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  1. Christopher Fernandes

    Out of yours, my favorite ones are probably Compton by Kendrick Lamar featuring Dr. Dre, as well as Tiny Vessels by Death Cab for Cutie. It’s kind of funny because they’re too different genres representing different parts of LA. I haven’t really heard the other ones, so I am a little biased, but they were still good to hear. My personal favorites include Red Hot Chilli Peppers “Under the Bridge,” Death Cab for Cutie, “Why You’d Want to Live Here,” Guns N’ Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle,” and “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A. I most definitely used Google for help, but I definitely remember and like listening to these songs, especially now that I’ve listened to it with my recent focus on Los Angeles. Out of curiosity, what’s wrong with the Doors and the Eagles?

  2. Elizabeth Boron-Trotter

    I’m not super familiar with all the songs above but I do know and like Death Cab for Cutie’s “Tiny Vessels.” I also found the song “I’m a Valley” by The Surf Punks to be entertaining as well. I gathered links to some of my favorite songs dealing with Los Angeles and posted them below.

    2Pac – To Live and Die in LA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz2wVLyTar4

    Guns n Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1tj2zJ2Wvg

    Michael Bublé – Hollywood
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBrlYtV60GA

    Lana Del Rey – Bel Air
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_0xctWc1tM

  3. Will Hovik

    I enjoyed most of the songs you posted, especially Jurassic 5’s LAUSD and Tone-Loc’s Funky Westside. Some songs with a similar correlation of Los Angeles culture are from an artist named Bones, who is an LA artist who moved here from Michigan and expresses the change of scenery in some of his songs such as “WestCoastPlayer” and “GoldenChevrolet”. There is much difference between LA and other places in America and we can see the differences when it is discussed and expressed in individuals songs.

  4. Katarina Stiller

    So I’m going to be honest here, the likelihood of the majority of these songs making their way onto my ipod are not great. I do like “Tiny Vessels” though. And I give props to “Walking in LA” purely for sentimental reasons.
    A few LA songs I like in no particular order (feel free to disagree, it’s a free country supposedly):
    “For What It’s Worth” (Buffalo Springfield)
    “City of Angels” (Thirty Seconds to Mars)
    “California Dreamin'” (The Mamas and the Papas)
    “LA Devotee” (Panic! At the Disco)

    • Brianna Maloney

      I would definitely have to agree with the fact that these are not songs that I would typically listen too. Expanding on your songs, I do listen to Panic! At the Disco quite a lot. In their album The Death of a Batchelor, along with “LA Devotee”, I would say that “Golden Days” is another song that could be tied to Los Angeles.

    • Sean Smith

      The “Panic! at the Disco” video is a fantastic example of Los Angeles as an imagined space. For those who haven’t seen it…

  5. Anthony Yassa

    I thought the songs listed here were all really interesting, and many of them were songs that I have listened to and enjoyed without ever thinking about how they relate to our city. I will definitely pay more attention to how Los Angeles culture affects music in the future.
    I’ll add a couple songs here as well, the first one is fairly obvious:
    This Is LA – The Briggs
    The River – Good Charlotte
    California- Phantom Planet

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