Top Ten Thursday: Chi-Town Anthems
In keeping with our Chicago theme (due to my move there coming this weekend), we will be transitioning from yesterday’s list of songs BY Chicago to songs ABOUT Chicago. The Windy City has boasted its fair share of great artists, from Chicago blues legends Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Buddy Guy to more modern alternative/indie artists like The Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, and Andrew Bird to an unbelievably strong hip hop scene including Kanye, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, Twista, and the one and only R. Kelly. While their quarterback’s a sad emo excuse for an athlete and their football team as an equally worthless franchise, there is greatness in this city and that’s why we bring you this list.
10. Common-“The Corner”
We love Kanye as much as any blog, but yes, this is a Chicago song’s list with two rap songs by someone not named by Kanye. He does, however, get production credit and a guest spot on the “The Corner”, a staple song about the Chicago Streets off of Common’s best effort, Be.
Our fearless LxL founder/leader Wes Jakacki, is moving to Chicago this week. Which means Wes will soon find himself in the belly of two beasts, as he is a Detroit Lions fan who started a music blog. So naturally, this move is a slow progression to him becoming a Chicago Bears fan who sold out and became a writer for Pitchfork. Let’s pray only the former happens, and the latter only remains a very lame joke. In any case, this move is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will certainly colour his world anew. We know that he’s been searching so long for a new job to make him smile, so in light of his big surprise, we decided to go ahead and dedicate the rest of this week to one of my personal favorite towns in all the world, Chi-town. Naturally to kick things off (if you haven’t already deduced by my “punny” last two sentences), we decided there would be nothing better than listing out five of our favorite tracks by Chicago-native, love-ballad-bangers themselves, and the most successful “began-as-a-cover band” story of all time, Chicago.