"Angel of Harlem" by U2 (VIDEO)
Listen to "Angel of Harlem" by U2, No. 72 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Thu Mar 8 2012
72. U2, "Angel of Harlem" (1988)
The world's most famous Irishmen never made a bigger bid for rock & roll authenticity than with this tribute to "angel" Billie Holiday, which seizes on as many glorious scraps of Harlem lore as can be fitted into three minutes, from John Coltrane to Birdland to Miles Davis. While the city's famous milestones are all present and correct, what rings most true to real New Yorkers is the evocation of a soggy December day, the city lit up "like a Christmas tree."