"Give My Regards to Broadway" by James Cagney (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "Give My Regards to Broadway" by James Cagney, No. 31 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
31. James Cagney, "Give My Regards to Broadway" (1942)
A master of infectious pop Americana (his other hits include "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "The Yankee Doodle Boy"), George M. Cohan wrote this cheerful ditty for the 1904 musical Little Johnny Jones. It has been stuck deep in the country's head ever since, boosted by James Cagney's memorable celluloid turn as Cohan himself in biopic Yankee Doodle Dandy. Broadway's regard for Cohan remains clear: A statue of the seminal songwriter and entertainer has pride of place in Times Square today.