“You Belong to the City” is a song by American musician Glenn Frey. It was released in 1985 as part of the soundtrack for the popular television series “Miami Vice.” The song was written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin and became one of Frey’s signature solo hits.
The song captures the atmospheric and moody sound that was characteristic of much of the music from the “Miami Vice” soundtrack, which was known for its incorporation of contemporary pop and rock music into the show’s scenes. “You Belong to the City” blends rock, pop, and a touch of synth-driven new wave, creating a sound that reflects the urban and sometimes gritty ambiance of the show’s setting.
Glenn Frey’s smooth and emotive vocals, combined with the song’s catchy melody, contributed to its commercial success. “You Belong to the City” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained there for several weeks. It also achieved international popularity, making it one of the standout tracks from the “Miami Vice” soundtrack. The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, although it did reach the top of the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.
The song’s association with the popular TV series helped propel it to iconic status, and it remains a notable example of 1980s pop-rock music. The success of “You Belong to the City” added to Glenn Frey’s legacy as both a member of the Eagles and as a solo artist.