"Harlem" by Bill Withers (VIDEO)
Listen to "Harlem" by Bill Withers, No. 50 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
50. Bill Withers, "Harlem" (1971)
Withers was an unlikely troubadour who sang about daily life, and "Harlem"—though overshadowed by hits like "Lean on Me"—is a mellow, groovy, heartfelt R&B gem. Complete with acoustic guitar riffs, insistent percussion and a wizened voice imparting urban poetry, it's an ideally heavy soundtrack to summer in NYC.