March 8, 2012


Are These Really the 100 Best Songs About NYC?

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images

New York City might be the ultimate rock’n’roll muse. It’s inspired countless songs about its streets, neighborhoods, lifestyles, drugs, residents, politics and on and on and on. Collecting a 100 Best Songs About New York City list is a daunting tasks, but Time Out NY went for it anyway (we salute you) and came up with a pretty respectable list. Good call with Leonard Cohen, the Dictators, Suzanne Vega and many more, guys. But we feel like there might be a few missing.

What about Chet Baker’s “Autumn in New York”? Or Belle & Sebastian’s “Piazza New York Catcher,” Madonna’s “I Love New York” and Sex Pistols’ “New York”? Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl"? And what about Santigold's "L.E.S. Artistes"? Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street”? Glaring!

Check out Time Out’s list and listen to our Spotify playlist of nearly every song, then tell us what you think in the comment section below.