"We Built This City" is a song written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Wolf, and originally recorded by the group Starship and released as its debut single on August 30, 1985. The lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin, best known for his longtime collaboration with Elton John. The song features Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick on lead vocals, and the single version reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 16, 1985, and also number one on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart and number twelve in the United Kingdom. The song was engineered by Grammy-winning producer Bill Bottrell and arranged by Bottrell and Jasun Martz.
In April 2004, the song was listed as "the #1 Worst Song Ever" by Blender magazine. Most recently, in September 2010, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at #22 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever.
According to Slick, the song was written about early-1970s Los Angeles. However, the lyrics explicitly mention the Golden Gate Bridge and call the city "The City by the Bay", a reference to San Francisco. Further, Starship is from San Francisco.