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.

30-21

  • 30

    ‘Across the River Thames’ – Elton John (2006)

    Personal and psychogeographical history combined


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  • 29

    ‘London Boys’ - T. Rex (1976)

    An alternative landmark for the dispossessed


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  • 28

    ‘Archway Towers’ - New Model Army (1989)

    An alternative landmark for the dispossessed


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  • 27

    ‘Hype Talk’ - Dizzee Rascal (2004)

    Bow micropolitics explained


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  • 26

    ‘Second-Hand’ – Wilfrid Bramble (1963)


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  • 25

    ‘Mario’s Café’ – Saint Etienne (1993)

    Storied fry-up palace of the 1990s


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  • 24

    ‘Hoover Factory’ – Elvis Costello (1980)

    Costello dances about architecture


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  • 23

    ‘Junior Spesh’ – Red Hot Entertainment (2007)

    Chicken in a basket case


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  • 22

    ‘Bar Italia’ – Pulp (1995)

    Home of London’s best post-club espresso


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  • 21

    ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’ – Judy Campbell (1940)

    Swoonsome London-based romance made famous by Vera Lynn.


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