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Explore Books, movies, shows and music the city of Boston has been featured in

Boston, which is the capital of Massachusetts, is one of the most well-known cities in the United States. Rich in culture, finance, education and more, Boston is home to some of the most sought after places to visit and ranks 24th in popularity. Boston, Massachusetts is so popular, in fact, that many books, movies, shows and music made them a feature! Keep reading for more that you will hear about this wondrous city!

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  • “M.T.A.” by The Kingston Trio (1959)

  • “Massachusetts” by the Bee Gees (1967)

  • “Please Come to Boston by Dave Loggins (1974)

  • “Dirty Water” by The Standells (1985)

  • "Roadrunner" by Jonathan Richman/The Modern Lovers (1976)

  • "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys (2005)

  • "Boston" by Augustana (2005)

  • "Ladies of Cambridge" by Vampire Weekend (2008)

When Boston residents were asked which song was their favorite, the vast majority voted “M.T.A” by The Standells!

Books and Movies

  • “The Verdict”, book by Barry Reed (1980) and movie written by David Mamet (1982)

  • “Fever Pitch”, book by Nick Hornby (1992) and movie written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel

  • “The Fault in Our Stars”, book by John Green (1992) and movie written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (2014)

  • "Good Will Hunting", movie written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (1997)

  • "John Adams", book by David Mccullough (2001)

  • "The Departed", movie written by Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson (2006)

  • "The Given Day", book by Dennis Lehane (2008)

  • "The Heat", movie written by Katie Dippold (2013)

  • “The Accidental Billionaires”, book by Ben Mezrich (2009) and movie “The Social Network” by Aaron Sorkin (2014)

  • "I Shimmer Sometimes, Too", book by Porsha Olayiwola (2019)

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  • “St. Elsewhere”: This show was set in Boston in a busy hospital. This show was featured on NBC from 1982-1988. Several stars that we know and love played in this show. It was such a popular show and a favorite of many people!

  • “Cheers”: A long-loved favorite, Cheers is an oldie but goodie! Running from 1982 to 1993, the world wanted to get home in time to watch their “favorite show”. This 275-episode show ran for an astounding 11 seasons! Their final episode brought over 80 million views!

  • “City On a Hill”: Jackie Rohr, a retired FBI agent who lives in Boston, was born to Showtime in the early 1990s. Kevin Bacon does an excellent job playing out his role on City On a Hill.

  • “The Practice”: This Emmy winning series won for outstanding drama two years in a row in 1998 and 1999. The series ran from 1997 to 2004 on ABC. The focus of the story was about the lawyers who worked in the office and their associates.

  • "Boston Legal": This was a spin-off of "The Practice" (1997).

  • "John Adams": From 2008, this was a seven-part miniseries on HBO, which won an Emmy. This miniseries featured the life of John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers. 


Monday Morning Podcast: "Last Seen-WBUR" podcast series: A comedy podcast that was hosted by Bill Burr twice a week. This was initially recorded from 2007 to 2012. 

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Whether “back in the day” or in more recent times, these books, movies, shows and music will remind you of just how wonderful this glorious city is! If you have already visited Boston, MA, you will know what I am speaking of. If you haven’t visited it yet, please do so! It is surely a place to visit that you will never regret and most likely you will want to come back and explore it again and again!

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