Check out the judges and contestants favorite city-centric songs.

Kara DioGuardi, head judge

  • "New York State of Mind" -- Billy Joel
  • "Georgia on my Mind" -- Ray Charles
  • "Sweet Home Alabama" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd

Jewel, judge and host

  • "I Love L.A." -- Randy Newman
  • "Sweet Home Chicago" -- B.B. King
  • "Empire State of Mind" -- Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
  • "Georgia on my Mind" -- Ray Charles
  • Side note: "On my last tour I challenged myself to write a brand new song from scratch for every city I was in. It ended up being 25 songs in 30 days. My favorite was the Portland song."

Keith Naftaly, judge

  • "London Calling" -- The Clash
  • "Wichita Lineman" --Glen Campbell
  • "I'm In Miami B---h" -- LMFAO
  • "New Amsterdam" -- Elvis Costello
  • "Waterloo" -- ABBA

Evan Bogart, guest judge

  • "I Love L.A." -- Randy Newman
  • "New York State of Mind" -- Billy Joel
  • "New York State of Mind" -- Nas
  • "I Left My Wallet In El Segundo" -- A Tribe Called Quest
  • "Walking In Memphis" -- Marc Cohen
  • "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" -- Beastie Boys

Amber Ojeda, contestant

  • "New York State of Mind" -- Frank Sinatra
  • "Park Bench People" -- Jose James ("Not actually about a specific city but embodies the atmosphere/feeling of city life. I LOVE this song.")
  • "Hometown Glory" -- Adele
  • "To Live and Die in L.A." 2Pac

Blessing Offor, contestant

  • "New York, New York" -- Frank Sinatra
  • "Empire State of Mind" -- Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
  • "Miami" -- Will Smith
  • "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" -- Tony Bennett

Brian Judah, contestant

  • "Viva Las Vegas" -- Elvis Presley
  • "Walking In Memphis" -- Marc Cohen
  • "Welcome To The Jungle" -- Guns N' Roses
  • "I Love L.A." -- Randy Newman
  • "Under The Bridge" -- Red Hot Chili Peppers

Jackie Tohn, contestant

  • "New York State of Mind" -- Billy Joel
  • "L.A. Song" -- Beth Hart
  • "Rockin' the Suburbs" -- Ben Folds

Johnny Marnell, contestant

  • "Jackson" -- Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
  • "New York State of Mind" -- Billy Joel
  • "My Old School" -- Steely Dan
  • "New York, New York" -- Ryan Adams
  • "Empire State of Mind" -- Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Karen Waldrup, contestant

  • "Callin' Baton Rouge" -- Garth Brooks
  • "Crazy Town" -- Jason Aldean
  • "New Orleans Ladies" -- Le Roux
  • "Louisiana 1927" -- Randy Newman

Melissa Rapp, contestant

  • "Honolulu City Lights" -- Keola Beamer
  • "La Cienega Just Smiled" -- Ryan Adams
  • "L.A. Song" -- Beth Hart
  • "Walking In Memphis" -- Marc Cohen
  • "(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay" -- Otis Redding and Steve Cropper

Sonyae Elise, contestant

  • "Hotel California" -- Eagles
  • "Every Ghetto, Every City" -- Lauyrn Hill
  • "California Love" -- 2Pac
  • "Straight Outta Compton" -- N.W.A.
  • "New York State of Mind" -- Nas