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.
(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.)