Hooray For Hollyweird! 100 Tracks That Built LA

The 100 LA tracks are:

My Funny Valentine by Chet Barker (1954)

Hey Senorita by The Penguins (1954)

Seachin’ by The Coasters (1957)

I’m Walkin’ by Ricky Nelson (1957)

You Send Me by Sam Cooke (1957)

Willie & The Hand Jive by Johnny Otis (1958)

Git It by Gene Vincent (1958)

Somethin’ Else by Eddie Cochran (1959)

Alley Oop by Dante & The Evergreens (1960)

He’s A Rebel by The Crystals (1962)

Miserlou by Dick Dale (1962)

Warmth Of The Sun by Beach Boys (1964)

California Dreamin’ by Mamas & The Papa (1965)

For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield (1966)

So You Want To Be A Rock’n’roll Star by Byrds (1967)

The End by The Doors (1967)

Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark & Hilldale by Love (1967)

Pushin’ Too Hard by The Seeds (1967)

Pleasant Valley Sunday by Monkees (1967)

Blue Jay Way by Beatles (1967)

Sin City by Flying Burrito Brothers (1969)

Almost Cut My Hair by Crosby Stills Nash & Young (1970)

  Mechanical Man by Charles Mason (1970)

What Are Their Names by David Crosby (1971)

Showbiz Kids by Steely Dan (1973)

I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More, Baby by Barry White (1973)

People’s Parties by Joni Mitchell (1974)

Revolution Blues by Neil Young (1974)

Low Rider by War (1975)

Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac (1976)

Small Change (Got Rained On With His Own .38) by Tom Waits (1976)

Desperado’s Under The Eves by Warren Zevon (1976)

Cherry Bomb by The Runaways (1976)

Lexicon Devil by The Gems (1979)

Los Angeles by X (1980)

Super Freak by Rick James (1981)

Rise Above by Black Flag (1981)

Jump by Van Halen (1984)

I Had A Dream by The Long Ryders (1984)

Boys Of Summer by Don Henley (1984)

Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses (1987)

Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. (1988)

Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)

Let Me Ride by Dr. Dre (1992)

Mary Of Silence by Mazzy Star (1993)

Concrete Schoolyard by Jurassic 5 (1997)

Malibu by Hole (1998)

Debra by Beck (1999)

Getting Bright At Night by The Icarus Line (2004)

Ultimate LA track is: Hotel California by The Eagles (1976)

So that’s the full list with selected songs by me, hope you do enjoy? But here’s 50 more LA songs:

Surf City by Jan & Dean

Topanga Canyon by John Philips

Ain’t That A Bitch by Johnny ‘Gutiar’ Watson

Farmer John by The Premiers

Palm Desert by Van Dyke Parks

Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

Trouble Every Day by Mothers Of Invention

Lady by Dennis Wilson & Rumbo

The Honeydripper by Joe Liggins & His Orchestra

Popsicle’s & Icicles by The Murmaids

Hero Takes A Fall by The Bangles

 It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube

This Town by The Go-Go’s

Keep Your Mind Open by The Kaleidoscope

We Got The Neutron Bomb by The Weirdos

Willin’ by Little Feat

Poor Side Of Town by Johnny River

Blues On Central Ave. by Joe Tuner

Be My Baby by The Ronettes

Ladies Of The Canyon by Joni Mitchell

Express Yourself by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm

In Never Rains In Southern California by Albert Hammond Jr.

Big Eyed Beans From Venus by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Boulevard by Jackson Browne

Oh Shit by The Pharcyde

Mingus Fingers by Charles Mingus

I Love LA by Randy Newman

I Slept In An Arcade by Black Randy & The Metro Squad

Up In Dodo’s Room by Howard McGhee Sextet

Animal Man by Kim Fowley

Kill City by Iggy Pop & James Williamson

That’s How I’m Livin’ by Ice-T

From A Silver Phial by Gene Clark

Sweet Surrender by Tim Buckley

The Lonely Bull by Herb Alpert & The Tijana Brass

Then She Remembers by Dream Syndicate

Lonely Surfer by Jack Nitzsche

Pileline by The Chantays

Killing In The Name Of by Rage Against The Machine

Black Night by Charles Brown

TV Lives by GTOs

How I Could Just Kill A Man by Cypress Hill

I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher

Say Goodbye To Hollywood by Ronnie Spector

Dr. Feelgood by Motley Cure

Statesboro Blues by Rising Suns

Along Comes Mary by Assocations

Everything’s Everything by Freestyle Fellowship

Fairfax Rag by Nilsson

So what I’m posting today something previously published in printed pages which I did blog about lately. Now if you wanna know more about it? It’s the one with Red Hot Chili Peppers on the cover and follow this link to that here. Anyway while re-looking at these old mags I figured I might look up some of these on YouTube and then I just go one step more and embedded some in yet another post. I did discover some great new music to me viva reading that in the early 2000’s and found they did write about some stuff I did dig then or before too. So thinking some other blog readers might enjoy these too, do you?

Living in Perth W.A. I kind-off related the whole west coast living of sun, surf etc. If I was in some shit cover band where I did sing those huge California songs I would change the words to Western Australia. Back in time one of the W.A. state premier visited LA at one point in 1950’s when they were updating the whole road system in the capital Perth at the time so that bloke made it all based on the LA’s highways and freeways system. A little local Perf history, if you wanted it or not?

This was only 100 tracks as the main feature and then plus another 50 songs in side column on the last page but those were just as great too! Now blog posting the list myself with my own fave songs and maybe the less well-known tracks or just the weirdest being embedded above. You can search away yourself if wanna listen to any others of them. Yeah, I know maybe should have made another playlist or something but I did try only including around one/two per ten tracks but in the end it’s more like five per ten so maybe half are above and off course takes a lot longer to load the full post like that but oh well, that’s how I did it, OK? Call me an idiot or something if you like?

Hope you dear readers/listeners enjoyed all that? So got to ask? What’s your fave LA song? Or did they miss anything on this long list?


BTW my yearly playlists of late 80’s and early 90’s have all been updated now! Much more happy and pleased with all my Where I Was In… posts but maybe it should been entitled something like What I Listen To From… the year because it’s all about songs from each year. So this means I’ve edited and updated all of them, from 1960 to 2005. Really should been posting them now not early this year because they’re so much better playlists right now but god knows if anyone else is going back to them now? But the newly edits have been on: 1987, 1988, 1989 with 70 tracks each and then 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 with 100 songs each, enjoy!

Cheers 🙂



  1. What an amazing roundup William! So cool and inspiring makes me wish I was there today. I know I put this up on the first Shuffle post but here it is again:
    My favourite LA track is probably this David & David one because I heard it my first trip Stateside in 1986 when I had a horrible job waiting tables for the summer and it was on ‘heavy rotation’ as they used to say on MTV. It was the first LP (vinyl!) I bought over there. I love David Baerwald. I would probably say most of Jack Jones’ early 60s output reminds me of LA and the Palm Springs/cool modernist vibe. Another gorgeous man … Ahem. So even though this mellow track doesn’t represent that actual era on his discography but because it includes LA in the title I’ll include this reference too! Without any apologies whatsoever for easy listening … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r8773Qefds

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  2. This got me listening again tonight. What about Elton John’s Tiny Dancer? And lots more Tom Waits of course – like Had Me a Girl. Heart Attack and Vine. And In the Neighbourhood. And so many others of his! So great to listen to Van Dyke Parks again – I dragged a friend utterly unfamiliar with him to see him play live way back and it was eyeopening! Definitely a cult event. How about Tom Petty’s Century City? And Free Fallin’. Too much! Jackie DeShannon has a song called LA. And I’ve just found a great bit of progressive blues, Goin’ Over Coldwater Canyon by Gary Farr from his album Movin’ Thru LA. Too cool for school! Too many songs to think about! Long night ahead!

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    1. So you do like a bit of LA songs then? I think Mojo mag did pretty good job on this because that’s why I blogged it up now but I think also it’s most likely just a bit of a start of what could be… well, could it be almost endless list of songs? You know, if you were to name the main cities of the world that made or still make so much great music, LA would one of the top, hey? What’s the old saying all roads lead to LA or something? I’ll just have dig up those songs your talking about later on and have a listen! I really have to check out way more Van Dyke Parks really myself, is Song Cycle album really his best as they say or would you pick something else? Feel free to leave another comment if you remember some other great track/s later on, sounds like your building up a pretty great list yourself too? 🙂


      1. I really came across Parks because of everything he did with Brian Wilson – who doesn’t love the Beach Boys? But certainly Song Cycle is what got me into him after that. I’d forgotten about Elliot Smith’s song LA too! So much of the great LA music is out of the late 60s – my guide to that is the great book WAITING FOR THE SUN by Barney Hoskyns. If you haven’t got it you need to! An invaluable resource, beautifully written, tracing all the personal and musical connections between all the bands and singers. Amazing stuff. Just have the music handy!

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      2. Oh yeah, I forgotten it’s his b’day on 22nd of Sept. too thanks for reminding me Elaine 🙂 Me singing now: “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday Nicky! Hip hip hooray!” 🙂


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