"King of the New York Streets" by Dion (VIDEO)
Listen to "King of the New York Streets" by Dion, No. 74 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
74. Dion, "King of the New York Streets" (1989)
A latter-day effort from the voice of golden oldies like "The Wanderer" and "Runaround Sue," this ballsy lead-off single from comeback LP Yo Frankie! delivered street-tough couplets that sounded lived-in: "People called me the scandalizer/The world was my appetizer/I turned gangs into fertilizer/King of the New York streets." What's more, Dion has kept it up, even now reinventing himself as an urban bluesman.