The most important part of any travel for business or pleasure is planning out the proper soundtrack for your trip. With the 2018 International Franchise Expo starting this week, I wanted to share my playlist of my favorite songs by New York artists, recorded in New York, or about New York.
- Love Supreme – John Coltrane
- Take The A-Train – Duke Ellington
- Blue Monk – Thelonius Monk Trio
I can’t decide on which classic jazz song should lead off. I settled on all three of these.
- Pennies from Heaven – Louis Prima
Face it, when you set foot in New York, you feel as excited and sugared-up as Buddy in Elf.
- New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
I don’t really like this particular song, but I feel like I must include it.
- Piano Man – Billy Joel
This song always painted such a perfect a picture of an old piano bar in the city. I can smell the beer on the microphone.
- Personality Crisis – The New York Dolls
- Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
- I Wanna Be Seated – The Ramones
- One Way or Another – Blondie
If I could go back in time, I would go straight to 1977 at CBGB.
- Shattered – Rolling Stones
Bite the Big Apple…
- New York Groove – Ace Frehley
Great tune! That is all.
- Angela – Bob James
Soft jazz song that you will recognize as the theme to the gritty NY sitcom Taxi.
- In The City – Joe Walsh
More theme music – this time from the cult classic film The Warriors!
- Double Fantasy – John Lennon
I can’t choose just one song from this album that defines New York City for me.
- Fairytale of New York – The Pogues with Kristy MacColl
Yes, it’s a Christmas song. But it also paints an amazing picture of New York City. It’s beautiful & ugly as well as sad & happy all at the same time.
- Unplugged in New York – Nirvana
Recorded in New York but not really a NY record. It’s the best live album ever, so I just look for any reason to put it on any list.
- New York Minute – Don Henley
Layers and layers of good stuff here.
- The Great American Nightmare – Rob Zombie
It’s been the theme to The Howard Stern Show for 20 years. That’s pretty New York.
- New York State of Mind (Live) – Billy Joel
Two Billy Joel songs on this list? Yep.
And, go for the live broadcast version from the post-911 televised Tribute to Heroes concert.
And for those wondering where Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are … I’m sorry, I just can’t.