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The Very Best Songs about New York City, New York

Discover the very best songs about New York City. Whether you’re traveling there tomorrow or you’ve been a New Yorker your whole life, we have your back. From Dean Martin to Jay-Z, from Simon & Garfunkel to The Black Keyes, from Doris Day to Alicia Keys, we’ve gathered the very best songs about New York City in one place. Start with our top ten songs about  New York City, and then explore by genre – including hit Broadway songs about New York and the Great White Way, other standards, folk and singer/songwriter, hip hop, R&B, soul, jazz, pop, alternative, rock, classical, holiday songs, and even a Latin tune. You’ll find all the best songs about  New York City right here.

Top 10 songs about New York City, New York

  1. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (iTunes | Amazon) This immensely popular 2009 orchestral rap ballad was written by two homesick Brooklyn natives while overseas
  2. New York State of Mind – Billy Joel (iTunes | Amazon) Joel wrote this 1976 song about his return to the East Coast after three years in L.A.
  3. Theme from New York, New York – Frank Sinatra (iTunes | Amazon) Sinatra arguably made this song his own when covered this title song from Martin Scorsese’s 1977 film
  4. No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys (iTunes | Amazon) Released in 1987, the Beastie Boys’ “joyful rant” pays homage to their home borough
  5. The Only Living Boy in New York – Simon & Garfunkel (iTunes | Amazon) Simon’s lyrics were a message to Garfunkel who had left Simon behind in NYC to complete the songs their album “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  6. Autumn in New York – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (iTunes | Amazon) In 1957, Ella and Satchmo recorded this oft-covered classic NY tune, originally composed in 1934
  7. Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees (iTunes | Amazon) The infamous montage from 1977’s “Saturday Night Live” set the scene for Brooklynite Tony Manero’s devotion to disco
  8. On Broadway – George Benson (iTunes | Amazon) Benson’s 1978 R&B version of this popular standard became the definitive and layered take on the subject
  9. Brooklyn – Mos Def (iTunes | Amazon) Brooklyn born hip hop MC Def raps about his home city in this 1999 track
  10. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl (iTunes | Amazon) Celtic punk reverie about Christmas Eve in the NYPD’s drunk tank has often appears on lists of great and under appreciated Christmas songs

Want more of the best songs about New York City, the Big Apple itself? Check the list below for more favorites, standbys, classics, and a few oddball selections. No matter your musical taste, you can find a sound you like among the best songs about New York. Like us on Facebook or check out more top 10 songs for other great cities and destinations.

MORE SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

BROADWAY SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

STANDARD SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

FOLK & SINGER/SONGWRITER SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

HIP HOP SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

R&B/SOUL SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

JAZZ SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

POP SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

ALTERNATIVE SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

ROCK SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

CLASSICAL MUSIC ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

LATIN & SALSA SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

SUGGEST SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY

Is there a great, good, or not half-bad song about New York City or that takes place in New York City that we missed? Drop us a line or like us on Facebook and let us know your favorite songs about New York City, New York.

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