globe – Nappy Roots
521. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 – Nat King Cole [also covers by … ]
521.2. “ - Chuck Berry
521.3. “ - Chelsea
521.4. “ - Cheetah Girls
521.5. “ - Depeche Mode
521.6. “ - Harry JAMES (vocals: Gordon POLK)
521.7. “ - Pied Pipers
521.8. “ - The Rolling Stones [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_66_(song) for more covers // Greeks with an urge to commit suicide may want to take a look at this translation: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/d/depeche+mode/ell:route+66_20039434.html]
521.9. “ - Them
522. Same Girl – R. Kelly & Usher
523. San Francisco – Alkaline Trio
524. See You Tonight – Eyeliners
525. Shame! – Big Daddy Kane [reference. to Steve Kerr and Scottie Pippen]
526. She’s A Rebel – Green Day
527. Sidewalks of Chicago – Porter Wagoner
527.2. “ – Merle Haggard
528. Shake That Shit – Shawnna ft. Ludacris
529. Shake Ya Body – R. Kelly
530. She Shook Him In Chicago-(Madame Sherry 1909) – [Karl L. Hoschna, Otto Hauerbach]
531. Sheik from Chicago – Joe Stampley
532. Shout Baby Shout – Colin James [same verse as in Johny’s Jump]
533. Show Me What You Got – Limp Bizkit
534. Showtime in Chicago – Joe JACKSON
535. Sirius – The Alan Parsons Project [used to introduce the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan years]
536. Slow Down Chicago – Canasta
537. Slowly Roll By – Loren Davidson
538. Smooth Operator – Sade
539. Snooky and Moody's Boogie – Snooky Pryor and Moody Jones [reference to Sedgwick St.]
540. Snowed In – Albert Collins
541. So Far To Go – Common
542. So Long Toots – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
543. Someday We’ll Know – New Radicals
543.2. “ - Mandy Moore feat. Jonathan Foreman
544. Somethin’ More – Original Cast [Jelly’s Last Jam]
545. Somewhere On Fullerton – Allister
546. South Bay Surfer – The Beach Boys
547. South of Cincinnati – Dwight Yoakam
548. South Union – Lucky Boys Confusion
549. Southside – Common
550. Southside Chicago – Otis Brown & The Delights
551. Southside Irish – Arranmore
552. Southside Mojo – JaGoFF
553. Special – Cracklin Moth
554. Spies – Randy NEWMAN
555. Spinning My Wheels – Jonathan Cain
556. Start The Show – Common feat. Kanye West
557. State Street Tomorrow - Theme Song – [Carelton Colby, Maurice Wetzel from the Radio Station KYW staff]
558. Stay Chi – Juice
559. Step In The Name Of Love – R. Kelly
560. Story Of The Blues – Gary Moore
561. Stratford-On-Guy – Liz Phair
562. Streets of Chicago – Link WRAY
563. Streets of Old Chicago – Carl Martin, Ted Bogan, Howard Armstrong
564. Supreme – Benefit
565. Sweater – Modest Mouse
566. Sweet Chicago – Jimmy SLIM [blues]
567. Sweet Chicago Home – David Bromberg
568. Sweet Home Chicago – Robert Johnson
568.2. “ - Luther Allison
568.3. “ – The Blues Brothers
568.4. “ - Jonathon Brandmeier, aka “Johnny B & The Leisure Suits”
568.5. “ - Foghat
568.6. “ - Junior Parker
568.7. “ - Leon Russell & Marc Beno
568.8. “ - Little Junior Parker
568.9. “ - Magic Sam
568.10. “ - Old Chicago Blues Band
568.11. “ - Taj Mahal
568.12. “ - Urban Knights
568.13. “ - Walter Davis
569. Sweet Spots – The Fiery Furnaces
570. Swim – South Park Mexican
571. Swing Out Chicago – Windy City Rev Ups
572. Symphony 2000 – Method Man [reference to Jordan and Pippen]
573. Take Me Back To Chicago – Chicago
574. Talkin’ Bout Chicago – Syl Johnson
575. Taste of Chicago – Albert WASHINGTON & His R&B 4 Leaf Clovers
576. Texas Skies – Freddy Jones Band
577. Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James –Scott WALKER
578. That’s Shawty Lo – Shawty Lo
579. That's That - Snoop Dog ft. R. Kelly
580. The Ballad Of Jean DuSable – Illinois First!
581. The Belle of Chicago – [John Phillip Sousa]
582. The Belle of Chicago Barn Dance – [Theo Bonheur]
583. The Belle of Lincoln Park – [Geo. Maywood (George Maywood)]
584. The Billiken Man - Blanche Ring [Melville J. Gideon, E. Ray Goetz]
585. The Burning of the Iroquois (theater) – [Thos. R. Confare, Morris S. Silver]
586. The Chicago Cubs Song-Hey Hey! Holy Mackerel! – [John Frigo, I.. C. Haag]
587. The Chicago Express (March Two-Step) – [Percy Wenrich]
588. The Chicago Glide – [Prof. Joseph Gearen]
589. The Chicago Language Tape – Yuri Rasovsky
590. The Chicago Strut - Gregory Hines [Jelly’s Last Jam]
591. The Chicago Tribune Centennial March – [Robert Trendler, Jack La Frandre]
592. The Chicago Two-Step – [J. P. Brooks]
593. The Crock Of Gold – Thursday
594. The Corner – Common
595. The Debt Collectors – Ben Lee
596. The Eggplant That Ate Chicago - Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band
597. The EL – Rhett Miller
598. The Flame That Killed John Wayne – Mekons
599. The Forest of Love and Romance, Theme song of the Black Forest Village, A Century of Progress Chicago – [Ernie Kratzinger, Charles Kallen]
600. The Friends of Mr. Cairo – Jon and Vangelis
601. The Garfield El – The Fiery Furnaces
602. The Girl in Chicago – Gene WISNIEWSKI
603. The Glory of the Cubs – [Arthur Marshall, F.R. Sweirngen]
604. The Great Chicago Drug Bust – Greg Hildebrand [unreleased]
605. The Great Chicago Fire – Inspector Muffin
606. The Hat He Never Ate – [Ben Harney, Howard S. Taylor]
607. The Hawk – Albert Collins
608. The Land of Wrigley – Stormy Weather
609. The Last Day Of The Fair – [Frank Swain]
610. The Last High – Dandy Warhols
611. The Load-Out / Stay – Jackson Browne
612. The March Maroon, University of Chicago March and Two-Step – [Harry Turner]
613. The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
613.2. “ – Vanity Fare
613.3. La Noche En Que Chicago Se Murio – Banda Toro [Spanish ‘translation’]
614. The Northside, the L&L, and Any Number of Crappy Apartments – The Lawrence Arms [The Northside and the L&L are Chicago-area bar-grills]
615. The 'Priest' They Called Him – Nirvana [ref. to Lincoln Park & North Park St.]
616. The Rebirth – Chapter 13
617. The Rhythm of State Street (The official song of the State Street Council) – [Wendall Hall]
618. The Seer's Tower – Sufjan Stevens
619. The Sheik of Chicago – Joe STAMPLEY
620. The Song of the Ferris Wheel - World's Fair 1893 – [Geo. Schleiffarth, M. A. Sturgis]
621. The Story Of Bo Diddley – Animals
622. The Streets of Old Chicago – Mark Dvorak
623. The Super Bowl Shuffle – Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew
624. The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders – Sufjan Stevens
625. The University of Chicago Alma Mater – [Edwin H. Lewis]
626. The White City March and Twostep – [Hampton Durant]
627. The White Sox March – [T.F. Durand]
628. The Windy City – Doris Day [from ‘Calamity Jane’]
629. The Windy City – To Find Himself
630. The Windy City Blew Away One Fourth Of Me – Midnight Fall
631. The Woman Downstairs – Handsome Family
632. The World's Fair or A Voyage to Chicago – [Leonard Gautier]
633. Theme from “Chicago Hope” – [Jeff Rona]
634. There’s Got To Be A Change – Jonny Lang
635. They Couldn’t Destroy Our Cubs – The Cleaning Ladys
636. This Is Chicago! – Howard Ferguson
637. This Way – Dilated Peoples
638. Throw Back – Fabolous
639. Thug Angels – Wyclef Jean
640. Tight In Chicago – Mozelle Alderson
641. To The Kill – Violent Femmes
642. Toast Song – Bob & Tom
643. Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins [marginal entry to this list– vague references to Chicago but widely recognized as a “Chicago song”]
644. Tonight Will Last Forever – Mest
645. Train To Chicago – Drink Me
645.2. “ - Mike Doughty
646. Trance on Sedgewick St. – Skip Haynes [Terry Callier]
647. Traveling Man – Hans Theessink
648. Truckin’ – Grateful Dead
649. True North – Kathy Mattea
650. Turn It Up – (The White Stripes + Kanye West) [Adrian Champion remix]
651. Tut-Ench-Amon – Falco
652. Twenty Flight Rock – Tiger Army
653. Two Words – Mos Def ft. Kanye West
654. Two Years in Chicago – Robin Trower
655. U Don’t Dans 2 Tekno Anymore – Alabama 3 [aka A3]
656. Un Azteka - Dyablo
657. Via Chicago - Wilco
658. Victory or Death – Twista
659. VIP – Do Or Die
660. Wabash Cannonball – J.A. Roff [traditional]
660.2. “ - Roy Acuff
660.3. “ - The Carter Family
660.4. “ - Johnny Cash
661. Wack, Wack, Wacker Drive – The Grimm Brothers
662. Walk Wit Me – D.A. Smart
663. Wasn’t Born In Chicago – Gary MOORE
664. Watch the Cubs Play Ball – [Harry A. Magill]
665. Wave The Flag of Old Chicago (The University of Chicago Fight Song)
666. We Do That Too – A.G.
667. We’re All Crazy In Chicago – Jonathon Brandmeier, aka “Johnny B & The Leisure Suits”
668. We Ride – Jay Z, R. Kelly, Noreaga
669. Welcome To Chicago, Motherfucker – Kill Hannah
670. Wells St. – Skip Haynes
671. What If – Fredro Starr [reference to Jordan and Pippen]
672. What The Heck Richard Speck; Eight Nurses You Wrecked! – Macabre
673. What’s That Smell – Macabre
674. Wheels A-Rolling, Official Song - Chicago Railroad Fair – [Helen Purcell Maxwell, Philip Maxwell]
675. When A Woman’s Fed Up – R. Kelly
676. When The Cubs Go Marching In – Steve Goodman
677. When The Cubs Win The World Series – The Cleaning Ladies
678. When The Fire Comes Down – Hank Williams
679. When The Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin
679.2. “ - KANSAS JOE & MEMPHIS MINNIE
680. When The Wind Blows in Chicago – Scott Turner-Audie Murphy
680.2. “ – Roy Clark
681. Where In The World Is Carmen SanDiego - Rockapella
682. Where Were You In Chicago? – Phil Ochs
683. Where You At? (The Whole City Behind Us) – Kanye West
684. Whip Game Proper – Twista
685. William Butler Yeats Visits Lincoln Park and Escapes Unscathed – Phil Ochs
686. Willie The Wimp – Stevie Ray Vaughn
687. Windy City – Peter White
688. Windy City – Phish
689. Windy City – The Sweet
690. Windy City Anne – Tom T. Hall
691. Windy City Blues – Marshall Tucker Band
692. Windy City Boogie – Chicago Gangsters
693. Windy City Breakdown – Jonathan Cain
694. Windy City Girl – Howard Ferguson
695. Windy City Rag – Alison Krauss and Union Station
696. Windy City Theme – Windy City
697. Winter In Chicago – 504 Plan
698. Wizard Oil – Win Stracke
699. Wrigley Field – Wesley WILLIS [+most of Willis’ songs]
700. Woman of the ghetto – Marlena SHAW
701. Ya Know How It Goes – Grand Puba [references to Michael Jordan, Lincoln Ave.-Dolton, Ill – Chicago suburb]
702. You Can Always Be Gone – Catie Curtis
703. You Can’t Stop Us Now – Nas [reference to Wrigley Fields]
704. You’ll Never Know - RZA
705. You’re Dead – Alkaline Trio
706. You Wake Up in the Morning in Chicago – [Harry Carroll, Ballard Macdonald & Coleman Goetz]
707. Young Niggaz – Tupac Shakur
708. Zippy – Michael Peter Smith [aka Michael Smith]
709. Αχ, Ελλάδα – Μανώλης Ρασούλης (GR)
710. Εννέα Όγδοα – Πασχάλης Τερζής (GR)
711. Η Ανεμώνα του Σικάγου – Λάκης Παπαδόπουλος (GR) [reference to…3rd Avenue, which does not exist in Chicago…]
712. Τρεις Αμερικάνοι – Μανώλης Μητσιάς [στ. Νίκος Γκάτσος] (GR)
713. Περνώ σε θύμισες παλιές – [στ. Λεωνίδας Παπούτσης] (GR)
714. Ήρθαν οι MC’s – Ζωντανοί Νεκροί (GR)
715. Δύση Ανατολή – Τάνια Κικίδη (GR)
716. Η Μπέμπα η Τραβεστί – Λήτης (GR)
717. Σούπερμαν – Αφροδίτη Μάνου (GR)


Unclear – Vague reference:

• 5-3-10-4 – Alkaline Trio [about going to school in Chicago, but no explicit reference to Chicago except for stockyards and trains]
• Betya – C-Murder [reference to “the new Jordans”]
• Black, Red, Yellow – Pearl Jam [reference to Chicago Bulls, Rodman/Jordan/Jackson era, according to wikipedia-Dennis Rodman heard making a phone call half-way thru the song / written about “six extraordinary human beings that work together as a team”]
• Bubble Gum – The Returnables […about falling in love on the CTA, according to another list. I haven’t listened to it myself]
• Division St. Girl – Songs: Ohia / Jason Molina [possible reference to / wordplay on Chicago’s Division St.]
• Empire State Express – Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. [Regular trip from Syarcuse, NY to Cleveland, Ohio but the initial train trip was from Syracuse, NY to Chicago but only for exhibition purposes, for the 1893 Chicago World Fair. Train donated to Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, in 1962. Song written in 1965 with no apparent reference to Chicago].
• I’m Alright – Master P. [reference to Michael Jordan, but young…]
• I’m Throwed – Paul Wall [reference to Steve Kerr, but perhaps as a San Antonio Spur]
• Knees LSD Again – Mitch Aliotta [unknown lyrics-I need to listen to it]
• No Bobby Don’t – Kelly Hogan [reference to ‘blue line’ – CTA’s train]
• Prairie Song – Billy Corgan [references to Chicago are vague, not explicit]
• Proteck Ya Neck II In The Zoo lyrics – Ol’ Dirty Bastard (feat. Brooklyn Zu, Sunz of Man) [reference to Scottie Pippen, but when?]
• Red Leaves of October – Michael Peter Smith [Chicago area resident-have seen it mentioned in other lists]
• Someday – Chicago [samples of protest chants from 1968 DNC included]
• Southbound Jericho Parkway – Roy Orbison [there is a “Southbound Jericho Turnpike” in Chicago]
• Star Witness – Neko Case [about Humboldt Park area but no clear reference]
• Swing Life Away – Rise Against [about life in Chicago but no clear reference]
• The Mob – Lil’ Wayne [reference to Bill Cartwright. Has references to other Bulls players in other songs, so it’s probably about Cartwright as a Chicago Bulls player…]
• To Try For The Sun – Donovan [refers to “the windy city”, lowercase letters]
• Without Love – The Doobie Brothers [reference to Illinois Central railroad]
• Babies Of The 80’s – Something Corporate [reference to film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off]
• Koolaid – Just Jack [reference to film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off & Breakfast Club, both shot in Chicago area]
• Pass Out – The Alkaholiks [reference to film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off]
• Who Writes Your Lyric – Princess Superstar [reference to film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off]


Not about Chicago: 

• Back in ’72 (Bob Seger) [refers to the town of Lincoln Park, Michigan]
• Down By The Embarrass – Win Stracke [reference is to Chicago River]
• Take The Time – Freddy Jones Band [I’ve seen it in another list and that’s the only reason I’m including this here]
• Teenage Lust (MC5) [refers to the town of Lincoln Park, Michigan]
• Windy City – June Tabor [nice song but ‘it’s nothing to do with Chicago’ as confirmed by songwriter Ian Telfer himself, in an email exchange we had]

Artist / Band Names with reference to Chicago: 

• 2120 South Michigan Avenue
• 312 Chicago
• Chi-Ill
• Chi-Town Alliance [http://www.myspace.com/chitownalliance]
• Chi-town Sher
• Chicago (formerly Chicago Transit Authority) [brass-rock band]
• Chicago [little-known rapper]
• Chicago Blues Band
• Chicago Bound Blues Band
• Chicago Gangsters
• Chicago Mass Choir
• Chicago Rhythm Kings
• Climax Chicago Blues Band
• George Wettling's Chicago Rhythm Kings
• Haymarket Riot
• Jack Teagarden's Chicagoans
• Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band
• Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band
• Kid Named Chicago
• Lakeshore Drive
• Mayor Daley
• Old Chicago Blues Band
• Otis Spann'S South Side Piano
• The Art Ensemble of Chicago
• The Benson Orchestra of Chicago
• The Chicago Mandolin Orchestra
• The Chicago Thieves
• The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band
• Victoria Spivey & The Chicago Four
• Walt Whitman And The Soul Children Of Chicago
• Whodunit: Chicago Knows Who (No Cigar), a 21-song Who tribute album
• Windy City [Korean reggae band]
• Windy City Rev Ups

Music Albums with reference to Chicago on the title: 

• Back To Chicago - Duke Tumatoe & The All Star Frogs
• Blowing In From Chicago – Cliff JORDAN, John GILMORE
• Chicago-The Musical – John Kander / Fred Ebb [Original Score]
• Chicago And Other Ports – Fred Holstein
• Chicago Blue – Howlin’ Wolf
• Chicago Massive – Drastic
• Chicago Songs – Skip Haynes
• Chicago Town and Points West – Art Thieme
• Chicago Transit Authority - (“C.T.A.” “Chicago”)
• Chicago Wind – Merle Haggard
• Experience the NOW Sound of Chicago's HOT Wicker Park – V/A
• Fast Times At Barrington High – The Academy Is...
• Gathering at The Earl of Old Town – Steve Goodman
• History of House Music, Vol. 1: Chicago Classics
• In The Windy City – The Chicago Thieves
• Joe In Chicago, 1978 - JOE VENUTI
• Live In Chicago – Windy City Rev Ups [and many others…]
• Live In Cook County Jail – B.B. King
• Streets Of Chicago - Missing Links Volume 4 – Link WRAY
• Sweet Home Chicago – Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones (live)
• Take Me Out To A Cubs Game – V/A
• Talkin’ Bout Chicago – Syl Johnson
• Tea In Chicago – Eartha KITT
• The Cowsills Plus The Lincoln Park Zoo (The Cowsills)
• The Great Chicago Fire: A Cold Day in Hell – Malik Yusef
• The Other Evening In Chicago – Bob Franke
• The Streets of Old Chicago – Mark Dvorak
• The Windy City – [Musical 1982-83]
• This Is Chicago! (Toasting Chicago With New Music) – Howard Ferguson
• Windy City – [unreleased --- 1984 OST –Jack Nitzsche]
• Windy City Hits: The Best of Chicago Mass Choir – Chicago Mass Choir

Music Albums with pictures of Chicago on the cover:

• Chicago XI – Chicago [map of Chicago area on the LP cover]
• Sublime – Sublime [drawing of Sears Tower on the CD / not the cover]
• Virtual Limits EP – Moonman [‘Chicago’ in road sign of I-94 on the CD]

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basik είπε...

Ενθουσιάστηκα και γρήγορα προσθέτω:
Τρεις ακόμη εκτελέσεις της σύνθεσης του Fred Fisher:
-Eddie CONDON & HIS ORCHESTRA
-Django REINHARDT
-Paul WHITEMAN'S CHARLESTON BAND

Μία ακόμη (live) του Chicago Style-Rosemary CLOONEY & Bing CROSBY

καθώς επίσης και τη live εκτέλεση της σύνθεσης του Nash από το άλμπουμ 4 Way Street ως Crosby, Stlls, Nash & Young.

Ακόμη:
-Chicago Breakdown-Louis ARMSTRONG (σύνθεση του Jelly Roll MORTON)
-Dr. Chicago-Udo LINDENBERG & DAS PANIK ORCHESTER
-Living in Chicago-BEE GEES
-Only in Chicago-Barry MANILOW
-Spies-Randy NEWMAN
-The Girl in Chicago-Gene
WISNIEWSKI


Θα επανέλθω με την ησυχία μου να μελετήσω την υπέροχη λίστα σου.
Καλή Χρονιά!

basik είπε...

Sorry, but you got me started:

Μια ακόμη εκτέλεση του
In the Ghetto από τον Chris CLARK
μία του
Going to Chicago Blues από τον Isaac HAYES
και μία του
When the Levee Breaks-KANSAS JOE & MEMPHIS MINNIE

Τέσσερις του Route 66
-CHELSEA
-Harry JAMES (vo: Gordon POLK)
-PIED PIPERS
-THEM

Μερικά ακόμη "Chicago" από τους
-FUGS
-DOOBIE BROTHERS
-Robert FRIPP

και τα:
Chicago Now-FALL
Goin' to Chicago-TEN YEARS AFTER
Showtime in Chicago-Joe JACKSON
Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James-Scott WALKER
The Sheik of Chicago-Joe STAMPLEY

mantz είπε...

Καλή Χρονιά και σε σένα.

Νομίζω ότι το παράκανα (577++) αλλά δεν μπορούσα να αφήσω στη μέση πράγματα που έβρισκα ή φανταζόμουν ότι θα υπάρχουν.
Ας πούμε ότι κλείνω μια εκκρεμότητα χρόνων έτσι...
Έβαλα τα τραγούδια που μου είπες (ευχαριστώ) και κάμποσα άλλα και έκανα και κάποιες διορθωσούλες. Απομένει ίσως μία ακόμη...

Ενδιαφέρον ανακάτεμα, βαλς με χιπ-χοπ (πολλά!), σαν να αποτυπώνεται όλη η ιστορία της πόλης μέσα απ' τα τραγούδια...

basik είπε...

Μπήκα στο τριπ για τα καλά.

Τρεις εκτελέσεις του Little Ole Wine Drinker Me από τον Charlie Walker, τον Robert Mitchum (!) και, φυσικά, τον Dean Martin.

mantz είπε...

...το οποίο με οδήγησε σε αυτό το εξαιρετικό site
http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/chicago_in_song/
(πολύ ωραία κείμενα) με αρκετά επιπλέον τραγούδια που δεν είχα βρει...

basik είπε...

California Zephyr από το ολοκαίνουριο One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Jack Kerouac's Big Sur by Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard.

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Βρήκα κι άλλο ακούγοντας το soundtrack του Repo Man:
Bad Man by Juicy Bananas.

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Το I-94 των Radio Birdman αναφέρει το Lincoln Park.