Readers’ Rock List: New York Songs

November 9th, 2009 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »

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With Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ New York anthem “Empire State of Mind” blasting over stereos worldwide, we asked our readers to tell us what track puts them in a New York groove. Jigga, Nas, the Beastie Boys and some other Gotham natives came close, but in the end it was Long Island’s own Billy Joel and his “New York State of Mind” that our readers voted as the definitive ode to the Big Apple. To see where U2, Springsteen and the Strokes landed, check out the full Rock List below:

1. Billy Joel – “New York State of Mind”
2. Ryan Adams – “New York, New York”
3. Nas – “N.Y. State of Mind”
4. U2 – “New York”
5. Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”
6. Don Henley – “New York Minute”
7. The Strokes – “New York City Cops”
8. They Might Be Giants – “New York City”
9. Bruce Springsteen – “New York City Serenade”
10. Genesis – “Back in N.Y.C”
11. Sting – “Englishman in New York”
12. Beastie Boys – “An Open Letter To NYC”
13. R.E.M. – “Leaving New York”
14. Harry Nilsson – “I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City”
15. Simon and Garfunkel – “The Only Living Boy In New York”


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