Songs of Cities / Issue #20 launch party was a smashing success!

Last night, Next American City rocked out for three hours while listening to an incredible set list culled by NAC subscriber Doug Sell. Read on to find out where the evening took us.

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Read this playlist and weep. It’s terrific, isn’t it? Also, can anyone out there make a map of all the cities that are mentioned in these songs? It would be cool and we’d post it somewhere.

1. Johnny Cash, “I’ve Been Everywhere”
2. Willie Nelson, “Dallas”
3. Fountains of Wayne, “Hackensack”
4. Ella Fitzgerald, “Manhattan’
5. George Straight, “Amarillo by Morning”
6. Jonathan Richman, “City vs. Country”
7. Fats Domino, “Kansas City”
8. Magnetic Fields, “Washington, DC”
9. Asleep at the Wheel, “Albuquerque”
10. Bobby Sherman, “Seattle”
11. Josh Turner, “Jacksonville”
12. Mobius Band, “Philadelphia”
13. Ween, “Freedom of ’76”
14. Neko Case, “Thrice All American”
15. Soul Coughing, “Screenwriter’s Blues”
16. Counting Crows, “Omaha”
17. Irma Thomas & Marcia Ball, “I Can’t Get New Orleans Off My Mind”
18. Sufjan Stevens, “Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)”
19. Lefty Frizzell, “Saginaw, MI”
20. Michelle Shocked, “Anchorage”
21. Whiskeytown, “Jacksonville Skyline”
22. Flight of the Concords, “Inner City Pressure”
23. Gram Parsons, “Streets of Baltimore”
24. Ron Sexsmith, “Lebanon, TN”
25. Dionne Warwick, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”
26. Go-Betweens, “Streets of Your Town”
27. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, “Nashville Parthenon”
28. Folk Implosion, “EZ LA”
29. Decemberists, “Los Angeles, I’m Yours”
30. Waylon Jennings, “Luckenbach, Texas”
31. Dismemberment Plan, “The Ice of Boston”
32. Dave Loggins, “Please Come to Boston”
33. David Dondero, “Going Back to Wilmington”
34. MXPX, “Move to Brementon”
35. The Swimmers, “Heaven”
36. Marah, “Streets of Philadelphia”
37. Ceann, “Pittsburgh Got me Drunk”
38. Essex Green, “Sin City”
39. Presidents of USA, “Cleveland Rocks”
40. The Pretenders, “My City Was Gone”
41. The Hot Toddies, “Seattle”
42. The Weakerthans, “One Great City!”
43. Brooks Williams, “Vancouver”
44. Hidden Cameras, “Mississauga Goddamn”
45. Beach Boys, “Salt Lake City”
46. Petula Clark, “Downtown”
47. Beth Jean, “Minneapolis”
48. Pet Shop Boys, “New York City Boy”
49. Billy Joel, “Allentown”
50. Will Smith, “Miami”
51. John Mellencamp, “Smalltown”
52. Journey, “Lights”
53. Dean Martin, “Houston”
54. Glen Campbell, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”
55. Scott Mackenzie, “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”
56. Mood, “Cincinnati”
57. matt pond PA, “City Song”
58. The Good Life, “Leaving Omaha”
59. Stevie Wonder, “Living for the City”
60. Rosebuds, “Going Back to Boston”
61. Art Brut, “Moving to LA”
62. Interpol, “NYC
63. John Denver, “City of New Orleans”
64. the Orlons, “South Street”
65. Josh Ritter, “Harrisburg”
66. Frank Sinatra, “Chicago”
67. Damien Jurado, “Ohio”
68. Peter Cincotti, “Goodbye Philadelphia”

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Diana Lind is the former executive director and editor in chief of Next City.

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