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Top 10 Songs About Albuquerque

There's a remarkable number of songs named after "Albuquerque." It's as if the city's funny name has made it a synonym for weirdness out west.

In fact, many of the songs called "Albuquerque" have little to with the city itself. Examples: "Point Me In the Direction of Albuquerque" by The Partridge Family, Weird Al Yankovic's "Albuquerque," Neil Young's "Albuquerque."

And other songs, like "Right Turn at Albuquerque" by Robert Parish and Andreas Duus Pape's "Gas to Albuquerque" are more about traveling westward; they're about the journey, not so much the destination.

The following songs best capture the city of Albuquerque through their lyrics and not just their titles.

"Albuquerque Anthem (ABQ Anthem)" by MXK

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"Make it rain up in the club cause it won't rain for seven months
Dusty Southwest so they better show me love,
I'm from Albuquerque boy I thought that I told ya,
shout out to the Base and shout out to my soldiers,
shout out to Valley shout out to the Heights,
shout out to the homies holding down the West Side
boy comin' with the fire cause I love my town,
from Tramway to the Peak and all the way down"

"Albuquerque" by The Nicholsons

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"Albuquerque, where the destination is the muse
Albuquerque, I hope the rain won't mar the view"

"Cheap and Sunny" by Fast Heart Mart

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"In the southwest of the U.S.
there is a place
where the sky is blue almost everyday
and it hardly ever rains

don't worry
of money
it's cheap and sunny

coyotes howl, snakes rattle and road runners run
nights are cold the days are warm and there's plenty of sun

it's cheap and sunny
in Albuquerque"

"Bright Lights of Albuquerque" by Melissa Black

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"Albuquerque Arson" by The Cheap Seats

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"We love this town
we burned it down
if I can't have it no one will"

"Albukrazy Luv" by Juan Gambino

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"Someplace Like Albuquerque" by Matthew Lee

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"You've been listening to that whispering wind
A big old emptiness growing within ... too deep to fill
So paint your eyes - fix your hair
It could lead anywhere
And when your last smile falls
When your last road comes to let you down
Look for me
Someplace like Albuquerque"

"Albuquerque" by Chris Gaffney & The Cold Hard Facts

Chris Gaffney - Albuquerque from Palomino Alumni Club on Myspace.

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"The Lights of Albuquerque" by Jim Glaser

"But the Lights of Albuquerque, will soon be shining bright,
Like a diamond in the desert, like a beacon in the night.
And I wonder if she'll take me back, will she understand?
Will the Lights of Albuquerque, shine for me again?"

"Albuquerque" by Ali Marcus

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"It's true time can't make a wrong right
but I needed to wake up in that Sandias just to sleep at night
Albuquerque, comes tumbling through me"