Therefore, it wasn’t difficult to figure out what needed to be done. The deeper I dug looking for songs about New York – other than the more obvious songs – the more it became apparent that a number of playlist mixes would be required to produce a good representation of New York songs.
Hopefully, New Yorkers and others will find this playlist mix series does the city justice; if you missed the first playlist NYC song mix in this series, it features songs from Lou Reed, Conor Oberst, Belle and Sebastian, LCD Soundsystem, Jay Z and others.
“Positively 4th Street” – Bob Dylan from Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits (1967)
“The Long Island Sound” – Beirut from Lon Gisland EP (2007)
“Walk On The Wild Side” (Lou Reed Live Cover) – The Strokes from unreleased (2006)
“Coney Island Cyclone” (Alternative Version) – Mercury Rev from Lego My Ego (2007)
“Downtown Train” – Tom Waits from Smoke (1985)
“Lovecraft In Brooklyn” – The Mountain Goats from Heretic Pride (2008)
“Marching Bands Of Manhattan” – Death Cab for Cutie from Plans (2005)
“Empire State” – Guster from Ganging Up On The Sun (2006)
“Bulls In Brooklyn” – The Academy Is from Santi (2007)
“Living For The City” – Stevie Wonder from Legends: Do It Again (1973)
The following video cover by YouTuber Chunnyman of “The Only Living Boy in New York” (Simon & Garfunkel) is very nicely done.
// following song links might not work// we’ll be creating new NYC Songs playlists soon. //
The Kinks from Low Budget (1979)–
Mos Def from Black On Both Sides (2002)–
The Ramones from We’re Outta Here (1976)–
“One Day You’ll Dance For Me, New York City” – Thomas Dybdahl from One Day You’ll Dance For Me, New York City (2006)
Simon and Garfunkel from Bridge Over Troubled Water (1967)–
John Lennon from Lennon (1990)–
The Ad-Libs from The Boy From New York City (1965)–