Perhaps one of the most well-known muses in musical history, Los Angeles has long inspired odes to its beaches and women, its hard city streets and its celebrity siren call. Many are love songs, some are full of more vitriolic verse and others still are die-hard, head-banging anthems: No matter how you feel about the City of Angels, there's a song for that. We've chosen the 50 tunes that best encompass the LA experience—be it good, bad or ugly—and ranked them accordingly. Dig in, listen up and let us know what we got right and wrong (or missed completely) in the comments section.
Written by Michael Chen, Evelyn Derico, Sara Fay, Gillian Glover, Michael Juliano, Adam Lehrer, Amanda Montell, Danielle Nevidi, Ramona Saviss and Kate Wertheimer