Glasgow Inspires Most Songs

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”. 

quote

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! 

Guy Fletcher, Chairman - PRS for Music 

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 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation the company ensures creators are paid whenever their music and songs are played, performed, broadcast or reproduced in public and provides business and community groups with access to 22.2 million songs through its music licences. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

In 2016, the organisation collected over half a billion pounds (£621.5m) on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.