"New York, New York" by Broadway cast of On the Town (VIDEO)
Listen to "New York, New York" by the Broadway cast of On the Town, No. 43 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
43. Original studio cast (On the Town), "New York, New York" (1960)
Written for the 1944 musical On the Town, this zippy bolt of tourist elation was sung by a trio of sailors on shore leave in a "helluva town" (lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green had to change that to "wonderful town" in the 1949 film). Fresh off the boat and goosed by the fanfares of Leonard Bernstein's brass, they're literally leaping at the chance to explore it.