Musical Mondays – Songs about New York

“… I’m from New York

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of

There’s nothing you can’t do

Now you’re in New York …”

— Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”

Over the past week, the Empire city has been a theme cropping up in many of my conversations.  My mother is currently there visiting family, and she’d called several times to give me weather updates. A blizzard on Boxing Day dropped 50 cm. of snow in Central Park, making it the sixth worst New York snowfall on record. Officials were scrambling to clear roadways and sidewalks in time for New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square.

Like other iconic cities, there are many faces of New York. “Empire State of Mind” speaks to my experience when I lived there ten years ago. I fell in love with the people, the “in your face” attitude, and subsequently, with the city itself. It had a vibe that resonated with me and made me feel wild, alive, and fearless. No other city has had quite the same effect on me. Given the diversity of songs written about it, New York offers herself as a sanctuary, ignites deep passions, and swallows your innocence if you let it.

I’ve included a list of my favorites songs about New York. Please feel free to comment and share some of yours.

Stay sexy,


  1. “New York City” – John Lennon
  2. “Walk on the Wild Side” – Lou Reed
  3. “Paris Nights/New York Mornings” – Corinne Bailey Rae
  4. “Positively 4th Street” – Bob Dylan
  5. “Miss You” – The Rolling Stones
  6. “53rd & 3rd” – The Ramones
  7. “N.Y. State of Mind” – NAS
  8. “Autumn in New York” – Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
  9. “The Only Living Boy in New York” – Simon and Garfunkel
  10. “New York is a Woman”– Suzanne Vega
  11. “Fairytale of New York” – The Pogues
  12. “6th Avenue Heartache” – The Wallflowers



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10 responses to “Musical Mondays – Songs about New York

  1. Carol

    I too love New York. Having travelled a good part of the world I can say there is no other city that makes me feel so alive. There’s one you didn’t mention that sums up the city and the way it makes you feel so well – New York, New York – Frank Sinatra.


  2. I’ve never been to New York and have always wanted to go…I guess the world just loves NYC.


  3. eden Baylee

    Savannah – go and feel the energy! Eden


  4. Those are some great New York songs! Frank’s New York, New York always reminds me of Yankee games.

    I also love Take the A Train by Duke Ellington, No Sleep Till Brooklyn by The Beastie Boys and the entire Rent soundtrack.

    I love New York, but let me tell you I did NOT love that blizzard! It was insane!!


    • eden Baylee

      Hi Lisa,
      Love your added New York songs! Thanks for sharing. Wow, you were in the big blizzard of 2010, and lived to write about it! Eden


  5. Mae

    Hey, I’ve never heard the Jay-Z and Alicia Key’s version of “Empire State of Mind”. I do like this song and was first introduced to this while watching one of the Sex in the City Movies. I have very fond memories of going to NYC with my guy back in ’07. It was a great time and well worth going again!


  6. Narendra

    New York is a special city for me ever since my my girl friend and I visted a few years back. It is most romantic city to visit and I shall always remember the great times we had experiencing the the best and not so good eating establishment. Narendra from Regina


    • eden Baylee

      Hi Narendra from Regina, thanks for commenting. Like the songs about New York, it is diverse in so many ways – good and bad, and that certainly includes its restaurants!


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