167 years ago today, during the Mexican War, a U.S. naval captain occupied the Yerba Buena, later renamed San Francisco.

There are plenty of songs about the City by the Bay, but let’s start with the 1968 hippie classic “San Francisco Girls,” from Fever Tree.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.