90+ Years of Cincinnati in Song

Cincinnati is hardly the first American city to be celebrated in popular song – nevertheless, it is rather striking just how often the city has appeared in a song’s title, to wit:

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Note the impressive 28-year consecutive run between the years 1959-1988
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"Cincinnati Hornpipe"               William B. Houchens          1924

"Cincinnati Southern Blues"         Iva Smith                    1927

"Cincinnati Daddy"                  Duke Ellington               1929

"Cincinnati Underworld Woman"       Bob Coleman                  1929

"Cincinnati Southern Blues"         Cow Cow Davenport/Iva Smith  1929

"Cincinnati Breakdown"              Blue Ridge Mt. Entertainers  1932

"I’m Going to Cincinnati"           Walter Coleman               1936

"Was You Ever in Cincinnati"        Freddie Fisher               1941

"C-I-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-I"               Teddy McRae Orchestra        1945

"Cincinnati Lou"                    Merle Travis                 1946

"Cincinnati Vout"                   Earl Warren                  1946

"Cincinnati"                        Martha Davis' Torrid Trio    1947

"Cincinnati Bound"                  Cowboy Jack Derrick          1950

"Cincinnati Hit Parade"             Bill Franklin & Skyline Boys 1950

"Cincinnati Dancing Pig"            Tennessee Ernie Ford         1950

"G'night Cincinnati, 'lo Tennessee" Shorty Long                  1951

"Cincinnati Rag"                    Buck Ryan                    1955

"Cincinnati Ding Dong”              Art Lund                     1957

"Cincinnati Ratamatati"             Cain & Abel                  1959

"High School USA (Cincinnati)"      Tommy Facenda                1959

"Cincinnati Fireball"               Johnny Burnette              1960

"Cincinnati"                        Frank Slay Orchestra         1961

"Cincinnati Twist and Freeze"       Orlie & the Saints           1961

"Whole Town's Batty About 'nati"    Larry Vincent                1961

"Cincinnati Ratamatati"             First Percussion Sextet      1961

"Cincinnati Rock"                   Cliff Nash                   1962

"Cincinnati Twist"                  Field Pat & Les Pumas        1962

"Cincinnati Blues"                  Boll Weevil Jazz Band        1963

"Cincinnati Slow Drag"              Rev. Gary Davis              1964

"Cincinnati, Ohio"                  Bill Anderson                1964

"Cincinnati Breakdown"              Charlie Moore & Bill Napier  1964

"Cincinnati Blues"                  Jesse Fuller                 1965

"The Cincinnati Kid"                Lalo Schifrin & Ray Charles  1965

"The Cincinnati Kid"                Prince Buster                1966

"Cincinnati Ohio"                   Connie Smith                 1966

"Cincinnati Woman"                  Freddy Cannon                1967

"I'm Leaving Cincinnati"            Larry Roberts                1967

"Cincinnati Stranger"               Buddy Cagle                  1968

"Cincinnati Two-Step"               Dick Cary                    1968

"World War Two in Cincinnati"       The Shambles                 1968

"The Lights of Cincinnati"          Scott Walker                 1969

"Cincinnati Love Song"              The Two Dollar Question      1969

"Cincinnati Jail"                   Bobby Bare                   1969

"Susie Cincinnati"                  The Beach Boys               1970

"The Cleanest Man in Cincinnati"    Claude Gray                  1970

"Cincinnati Man"                    Mad Lydia                    1970

"Cincinnati"                        Orville Stoeber              1970

"Cincinnati"                        The New Seekers              1971

"Cincinatti [sic] Woman"            Spode                        1971

"Cincinnati Flow Rag"               Rev. Gary Davis              1971

"Cincinnati Flow Rag II"            Roy Bookbinder               1972

"Girl from Cincinnati"              Bobbie Gentry                1972

"Anybody Goin’ North to Cincinnati" Lester Flatt                 1972

"Cockroach that Ate Cincinnati"     Rose & the Arrangements      1973

"Cincinnati Sammy"                  Hoagy Pogey                  1974

"Cincinnati Floor"                  Brown’s Home Brew            1974

"Cincinnati"                        Janet Ellig                  1975

"Cincinnati Fatback"                Roogalator                   1976

"Apt. #4, 6th St. & Cincinnati"     Joe Stampley                 1976

"Benji's Cincinnati"                The Sands of Time            1976

"Cincinnati"                        Roy St. John                 1976

"Cincinnati"                        Bob Braun                    1977

"Cincinnati"                        R. Ducros & L. Simoncini     1977

"Lacksadaisical Cincinnati"         Ogden Wahalia Blues Ensemble 1977

"Cincinnati Growl"                  Roy Ayers                    1977

"Cincinnati and Me"                 Larry Kinley                 1977

"Cincinnati Cindy"                  Ray Campi                    1977

"Cincinnati Train"                  Cathy & Coins                1977

"WKRP in Cincinnati"                Tom Wells & Hugh Wilson      1978

"Cincinnati Stomp"                  Big Joe Duskin               1978

"Cincinnati Stomp"                  Teacher's Pet                1979

"Cincinnati Star"                   Ed Williams                  1979

"Cincinnati Dice Man" [final track] Them                         1979

"The Cincinnati Cowboy"             Ernie Vaughn                 1980

"Cincinnati Baseball Saga"          Rusty Ferguson               1980

"Twenty-Two in Cincinnati"          Martha & the Muffins         1981

"Cincinnati Milacron"               Pentaject Corporation        1981

"In Cincinnati"                     Hudson & Bauer Singers       1982

"Cincinnati Shout"                  Ted Des Plantes              1983

"Living in Sincinnati"              Gary Platt & Pork All-Stars  1983

"South of Cincinnati"               Dwight Yoakam                1984

"Cincinnati Blues"                  Ray Pennington/Buddy Emmons  1984

"Cincinnati Slick"                  John Bunch                   1984

"Back in Cincinnati" [final track]  Steve Beresford              1985
"Cincinnati Jail"                   Lonnie Mack                  1986

"Cincinnati"                        Cincinnati                   1986

"Goin' to Cincinnati"               Steve Tracy & King Snakes    1987

"Monday in Cincinnati"              Pascal Charpentier           1987

"Cincinnati"                        Holidaymakers                1988

"Cincinnati 1830-1850"              Paul De Marinis              1991

"Cincinnati Kid"                    Salmonella Dub               1994

"Cincinnati Motel"                  Neal Casal                   1995

"Cincinnati Shuffle"                Sonny Moorman & The Dogs     1996

"Hardrockin’ Cincinnati"            Bran Van 3000                1997

"Cincinnati"                        M.O.T.O.                     1997 

"Cincinnati Streets"                Rachel Portman               1998

"Cincinnati Shuffle"                Christian Bleiming           1998

"Racing Cincinnati"                 Chamberlain                  1998

"C'mon Cincinnati"                  Delakota                     1998

"C'mon Cinti" (Fatboy Slim Mix)     Delakota                     1999

"Cincinnati Pink"                   Polarity/1                   2000

"Cincinnati"                        David Childers               2001

"Cincinnati Town"                   Fred Leonard                 2002

"Hard Times in Cincinnati"          Jake Speed & the Freddies    2002

"Cincinnati"                        Marianne Kesler              2002

"Cincinnati"                        Crime in Choir               2002

"Cincinnati"                        The Distillers               2003

"Cincinnati"                        Ozark Henry                  2003

"Cincinnati Riot Blues"             Ghost Exit                   2003

"Weekend in Cincinnati"             The Bobs                     2003

"C-I-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-I"               NSPCrew                      2003

"Leaving Cincinnati"                Jake Speed & the Freddies    2004

"I Come from Cincinnati"            End.user                     2004

"Cincinnati (Village Queen)"        Glass Harp                   2005

"Cincinnati"                        Trey Anastasio               2006

"Love in Cincinnati"                Prairie Home Companion       2006

"All Roads Lead to Cincinnati"      Jake Speed & The Freddies    2007

"Oh, Cincinnati"                    The Seedy Seeds              2008

"Cincinnati"                        Tila Tequila                 2009

"Cincinnati"                        Sok                          2009

"Cincinnati"                        Jangatha                     2009

"Cincinnati"                        Literature                   2010

"Cincinnati"                        Julie Newmark                2010

"Cincinnati"                        Nick Jaina                   2010

"Cincinnati"                        L.A. Love                    2010

"Left Cincinnati"                   Joe Frawley                  2010

"Cincinnati Shakedown"              The Unsettlers               2010

"Cincinnati Harmony"                The Dopamines                2010

"Cincinnati Dreams"                 Gregory Attonito             2011

"Racing Cincinnati"                 Chamberlain                  2011

"Cincinnati"                        Derek Reese                  2011

"Cincinnati Agony"                  Not Yet!                     2012

"Sleepless in Cincinnati"           Momentum                     2012

"Cincinnati"                        Eric Stein                   2012

"Cincinnati"                        Quixote                      2012

"Cincinnati"                        2 Mello                      2012 

"Cincinnati"                        German Brigante              2013

"Cincinnati"                        Vegan Death                  2013

"Cincinnati"                        Ibiza Vibes                  2013

"Iron (Cincinnati)"                 Dain Saint                   2013
"Vuelo Cincinnati-Singapur"         Manolo Kabezabolo            2014

"Cincinnati"                        Dani Flaco                   2014

"Cincinnati"                        Holy Holy                    2014

"Cincinnati"                        Remigio Ducros               2015

"Goodnight Cincinnati"  Up-C Down-C Left-C Right-C ABC + Start   2015

"Martha (Cincinnati, 1914)"         The Corner Laughers          2015

"Cincinnati Fire Kites"             Scope & Figure               2015

"Cincinnati Chapter of the ..."     Doleful Lions                2015

"Cincinnati"                        Zutroi                       2015

"Cincinnati Transfer"               Old Brown Shoes              2015

"Cincinnati Shuffle"                James Reed                   2015

“Dallas to Cincinnati”              Mr. Hokum                    2015

“One More Day in Cincinnati”        The Creekdraggers            2016

"John from Cincinnati"              Connections                  2016

"Cincinnati Shuffle"                Big Z                        2016

"Cincinnati Sunrise"                Carter Burwell               2016

“Cincinnati Moon”                   Rumpke Mountain Boys         2016

"Cin Cin City" & "Cinti Sunrise"    Carter Burwell [Anomalisa]   2016

"Cincinnati"                        Zerostailaz                  2016

"Cincinnati"                        Blake Neely [Buck Howard]    2016

"Cincinnati"                        Justin Hurwitz [La La Land]  2016 

"Cincinnati" & "Cincinnati Waltz"   Justin Hurwitz [Madeline]    2017

"Cincinnati"                        Golden Boys                  2017

"Cincinnati”                        Big Nothing                  2017

“Cincinnati, Ohio”                  Micah Schnabel               2017

"Cincinnati Sunday"                 D-Sisive                     2017

"Cincinnati Juggernaut”             Hobosexual                   2017

"Cincinnati Shuffle"                The Thrill                   2017

"Cincinnati Cola"                   My Name Is Ian               2017

"Cincinnati Bowtie"                 Sheri Vari                   2018

"Songbird of Cincinnati”            Hatcheck Girl                2018

"From Cinti to Rosanto (Mexico)"    Mil Beats & Main Flow        2018

"Goodbye Cincinnati"                Ramin Djawadi [Jack Ryan]    2018

“Screw Cincinnati"                  Bob Rea                      2018

"Cincinnati"                        Machine Moon                 2019

"Cincinnati Chili Child"            Pataphysics                  2019

Freddy Cannon (in 1967, backed by Strawberry Alarm Clock) – “Cincinnati Woman

Note:  produced by Frank Slay, who conducted & co-wrote 1961 B-Side, “Cincinnati”

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Worthy of Mention

The City of Seven Hills             Nick Keeling                 2015

(Dis)Honorable Mention

"Porkopolis"                        The Raisins                  198?

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