New York City is known to many as a city for artists, a place where you can express yourself to the highest degree. This expression often comes in form of a song, as the beauty and imagination that exists in the city leads for some pretty great opportunities for songwriting. With that being said, it can be a complex city. The best way to get through the ups and downs of the city is to find comfort in some music. From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows, there's a song about New York for however the big city makes you feel. Here are 10 songs about New York that perfectly encapsulate the greatest city on Earth:
1. "Moving To New York" - The Wombats
This upbeat track from Brit-band The Wombats reminds us how lucky we are to live in New York, where thousands of others come in hopes of their dreams coming true. It reminds you that if you're ever in need of some guidance, New York is there to inspire and lead you in the right direction.
2. "New York Kiss" - Spoon
This blissful piece of indie rock recalls a New York City love story that will leave you happily nostalgic. It's catchy, personal and relatable all at once, with glittering keyboards and punchy drums that resemble all that is New York City.
3. "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" - LCD Soundsystem
Even with all the hustle and bustle of 8 million people, it's easy to feel alone in New York. With lyrics like, "You're still the one pool that I'd happily drown," the classic track speaks beautifully to the love/hate relationship that so many New Yorkers encounter in a bittersweet and infectious way.
4. "Harlem" - New Politics
Living in New York is all about finding your place in the big city. For New Politics, this place is Harlem. This song is one big party that will practically force you out of your studio apartment and into your own personalized New York.
5. "New York" - St. Vincent
St. Vincent's latest release is a heart wrenching tale about heartbreak in New York. With lyrics like "You're the only motherfucker in this city who can handle me," it's brutal honesty speaks directly to New Yorkers. By the end of the track you realize that if you're going to be sad, you might as well be sad in the greatest city in the world.
6. "Subway" - The Avalanches
Sometimes all you need to get through your delayed subway ride is a good tune. The Avalanches' "Subway" is groovy and imaginative, making it the perfect track to distract you from the fact that your train is going about 3 mph and you're definitely going to be late.
7. "Manhattan" - Sara Bareilles
I'm telling you, New York is THE place to go through heartbreak. Sara Bareilles' song writing is next level and "Manhattan" is the perfect example of that. Her lyrics, "You can have Manhattan, cause I can't have you" cut right through your soul as she tells stories of romance in the city in the most cathartic way possible.
8. "New York City Cops" - The Strokes
This ever so controversial track is aggressive, clever and brutally honest, like many New Yorkers themselves. "New York City Cops," off the critically acclaimed debut album from The Strokes Is This It, will have you jumping up and down fighting the system in no time.
9. "To Be Young in NYC" - SKATERS
Obviously, this one is about being young in New York City. Telling a familiar tale of underwhelming parties and seeing people you don't want to see, it's extremely relatable. Still, as the band repeats the title of the song, it's clear that while being young in New York City isn't always glamorous and fun, there's nowhere else you'd rather be.
10. "New York" - Urban Code
This electropop track is a true celebration of the city and all its magic. It's vibrant, fun and makes you want to dance. By the end of the song, you're sure to be on a high that's only comparable to the one you get from the bright lights of New York City.
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