Five popular songs that you did not know were about Illinois.

Musician's Inspiration For Songs

You really can not pinpoint anything particular that inspires musicians to write music. I would argue that just about every situation could be used as an influence. Topics like love, family, struggles, partying, and so much more can be heard in songs.


Places Are Big Song Topics

Famous bands will write about personal experiences. Those could include people, places, and things. In fact, visiting a city or state for a concert can make such an impact that a tune could be created out of the travel destination.


Many Songs About Illinois

Illinois and especially Chicago have been featured in many amazing songs through the years. It would be easy to quickly write a list containing those masterpieces. For example,

The Blues Brothers - Sweet Home Chicago

Illinois Song Deep Cuts

I wanted to take a deeper look inside the song topic of Illinois. The ones that are not so obvious. You might not have even known these special tunes were about our state. Check out these choices.

Did You Know These Popular Songs Were About Illinois

Something Corporate - "I Woke Up In A Car"

About 1:39 into the song, the lyric is "She wrote me a letter as we passed through Rockford."

The Smashing Pumpkins - "Tonight, Tonight"

About 2:27 into the song, the lyric is "In your city by the lake."

Aliotta, Haynes, and Jeremiah - "Lake Shore Drive"

About 0:20 into the song, the lyric is "There's a road I'd like to tell you about, lives in my hometown, Lake Shore Drive the road is called and it'll take you up or down."

The Rolling Stones - “2120 South Michigan Avenue”

This song is an instrumental but the title is the address of the legendary Chess Records in Chicago.

Jim Croce - Bad Bad LeRoy Brown

About 0:16 into the song, the lyric is "Well, the south side of Chicago."

Can you think of any more?

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