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25 Songs That Define Los Angeles

These are the songs that capture what it really feels like to live in L.A. — both the great and the not-so-great.

1. The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreaming”

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2. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under the Bridge”

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3. The Kinks, “Celluloid Heroes”

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4. The Decemberists, “Los Angeles, I’m Yours”

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5. Guns N’ Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”

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6. 2PAC, “To Live and Die in L.A.”

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7. Rilo Kiley, “Let Me Back In”

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8. Bad Religion, “Los Angeles Is Burning”

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9. R.E.M., “Electrolite”

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10. Elliott Smith, “Angeles”

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11. Death Cab for Cutie, “Why You’d Want to Live Here”

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12. Ryan Adams, “Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd.”

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13. People Under the Stairs, “The L.A. Song”

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14. Les Savy Fav, “Sleepless in Silverlake”

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15. Bran Van 3000, “Drinking in L.A.”

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16. Lana Del Rey, “Off to the Races”

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17. Beck, “Hollywood Freaks”

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18. Best Coast, “The Only Place”

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19. Shawn Mullins, “Lullaby”

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20. Albert Hammond, “It Never Rains in Southern California”

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21. Tom Petty, “Free Falling”

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22. Terra Naomi, “The Vicodin Song”

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23. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, “Life in L.A.”

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24. Dawes, “Time Spent in Los Angeles”

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25. Warren Zevon, “Desperados Under the Eaves”

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