Songs for New York City

By: Concert Vault

53 songs / 4:09:32

  1. 1 Snowblink / Human Nature 05:52
  2. 2 Little River Band / Statue Of Liberty 03:59
  3. 3 Genesis / Introduction to Back In N.Y.C. 01:15
  4. 4 Genesis / Back In N.Y.C. 06:12
  5. 5 Graham Parker and the Rumour / The New York Shuffle 03:25
  6. 6 Bruce Springsteen / Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street? 05:18
  7. 7 Vampire Weekend / M 79 03:50
  8. 8 Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra / Take the A Train 08:14
  9. 9 Quicksilver Messenger Service / Subway 04:06
  10. 10 Mink DeVille / Venus Of Avenue D 06:56
  11. 11 10cc / The Wall Street Shuffle 04:24
  12. 12 Greg Kihn Band / Madison Avenue 04:45
  13. 13 Billy Joel / Big Man On Mulberry Street 07:50
  14. 14 Dave Edmunds' All Star Rock N' Roll Revue / King Of … 06:11
  15. 15 Tim Moore / Second Avenue 04:16
  16. 16 Count Basie and His Orchestra / Avenue C 02:53
  17. 17 The Byrds / Positively 4th Street 03:35
  18. 18 Grateful Dead / Desolation Row 12:35
  19. 19 The Rolling Thunder Revue / Diamonds And Rust 05:09
  20. 20 Rod Stewart / The Killing Of Georgie (Pts 1 and 2) 06:15
  21. 21 The Bee Gees / Nights On Broadway 04:42
  22. 22 Nellie McKay / Broadway Melody 01:24
  23. 23 David Frizzell & Shelly West / Another Honky Tonk Ni… 01:53
  24. 24 Glen Campbell / Rhinestone Cowboy 03:03
  25. 25 The Rolling Stones / Miss You 07:43
  26. 26 Ian Hunter / Central Park and West 04:33
  27. 27 Casper & The Cookies / Sid from Central Park 02:55
  28. 28 Clare and the Reasons / Alphabet City 05:25
  29. 29 Jesse Malin & The St. Mark's Social / Burning The Bo… 03:41
  30. 30 Judy Collins / Chelsea Morning 04:01
  31. 31 George Shearing / Sleepy Manhattan 03:18
  32. 32 The Chambers Brothers / Uptown To Harlem 05:33
  33. 33 Pete Townshend / Harlem Shuffle 05:42
  34. 34 Elton John / Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters 08:00
  35. 35 Mink DeVille / Harlem Nocturne 03:32
  36. 36 David Berkeley / Willis Avenue Bridge 04:01
  37. 37 Paul Simon / Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard 03:04
  38. 38 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / Vanessa From Queens 03:14
  39. 39 The Mountain Goats / Going To Queens 02:34
  40. 40 The Ramones / Rockaway Beach 02:20
  41. 41 Jeffrey Lewis and the Jitters / Williamsburg Will Ol… 06:04
  42. 42 Larry Coryell / Autumn In New York 05:37
  43. 43 Gordon Lightfoot / Cold Hands From New York 05:23
  44. 44 The Kinks / Lost And Found 05:00
  45. 45 The Sex Pistols / New York 03:42
  46. 46 Suzanne Vega / Tom's Diner 02:37
  47. 47 Blondie / In The Flesh 03:05
  48. 48 Tom Scott / New York Connection 07:51
  49. 49 Mark Mallman / You're Never Alone in New York 03:44
  50. 50 Cameron McGill & What Army / Ghost of New York 05:04
  51. 51 Paul Maziar / NYC Love You Long Time 00:56
  52. 52 Eddie Money / Going Back To New York 04:11
  53. 53 Climax Blues Band / Going To New York 08:40

"If this town is just an apple, then let me take a bite." (M. Jackson)

Human nature is a complicated subject matter to say the least, but if there's one convenient place in the world to conduct field research on the entire spectrum of what it entails, it's New York City. Symbolized by the Statue of Liberty, the City has long been associated with tolerance and opportunity, welcoming emigrants from countries all across the world. Now, with over 8 million people living in an area of about 300 square miles (790 km sq.), over 800 languages spoken, and countless neighborhoods spread throughout the five boroughs each adding their unique stories to the city's collective legend, it's more of a small continent than a metropolis.

At the same time, as Glenn Shorrock points out in the Little River Band cut in Lady Liberty's honor, New York also plays home to some of the most outrageous greed in the world. But that's not its only vice - to reach venues where you can witness pinnacles in art and entertainment, you must walk past homeless beggars on the sidewalks; museums can be found around the block from seedy storefronts promising the best in X-rated material; and prestigious research universities are located in the same areas where drug trafficking and prostitution thrive. There are folks living their wildest dreams in New York alongside others stuck in horrendous nightmares.

For some of us, therein lies its beauty. The country boys in Quicksilver Messenger Service may want to get out ASAP, but for folks like me and Michael Jackson, she is an irresistible mistress beckoning us out into her bosom with her seductive sighs. She promises us a glimpse into the best and worst of humanity, and we find it easily as we touch strangers and look into each other's electric eyes (even if you've been conditioned to never make eye contact). That's half of the reason why I heart NY...the other half is because I know every person here has their own story and their own reasons for loving it as much as I do. So if they say,