South London has a proud musical legacy and it’s about time we brought it all together in one awesome playlist.

Whether it is rock gods such as the Stones, Led Zeppelin or Eric Clapton; pop icons like Kate Bush, David Bowie or Adele; or the grime or hip hop of Tinie Tempah, Stormzy or Krept and Konan, they’re all in there.

Find out about the artists’ local links using the map at the bottom of the page.

The music speaks for itself but while you’re listening here’s nine cheeky ‘did-you-knows’…

  • Kate Bush, who grew up in Welling, named her mansion in Court Road in Eltham after her biggest hit, Wuthering Heights. Read more here.
  • Tinie Tempah, born Patrick Chukwiemeka Okogwu, went to school at St Paul’s in Abbey Wood
  • Keith and Mick of the Rolling Stones met at Dartford train station. Read more.
  • Squeeze cut their teeth in pubs around Deptford and Greenwich. Singer Glenn Tilbrook told us a couple of years ago: “It was a lovely time. The first two years together, we couldn’t get any gigs at all as a band. Jools and I used to play as a duo. We used to play at the Morden Arms in Greenwich. We got paid handsomely for that.” Read more here.
  • Blur’s Alex James and Graham Coxon met at their first day at Goldsmiths Uni in New Cross. Read more.
  • Adele and Jessie J used to hang out at lunchtimes at Croydon’s BRIT school, according to Jessie’s book Nice to Meet You.
  • Rock legend Jimi Hendrix reportedly lived in Hither Green in 1966
  • John Lennon lived at St George’s Hill in Weybridge from 1964 until 1968. Bandmates Ringo lived just round the corner and George Harrison was down the road in Esher. Read more.
  • One quarter of X Factor boyband JLS, JB Gill grew up in Croydon. These days he’s traded the stage for the field – he owns a turkey farm in Biggin Hill. Customers include Alexandra Burke and former 1D member Zayn Malik. Read more.

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