The 100 best London songs



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Time Out's team of experts celebrate the city's finest moments on record

Browse the full list below, click on each song to read more and tell us what you think in the comments.


  • 60

    ‘The Liberty of Norton Folgate’ – Madness (2009)

    Local history goes concept album

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  • 59

    ‘Buk-In-Hamm Palace’ – Peter Tosh (1979)

    Prince Philip’s all-time favourite song

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  • 58

    ‘One Night In Hackney’ – Dave The Drummer (2011)

    East London raves immortalised by east London raver

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  • 57

    ‘Greetings from Shitsville’ – The Wildhearts (1993)

    Not everybody loves life in Hampstead

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  • 56

    ‘Cockney Translation’ – Smiley Culture (1984)

    Rhyming slang dictionary in roots

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  • 55

    ‘Lady, That’s My Skull’ – Alan Moore/Tim Perkins (2000)

    The opening track on Moore’s excellent psychogeographical exploration of Islington, ‘The Highbury Working’

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  • 54

    ‘Brixton Briefcase’ – Chase & Status feat Cee-Lo Green (2011)

    Cee-Lo channels Dick van Dyke circa ‘Mary Poppins’

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  • 53

    ‘Portobello Road’ – Bedknobs And Broomsticks OST (1971)

    The magic of west London

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  • 52

    ‘London Pride’ – Noël Coward (1941)

    The song of the flower of the heart

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  • 51

    ‘I Love London’ – Crystal Fighters (2009)

    They really do, you know

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