->''"We on Award Tour with Mohammad my man.''
->''Goin' each and every place with a mic in our hand.''
->''UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}, Delaware, [[UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC D.C.]], [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]]!"''
-->--'''Music/ATribeCalledQuest''', "Award Tour"

A MusicTrope. So you're writing a new track and you want it to be a hit in Boston. One obvious way to do this is to make your song all about how awesome Boston is. This creates a special connection with listeners in Boston.

But what if you want your song to be a hit ''everywhere''? Since you can't write a song about how awesome every city in the world is, the next best thing is just to list off a bunch of random cities, regions, or whatever. This surprisingly popular tactic creates a momentary connection with people from many different places.

A type of ListSong.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Acid House ]]

* The [=JAMs=]' (aka TheKLF) "Grim Up North" lists towns in the north of England. No rhyming or anything.
** Also (as The KLF), the full-length version of ''America: What Time Is Love?'' has a lengthy section of [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to USA-an cities and states.

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[[folder: Alternative Metal ]]

* "Boom" by P.O.D.

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[[folder: Alternative Rock ]]

* Concrete Blonde's "Close to Home" lists a bunch of cities across the south of the United States - but none of them are home.
* "Going Nowhere Slow" by BloodhoundGang lists an impressive amount of cities rather quickly.
* The first verse of Mayday Parade's "Get Up"
* Babyshambles' "Albion."
* "Flavor" by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion lists several cities where "The Blues is number one."

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[[folder: Blues-Rock ]]

* Steve Miller's "Rock'n Me":
-->I went from Phoenix, Arizona
-->All the way to Tacoma
-->Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A.
-->Northern California
-->Where the girls are warm
-->So I could be with my sweet baby, yeah
* John Mayer rattles off the names of a few U.S. cities where "it's been a long night" in the chorus of "Who Says".
* "Peace Frog" by Music/TheDoors plays with this when Jim Morrison lists riots during the hippie/peace movement of TheSixties:
-->[[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank Blood in the streets of the town of New Haven.]]
-->[[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank Blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice]]
-->Blood in my love in [[LongHotSummer the terrible summer]]
-->Bloody red sun of Phantastic L.A.
-->[[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank There's blood in the streets it's up to my ankles]]...
-->[[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank Blood in the streets of the town of Chicago]]...

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[[folder: Brazilian Rock ]]

* Brazilian variations: band Os Paralamas do Sucesso lists three slums in the chorus for "Alagados" ("Alagados, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trenchtown Trenchtown]] [[note]]practically everyone [[{{Mondegreen}} hears this one wrong]][[/note]], Favela da Maré") and singer Tim Maia names a lot of Rio de Janeiro beaches in "Do Leme ao Pontal" (besides the two in the title, "Flamengo, Botafogo, Urca, Praia Vermelha!").

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[[folder: Classical ]]

* The ''Deutschlandlied'' (Germany Song), which serves as the German NationalAnthem, has the following lines in its first stanza, here [[TranslationConvention translated for your convenience]]:
-->From the Meuse to the Memel,
-->from the Adige to the Little Belt.
** The problem: None of this four bodies of water do even touch with the [[TheBerlinRepublic contemporary German state]]. This is one of [[PatrioticFervor several]] [[ThoseWackyNazis reasons]] why this stanza [[CanonDiscontinuity isn't part of the official anthem]] anymore.

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[[folder: Comedy/Parody ]]

* Music/TheAmateurTransplants, when doing gigs, parody this trope by singing a song about how much they love the city, where the city in question turns out to be something along the lines of "Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Bournemouth and Crewe".
* "He Broke My Heart in Three Places" by Spike Jones starts off with big cities (Seattle, Chicago, and New York) and ends up with a long fast list of small towns and other locations.
* Mitch Benn's reaction to the Post Office deleting county names from its database was a song about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc2-v6vH_PE postcode areas]].
-->Too long it's been since I've last seen the hills of [=IV51=] [[note]] The Isle of Skye[[/note]],
-->And from the shores of [=LL54=] [[note]] Caernarfon[[/note]] for far too long I'm gone,
-->I long to wander over [=BA6=][[note]] Glastonbury's[[/note]] fields of green,
-->But I was stuck for years and years in [=SW16=] [[note]] Streatham and Norbury, London[[/note]].
* Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie's "Toronto Song". Starts out on the subject of how much Toronto sucks, moves on to how much the rest of Ontario sucks, concludes with how much the rest of Canada sucks.

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[[folder: Country ]]

* Second verse of "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood:
-->From the lakes of Minnesota
-->To the hills of Tennessee
-->Across the plains of Texas
-->And from sea to shining sea
-->From Detroit down to Houston
-->And New York to LA
-->There's pride in every American heart
-->And it's time we stand and say...
* Music/RascalFlatts does the 'general area' type in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Px90ie15FM "Me And My Gang"]].
* "Comin' to Your City" Big & Rich. Notable for not only including bigger cities like Buffalo and L.A., but also including lesser known cities such as Cincinnati and Jefferson City.
* The song "I've Been Everywhere" rattles off over 80 cities. It was originally written for Australia but has subsequently been rewritten for a number of other countries.
* "Fly Over States" by Music/JasonAldean mentions several states including Indiana, Oklahoma, amd Kansas, and other places such as Amarillo and The Badlands.
* Neal [=McCoy=]'s "The Shake" does this, in the middle of a song about [[StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks booty-shaking]].
* The second verse of Music/GeorgeStrait's "If You Can Do Anything Else".
* Several country songs are lists of places that the singer wants to go with his lover. Among them are "You Can Sleep While I Drive" by Trisha Yearwood, "Lipstick" by Rockie Lynne, "As Long as You're Going My Way" by The Parks, and "Anywhere with You" by Music/JakeOwen.
* "Favorite State of Mind" by Josh Gracin goes the other way. He lists off a bunch of cities and states, but says that he'd rather be with her than anywhere else:
-->Hawaii's got big waves, Michigan Great Lakes
-->Colorado snowflakes, Georgia peaches
-->Louisiana hot food, New York attitude, Florida beaches
-->Tennessee whiskey, baby, are you with me
-->Texas chili, Virginia pine
-->It's hard to beat that California sunshine
-->But baby, you're my favorite, favorite state of mind
* "Wanted Man" by Music/JohnnyCash (co-written by Music/BobDylan) lists American states and cities in which the narrator is wanted.

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[[folder: Electro-hop ]]

* LMFAO did a variation on this by putting out a large amount of alternate versions of their single "I'm In Miami Trick", with the chorus re-dubbed to refer to other major US cities. Since the song is more about partying in general than any attributes of Miami itself, no other lyrical changes are made, however unlikely it might sound for one to be "in the sand with a Red Bull in my hand" in Boise, Idaho.

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[[folder: Electronic ]]

* "Get Ready" by R2Swing lists various cities and shows their patriotism by starting with Paris.
* "Breakfast in Berlin" by Music/JulienK seems to be going for a "partying around the world" thing.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s "Trans Europe Express" lists the different cities one can go to on the train system.

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[[folder: Folk ]]

* "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie:
--> From California to the New York Island
--> From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
->Note there are many versions for many different countries.
* The British marching song "Over the Hills and Far Away" (made famous today by ''{{Sharpe}}'') was written to cover the battlefields of the War of the Spanish Succession, but enjoyed a revival a century later in the Napoleonic Wars as British involvement in those conveniently also covered the same countries:
--> O'er the hills and o'er the main
--> Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
--> King George commands and we obey
--> Over the hills and far away.

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[[folder: Funk Rock ]]

* "Around the World" by RedHotChiliPeppers.
** "Dani California" also counts, which lists off a number of other US states before getting to the titular California.

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[[folder: Goth ]]

* Music/{{Voltaire}}'s song "Ex-Lover's Lover" lists the cities he's going to mail the body parts of his ex's new boyfriend to after chopping him up.
-->It would take the most brilliant private eye
-->the rest of his life just to put you together,
-->a piece in each mailbox all over the planet,
-->from Moscow, to Tokyo, to Guadalajara.
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[[folder: Hardcore Hip Hop ]]

* The song "Raw Shit ft. MC Ren & Paris" from the PublicEnemy album ''Rebirth Of A Nation'' includes Flava Flav listing "Public Enemy number one in X", X being, in order, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Baltimore, Miami, Indiana, L.A., DC, New Jersey, Cleveland Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Philly, Atlanta and St. Louis.

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[[folder: Hard Rock ]]

* Hawkwind's "Damnation Alley", based on the RogerZelazny novel, subverts this with a list of ''annihilated'' places:
-->No more Arizona now, Phoenix is fried up
-->Oklahoma City, what a pity it's gone
-->Louisiana's dealt it and the Missus Hip's dried up
-->No more Chattanooga, Cherokee, Lexington

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[[folder: Heavy Metal ]]

* "Blood of the Kings" by Music/{{Manowar}} features the shouts of various countries' names with such metal pathos as if they were {{ProudWarriorRace}}s [[MundaneMadeAwesome (e.g. "SWITZERLAAAND!!! MONACOOO!!! etc.")]].
-->Our armies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
-->Our brothers in Belgium, Holland and France
-->Will not fail
-->Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy
-->Switzerland, Austria
-->Back to the Glory of Germany

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[[folder: Hip Hop ]]

* Lil Kim's song "LightersUp" lists a lot of places ranging from Bed-Stuy to Kingston, Jamaica
* MIMS' song "This is Why I'm Hot"
* "Country Grammar" also lists different cities (though it is one of the few songs to proudly proclaim love for St. Louis)
** What else would you expect from Nelly?
* As a variant, the opening of "Perfect Gentleman" by Wycleff Jean includes a list of what one must assume are the names of 'gentleman's clubs'- "Magic City, New York Dogs, Rolex"
* This trope was endemic with merengue hip-hop singers in the early 90's, specially Proyecto Uno and El General. They couldn't release an album without a song listing all the countries they were having (or hoping to have) success in.
* [[Music/SirMixALot Sir Mix-A-Lot]]: "What's up Chicago, what's up? What's up Chicago what's up? Chicago, jump on it, jump on it, jump on it."
** And in "Square Dance Rap", he names off places that rock according to him: Seattle, L.A., Miami, D.C., Carolina, Houston, Texas, your momma and London, England.
* Tupac's "California Love" shouts out to just about every major city in California towards the end, and L.A., Watts, and Compton are called out to in the actual chorus. San Diego, though, is conspicuously absent...
* "The Good Life" by KanyeWest. Apparently the good life feels like Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, D.C., Virginia Beach, and the Bay area.
* "7 Weeks" by GymClassHeroes.
* A variation exists in the Ludacris song "Area Codes." Instead of directly naming cities, he instead lists off all the phone number area codes of various locations where he has had one-night stands with women.
** "Pimpin' All Over the World" is a more straight example.

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[[folder: House ]]

* Global Deejays - "The Sound of San Francisco": In addition to the titular San Francisco, this dance track repeatedly lists 14 other major world cities, such as Cape Town and Amsterdam.
* Saint Etienne had a song ("Girl VII") where singer Sarah Cracknell listed off in a monotone a large number of places, many of them London boroughs and places recognisable to Londoners, but also including Pakistan and Buffalo, for example.
* The titular character John from Lemon Jelly's ''Ramblin' Man'' has rambled to some '''67''' different locations.

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[[folder: Indian music ]]

* "Dard-e-Disco" from the film Bollywood/OmShantiOm has "London Paris New York LA San Francisco"

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[[folder: Indie Folk ]]

* "The 50 States" by SufjanStevens seriously name-drops all 50 of the United States. He would use the song to open the show on the tour supporting his ''Illinois'' album.
** In "They Are Night Zombies", the backing singers name-drop a lot of Illinois cities over the chorus. Looking them up reveals that most of them are {{ghost town}}s, or on their way to becoming ghost towns.

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[[folder: Indie Rock ]]

* GirlsAgainstBoys' "Tucked-in":
-->New York.
-->Chicago, Chicago, Chicago.
-->New York.
-->Chicago, Chicago, Chicago.
-->Los Angeles. There's something nice to be said.

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[[folder: Industrial Metal ]]

* "On Earth" by Samael.
* "D.I.Y." by {{KMFDM}}

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[[folder: New Wave ]]

* "Pop Muzik" by M:
-->New York, London, Paris, Munich
-->Everybody talk about pop muzik
* "Hide the Beer, the Pastor's Here" by the SwirlingEddies is a variation. Instead of listing cities, they list seminaries. After the song was published, the Eddies got a bunch of mail from pastors angry that their alma mater was mentioned in the song... and just as many letters from pastors wishing their alma mater had been mentioned.

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[[folder: Nu Metal ]]

* "Show Me What You Got" by Music/LimpBizkit

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[[folder: Pop ]]

* Music/KatyPerry's "California Gurls" pretty much lists off every major city in California with a beach.
* ''Manila'' by Filipino band Hotdog.
-->Manila, Manila
-->I keep coming back to Manila
-->Simply no place like Manila
-->Manila, I'm coming home

-->I walked the streets of San Francisco
-->I've tried the rides in Disneyland
-->Dated a million girls in Sydney
-->Somehow I feel like I don't belong

-->''Hinahanap-hanap kita Manila'' [[note]]I'm always searching for you Manila[[/note]]
-->''Ang ingay mong kay sarap sa tenga'' [[note]]Your noises are music to my ears[[/note]]
-->''Mga jeepney mong nagliliparan'' [[note]]Your full-throttled jeepneys[[/note]]
-->''Mga babae mong nagagandahan'' [[note]]Your beautiful women[[/note]]

-->Take me back in your arms Manila
-->And promise me you'll never let go,
-->Promise me you'll never let go

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[[folder: Pop Punk ]]

* All Time Low's song "Hello Brooklyn" mentions...well. Brooklyn. And some other places.

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[[folder: Progressive Rock ]]
* Music/{{Marillion}}'s ''The Invisible Man'':
--> Cold as a ghost ..watching the streets, Sheltering in doorways of
--> Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, and Amsterdam
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[[folder: R & B ]]

* Music/JamesBrown - "Living in America": Lists 9 major U.S. cities in a row, with echoing backup vocals for good measure.
** "Night Train". It's pretty much an instrumental except for the city names.
* "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas, and by proxy the numerous cover versions there-of.

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[[folder: Rap ]]

* A number of R&B or rap songs try to break the United States into three or four densely populated areas and give a shout out to each one, as in this quote from Nelly's "Dilemma":
-->East coast, I know you're shakin' right
-->Down south, I know you're bouncin' right
-->West coast, I know you're walkin' right
-->Midwest, I see you swingin' right
* {{Drake}}'s song "Fancy" mentions Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto.

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[[folder: Rock ]]

* Music/TheBeachBoys, "California Girls"
-->Well east coast girls are hip\\
And the southern girls with the way they talk\\
The mid-west farmers daughters really make you feel alright\\
And the northern girls with the way they kiss\\
The west coast has the sunshine\\
I dig a french bikini on Hawaii Island
** "Surfin' USA" listed a bunch of surfing locations through the US, for which Music/BrianWilson asked for help from his then-girlfriend's brother Jimmy Bowles, who was an avid surfer. The final tally includes almost every surfing spot in UsefulNotes/{{California}}, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay in Hawaii, and "Australia's Narrabeen", a beach in northern Sydney. (The band played at Narrabeen in November 1992, with "Surfin' USA" being the mandatory encore.)
*** "Surfin USA" was a lyrical rewrite of Chuck Berry's "[[http://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/chuck+berry/sweet+little+sixteen_20030910.html Sweet Little Sixteen]]", which also did the listing cities thing.
--->They're really rockin' in Boston
--->In Pittsburgh, PA
--->Deep in the heart of Texas
--->And round the Frisco Bay
--->All over St Louis
--->And down in New Orleans
--->All the cats wanna dance with
--->Sweet little sixteen
* Huey Lewis's "Heart of Rock and Roll" does this. New York City and Los Angeles get their own verses, then there's this:
-->"D.C., San Antone and the Liberty Town
-->Boston and Baton Rouge
-->Tulsa, Austin, Oklahoma City,
-->Seattle, San Francisco, too"
** On Canadian radio it's almost customary to have a voice shout out "Toronto! Montreal!" at the end.
** The version played on one Central New York station during the song's run on the charts had "Syracuse! Albany!"
* Music/TheBeatles parodied the Beach Boys' "California Girls" in "Back in the USSR" (as well as referencing another song):
-->Well, the Ukraine girls really knock me out,
-->They leave the West behind;
-->And Moscow girls make me sing and shout,
-->That [[RayCharles Georgia's always on my mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mind!]]
* Billy Joel's "You're My Home":
-->Home can be the Pennsylvania Turnpike
-->Indiana early morning dew
-->High up in the hills of California
-->Home is just another word for you
* The Cross (a side project by {{Queen}} drummer Roger Taylor) has one of these entitled "Cowboys and Indians"
* Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway" (not strictly cities):
-->From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
-->The Khyber Pass to [[StargateCity Vancouver's]] lights
* "Truckin'" by TheGratefulDead.
* Music/ToddRundgren's "Hot Espresso (All Jacked Up)" centers around a jetsetting band in their neverending search for coffee.
-->"In the morning it's a bus to Barcelona
-->fly a little side trip over to Roma
-->Then we all meet up in Cannes, Nice, and Monaco
-->Venice, Munich, {{London}}, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco
-->Then we drive to Santa Fe, then Austin
-->UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York]], UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}
-->We all meet up in UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, Ohio
-->Columbus, UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, coffee stop UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}
-->Then it's [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles L.A.]], Honolulu
-->UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}, UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}, UsefulNotes/HongKong, UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}, Kathmandu
-->And at the end of it all, if god is willing
-->We're sipping Turkish coffee in Greenwich Village...
* Music/BonJovi's "Raise Your Hands"
* Music/TheByrds' "The Bells of Rhymney" listed several Welsh locations such as Merthyr and Cardiff.
* Music/{{U2}}'s "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" name drops "Miami, New Orleans, London, Belfast, and Berlin" as places to which the protagonist can escape "with satellite television".
** In live performances of "Stay", the list of cities is usually changed to reflect where the concert is being played. When a Zoo TV concert in Sydney, Australia was filmed for global broadcast on television, Bono altered the line to "Miami, New Orleans, Sydney, to the rest of the world".
** Live performances of "Magnificent" during the 360° Tour generally began with Bono asking, "Where are we going?" He would then list several cities, before invariably ending the list with the current concert's location.

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[[folder: Rock and Roll ]]

* "I've Been Everywhere"
** Multiple versions thereof. The American version is probably the most famous, but it was originally about Australian placenames.
** And this makes it easy to parody. ''TheSimpsons'' had a version with all the fictional cities from the show, and there's an ''Alaskan'' version, in which the singer runs out of places in Alaska, and has to [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment mention Anchorage several times]].
** And there's also a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' version, in which Rincewind lists all the places he's fled from.
** There's also a version which lists several towns in Texas, sung by Johnny Cash, possibly some other singer. Really fast, too.
* Ian Dury's "Rhythm Stick" and Music/FlandersAndSwann's "Slow Train" do something similar. Played straight by the UK's 2007 Eurovision entry ("Flying the Flag for You", wasn't it?), probably to garner votes.
* Tommy Facenda recorded ''28'' different versions of his 1959 hit "High School U.S.A.," each one listing the names of local high schools in a different U.S. city.

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[[folder: Ska Punk ]]

* In Sublime's "April 29, 1992", there are 26, although the context is far different from what you would normally find with this trope.

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[[folder: Tropical Music ]]

* Gaita-turned-salsa band Guaco had two songs dedicated to the beauty of Caracas's girls. One mentions several cities of Venezuela that also had pretty girls, before the singer settles on Caracas, while the other lists some of the most notorious neighborhoods of the city as providers of the sexy.
* Inverted in Music/JimmyBuffett's "Volcano"; he lists a bunch of places (including cities), but they're places he ''doesn't'' want to land when the titular volcano blows its top.

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[[folder: Vocal Jazz ]]

* "Route 66", first recorded by Music/NatKingCole and covered by countless others, lists many of the cities along the eponymous road.

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!!Examples from other media:

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Dustin the Turkey's "32 Counties" gives a line to every one of UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}}'s traditional counties, although not all have a notable landmark or quality so he was forced to add "Laois has a prison", "Westmeath has a bypass" and "Leitrim's a mistake"...

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* "We Open In Venice" from ''Theatre/KissMeKate''. Lots of trope in Cremona.
* In ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', the residents of the fictional River City, Iowa list a bunch of town names from RealLife Iowa at the end of "Iowa Stubborn."
* In ''Trouble in Tahiti'', the GreekChorus lists ''suburbs''.
* In ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'', "Ah, Paree!" lists places around the world that don't have what GayParee has.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Wakko Warner's 50 State Capitols Song from WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvJ9SN8THE&feature=related here]].
* In the ''{{Simpsons}}'' episode ''Mobile Homer'', a guy sings a version of ''I've Been Everywhere'' with all the fictional towns of the series.

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