"Autumn in New York" by Billie Holiday (VIDEO)

Listen to "Autumn in New York" by Billie Holiday, No. 5 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.

5. Billie Holiday, "Autumn in New York" (1952)

The bruised optimism of Vernon Duke's much-covered 1934 jazz standard—which allows that a New York autumn is "often mingled with pain," but insists that "it's good to live it again"—found its perfect expression in Billie Holiday's yearning version with pianist Oscar Peterson. Duke's moody music and poetic lyrics ("Glittering crowds and shimmering clouds in canyons of steel") are an invitation to fall in love.

Autumn In New York - Billie Holiday


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