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  • Thursday, 31 Jan 2019

Canadian hip-hop star Drake is most inspired by the cities and places around the world, with 29 different destinations mentioned throughout his discography. Photo: AFP

Start spreadin’ the news: When it comes to love songs about cities, there’s one that’s king of the hill.

In a ranking of the world’s most “sung-about cities”, New York took the top spot, followed by London, Los Angeles, Paris and Miami.

The list is based on lyrics from more than 200,000 English-language songs that charted billboards in the United States and Britain since the 1960s.

With mentions in 161 songs, the Big Apple takes the lead as the city that never sleeps and for its “concrete jungle where dreams are made of”.

The report, released by Celebrity Cruises, offers an interesting look at the towns, cities, states, and neighborhoods that have inspired some of the greatest hit songs across all genres of music.

“Music is inevitably tied to location,” notes Jon Stewart, at the British Institute of Modern Music Institute Brighton, in a statement.

“Who could imagine The Beach Boys without references to California? Without the geographical touchpoints found in Britpop, it simply wouldn’t make sense. And, how would the blues, country, and rock and roll genres be received if they were stripped of all connections to the geography and politics of the American deep south that inspired them?”

What is it about New York that makes it so appealing to songwriters and singers? — AFP

Overall, the data found that 897 artistes sang about 422 different places across 2,000 songs.

Meanwhile, the report also found that Canadian hip-hop star Drake is most inspired by the cities and places around the world, with 29 different destinations mentioned throughout his discography. While his hometown, Toronto, gets the most shout-outs, Drake also drops places like Versailles in France, Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Madrid in Spain throughout his songs.

At 27, Jay Z comes in at a close second, followed by Elvis Presley (23).

The report also found that while New York, Los Angeles and London were popular cities across all genres of music, Georgia-inspired folk and country music songwriters the most.

Texas gets the most love in R&B; California is most popular in jazz; and Kingston, Jamaica, Brooklyn and London are sung about the most in reggae. – AFP Relaxnews

The top 20 most sung about cities in the world:

1. New York, US – 161 songs

2. London, Britain – 102 songs

3. Los Angeles, US – 87 songs

4. Paris, France – 52 songs

5. Miami, US – 46 songs

6. New Orleans, US – 43 songs

7. Rome, Italy – 30 songs

8. San Francisco, US – 28 songs

9. Memphis, US – 28 songs

10. Chicago, US – 24 songs

11. Atlanta, US – 23 songs

12 Detroit, US – 23 songs

13. Compton, US – 21 songs

14. Tokyo, Japan – 20 songs

15. Houston, US – 16 songs

16. Las Vegas, US – 16 songs

17. Ibiza, Spain – 12 songs

18. Mumbai, India – 11 songs

19. Liverpool, Britain – 11 songs

20. Milan, Italy – 10 songs

The top 10 artistes who mention the most places in their music:

1. Drake – 29 places

2. Jay Z – 27 places

3. Elvis Presley – 23 places

4. Tinie Tempah – 22 places

5. The Beach Boys – 22 places

6. Public Enemy – 20 places

7. Chuck Berry – 18 places

8. The Rolling Stones – 16 places

9. Rod Stewart – 14 places

10. T.I – 14 places

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