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List of songs about Chicago

This is a list of songs about Chicago. For example: In 2018 Chance the Rapper, born and raised in Chicago, released two singles I might Need Security and 65th and Ingleside. The songs (which are included in the list below) are both an ode to Chicago.

0–9

  • "1215 W. Belmont" - Carey Bell & Lurrie Bell
  • "19th Street Blues" - Johnny Dodds & Tiny Parham
  • "2120 South Michigan Avenue" – Rolling Stones
  • "29th and Dearborn" – Richard M Jones
  • "31st And State" - Johnny Griffin And Wilbur Ware With Junior Mance
  • "39th And Indiana" - Charley Musselwhite
  • "42 in Chicago" - Merle Kilgore
  • "43rd Street Jump" - David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter Horton, Kansas City Red, Floyd Jones
  • "47th Street Stomp" – Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards
  • "5-3-10-4", 2000 – Maybe I'll Catch Fire - Alkaline Trio
  • "55th Street" - Lidell Townsell
  • "65th and Ingleside" - Chance the Rapper
  • "70th & King Drive" – Hot Hanas Hula

    A

  • "A Cicada Of Chicago" by Pepe Ahlqvist
  • "An Afternoon in Midway Plaisance. Fantasie for Piano.", 1893 – composer: Gustav Luders
  • "Angels" – Chance the Rapper from Coloring Book, 2016 (music video shows him rapping on top of the "L" train)
  • "Apex Blues" – Jimmie Noone & His Apex Club Orchestra
  • "Apostrophe to Chicago" – composer & lyricist: Mrs. Emily M. (Blakeslee) Boyden
  • "Area 312" – Resurrection Band
  • "At McKie's" – Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins (McKie's was a famous Chicago jazz venue)
  • "Ation" – Frode Gjerstad Trio With Steve Swell
  • "Auch Chikago War Einmal Jung" – Katja Ebstein
  • "Awake! Awake!" – composer & lyricist: Mrs. Emily M. (Blakeslee) Boyden

    B

  • "Back Down On State Street" – Ben Sidran
  • "Back Streets of Lombard" – Ground Zero
  • "Back to Chicago" – Styx, from Edge of the Century, 1990
  • "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" – Jim Croce
  • "The Ballad Of Jesse James" - various versions - see Jesse James (folk song)
  • "Bamako Chicago Express" - Don Moye
  • "Baseball Dreams" – Ralph's World
  • "Battle of Chicago" – Berkshire Seven
  • "Bear Down Chicago Bears" - John Frigo
  • "The Belle of Chicago", 1892 – composer: John Philip Sousa
  • "The Belle of Chicago Barn Dance" – composer: Theo. Bonheur
  • "The Belle of Lincoln Park" – composer & lyricist: Geo. Maywood
  • "Best Wishes to your Black Lung" – Less Than Jake
  • "Big Bill the Builder" (mayor), 1928 – composers & lyricists: Milton Weil, Bernie Grossman & Larry Shay
  • "The Big Brass Band from Brazil" by Art Mooney & His Orchestra
  • "The Big Unit" – The Mountain Goats
  • "Big Windy City" - Troy Shondell
  • "The Billiken Man", 1909 – composer: Melville J. Gideon; lyricist: E. Ray Goetz; sung by Blanche Ring
  • "Black Sox Two Step (Noir Chaussette's Two Step)" – Sidney Brown
  • "Blowin' in from Chicago", 2005 – composer: Hank Hirsh; Six Perfections Music; Around and Back
  • "Blue Line" – Local H
  • "Blues for the South Side" – Ronnie Earl
  • "Blues for the West Side" – Eddie Shaw
  • "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" - Andrews Sisters
  • "Boost Chicago" – composer: Armin P. Bauer
  • "Born in Chicago" – Paul Butterfield 1965, blues
  • "Born in Illinois" (in a place they call Chicago) Music & Lyrics by Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley (Chicago Native)Recorded by Award Winning Blues Artist Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley
  • "Bow to the Masta", 1999 – Kool Keith
  • "Boy Reporter Blues, Dedicated to Horace Wade – Boy Reporter of the Chicago Evening American", 1924 – composers: Dell Lampe & J. Bodewalt Lampe; lyricist: Haven Gillespie
  • "Break Down on Lake Shore Drive" – The Black Dog
  • "Bryn Mawr Stomp" – Local H
  • "Bucktown Stomp" – Johnny Dodds' Washboard Six
  • "The Burning Iroquois" (theater), 1904 – composer: Edward Stanley; lyricist: Mathew Goodwin
  • "The Burning of the Iroquois", 1904 – composer: Thos. R. Confare; lyricist: Morris S. Silver

    C

  • "Calling Me Home, Chicago", 1985 – composer: Paul David Wilson
  • "Casimir Pulaski Day" – Sufjan Stevens
  • "Cha Cha Chicago" – Kai Winding
  • "Chi-Chi-Chi-Chicago" – Nellie Lutcher
  • "Chi'-Ca'-Go'" - Johnny Ross
  • "Chi-City" – Common, featuring Kanye West, from Be, 2005
  • "Chi-Town" - Jing Chi
  • "The Chi-Town Boogie" - Casey Jones
  • "Chi-Town Hustler" – Eddie Floyd
  • "Chi-Town Theme" – Cleveland Eaton
  • "Chi-Town" – The Cribs
  • "Chi-Town" – Da Brat
  • "Chi-Town" – Jerry Butler
  • "The Chi-Town Nightlife" – Paul Johnson
  • "Chicago" – Tom Waits
  • "Chicago A"/"Chicago B" – Tirez Tirez
  • "Chicago After Dark" – Chicago
  • "Chicago Afterwhile" by Country Soul Revue featuring Dan Penn
  • "Chicago Allstars Boogie" – Willie Dixon & The Chicago Allstars
  • "Chicago at Night" – Spoon
  • "Chicago Blues", 1946 – composers: Arthur Crudup, Ransom Knowling, Judge Riley
  • "Chicago Blues" – Dion DiMucci
  • "Chicago Blues" – Fletcher Henderson
  • "Chicago Blues" – Bill Snyder
  • "Chicago Blues" - Jim Peterik
  • "Chicago Blues" - Oscar Peterson
  • "The Chicago Blues" – Sally Roberts
  • "Chicago Boogie" - Four Blazes
  • "Chicago Bop Stepping" – The Clayton Brothers
  • "Chicago Bound Blues", 1923 – composer & lyricist: Lovie Austin
  • "Chicago Bound Blues" – Bessie Smith
  • "Chicago Bound" – Canned Heat
  • "Chicago Bound" – Jimmy Rogers
  • "Chicago Boxcar" - Fabulous Poodles
  • "Chicago Breakdown" – Gene Ammons
  • "Chicago Breakdown" – Big Maceo Merriweather
  • "Chicago Breakdown" – Doctor Ross
  • "Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh, I Love It)" – Salsoul Orchestra
  • "Chicago Buzz" – Junie Cobb
  • "Chicago By Night" - Orlando Voorn
  • "Chicago Calling" – Cyril Davies
  • "Chicago City" – George "Harmonica" Smith
  • "Chicago City" - The Monarchs
  • "Chicago Concerto" - Bill Snyder
  • "The Chicago Conspiracy" – David Peel
  • "Chicago Cottage" – The Mirage
  • "The Chicago Cyclist March", 1896 – composer: Hans Liné
  • "Chicago Dancin' Girls" - Curtis Potter
  • "Chicago Disco" – Major Lance
  • "Chicago Emerald City" – Dave Angel
  • "The Chicago Express (March Two-Step)", 1905 – composer: Percy Wenrich
  • "Chicago Fanphair '93" – Local H5
  • "Chicago Flyer" – Meade Lux Lewis
  • "Chicago Fog Lift" - Chunky, Novi & Ernie (featuring Lauren Wood)
  • "Chicago Function" – Sidney Bechet
  • "Chicago Girl" – Roger Whittaker
  • "The Chicago Girls' March or Two-Step Dance", 1895 – composer: J.W. Tate
  • "Chicago, Glad To Be Back Home" - Louisiana Red
  • "The Chicago Glide" – composer: Prof. Joseph Gearen
  • "Chicago Green" – The Surfaris
  • "Chicago Here I Come" – Willie Dixon & Johnny Winter
  • "Chicago High Life" – Earl Hines
  • "The Chicago Hussar's Quickstep", 1892 – composer: A. H. Rintelman
  • "The Chicago Hustle" - Evelyn Thomas
  • "Chicago, Illinois" - Ben Verdery
  • "Chicago, Illinois" - Bobby Short
  • "Chicago Institute" – Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  • "Chicago Is Alive" – Dicken (of Mr Big)
  • "Chicago Is Just That Way" – Eddie Boyd
  • "Chicago Is Large" – Nazgul
  • "Chicago Is Loaded With The Blues" - Chicago Blues Allstars/Willie Dixon
  • "Chicago Is My Home" – Pierre Lacocque; sung by Lurrie Bell, from album Hattiesburg Blues; Mississippi Heat
  • "Chicago Is So Two Years Ago" – Fall Out Boy
  • "Chicago in Mind" – Albert Ammons
  • "Chicago Jackmaster" - K-Alexi
  • "Chicago Light Green" - Jimmy Owens (musician)
  • "Chicago Line" - John Mayall
  • "Chicago Man" – Eddie Shaw
  • "The Chicago March", 1909 – composer: Henry S. Sawyer
  • "Chicago Melody" - Axel Zwingenberger
  • "Chicago Meltdown" - Impakt
  • "Chicago Mess Around" - Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders
  • "Chicago Monkey-Man Blues" – Rosa Henderson
  • "Chicago Morning" – Chris Rea
  • "Chicago North Western" – Juicy Lucy
  • "Chicago on My Mind" – Albert Ammons
  • "Chicago on My Mind" – Jimmy Dawkins
  • "Chicago Party Theme" - Jesus Wayne
  • "Chicago Post March", 1896 – composer: Ellis Brooks
  • "Chicago Rhythm" - Chicago Stompers
  • "Chicago River Blues" - Hayden Thompson
  • "Chicago Rockets" - Bourbon Street Barons
  • "Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night" – The Hold Steady
  • "Chicago, Send Her Home" - Willie Hightower
  • "Chicago Serenade" – Eddie Harris
  • "Chicago Sidewalk" – Arthur Adams
  • "Chicago Slam" - K-Alexi
  • "Chicago Slide" – Victoria Spivey
  • "Chicago Song" – David Sanborn
  • "Chicago Stomp" - Pinetop Perkins
  • "Chicago Stomp Down" – Duke Ellington
  • "Chicago Stomps" – Jimmy Blythe
  • "The Chicago Story" - Jimmy Snyder
  • "Chicago Style" - Dave Specter
  • "Chicago Style" - (from Road to Bali)
  • "Chicago Surf" - Surf Teens
  • "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)", 1922 (originally spelled Todd'ling) – composer & lyricist: Fred Fisher; popularized by Frank Sinatra
  • "The Chicago Theme (Love Loop)" – Hubert Laws
  • "Chicago Tickle" - Harry Tierney
  • "Chicago Trane Blues" - Toby Ben
  • "The Chicago Tribune Centennial March", 1947 – composer: Robert Trendler; lyricist: Jack La Frandre
  • "Chicago Tribune March", 1893 – composer: W. Paris Chambers
  • "Chicago Twist" – Werner Baumgart
  • "The Chicago Two-Step" – composer: J. P. Brooks
  • "Chicago Wind" – Merle Haggard
  • "Chicago Woman" - The Oxfords
  • "Chicago" – ABC
  • "Chicago" – Roy Ayers
  • "Chicago" – Big D and the Kids Table
  • "Chicago" – Birdpaula
  • "Chicago" – Bis
  • "Chicago" - Clueso
  • "Chicago" - Colour Club
  • "Chicago" – Kiki Dee
  • "Chicago" – Dynastie Crisis
  • "Chicago" – The Doobie Brothers
  • "Chicago" – Enuff Z'nuff
  • "Chicago" – Flipturn
  • "Chicago" – Frédéric François
  • "Chicago" – Gemini One
  • "Chicago" – Hieroglyphics
  • "Chicago" – Ingram Hill
  • "Chicago" – Michael Jackson
  • "Chicago" – Alexz Johnson
  • "Chicago – Ivan Kuchin
  • "Chicago" - music by Lew Pollack; lyrics by Sidney Clare
  • "Chicago" – Luther Allison
  • "Chicago" – Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  • "Chicago" – The Masterbuilders
  • "Chicago" – Mat Kearney
  • "Chicago" - Otis Pierce
  • "Chicago" – Ted Mulry
  • "Chicago (We Can Change the World)" – Graham Nash
  • "Chicago" – Des O'Connor
  • "Chicago" – Portugal. The Man
  • "Chicago" – The Purple Hearts
  • "Chicago" – Django Reinhardt
  • "Chicago" – Revolutionary Ensemble
  • "Chicago" – Lucy Wainwright Roche
  • "Chicago" – Rodgers & Hart
  • "Chicago" – Alexander Rosenbaum
  • "Chicago" – Shawnna
  • "Chicago" – Simoncino
  • "Chicago" – Sufjan Stevens
  • "Chicago" – The Tossers
  • "Chicago" – The Uglysuit
  • "Chicago" – Kate Voegele
  • "Chicago" – Sean Watkins
  • "Chicago" – Andre Williams
  • "Chicago - 1926" - Nanette Workman
  • "Chicago 60616" - Kenny and the Kasuals
  • "Chicago's Finest" – Emmure
  • "Chicago's Gift to a 'Nation's Hero'" (U.S. Grant) 1891 – composer & lyricist: W.C. Robey
  • "Chicago's Queen" – Baron Longfellow
  • "Chicago, Chicago" – Lord Invader
  • "Chicago, Chicago" - Teddy Phillips And His Orchestra featuring Colleen Lovett
  • "Chicago, Damn" – Bobbi Humphrey
  • "Chicago, Illinois" – from Victor/Victoria
  • "Chicago, Mon Amour" – Made in Sweden
  • "Chicago My Home Town" – Barry Goldberg
  • "Chicago, My Home Town" – composer & lyricist: Paul S. Hargrow
  • "Chicago, New York" – The Aislers Set
  • "Chicago, Now!" – The Fall
  • "Chicago, Prairie Gem of Illinois" – composer & lyricist: Laura Aborn
  • "Chicago, the City of Today" – composer: Bill Snyder; lyricist: Ann Marsters
  • "Chicago, the Gem on the Shore", 1923 – composer & lyricist: J. A. Johnson
  • "Chicago, the Most Beautiful City" – composer & lyricist: Frank Padula
  • "Chicago..." – Screeching Weasel
  • "Chicago Woman" - Sonny Turner & Sound Limited
  • "Chicago Women" - Willie James Lyons
  • "Chicagoland Twirl Polka" – Frankie Yankovic
  • "Chicago x 12" – Rogue Wave
  • "Christmas in Chicago" – Marilyn Scott
  • "City in a Garden" – Fall Out Boy 2018
  • "City Lights" – Lucky Boys Confusion
  • "City of CHI" – Juice
  • "City of Chicago" – Luka Bloom, Christy Moore
  • "City of Promise. 1934 Century of Progress Song" – composer: Jos. Snabl-Antes; lyricist (Czech text): Vasek Niederle; lyricist (English translation): Libushka Bartusek
  • "Clark Steet" – Elmer Bernstein
  • "Clean Up Chicago" - Josef Myrow and Mack Gordon
  • "Closer to Our Graves" – Lucky Boys Confusion
  • "Cold and Windy Night" – The Fantastic Four
  • "Cold Chicago" – Humming House
  • "Cold Chicago Wind" - Jack Bonus
  • "Cold Chicago Winds" - Country Boys (featuring the Willis Brothers)
  • "Cold Windy City of Chicago" – Boxcar Willie
  • "Columbia Fair (Grand March)" – composer: Theodore Moelling
  • "Columbian Guards March – The Musical Hit of the World's Fair", 1892 – composer & lyricist: T. P. Brooke
  • "Columbus Fair (Grand March)" – composer: Geo. Schleiffarth
  • "Come On! Feel the Illinoise! – Sufjan Stevens
  • "Come to Chicago" – composer: Dorothy Giffey; lyricist: James Andrichen
  • "Coming from Chicago' – Angelo D'Onorio
  • "Conover March" (dedicated to the officials of the World's Columbian Exposition) 1893 – composer: Ion Arnold
  • "Con–" – Frode Gjerstad Trio With Steve Swell
  • "Cook County Jail" – Tom Edwards Country Four
  • "The Corner" – Common, featuring Kanye West, from Be, 2005
  • "The Count On Rush Street" - Shelly Manne Septet, 1951 - composer: Bill Russo
  • "Crook County" – Twista, from Mobstability, 1998
  • "Cubs in Five" – The Mountain Goats

    D

  • "Daley's Gone" – Steve Goodman
  • "Dancing in the Street", 1964 – Martha and the Vandellas
  • "Dead End Street" – Lou Rawls
  • "Dear Chicago" – Ryan Adams
  • "Dearborn Steeet Breakdown" – Charles Avery
  • "Dearie" - Gordon MacRae & Jo Stafford
  • "Dennehy" – Serengeti
  • "Don't Call On Me" - The Monkees
  • "Down on Maxwell Street" - Micky Moody and Paul Williams (British singer)
  • "Down On Wabash Avenue" - Josef Myrow and Mack Gordon
  • "Dr. Chicago" – Udo Lindenberg
  • "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request" – Steve Goodman

    E

  • "East Chicago Blues" – Sparks Brothers
  • "East Wacker Drive" – Phil Barry
  • "End Of Chicago" - Shock Stars
  • "An Esthete On Clark Street" – William Russo
  • "Everything" – Dawn Xiana Moon
  • "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago", 1967 – Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band
  • "The EL" – Rhett Miller
  • "El-A-Noy" by Billy Corgan 2004
  • "The Elements: Fire", recorded 1966, released 2011 – Brian Wilson
  • "Epitaph Of A Small Winner" by Archie Shepp & Chicago Beau
  • "Everything is Big in Chicago" by Gustave Kerker and Frederic Ranken

    F

  • "Fair Women of Chicago Waltzes", 1893 – composer: Theo. H. Northrup
  • "Far, Far Away" – Wilco
  • "Ferris Wheel March", 1893 – composer: Geo. Maywood
  • "Ferris Wheel Waltz", 1893 – composer: G. Valisi; lyricist: Harry C. Clyde
  • "First Steps", 1993 – composer: Tommy Stinson, from Bash & Pop
  • "Food from Chicago" – Lord Christo
  • "The Forest of Love and Romance, Theme song of the Black Forest Village, A Century of Progress Chicago", 1933 – composer: Ernie Kratzinger; lyricist: Charles Kallen
  • "Forty-Seventh and State" – Bud Freeman
  • "From Chicago to the Sky" – Seventh Avenue
  • "From Chicago with Love" – Harlan Howard
  • "From London to Chicago" - Wild Bob Burgos (from Matchbox (band)) & The Dreadnoughts
  • "Full Moon" – Common
  • "Funeral March in Memoriam, Carter H. Harrison, Mayor of Chicago", 1893, composer: W. Herbert Layon
  • "Funk, Chicago Style" - Dick Hyman

    G

  • "Get Busy" – Mr. Lee
  • "The Girl from Chicago" – Benny Bell
  • "Git On Up" – Fast Eddie and Sundance
  • "Go Cubs Go" – Steve Goodman
  • "Go Go Chicago. Wonder City Home of Mine." – composer & lyricist: Clitus M. Wickens
  • "Go Go Gadget Flow" – Lupe Fiasco, from Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, 2007
  • "GO" – Ofycial & Wade White Owl, featuring Papi
  • "Goin' Back to Chicago" – Chet Oliver
  • "Goin' Back to Chicago" – Smokey Hogg
  • "Goin' to Chicago Blues", 1939 – composer: Count Basie Orchestra, Lou Rawls
  • "Goin' to Chicago" – traditional; recorded by Mike Westbrook
  • "Golden Ring" – Tammy Wynette & George Jones
  • "Gone To Chicago" - The Pied Pipers
  • "Goodbye to Guyville" – Urge Overkill
  • "Got To Leave Chi-Town" - Chicago Blues A Living History
  • "Grand Exposition March" – composer: Louis Falk
  • "Grand Terrace Ballroom" - Albert Nicholas, Herb Fleming, Nelson Williams, Benny Waters, Joe Turner (jazz pianist)
  • "Grand Terrace Rhythm" – Bob Crosby
  • "Great Big Friendly Town Chicago" – Dora Hall
  • "Greater Chicago March" – composer: Jacob Valentine Havener; lyricist: Agner Clark Winkler
  • "Green Mill Garden Blues", 1920 – composer: unknown (88 key piano roll)
  • "Greetings. Chicago's Official Song. 1833–Chicago–1933" – composer & lyricist: George D. Gaw; transcriber & arranger: Frank Barden
  • "Growing Up" – Fall Out Boy, from Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend, 2003
  • "A Guided Tour of Chicago" – The Lawrence Arms, 1999

    H

  • "Hail Chicago (March)", 1933 – composer: Stanley Kay; lyricist: A. Seaborg
  • "Hail to Thee, Chicago" – composer: John E. King; lyricist: Estella A. Johnson-Hunt
  • "Hail, Chicago, Hail", 1949 – composer and lyricist: Lesley Kirk
  • "Hail, Chicago! Official Song of the Pageant of Progress", 1921 – composer: Bob Allen; lyricist: Ted Turnquist
  • "Hands Open"– Snow Patrol
  • "Happy Summertime" – R. Kelly, featuring Snoop Dogg, from TP.3 Reloaded, 2005
  • "Harlem Avenue" by Red Callender
  • "Hastings Street" – Blind Blake
  • "The Hat He Never Ate" – composer: Ben Harney; lyricist: Howard S. Taylor
  • "Hello Chicago Fox-Trot", 1933 – composer: Anthony Misuraca; lyricist: Joseph Argento
  • "Hello Chicago" – Topher Jones & Amada, featuring Ido vs. The World
  • "Highway 55" – The O'Kanes
  • "Hitch Hike" – The Rolling Stones, from Out Of Our Heads, 1965; originally by Marvin Gaye
  • "Home" – Kanye West
  • "Home In Chicago" - Dave Riley And Bob Corritore
  • "Homecoming" – Kanye West, featuring Chris Martin from Graduation, 2008 (charted at #9 on UK Singles, music video features the bean sculpture in Millennium Park)
  • "Homesick at Spacecamp" – Fall Out Boy from Take This To Your Grave, 2003
  • "Hometown Chicago" - John Parricelli And Stan Sulzmann

    I

  • "I-94" - Jules Blattner
  • "(I've Got the) Old Chicago Blues" – Bob Gentile
  • "I Am Proud of Chicago" – composer & lyricist: Ben Schwartzberg
  • "I Came Home" – Rhymefest
  • "I Dream of Chicago" – Parlours
  • "I Got a Mind to Go to Chicago" – Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band
  • "I Got the Chicago Blues" – Jim Peterik
  • "I Left My Mind In Chicago" - Abu Talib (musician)
  • "I Love Chicago" - Little Mike and the Tornadoes
  • "I Love My Radio (Midnight Radio)" – Taffy
  • "I Might Need Security" – Chance The Rapper
  • "I Murdered Them In Chicago' - from Glad To See You
  • "I Smell Chicago" by Catfish Hodge
  • "I Used to Work in Chicago. I Did But I Don't Anymore", 1944 – composers & lyricists: Larry Vincent & Sunny Skylar
  • "(I Want To Go To) Chicago" - R.T. & The Rockmen Unlimited
  • "I Was Having A Hard Time In Chicago" - Mike Martin
  • "I–94" – Jules Blattner
  • "I'll Meet You in Chicago (at the Fair)", 1928 – composers & lyricists: Charlie Harrison & Fred Rose
  • "I'm a Ramblin' Man" – Waylon Jennings
  • "I'm Dying Tomorrow" – Alkaline Trio
  • "I'm from Chicago", 1917 – composer: Leo Edwards; lyricist: Blanche Merrill
  • "I'm Going Right Back to Chicago" (Coon Song) 1906 – composer: Egbert Van Alstyne; lyricist: Harry Williams
  • "I've Got All This Ringing in My Ears and None on My Fingers" – Fall Out Boy, from Infinity on High, 2007
  • "I've Got To Leave Chi-Town" - Carey Bell & Lurrie Bell
  • "In 1933 (Where Will You Be)" – composer & lyricist: Art Kassel; arranger: Charles Adams
  • "In Cairo Street: A Characteristic Fantasie for Piano", 1893 – composer: Geo. Schleiffarth
  • "In Chicago" – composer & lyricist: Olive Jeane
  • "In Old Chicago", 1937 – composers & lyricists: Mack Gordon & Harry Revel
  • "In Tha Chi" – Shawnna, featuring Syleena Johnson, from Block Music, 2006
  • "In the Ghetto"– Elvis Presley
  • "In the Kitchen – Umphrey's McGee from Anchor Drops, 2004, progressive rock
  • "Inner Circles of Chicago" – Rodger Wilhoit
  • "Into the Chicago Abyss" – Southall Riot
  • "Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago" – Soul Coughing
  • "It's a Cold Winter" – Frankie Knuckles, Chicago house
  • "It's a Way They Have in Chicago" (from Sinbad) 1896 – composer: Gustav Lüders; lyricist: M.E. Rourke
  • "It's a Way They Have in Chicago" (from the Royal Chef) 1904 – composer: Ben M. Jerome; lyricists: Geo. E. Stoddard & Chas. S. Taylor

    J

  • "Jackson Park El Train" by Harold Mabern Trio
  • "Jackson Park Express" – "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • "Jazz Music" – Gang Starr (a different song to the group's more famous "Jazz Thing")
  • "Jazz Thing" – Gang Starr
  • "Jesus Just Left Chicago" – ZZ Top
  • "Joe Chicago" – Big Walter Horton
  • "Joe Murphy's Farewell To Chicago" – Old Rope String Band
  • "Jolly Bears, To Those on the Board of Trade of Chicago. Polka Humoristic", 1880 – composer: Geo. Schleiffarth
  • "Jumpin' in the Pump Room" - John Kirby (musician) and his Orchestra
  • "Just Blew in from the Windy City" – Doris Day, 1953
  • "Just for Money" – Paul Hardcastle

    K

  • "Keys to the City" – Ministry & Co Conspirators, 2008

    L

  • "Let's Go, Go-Go White Sox" – Walter Jagiello
  • "L.A., Goodbye" – The Ides of March
  • "Lady From Chicago" - Neal Sharpe
  • "Lake Effect Kid" (demo song) – Fall Out Boy, from Welcome to the New Administration, 2008
  • "Lake Michigan" – Rogue Wave, 2007
  • "Lake Shore Drive" – Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah, 1971
  • "Lake Shore Drive" – Art Porter Jr.
  • "Lake Shore Drive" – E-Smoove (Eric Miller)
  • "Lake Shore Drive" – Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • "Lake Shore Drive" – The Innocence Mission
  • "Lake Shore Drive" – Theo Parrish
  • "Lake Shore Drive Boogie" – Lefty Dizz
  • "Lake Shore Drive (Chicago Concerto)" - 101 Strings
  • "Lake Shore Drive (Slight Return)" – Harris Newman
  • "Lake Shore Driving" – Duran Duran 1988
  • "Lakefront Blues" - Dan Burley And His Skiffle Boys
  • "Lakeshore Cowboy" – Ramsey Lewis
  • "The Last Day of the Fair", 1893 – composer: Frank Swain
  • "Lawndale Blues" - Eddie Taylor Blues Band
  • "LAX to O'Hare" – The Academy Is...
  • "Leader of the Band" – Dan Fogelberg (from Peoria)
  • "Leavin' Chicago, A.M.F." – Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
  • "Leaving Chicago" – Knockout
  • "Lido Shuffle" – Boz Scaggs
  • "Lincoln Park Pirates" – Steve Goodman
  • "Little Joe from Chicago", 1930 – composers: Mary Lou Williams, Henry Wells
  • "Living in Chicago" – The Bee Gees
  • "Logan Square" - – Jimmy McPartland And Art Hodes
  • "London House" – Billy Walker
  • "Long Line To Chicago" - Larry Hosford
  • "Lovin's Been Here and Gone to Mecca Flats", 1926 – composer: Jimmy Blythe

    M

  • "Mama Chicago" – Bonnie Koloc
  • "Mama Chicago" – Mike Westbrook
  • "The Man from the South with a Big Cigar in his Mouth", 1930 – composers & lyricists: Rube Bloom & Harry M. Woods
  • "The March Maroon, University of Chicago March and Two-Step", 1906 – composer: Harry Turner
  • "Marching on to Chicago", 1933 – composers & lyricists: Richard Daly, Thomas Parmiter & Clitus Wickens
  • "Maxwell Street" – Chris Rea
  • "Maxwell Street Boogie" - Rob Hoeke
  • "Maxwell Street Shuffle" – Barry Goldberg
  • "Mean Old Chicago" - Bob Margolin
  • "Mecca Flat Blues", 1924 – composer: Jimmy Blythe; lyricists: Jimmy Blythe & Priscilla Stewart
  • "Meet Me in Chicago" – Jimmy McPartland And Art Hodes
  • "Meet Me in Chicago" – Mat Kearney, Buddy Guy from Rhythm & Blues
  • "Memphis-Chicago Blues" – Julio Finn Band (featuring Memphis Slim)
  • "Mercy Me" – Alkaline Trio
  • "Miss Chicago (The Great 'Pageant' Song)", 1921 – composer: Edmund Braham; lyricist: W.S. Greelish
  • "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" – Brian Wilson
  • "Muddy Waters (Little Walter/Lakeshore Theme/Willie D./Otis/Whisper From Theresa's/Walkin' Up Halsted)" – Glen Hall & Gil Evans
  • "My Kind of Town" – Frank Sinatra, 1964

    N

  • "New West Side Stroll" - Dave Specter
  • "New York/Chicago" - Mark Imperial
  • "New York and Chicago" - music by Albert Von Tilzer; lyrics by Junie McCree
  • "New York To Chicago" - Chubby Jackson
  • "The Night Chicago Died" – Paper Lace (Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit in 1974)
  • "Night In Chicago" - Reeds
  • "North to Chicago" – Hank Snow
  • "Northside Cadillac" - James Cotton
  • "Northwest 222" – Harry Chapin
  • "Nothing Beats Chicago/Ocean is Different" – from the musical Marie Christine

    O

  • "Ode for the opening of the World's Fair. Held at Chicago, 1892" – composer: C. W. Chadwick; lyricist: Harriet Monroe
  • "Oh City of a Century" – composer: Eleanor Everest Freer
  • "Oh, Yes! Oh, Yes! Oh, Yes! Oh, Yes! The Dancing Girls will give a Show before they Start for Chicago!" from Little Christopher Columbus
  • "Oh You Chicago, Oh You New York", 1910 – composer: Albert Von Tilzer; lyricists: Junie McCree & Sydney Rosenfeld
  • "The Oldest Living Groupie in Chicago" – Doug Ashdown
  • "On a Freezing Chicago Street" – Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
  • "On the Midway, or the Jolly Bum, Bum", 1893 – composer & lyricist: Louis Ortenstein
  • "On the South Side of Chicago" – Freddy Cole
  • "One Way Ride (To Chicago)" – Lois Johnson
  • "Only in Chicago" – Barry Manilow
  • "The Original Chicago Blues", 1915 – composer: James White
  • "Our Chicago" (U of C), 1926 – composer & lyricist: Norman Reid

    P

  • "Palmah House Shuffle" (Palmer House Hotel), 1903 – composer: Libbie Erickson
  • "Pantin' in the Panther Room" – Fats Waller
  • "The Payback" - James Brown
  • "Peace Frog" – The Doors
  • "Picketlines and Pepperspray" – Silent Film
  • "Prairie Song" – Billy Corgan
  • "Private Lawns" – Angus & Julia Stone
  • "Pulaski at Night" – Andrew Bird
  • "Pulaski Day" – Kidd Russell
  • "Pump Room" - The Friendly Indians
  • "Pump That Body" - Mr. Lee
  • "Pump Up Chicago" – Mr. Lee
  • "Put the Blame on Mame", 1946 – composers & lyricists: Allan Roberts, Doris Fisher

    Q



    R

  • "Randolph Street Rag" - Chicago Rhythm Kings
  • "Real Good Girlfriend" – The Mountain Goats
  • "Red Hot Chicago" – Flying High, 1930; composers & lyricists: B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown & Ray Henderson
  • "Red Leaves of October" – Michael Peter Smith
  • "Relax With Chicago" - K-Alexi
  • "Richmond, Chicago, Mexico And Home" - Sonny Miller And The Happy Valley Boys
  • "Ride My Face to Chicago" – Frank Zappa
  • "Ride To Stony Island" - Stony Island Band (from Stony Island (film))
  • "Rock-Skippin' at the Blue Note" – Duke Ellington
  • "Royal Garden Blues" (jazz standard)
  • "The Rebirth" – Chapter 13
  • "Route 90" - Clarence Garlow
  • "The Runaway Train" - Michael Holliday

    S

  • "San Francisco" – Alkaline Trio
  • "Saying Goodbye" – Every Avenue
  • "The Seer's Tower" – Sufjan Stevens
  • "She Shook Him in Chicago" – (Madame Sherry 1909) – composer: Karl L. Hoschna; lyricist: Otto Hauerbach
  • "She Was Hot" – Rolling Stones
  • "She Was in Chicago" – John Lee Hooker
  • "She'd Never Leave Chicago" – McKendree Spring
  • "The Sheik of Chicago (Mustafa)", 1960 – adaptor & lyricist: Bob Merrill; recorded by the Four Lads and Archie Bleyer
  • "The (Shipped) Gold Standard" – Fall Out Boy from Folie a Deux, 2008
  • "Showtime in Chicago" – Joe Jackson
  • "Shy-Town" – Gorillaz
  • "Sidewalks of Chicago" – Merle Haggard
  • "Silent Night/7 O' Clock News" – Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Simple Man" by Wale
  • "Slow Down Chicago" – Canasta
  • "Snakeheads" – The Mountain Goats
  • "So Long Toots" – Cherry Poppin' Daddies from Soul Caddy
  • "Something from Nothing" – Foo Fighters, 2014
  • "Somewhere in Chicago" – Arnold McCuller
  • "Somewhere on Fullerton" – Allister
  • "Sounds at the Archway" – Eddie Harris
  • "Sounds of West Side Chicago" – Jimmy Dawkins & Hip Linkchain
  • "South Shore Drive" - Bernard Allison
  • "South Shore Drive" - Noble "Thin Man" Watts
  • "South Side" – Moby, featuring Gwen Stefani, 2001
  • "South Side Irish" – Arranmore
  • "South Side of Chicago" – Eddie Burns
  • "South Side Shake" - Dan Burley And His Skiffle Boys
  • "South Union" – Lucky Boys Confusion
  • "Southbound Ryan" – Dennis DeYoung
  • "Southside Boogie" - Dick Hyman
  • "Southside Boogie" - James Cotton
  • "Southside Chicago Waltz" – Black 47
  • "Southside Chicago" – Otis Brown & The Delights
  • "Southside Hop" - Left Hand Frank
  • "Southside Mojo" – JaGoFF
  • "Southside Shuffle" – Art Hodes
  • "Southside Stomp" - Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
  • "Southside Stuff" – Jimmy Yancey
  • "South Side To Riverside" - Lurrie Bell
  • "Southside" – Common, featuring Kanye West, from Finding Forever, 2007
  • "Star Witness" – Neko Case
  • "Startin' for Chicago" – Tracy Nelson
  • "State Street Blues" – Synco Jazz Band (featuring Joseph Samuels)
  • "State Street Jive" – Cow Cow Davenport
  • "State Street" - Peter Gallway
  • "State Street" – Sonny Knight
  • "State Street" – Sun Ra
  • "State Street Samba" – Cook County
  • "State Street Special" - Johnny Parker (jazz pianist)
  • "State Street Sweet" - Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • "State Street Tomorrow – Theme Song", 1930 – composers: Carelton Colby & Maurice Wetzel from the Radio Station KYW staff
  • "Stay Chi" – Juice
  • "Stell–" – Frode Gjerstad Trio With Steve Swell
  • "Stock Yards Strut" - Freddie Keppard
  • "Stony Island Band" - Stony Island Band (from Stony Island (film))
  • "Stratford-on-Guy" – Liz Phair, 1993
  • "Streamline Train" - The Vipers Skiffle Group
  • "Strings Of Chicago" - Lidell Townsell
  • "Stuck in Chicago" – Cate Brothers
  • "Sunshine in Chicago" – Sun Kil Moon
  • "Super Bowl Shuffle" – Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew, the 1985 Chicago Bears champions
  • "Super Fade" - Fall Out Boy from "Lake Effect Kid EP", 2018
  • "Sweet Chicago" – The Original Caste
  • "Sweet Home Chicago", 1937 – composer: Robert Johnson; lyricists: Robert Johnson & Roosevelt Sykes, Blues Brothers
  • "Sweet Spots" – The Fiery Furnaces
  • "Swing Life Away" – Rise Against from Siren Song of the Counter Culture, 2005
  • "Switchboard" – Kid Sister

    T

  • "Take Me Back to Chicago", 1985 – title track on Take Me Back to Chicago by Chicago
  • "Take the Time", 1993 – Waiting for the Night by the Freddy Jones Band
  • "Talkin' Baseball (Baseball And The Cubs)" – Terry Cashman
  • "Taste of Chicago" – Albert Washington
  • "That's That", 2006 – Snoop Dogg featuring R. Kelly
  • "There's No Lights On The Christmas Tree Mother They're Burning Big Louis Tonight" – Alex Harvey
  • "This City", 2011 – Patrick Stump featuring Lupe Fiasco from Soul Punk
  • "Ticket to Chicago" – Terry Garthwaite (once of Joy of Cooking)
  • "To Chicago With Love" – Lois Johnson
  • "Together Forever (Krush Groove 4)" – Run-DMC
  • "Tonight, Tonight", 1996 – The Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Tonight Will Last Forever", 2005 – Photographs by Mest
  • "The Torture Doctor", 2013 – Alkaline Trio
  • "Train to Chicago" – Mike Doughty
  • "The Trianon March", 1934 – dedicated to the Chicago Association of Dancing Masters; composer: R. Alexander Campbell
  • "True Enough", 2009 – Everything's Easy by Girlyman
  • "Turn It Up Again" – Conway Brothers
  • "Twilight Serenade", 2005 – Another Ghost by Jason Myles Goss
  • "Two Words", 2004 – Kanye West featuring Mos Def, Freeway, and the Boys Choir of Harlem, from The College Dropout

    U

  • "The University Quickstep", 1865 – inscribed to the President and Friends of the Chicago University; composer: E. M. Shaw

    V

  • "Vacation in Chicago" – Cold War Kids
  • "Vernon Park" - Lil' Mark
  • "Via Chicago", 1999 – Summerteeth by Wilco
  • "The Viking March – Captain Andersen's Viking Ship from Norway to the World's Fair", 1893 – composer: H. C. Verner

    W

  • "Wacker Drive" – Wazmo Nariz
  • "Wailin' at the Trianon" – Lionel Hampton
  • "We Ride", 1998 – R. by R. Kelly, featuring Jay-Z
  • "We're All Crazy in Chicago", 1986 – Jonathon Brandmeier
  • "We're Gonna Go to Chicago" – from the musical Marie Christine
  • "Welcome 2 Chicago", 2001 – Abstract Mindstate featuring Kanye West
  • "Welcome to Chicago" - Gene Farris (British chart hit in 2003)
  • "Welcome to Chicago" – Kill Hannah from Wake Up the Sleepers, 2009
  • "Wes Cide Bluze" – Jimmy Dawkins
  • "Wes Cide Rock" – Jimmy Dawkins
  • "West Side Baby" - Fenton Robinson
  • "West Side Bossman" - Otis Grand, Anson Funderburgh, Debbie Davies
  • "West Side Shuffle" – Ronnie Earl & Duke Robillard
  • "West Side Woman" - Lurrie Bell
  • "Weston's March to Chicago", 1867 – composer: Edward Mack; publisher: S. Brainard & Sons, Cleveland
  • "Wheels a-Rolling", 1948 – official song of the Chicago Railroad Fair; composer: Helen Purcell Maxwell; lyricist: Philip Maxwell
  • "When the Levee Breaks", 1929 – composers & lyricists: Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie; re-worked by Led Zeppelin in 1971
  • "When the Wind Blows in Chicago" – writers: Scott Turner, Audie Murphy; performed by both Roy Clark and Bobby Bare in 1964, and Eddy Arnold in 1970
  • "When You Meet a Man in Chicago" – from Sugar
  • "White Sox Stomp" – Jimmy Yancey
  • "Windy City Blues" - Ernie Hawks And The Soul Investigators
  • "Windy City Blues" – Mike Westbrook
  • "Windy City Boogie Woogie", c. 1941–1943 – Nat King Cole
  • "Windy City Boogie", c. 1950–1954 – J. T. Brown
  • "Windy City Hop" – Slim Gaillard
  • "Windy City Soul" by Jerry Butler
  • "Windy City" – Jack-Tronic
  • "Windy City" – Jackie McLean
  • "Windy City" – Phish
  • "Windy City" – Rodney Franklin
  • "Windy City" – The Sweet
  • "Windy City" – from Windy City
  • "Windy City Blues" - Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators
  • "Windy City Stomp" - Rob Hoeke
  • "Wine-O From Chicago" - Howard Crockett
  • "Winter in Chicago", 2012 – Toil by Flatfoot 56
  • "The Woman Downstairs", 1998 – Through the Trees by The Handsome Family
  • "Woman in Chicago" – Jim Post
  • "World's Columbian Exposition Waltz", 1893 – composer: Adelaide Marcelia Gluck
  • "The World's Fair or A Voyage to Chicago", 1893 – composer & lyricist: Leonard Gautier

    Y

  • "Yes Chicago Is... (Suite)" - Gerald Wilson Orchestra
  • "You Haven't Seen The U.S.A. Until You've Seen Chicago!" - Dick Marx Orchestra
  • "You Wake Up in the Morning in Chicago", 1915 – composer: Harry Carroll; lyricists: Ballard MacDonald and Coleman Goetz
  • "You'll Find 'Em in Chicago" (from The Yankee Regent), 1905 – composer: Ben M. Jerome; lyricists: Chas S. Adelman and I. L. Blumenstock
  • "You're Dead", 2001 – From Here to Infirmary by Alkaline Trio

    Z

  • "Zelda", 2007 – Isn't This Supposed to Be Fun!? by Farewell

    Songs about Chicago sport teams

  • "All the Way", 2008 – Eddie Vedder
  • "Bear Down Chicago Bears", 1941 – composer & lyricist: Jerry Downs
  • "Chelsea Dagger", with text modified by Blackhawks' fans, 2006 – composer and lyricist: Jon Fratelli; performers: The Fratellis
  • "The Chicago Cubs Song – Hey Hey! Holy Mackerel!", 1969 – composer: John Frigo; lyricist: I. C. Haag
  • "Come On You Cubs Play Ball", 1937 – composer & lyricist: Bernard "Whitey" Berquist
  • "Cubs on Parade (The Great March and Two-Step)", 1907 – composer: H.R. Hempel; arranger: Jos. Techen
  • "The Glory of the Cubs", 1908 – composer: Arthur Marshall; lyricist: F.R. Sweirngen
  • "Go Cubs Go", 1984 – composer & lyricist: Steve Goodman
  • "Here Come the Hawks", 1968 – composer: J. Swayzee; producer: The Dick Marx Orchestra and Choir
  • "Hurrah for the Cubs", 1930 – composer: Burrell Van Buren; lyricist: Betty Douglas
  • "Let's Go, Go-Go White Sox", 1959 – composer & lyricists: Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers
  • "Super Bowl Shuffle", 1985 – composers: B. Daniels, L. Barry; lyricists: R. Meyer, M. Owens; performers: Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew, the 1985 Chicago Bears
  • "Watch the Cubs Play Ball", 1941 – composer & lyricist: Harry A. Magill
  • "Wave the Flag (For Old Chicago)", 1929 – fight song of the University of Chicago; lyricist: Gordon Erickson
  • "We're The Cubbies", 2012 – composer, lyricist, and audio engineer: Michael Droste CubsSong.com
  • "White Sox Fitted", 2010 – composer & lyricist: Young General
  • "The White Sox March", 1907 – composer: T.F. Durand