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Old 01-29-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Default Do You Have a New York Soundtrack?

What are the songs that you consider to be quintessentially New York?

I really only have two songs. When I take Exit 14 off the Turnpike and the road turns directly towards Manhattan, I always like playing "Real As It Gets" by Jay-Z. The song just sounds really "big" for better lack of a word. It just seems fitting as you're approaching the City with its towers beaming towards the sky.


Jay z The BluePrint 3 - Real As It Gets - New Music 2009 HQ - YouTube

My other song is Alicia Keys' solo version of "Empire State of Mind." Oddly enough, I'm always more hyper approaching the city than I am when I'm actually in the city, so this ballad always seems more suitable to me. The Jay-Z version completely wore on me, but this version never seems to get old.


Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (Part II) HQ [OFFICIAL RIP + DOWNLOAD LINK ~ 320kbps] - YouTube
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:35 PM
 
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The 1977 hit "Native New Yorker" by Odyssey
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:44 PM
 
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Frank Sinatra new York new York! Classic
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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New York Groove - YouTube

Kiss Back in a New York Groove!

Also the old NYC folk song from the 19th century Cant the New York girls dance the polka?



Gangs of New York Soundtrack - New York Girls - YouTube
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:17 PM
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I respect Frank Sinatra and think he has a better voice, but to me, the album version of Cat Power's "New York" is catchy and modern. I wish she could sing that well live.

I also like David Gray's "Late Night Radio."
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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JA RUE feat.FAT JOE,JADAKISS - New york - YouTube


Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five - Survival (The Message 2) - YouTube


Jim Croce - Don't Mess Around With Jim -HD - YouTube

Even tho Jim Croce is from Philadelphia and converted to satanic worshiping.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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These songs remind me of New York City. One by Enya and the other by Celine Dion.


Only Time - Enya WTC 9 11 - YouTube


Celine Dion - A New Day Has Come (slow version) - YouTube

The Celion Dion one is sorta like New York City at around 2:25.

I don't know if they're really New York songs but for some reason they seem like they quite about New York to me at least.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Delaware
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Oliver Nelson released an album called Jazzhattan Suite which was entirely instrumental - If you really want to hear what New York City sounds try that - I have been looking for it on DVD for quite some time so good luck finding it -
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:12 PM
 
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City of Blinding Lights by U2
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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Hope-Leave Me In New York - YouTube
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