–212 by Azealia Banks
Yesss! Even though this is about New York, “212” came out when I was in Tokyo and everyone was obsessed with it. Azealia Banks is a wild woman.
“You know what your bitch become with her weave in
I just want to sip that punch with your peeps and
sit in that lunch if you’re treatin’
Kick it with your bitch who comes from Parisian”
–Going Back to New York by Party Supplies (The Knocks remix)
This is the perfect song to listen to on your way into the city from JFK/LGA. Or just to jam to in the car.
– Piazza, New York Catcher by Belle and Sebastian
This song is just so ridiculously romantic. I mean, how many nights of talking in hotel rooms can you take?
“Elope with me, Miss Private
and we’ll sail around the world.
I will be your Ferdinand
and you, my wayward girl.”
–Empire State of Mind by Jay Z and Alicia Keys
You know I had to include this one. Anytime this song comes on, I scream-sing at the top of my lungs. New York is famous for it’s “you can do anything” energy that no other city really has. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have some how managed to put that energy into the song and give you that familiar feeling. Until it’s over and you realize you’re still in Florida.
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New Yoooooork”
-Suicide by The Ravonettes
I stole this one from a Gossip Girl episode. It’s perfect for an angsty teen who hates her life in her small town and nobody understands her. IT’S NOT A PHASE, MOM.
“You don’t like the law
New York’s the shit
Little runaway girl
Do it again, Do it again”
–Tom’s Diner by Susanne Vega
Okay, this song isn’t as fun and upbeat as the others. It’s more of a rainy day and doing homework kind of feel. Vega basically sings about a mundane morning at a New York City diner. Her descriptions are so perfect and you can easily see the picture she paints.
“I open up the paper
There’s a story of an actor who had died while he was drinking
It was no one I had heard of
Turning to the horoscope and searching for the funnies
I’m feeling someone watching me and so I raise my head”
-City by Summer Camp
I fell in love with Summer Camp about a year or so ago. In “City”, the lead singer goes through a heartbreak throughout a year and describes what it feels like in each season.
“And the winter’s creeping in
And I’m so cold all the time
I haven’t made many friends but
I’m here now
I’m here now, honey”