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Our Rankings: The Top 20 Songs About New York City

Katherine Ripley Katherine Ripley

Our Rankings: The Top 20 Songs About New York City

New York City has served as the inspiration and the backdrop for so many iconic songs over the years. Here are our top 20:

 

20. “Autumn In New York,” Billie Holiday

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19. “No Sleep Til Brooklyn,” Beastie Boys

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18. “Jenny from the Block,” Jennifer Lopez

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17. “Guaranteed Raw,” Biggie

16. “Chelsea Morning,” Joni Mitchell

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15. “Welcome to New York,” Taylor Swift

14. “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

13. “Take the A Train,” Duke Ellington

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12. “Rockaway Beach,” Ramones

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11. “Across 110th Street,” Bobby Womack

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10. “The Message,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

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9. “New York Telephone Conversation,” Lou Reed

8. “Visions of Johanna,” Bob Dylan

7. “Downtown Train,” Tom Waits

6. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” Elton John

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5. “Living For The City,” Stevie Wonder

4. “New York City Serenade,” Bruce Springsteen

3. “Theme from New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra

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2. “Shattered,” Rolling Stones

1. “New York State of Mind,” Billy Joel

 

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