We’re so vain, but it’s only because we know the songs are about us.
Our fair city gets name-dropped in more songs than any other city on earth. The Rock’n'Soul museum keeps a running list of all of the songs that mention Memphis in the lyrics. Currently, the count is at 969.
The artists on the list are varied – everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis and Bob Dylan to Project Pat and Ani Difranco is represented. A lot of the artists are locals, both past and present.
Every time I hear a song that mentions Memphis, I get a dorky little swell of civic pride, especially when the song is awesome. No offense to Marc Cohn, but “Walking in Memphis” doesn’t make me feel nearly as at home as Spoon’s “Finer Feelings” or Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee”.
What are your favorite songs that mention Memphis?