San Francisco & the Bay Area

(aired 6/22/12)


I recently had the pleasure of traveling down to California to visit my family, staying in Berkeley. It turns out there are a TON of songs about the city of San Francisco – tunes that reference various aspects of the city (or other places in the Bay Area) in the lyrics and titles.

It was fun brainstorming all this music with my creative mother, Lynn. She helped me put together this fabulous playlist of songs. Thanks Mom!

Hop aboard this cable car, and let’s take a trip together to the golden city of Frisco…

  1. clip: I Left My Heart in San Francisco – Dean Martin
  2. Fake Tales of San Francisco – Arctic Monkeys
  3. San Francisco – Vanessa Carlton
  4. San Francisco Days – Chris Isaak
  5. Frisco Town – Memphis Minnie
  6. Rice-a-Roni (The San Francisco Treat) – TV commercial
  7. clip: San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie
  8. The Sound of San Francisco – Global Deejays
  9. Frisco Blues – John Lee Hooker
  10. Sausalito – Conor Oberst
  11. The Bay – Zion I
  12. Little Boxes – Pete Seeger
  13. clip: Little Boxes (Ticky Tacky) – Malvina Reynolds
  14. Little Boxes – Regina Spektor
  15. Little Boxes – Elvis Costello
  16. Wake Me Up in San Francisco – Matt Langlois, aka The Welcome Matt
  17. On San Francisco Bay (1911) – Billy Murray
  18. Come Back From San Francisco – The Magnetic Field
  19. Streets of San Francisco theme song
  20. Grace Cathedral Hill – The Decemberists
  21. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Rockapella
  22. clips of various versions: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Popa Chubby, Anna Ducros, Aaron Neville, Pearl Jam, Sarah Bareilles
  23. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  24. Russian Hill – Jellyfish
  25. San Francisco – Brett Dennen
  26. Do You Know the Way to San Jose? – Dionne Warwick
  27. Full House theme song – Jesse Frederick
  28. clip: Daly City Train – Filthy Thieving Bastards
  29. 16th & Valencia – Devendra Banhart
  30. Cable car sound effects
  31. Into Action – Tim Armstrong
  32. October in Railroad Earth – Jack Kerouac
  33. clip: San Francisco Bay Blues – Peter, Paul & Mary
  34. San Francisco Bay Blues – Phoebe Snow [suggested by Stefan Windroth]
  35. Mean Old Frisco Blues – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
  36. San Franciscan Nights – Eric Burdon and the Animals
  37. San Francisco (mix) – Robots Attack
  38. Berkeley Pier – Tilt
  39. I’m Always Drunk in San Francisco (And I Don’t Drink At All) – Nancy Wilson
  40. When the Lights Go Down in the City – Journey

Originally aired on KSKQ on June 22, 2012. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

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