"New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel (VIDEO)

Watch a live performance of "New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel, No. 19 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.

19. Billy Joel, "New York State of Mind" (1976)

"Some folks like to get away, take a holiday from the neighborhood"—but not Billy Joel, whose soulful neostandard extols the comforts of being home in New York, even in a somewhat melancholic mood. "It comes down to reality, and it's fine with me 'cause I've let it slide," he sings; the song's jazzy piano and saxophone lines are not carefree so much as stubbornly inured to care.

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