Official Song of Los Angeles?


Per this article the Los Angeles Times, the city of San Francisco may or may not attempt to simultaneously belt out a rendition of Tony Bennett’s “San Francisco” – the city’s official song – at noon today, a sort of citywide flash mob to honor the 50th anniversary of Bennet singing the song for the first time at the Fairmont Hotel.  Maybe more interestingly, the article notes in a parenthetical that our fair City of Angels doesn’t have an official song (though oddly enough, LAX has one).  Which of course prompts at least one Angeleno to wonder: what would be our official song?

Way back when, we did a nifty series called “Songs About Los Angeles,” any of which would be worthy contenders.  Randy Newman’s “I Love LA” seems to be the obvious choice, though there are others: “Los Angeles” by X was the most popular song in our series, according to Franklin Avenue’s post-series poll.  Or, how about “Pico And Sepulveda” by Felix Figueroa And His Orchestra?  “Straight Outta Compton” by NWA?  Others?  Votes?

5 thoughts on “Official Song of Los Angeles?”

  1. The fact that we don’t have just one, that we have such diverse collection of songs about the city, seems much more appropriate than any one official song. And that there’s no consensus, even more so. L.A. is too complex…convoluted…and, frankly, awesome to be defined by any one song. Despite people trying, or thinking they can, you can’t paint my hometown with too broad a brush. My personal soundtrack for the city would be:

    1. “First of the Gang to Die” – Morrissey
    2. “The Jungle” – Cut Chemist
    3. “Under the Bridge” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    4. “I Love L.A.” – Randy Newman (yes, we all know he meant it, at least somewhat, ironically)
    5. “Que Onda Guero” – Beck
    6. “California Dreamin'” – The Mamas and the Papas
    7. “To Live and Die in L.A.” – both the Wang Chung and 2Pac versions
    8. “Paradise City” – Guns ‘n’ Roses
    9. “Ladies of the Canyon” – Joni Mitchell
    10. “Hooray for Hollywood” – I don’t know, actually…

  2. Soul Coughing’s “Screenwriter’s Blues.” Drive down the 101 at any point between 10pm and 5am if you have any doubts.

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