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.

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  • 50

    ‘Mornington Crescent’ – Belle & Sebastian (2006)

    North London gets a Hancock-style makeover


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  • 49

    ‘London Bye Ta-Ta’ – David Bowie (1968)


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  • 48

    ‘Hey Young London’ – Bananarama (1983)

    Outright cynicism goes pop


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  • 47

    I'm Trying to Make London My Home’ – Sonny Boy Williamson (1964)

    Mississippi ain’t got nothing on Dulwich


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  • 46

    ‘Electric Avenue’ – Eddy Grant (1982)

    Stealthily furious pop perennial


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  • 45

    ‘London Town’ – Light Of The World (1980)

    Summery black Brit-funk anthem from 1980, as popularised by Tony Blackburn’s seminal Radio London soul show


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  • 44

    ‘New Crass Massakah’ – Linton Kwesi Johnson (1981)

    An ugly truth beautifully expressed


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  • 43

    ‘Time For Heroes’ – The Libertines (2003)

    Remember when riots were cool?


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  • 42

    ‘Sultans Of Swing’ – Dire Straits (1978)

    Documentary of the pub rock era


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  • 41

    ‘Upfield’ – Billy Bragg (1996)

    Barking boy bigs up Blake


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