The Simpsons episode Hungry Hungry Homer has the Springfiled Isotopes baseball team relocating to Albuquerque. The Isotopes were the name chosen by fan poll for the real Albuquerque Minor League team in 2002
In another episode of The Simpsons titled E Pluribus Wiggum, Krusty states that the presidential candidates have more hot air than the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
In Bugs Bunny shorts where Bugs is traveling underground and does not end up where he thought he was going, while consulting a map, he would often say, "I knew I should've taken a left turn at Albuquerque."
"Weird Al" Yankovic wrote a song for his Running with Scissors album called Albuquerque.
The Hit Disney Channel Original Movies High School Music and High School Musical 2 are both set in Albuquerque. The teenagers attend the fictitious East High School. Neither of the films were shot in Albuquerque.
In Little Miss Sunshine the family travel from Albuquerque to the pageant.
Neil Young wrote a song called "Albuquerque" for his album Tonights the Night from 1975.
The Partridge Family had a song called "Point Me In the Direction of Albuquerque" that was played in one of the episodes of the show.
Ethel Mertz, a fictional character played by Vivian Vance in the 1950s sitcom I Love Luch, is from Albuquerque, which is featured in the episode "Ethel's Hometown." Vance, like her character, hails from Albuquerque.
Prefab Sprout mention Alburquerque in the chorus of their song The King of Rolck n' Roll.
Albuquerque has an active live music scene.
Avant-Garde musician Frank Zapa in his song "The Jazz Discharge Party Hats" tells a story set in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The city of Albuquerque started REAAAAAL late when it comes to preserving historical buildings. I recently purchased a book called ALBUQUERQUE: THEN AND NOW
The book has some awesome photographs of architecture from Albuquerque's past -- all demolished to make way for new plazas and parking lots. What a pisser.
My favorite is of the Hotel Franciscan:
What a waste.