Geographic Song Title
Where the name of the song namechecks a particular location on Earth.


(permanent link) added: 2012-09-07 07:09:46 sponsor: TMOverbeck (last reply: 2013-12-10 14:58:38)

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Sometimes a city or state's ambience helps set the mood of a song. Sometimes a particular location reminds the storyteller of a certain someone.

Or sometimes you just want to get a raucous audience reaction when you sing about their home, in a really exclusive form of Niche Marketing.

Whatever the reason, putting the name of a city, county, state or province in a song title is a popular trope among musicians, especially country artists.

Not to be confused with Regional Riff, where a style of song typical of the area is used to help convey the specificness of the location.

NOTE: The actual name of the place must be used to qualify for this trope. Nicknames (such as "Jet City Woman") or demonymic adjectives ("American Idiot") don't count.

Examples: (As the list grows, it should be sorted by location into folders, as a few of the locations - like New York, Los Angeles/Hollywood, Texas, Paris or London - are extremely popular for titles)
  • "Texas Women" by Hank Williams Jr.
  • "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" by George Strait
  • "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra
  • "Vienna" by Ultravox
  • "By The Time I Get To Arizona" by Public Enemy
  • "Detroit Rock City" by Kiss
  • "Yonkers" by Tyler The Creator

(I searched and searched for a trope like this and didn't find anything, thus the YKTTW-ing. If there's another trope with this premise, don't hesitate to tell me about it.)
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