The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 on May 27, and thousands visited the San Francisco landmark. The bridge, which spans the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, has attracted more than 10 million people each year since its 1937 opening.
In addition to speeches by politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Brown, and Mayor Ed Lee, I would have liked to have heard music honoring the bridge. Here are 15 songs with “bridge” in their titles that would have entertained the visitors even more than the political speeches.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel: This beautiful title track features Paul Simon’s poetic lyrics and Art Garfunkel’s sweet tenor.
“Bixby Canyon Bridge” by Death Cab for Cutie: This track fits in snugly with the rest of the songs from the indie band’s best album, Narrow Stairs .
“Suspension Bridge” by Graham Parker: The late 70s new wave rocker is now a folk singer-songwriter, who now makes nostalgic tunes like this one from Don’t Tell Columbus .
“Seven Bridges Road” by the Eagles: This harmony-based track was the hit from the band’s live album after Glenn Frey and Don Henley had reached the end of their decade-long partnership.
“Bedlam Bridge” by Midnight Oil: The end of the new wave era was near when the band released Blue Sky Mining , containing rhythmical electronic gems like this one.
“Bridge Burning” by Foo Fighters: Dave Groh’s post-Nirvana band has recorded some great rock records, and this track from Wasting Light is among its best.
“Bridge of Sighs” by Robin Trower: This title track is the second-best offering from the classic rock band’s album, a close second to “Day of the Eagle.”
“59th Street Bridge Song” by Simon and Garfunkel: The song is probably better known as “Feelin’ Groovy,” but it is definitely one of the pop duo’s happiest songs.
“Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers: Most people do not recognize the title, but the song was ubiquitous during the 90s. Its first line, “Sometimes I feel like my only friend is the city I live in, the city of angels,” sets the tone for the contemplative rhythm and lyrics.
“Misty Morning, Albert Bridge” by the Pogues: Peace and Love was certainly not their best album, but this folksy track has a sweetness more reminiscent of the band’s earlier work.
“The Bridge” by Elton John: Reginald Dwight’s comeback album The Captain and Me , on which he teamed with longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin, contains many more piano ballads like this one.
“Manhatten Bridge” by Blues Traveler: John Popper’s harmonica never sounded better than on this instrumental from the Save His Soul album.
“Face on the Bridge” by Asia: This single came out a few years after the super band’s 21st century reunion, sounding as if it could have been vintage 1980s.
“London Bridge” by Bread: David Gates and company were pop favorites in the 60s and 70s, but this track shows off the band’s electric side.
“Bridge” by Loudon Wainwright: The entire Last Man on Earth album is rife with nostalgia and mortality, and on this track the folk singer revisits Valentine’s Day parties from grade school. Sources: USA Today, May 26, 2012