"Theme from New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra (VIDEO)
Listen to "Theme from New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra, No. 2 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
2. Frank Sinatra, "Theme from New York, New York" (1980)
The city's unofficial anthem sees New York through the wide eyes of an outsider: a small-town striver hoping that "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere." The song breathes aspiration, and is itself a fairly recent arrival: Broadway's John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote it for Liza Minnelli to sing in 1977's New York, New York (a film set in the '40s), and Frank Sinatra made it famous three years later. Even though it's not quite "A-number-one, top of the list" in our rankings, it remains the quintessential paean to "old New York," city of dreams, where brand-new New Yorkers arrive every day.