Streets have a strong attraction for the songwriter.
After all, we all have memories of the streets we grew up on, or where our first apartment was located, or of a famous street in a favorite city. This playlist features the top 100 songs with a street name in the title, whether it's a street, road, avenue, boulevard or lane.
I had a few rules when selecting tracks for this playlist, the first being that it had to be an in-town or neighborhood road, highways and freeways were excluded. Also, the street name(s) had to be explicitly mentioned in the song title. Both real and fictional street names were acceptable.
The playlist includes world famous streets like Hollywood Blvd, 52nd St, Sunset Strip and Ventura Blvd as well as fictional ones like Fascination St, Love St. Thunder Road and Dirty Blvd. Clocking in at almost 8 hours, the compilation will take you down many roads and chances are good that you've lived on one of the streets in this list.
I limited the list to 100 high quality selections, and ordered them from my favorite to least favorite. Let me know if I've left out any "street songs" that should have been included, I'm sure I've missed a bunch.
1. Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
2. Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan
3. Dirty Blvd. (Live) - Lou Reed
4. Fascination Street - The Cure
5. Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
6. Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
7. Faithless Street - Whiskeytown
8. Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
9. Tobacco Road - Lou Rawls
10. Alphabet St. - Prince
11. Love Street - The Doors
12. 12 Bellevue - Kathleen Edwards
13. 14th Street - Rufus Wainwright
14. Sullivan Street - Counting Crows
15. 17th Street - Gil Scott-Heron
16. Virginia Avenue - Tom Waits
17. Gibsom Street - Laura Nyro
18. Charlotte Street - Lloyd Cole
19. Shady Lane - Pavement
20. In France They Kiss On Main Street - Joni Mitchell
21. Vine Street - Harry Nilsson
22. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
23. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) - Simon & Garfunkel
24. 2120 South Michigan Avenue - The Rolling Stones
25. Toulouse Street - The Doobie Brothers
26. Valence Street - Neville Brothers
27. Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
28. Elm Street - Lanterna
29. Rosemary Lane - Bert Jansch
30. On Green Dolphin Street - Miles Davis
31. Piccadilly Palare - Morrissey
32. 2nd Ave, 11am - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
33. Seventh Avenue - Rosanne Cash
34. Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd - Ryan Adams
35. 53rd & 3rd - The Ramones
36. 6th Avenue Heartache - The Wallflowers