Anthems are chosen by the people, not created by the artist. A talented songwriter can put all the necessary pieces in place—the big hook, the power chords, the little touches of detail that grab the attention of those in the know—but unless the people for whom the anthem is directed elect the song, it won't be remembered. We've gathered the 50 Best Hometown Anthems, songs that represent certain cities and, sometimes, states. Some of these are purely jubilant, others tinged with mixed feelings. But all are passionate—that's a requirement. Stand up when we play yours.

By Ross Scarano (@RossScarano)