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39 Essential Urban Anthems to Let Your City Know You Care

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Every city needs a mascot, a crooner that croons for them alone: Philadelphia has Rocky, Toronto has Drake, Los Angeles has Stevie Nicks, New York has, well, everyone, and New Jersey would be nothing without a certain pair of gyrating denim jeans that the world collectively calls Bruce Springsteen. Even Frank Lloyd Wright—who, by all regards, was kind of a nerd—gets posthumously serenaded by Simon & Garfunkel. With the help of a devoted Twitter coterie, we've put together the ultimate architecture and urbanism playlist. Light some candles, turn on this playlist, and let yourself be wooed.


1. Drake, You & The 6


2. Starship, We Built This City


3. Kraftwerk, Autobahn


4. Randy Newman, I Love L.A.


5. Ani DiFranco, Buildings And Bridges


6. Talking Heads, Burning Down the House


7. Thirty Seconds To Mars, City Of Angels


8. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Our House


9. Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball


10. Pet Shop Boys, Suburbia


11. Bruce Springsteen, Thunder Road


12. Elbow, New York Morning


13. Beauty Pill, Rideshare


14. Simon & Garfunkel, So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright


15. Pete Seeger, Little Boxes


16. Richard Hawley, Coles Corner


17. The Jam, Town Called Malice


18. Stevie Wonder, Living for the City


19. The Pogues, Dirty Old Town


20. Pavement, Grave Architecture


21. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Lonely Financial Zone


22. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs


23. Petula Clark, Downtown


24. Dire Straits, Wild West End


25. Grant Hart, Run Run Run To The Centre Pompidou


26. Tom Waits, House Where Nobody Lives


27. Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi's Dead


28. Bongo Man of Detroit, What I See in the D


29. An Architect's Dream, Kate Bush


30. Fergie, L.A.LOVE (la la) ft. YG


31. Nina Simone, Central Park Blues


32. The Drifters, Up On The Roof


33. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities To Love


34. David Bowie, Thru These Architect's Eyes


35. Underworld, Mmm Skyscraper I Love You


36. Barenaked Ladies, The Old Apartment


37. The Decemberists, Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect


38. Wu Tang Clan, Supreme Architecture


39. Paul Simon, Graceland


38. Billy Joel, Los Angelenos


39. They Might Be Giants, Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

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