Rock,  Roots Rock

Street Songs

We’ve spent all this time building up our digital music libraries, so why not tinker around with them a bit and have some fun? Last week I explored tunes that clocked in at 2:28. This week, I take it to the streets.

The exercise this week is to locate your street songs. I’m not talkin’ lanes, avenues, roads, courts, and the like. Nuh-uh. I’m talkin’ Streets.

What’s more, I’m looking for songs that are simply names of Streets. “Oak Street”, “Main Street”, “This Street”, “That Street”. So that leaves out a lot of quality tunes obviously (“Positively 4th Street”, “Incident on 57th Street”, to name a couple). I’m interested to see what other “Street” gems are out there. So use the Search area of your favorite media player, look for some “___ Street” songs, and drop some into the comments.

Me? I came up with 17 streets. Here are four of my tops…

  • Christian St. (mp3) – Marah | An ode to their hometown of Philadelphia, this is on Marah’s 2nd album, Kids in Philly. It’s my favorite Marah album – just bristling with life. I spent the better part of the year 2000 with this record.
  • Straylin Street Pete Droge | From Pete’s ’94 album, Necktie Second.
  • Great Jones Street Luna | Never owned any other Luna albums other than Bewitched, but this song is a soft stunner. They had me at Great.
  • Cherry Street – JJ Cale | From JJ’s latest, Roll On (a concept album about deodorant. Just kidding.).

The Others…

Alphabet Street – Prince
Boogie Street – Leonard Cohen
Dominick St. – Steve Earle
Grafton Street – Nancy Griffith
Grey Street – Dave Matthews Band
Highway One Zero Street – Joe Strummer
Lonely Street – Bap Kennedy
Love Street – World Party
Meadowlake Street – Ryan Adams
Rain Street – The Pogues
Shakedown Street – Grateful Dead
Shouting Street – Joe Strummer
South Street – The Orlons


  • Michael

    This one turned up a ton of tracks, here’s a selection:

    2Pac – Run tha Streetz (feat. Michel’le, Mutah and Storm)
    2Pac – The Streetz R Deathrow
    Alexisonfire – Emerald Street
    Big Star – In the Street
    Bill Evans – On Green Dolphin Street
    Billy Joel – 52nd Street
    Blue States – Alphabet Street
    Bon Jovi – Wild in the Streets
    Brothers Johnson – Streetwave
    Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia
    Chet Atkins – Main Street Breakdown
    Counting Crows – Sullivan Street
    Dave Matthews Band – Grey Street
    David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing in the Street
    Death Cab for Cutie – State Street Residential
    Deftones – Street Carp
    Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble – Pine Tree & On the Street
    Down to the Bone – On the Corner of Darcy Street
    Ebony Alleyne – Every Lonely Street
    Fatback Band – Njia Walk (Street Walk)
    Jay-Z – Streets Is Talking (feat. Beanie Sigel)
    Jay-Z – Streets Is Watching
    Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Burnin’ Streets
    John Coltrane – Straight Street
    Kanye West – Street Lights
    lanterna – B Minor (From “Elm Street”)
    Less Than Jake – Theme Song for H Street
    Loverboy – Gangs in the Street
    Lupe Fiasco – Streets on Fire
    Martha and the Vandellas – Dancing in the Street
    Mazarati – Lonely Girl On Bourbon Street
    Mike Stern – Jones Street
    Nas – Street Dreams
    Paolo Nutini – These Streets
    Pet Shop Boys – Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)
    Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street
    Prince – Alphabet Street
    Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out)
    Rob Thomas – Streetcorner Symphony
    Rod Stewart – Street Fighting Man
    Slough Feg – Street Jammer
    The Black Crowes – Locust Street
    The Cure – Fascination Street
    The Cure – Fascination Street (extended mix)
    The Cure – Fascination Street (live)
    The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Blue Shadows in the Street
    The Doobie Brothers – Takin’ It to the Streets
    The Go-Betweens – Streets of Your Town
    The Moments – Love On A Two Way Street
    The Rolling Stones – Streets of Love
    The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man
    The Slackers – Don’t Forget the Streets
    Tony Allen – Where the Streets Have No Name
    U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
    Van Halen – Dancing in the Street
    Van Halen – Mean Street
    Weather Report – Brown Street
    Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis – Basin Street Blues
    Wyclef Jean – Street Jeopardy

  • Pete

    Thanks Michael…. but someone didn’t read the fine print!

    “_____ Street” format only.

    So Brown Street, Fascination Street, Mercy Street ….

  • Dave Lifton

    Some Others:

    Pony Street – Elvis Costello
    Killermont Street – Aztec Camera
    Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
    Carnaby Street – The Jam
    14th Street – Laura Cantrell
    Depot Street – Mudcrutch
    Uneasy Street – Pete Townshend
    Psycho Street – Richard Thompson
    Galbraith Street – Ron Sexsmith
    Bleecker Street – Simon and Garfunkel
    Sunday Street – Squeeze
    Easy Street – Randy Newman

  • AWJ

    “Baker Street” (Gerry Rafferty Cover) by Foo Fighters (The Color and The Shape

    “Bleeker Street” by Simon & Garfunkel (Collected Works)

    “Lonely Street” by Willie Nelson (Milk Cow Blues)

    “Love Street” by The Doors (Waiting For The Sun)

    “Sullivan Street” by Counting Crows (Across A Wire: Live In New York City)

    “Sullivan Street” by Counting Crows (August & Everything After)

    “Toulouse Street” by The Doobie Brothers (Toulouse Street)

  • WallOfSound

    Better Than Ezra – State Street State Of Mind
    Bob Seger – Main Street
    Bob Dylan – Positively 4th Street
    Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
    Bruce Springsteen – Backstreets
    Bruce Springsteen – Racing In The Streets
    Bruce Springsteen – Streets Of Fire
    Chicago – Hot Streets
    Chicago – Street Player
    Dio – Evil On Queen Street
    Dire Straits – On Every Street
    Edgar Winter Group – Easy Street
    Johnny Cash – The Streets Of Laredo
    Kansas – Lonely Street
    Night Ranger – Sentimental Street
    Poco – Streets Of Paradise
    Roger Whittaker – Streets Of London
    Stacy Lattisaw – Love On A Two-Way Street
    Sting – Moon Over Bourbon Street
    The Crusaders Featuring Randy Crawford – Street Life

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