Your furniture may be on Golan’s truck, but what’s on your iPod? From Sweet Home Chicago to theSuper Bowl Shuffle, selected songs can set the right tone whether you’re moving in, out, or all around the Windy City.
Wilco’s Far, Far Away; Duran Duran’s Lake Shore Drivin; and Shy-Town by Gorillaz are just some of the countless songs centered on the city as well as Liz Phair’s Stratford-On-Guy; Led Zepplin’s recording of When the Levee Breaks; and Welcome 2 Chicago by Abstract Mindstate with Kanye West.
In addition to Take Me Back to Chicago by the band named Chicago, there’s Dear Chicago by Ryan Adams; City Lights by Lucky Boys of Confusuin; Steve Goodman’s Go Cubs Go and Lincoln Park Pirates; Mat Kearney’s Meet Me in Chicago; Brian Wilson’s Mrs. O’Learly’s Cow; Bessie Smith’sChicago Bound Blues; and Chicago Bound by both Canned Heat and Jimmy Rogers.
Unbelievably, songs simply-named Chicago have been recorded by ABC, Alexz Johnson, Big D and the Kids Table, Bis, Clueso, Da Brat, The Doobie Brothers, Hieroglyphics, Ingram Hill, Kate Voegele, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sean Watkins, Shawnna, The Tossers, and Screeching Weasel as well as the standard Chicago, That Toddlin’ Town made famous by Frank Sinatra, who also recorded My Kind of Town.
Bobby Troup’s Route 66 is great for moving motorists as is Lake Shore Drive by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah while those on foot will appreciate Merle Haggard’s Sidewalks of Chicago.
More general yet equally classic road songs include Led Zeppelin’s Ramble On; Ramblin’ Man by Hank Williams; and Ramblin’ Man by The Allman Brothers Band as well as Simon and Garfunkel’sHomeward Bound; Willie Nelson’s On The Road Again; Bob Dylan’s Highway 61; Elton John’sGoodbye Yellow Brick Road; and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here.
From 1972’s Changes off Hunky Dory to 1979’s Move On off Lodger, David Bowie has a number of songs that describe the feelings associated with moving, including Under Pressure, his 1981 song recorded with Queen.
Whether offering moving motivation, settling-in inspiration or affirmation that Chicago is a toddlin’ town, music can make your move more moving!