"On Broadway" by George Benson (VIDEO)

Watch the video for "On Broadway" by George Benson, No. 14 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.

14. George Benson, "On Broadway" (1978)

It's hard to imagine that "On Broadway" wouldn't be a smash hit, given that the song was the work of not just one, but two legendary songwriting teams: Mann-Weil and Leiber-Stoller. The Drifters, for whom the final version of the track was written, had a Top 10 hit with it in 1963; myriad covers followed, and both David Bowie and Genesis quoted a lick. But it's hard to imagine a version that better captures the song's aspirational moxie—or its six-string braggadocio—than George Benson's smooth-sailing, chart-topping live take.

On Broadway - The George Benson Collection


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