New York City probably is the most inspirational place for many artists from all over the world. Artists varying from Frank Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane to the more recent Alicia Keys sang the Big Apple’s praise. Out of the more than a thousand songs about New York City we’ve selected ten songs.
From the beginning of the 20th century New York has always been an important center for many different musical genres. The city was the top venue for jazz in the 1940s, disco music diverged from funk, soul and jazz in the ’60s and hip hop emerged in the early 1970s in the Bronx. All genres have many songs featuring the city or specific locations within the city.
So here’s a – definitely subjective – top 10 songs about New York City. Start spreading the news! But it’s up to you!
Top 10 songs about New York City
- Harlem – Lovely Day: The Best of Bill Withers – Bill Withers (1971)
- Ballads: Tenderly / Autumn in New York / East of the Sun / I Can’t Get Started (feat. Stan Getz) – Absolute 100: Lionel Hampton (1955) Lionel Hampton & Stan Getz
- New York Town Blues – New York Town Blues (1941) Woody Guthrie
- Underneath The Harlem Moon – Fletcher Henderson 1932-33 Fletcher Henderson
- King of New York – Come Find Yourself Fun Lovin’ Criminals (1996)
- “Central Park West” (1960) – John Coltrane
- Talking New York, 1961 (Live) – Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
- Across 110th Street – Original – Across 110th Street Bobby Womack (1972)
- “Empire State of Mind – Empire State of Mind – Single Jay-Z & Alicia Keys (2009)
- Theme from New York, New York – Sinatra: Best of the Best Frank Sinatra (1977)