Taylor Swift unveiled her latest single Tuesday off of her "1989" album, which is due out later this month. It comes on the heels of "Out of the Woods," and of course the much talked about "Shake It Off."
Swift is far from her country roots with this one. It's a high-pitched, candy-coated, pulsing New York anthem that will no doubt soon be on every radio station in the Tri-state area. But her ode to the city that never sleeps isn't the first one. She's following in the footsteps of the great Billy Joel, Jay-Z and of course, Frank Sinatra -- all of whom produced chart-topping hits about the city.
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"Empire State of Mind," was a hands-in-the-air hit by two true New Yorkers: Alicia Keys, who grew up in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, and Jay-Z, who was brought up in a housing project in Brooklyn.
"New York State of Mind" by Long Islander Billy Joel, is an iconic Big Apple ballad, and has been covered by dozens of musicians: everyone from Barbra Streisand to Elton John to Tony Bennett.
"Manhattan" by Sara Bareilles is a heartbreaker. Bareilles is a Californian who now maintains a residence in the Big Apple, despite her soulful lyrics that declare, "You can have Manhattan if I can't have you."
"Bleecker Street," by Simon and Garfunkel is a quiet, pattering lullaby about a foggy day in the great city, written by two Jewish, Queens natives.
"New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down," by LCD Soundsystem, a New York based band that broke up in 2011. The group wrote this bit of music to describe the city's ugly underbelly with lyrics like: "Your mild billionaire mayor is now convinced he's a king."
"New York, New York," originally performed by the iconic Frank Sinatra, is perhaps New York's most popular anthem. It has been known to be played in the wee hours of the morning in many a New York City bar to kindly tell patrons that it's time to get the hell out.
This rock n' roll song called "Manhattan," by the Nashville-based Kings of Leon, only vaguely refers to the city that never sleeps in its lyrics, describing: "Who needs avenues, who needs reservoirs, gonna show this town how to kiss these stars."
This mash-up of "I Love New York," and "New York, New York," hits home. Maybe it's the high school students who come to the big city to chase a dream. Or maybe it's just a really, really catchy tune.
Vanessa Carlton's "Nolita Fairytale," about the Manhattan neighborhood captures the thrilling feeling of being young in America's largest city. But we do want to know where Carlton managed to get her "Nolita flat on rent control."
Last but not least, Elton John's heartstring-pulling, gut-wrenching ode to Gotham. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" manages to capture the loneliness of New York, while still making us love the city even more.