Songs about real places

Here is a list of 11 songs that were written about a real place.


Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill is about a hill in Framlingham, Suffolk where he grew up and at the top of that hill is a castle.

Barry Manilow’s Copacabana is the real Copacabana Night Club in Times Square, New York where Barry was a frequent visitor in the 60s.

The Small Faces’ hit Itchycoo Park is all about Little Ilford Park in east London where lead singer Steve Marriott grew up.

Coldplay’s Violet Hill is about a real street in London’s St John’s Wood area.

Eddy Grant’s 1983 hit Electric Avenue is a true story about the street just up from Brixton Station in south London.

Peter Gabriel’s 1977 hit Solsbury Hill is Little Solsbury Hill, which is northeast of the city of Bath in Somerset.

The Beatles’ Penny Lane was a real busy crossroads where Paul and John regularly met.

And the other side of Penny Lane was Strawberry Fields Forever and Strawberry Field was a children’s home run by the Salvation Army in Liverpool.

Ralph McTell’s 1974 hit Streets of London was about Croydon and the all night cafe is about one.

The Monkees’ hit Pleasant Valley Sunday was written about Pleasant Valley Way where the song writers Goffin & King lived in New Jersey.

Radiohead’s 1995 hit Fake Plastic Trees was written about the Docklands area of London.

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