Skip navigation links
Our organisation
Our people
Our track record
Corporate resources
Policy and research
Press centre

Glasgow Inspires Most Songs 

31 January 2012

PRS for Music chart sees Scottish City named in more song titles than any other

Cities and towns have been used as a trigger and inspiration for memorable songs for centuries, from Christmas carols, traditional folk songs to rock songs and it seems that some cities have been more influential than others. 

But in a surprise result it is the famous Scottish city of Glasgow which has topped the PRS for Music chart with the most number of songs crediting  the city name within the song title. 

PRS for Music took the top 30 towns and cities throughout the UK by population (excluding London) to analyse the data using its extensive database.

 Number  City Amount of songs 
 1  Glasgow  119
 2  Edinburgh  95
 3  Birmingham  89
 4  Liverpool  67
 5  Manchester  63
 6  Belfast  60
 7  York  59
 8  Brighton  54
 9  Bristol  49
 10  Newcastle  31


Notably, the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh comes in a close second, showing that the Scottish highland spirit really can be inspiration to music creators. Some of the classic Glasgow tunes include ‘I Belong to Glasgow’ written by Will Fyfe, reputedly after helping a drunk who said "The way I feel tonight is that Glasgow belongs to me”.

Guy Fletcher, Chairman of PRS for Music “Songwriters feed off their inspiration and this could be anything from a feeling or an object or place. It seems that a number of songwriters have taken Glasgow into their hearts and felt it was right to produce a piece of work about their feelings towards the city. It’s great to see two Scottish cities, both Glasgow and Edinburgh, having such an effect on our members!”

5 Glasgow Inspired Tracks

  1. I Belong To Glasgow, written by Will Fyfe
  2. Streets of Glasgow, written by Alastair Caplin
  3. The Glasgow I Below To, written by Adam McNaughtan
  4. Let Glasgow Flourish, written by John Bell
  5. I’ve Been To Glasgow, written by Mark Rogers

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

Contact us

Press Enquiries

Coral Williamson
Communications Executive

Stefania Pavlou
Communications Manager, Media Relations

+44 (0)20 3741 4777

Marketing Enquiries

Ben Dancer
Marketing Executive


PRS Big Numbers
Follow us on M Magazine Twitter Facebook Linked In YouTube
© PRS for Music