Compiling a list of the best songs about New York is not easy. Over the years, many artists have been inspired to write songs about this wonderful city. Taking just a quick look around, it is easy to see where such varied inspiration has come from. There are happy, cheerful songs about romance in the city. There are songs about big hopes, or making it big. There are songs about it’s dark side. There are songs about just how tough life in New York can be. Here are 6 songs that all tell their very own New York story.
- Alternative Rock – They might be giants – New York City
Overall, this could well be my favourite song about New York City but it’s not always applicable. It puts me in a great mood every time I hear it. I love the energy and the romantic story it tells.
- Alternative Rock – Vampire Weekend – A Punk
I have only recently found this song was about New York. Before, I was just a fan of it’s cheerful melody, even though the song is really not that ‘cheery’. From the lyrics, it is hard to understand the story exactly. But, Johanna, somewhat of a sketchy character, arrives in New York in winter and stole back a ring that had special meaning to her.
- Dance Punk – LCD Sound System – New York I love you but you’re bringing me down
This is certainly not the happiest song about New York with lyrics such as “like a rat in a cape, pulling a minimum wage”.
- R & B – Alicia Keys – Streets of New York.
I thought I would sneak this one on here. It is not often an R & B song finds its way to my favourites list. This song tells a story about a totally different New York than the other songs. The chorus is also quite catchy.
- Alternative Rock – U2 – City of Blinding Lights
Part of the influence in writing this song, came from U2′s experience of playing in New York City in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. In 2006, this song won a Grammy for ‘Best Rock Song’ and it has featured in several movies and episodes.
- Pop Punk – Something Corporate – I Woke Up In a Car
A great one for the Something Corporate fans. This song is about their tour to the area a few years back.