Today marks the 34th anniversary of the U.K. release of London Calling — the landmark Clash record that broke the band in North America and placed eighth on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. The title video, shot in a rain-slashed Battersea Park on the banks of the river Thames, evokes an unmistakable image of London — a city that has been celebrated in song perhaps more than any other.
Soaked in immigrant sounds and influences — from Ireland to the Caribbean — the English capital has been the setting of tunes that date back to the music-hall tradition, continuing through early rock 'n' roll all the way to the present day.
While walking around the city or riding on the Underground, it’s easy to find some of these songs, with their references to street names and Tube stops, flitting through your head. Of the thousands of songs about London, these are just a few of our favourites. Check them out, in the gallery.