"Downtown Train" by Tom Waits (VIDEO)

Watch the video for "Downtown Train" by Tom Waits, No. 34 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.

34. Tom Waits, "Downtown Train" (1985)

Rod Stewart's cover version was a hit in 1989, but the throaty grit of Tom Waits's original cut adds layers to his portrait of romantic obsession in a world of grimy anonymity. Is the contemptuous narrator a soulful dreamer? A muttering stalker? Both? You never quite know who might be hanging his or her hopes on the subway strap next to yours.

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