Often, songs are the connection that people make to a place, either through an event that happened while the song was playing, and sometimes because the song itself is about a place where the lister would rather be. Our first entry on this list defines placemaking through song, because it started only as an idea of a place, a fantasy of an ideal place that for its legions of fans became a defining lifestyle. It also eventually became real places that contribute to the character of multiple communities.

Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett)

Detroit Rock City (Kiss)

House of the Rising Sun (New Orleans, The Animals)

New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)

Luckenbach, Texas (Waylon Jennings)

New Orleans