When it comes to Songs About New York, there is no limit to the musicians who explored this idea. We wrote about 25 of the top ones.
From the album, The Blueprint 3, released on September 8, 2009
"Empire State of Mind" is a song performed by American rapper Jay-Z, featuring vocals by American singer Alicia Keys that was written by Angela Hunte and Janet Sewell-Ulepic. Produced by Al Shux, the song was released as the third single from Jay-Z's 11th studio album, The Blueprint 3 (2009), and is credited as the single that put New York City back on the map. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Jay-Z's first single to top the chart in eight years. "Empire State of Mind" is an anthemic ode to New York City, with Jay-Z and Keys each contributing a verse extolling the city's attributes. The song's production is built around a sample of "Love on a Two-Way Street" by The Moments, with additional instrumentation from piano, guitar, and horns. The song's hook, sung by Keys, references several well-known NYC landmarks, including the George Washington Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. The song was well-received by critics, with many praising Jay-Z and Keys' performances, as well as the song's production andmessage. It
From the album, MTV Unplugged In New York, released on November 1, 1994
The song "The Man Who Sold The World" was written by David Bowie and released on his album of the same name in 1970. Nirvana recorded a cover of the song for their album MTV Unplugged in New York in 1993. The song features Kurt Cobain on lead vocals and guitar, with Dave Grohl on drums and Krist Novoselic on bass. The song was produced by Scott Litt and Nirvana.
From the album, The Element Of Freedom, released on December 15, 2009
"Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" is a song by Alicia Keys, released as the second single from her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom. The song is a slower, stripped-down version of the original "Empire State of Mind", with Keys singing about the doubts and insecurities associated with love and relationships. The song was produced by Alicia Keys and Jeff Bhasker.
From the album, If I Should Fall from Grace with God (Expanded Edition), released on September 5, 1988
"Fairytale of New York" is a Christmas song by Irish folk-rock group The Pogues, featuring vocals from the late British singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl. Written by Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan and Jem Finer and produced by Elvis Costello, the song was released in 1987 as the lead single from The Pogues' third studio album If I Should Fall from Grace with God. The song is an upbeat tale of two lovers, a drunk (MacGowan) and a junkie (MacColl), sharing an evening of mischief and woe in a New York jail. The song's arrangement features accordion, banjo, acoustic guitar and a full string section. The song has been praised for its lyrical depth, its combination of traditional and contemporary instrumentation, and the powerful vocal performances of both MacGowan and MacColl. The song has become an enduring favorite in the United Kingdom and Ireland, being voted the greatest Christmas song of all time by readers of British music magazine Q in 2019. It has also been covered by many artists, including Sinéad O’Connor, The Killers, and Rod Stewart.
From the album, Harry Styles, released on May 12, 2017
"Ever Since New York" is a song by English singer-songwriter Harry Styles from his debut solo studio album, Harry Styles (2017). The song is an upbeat acoustic ballad with a wistful mood, featuring Styles crooning about his love for a person he met in New York City. The production of the song was handled by Jeff Bhasker, who co-wrote the track with Styles and Alex Salibian. The instrumentation includes acoustic guitars, synthesized strings, and occasional bass sounds. The song also features backing vocals from Styles' girlfriend, Tess Ward.
From the album, WET TENNIS, released on April 29, 2022
"Summer In New York" is a song by American electronic music duo Sofi Tukker which was released as the lead single for their debut studio album, Treehouse, on February 8, 2018. The song was written and produced by the duo and was mixed by Tony Maserati. The song is an upbeat, synth-pop anthem about experiencing a summer romance in New York City. With its catchy chorus, "Summer in New York, it's never been hotter/We made love under the Brooklyn Bridge," the song captures the energy and excitement of a summer romance in the Big Apple. The track also features guest vocals from NERVO, The Knocks, and Alisa Ueno.
From the album, City of Gods, released on February 11, 2022
"City of Gods" is a 2019 hip hop single by Fivio Foreign, featuring production by Tommy Graziani and Nashi Boi. The song is a hard-hitting anthem about Fivio's success, and his place at the top of the rap game. The beat is a dark, bass-heavy trap instrumental, with dramatic synths and hard-hitting 808s. Lyrically, Fivio celebrates his success and his place in the rap game, and issues a warning to his rivals. The song was featured on Fivio Foreign's 2019 album, 800 B.C.
From the album, Autumn In New York, released on September 23, 2022
"Autumn in New York" is a song written by Vernon Duke and was first performed by Clifford Hayes & His Orchestra in the 1934 film "Manhattan Melodrama". The Mayfare Trio version of the song was recorded in 1958 for their album "Exploration" and featured Maynard Ferguson on trumpet, Billy Byers on trombone and Jaki Byard on piano. It is an upbeat jazz tune that celebrates the beauty of autumn in New York City. The instrumental melody is driven by the horns and piano and features tempo changes throughout. It has been covered by numerous artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Wynton Marsalis.
From the album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, released on January 26, 1970
From the album, Kiss: Ace Frehley, released on January 1, 1978
From the album, Turnstiles, released on May 19, 1976
From the album, 1989, released on October 27, 2014
From the album, Nothing But The Best (Remastered), released on January 1, 2008
From the album, The End Of The Innocence, released on January 1, 1989
From the album, R.U.L.E., released on January 1, 2004
From the album, Rebel vs. Rowdy, released on July 15, 2022
From the album, Sound of Silver, released on March 12, 2007
From the album, MASSEDUCTION, released on October 13, 2017
From the album, Born Sinner (Deluxe Version), released on June 18, 2013
From the album, Vacation II, released on February 14, 2016
From the album, Hip-Hop Legacy, Vol. 8, released on January 5, 2015
From the album, New York City, released on October 30, 2015
From the album, Gold, released on January 1, 2001
From the album, You Don't Mess Around With Jim, released on April 1, 1972
From the album, Fallen Empires, released on January 1, 2011
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