Published on October 29, 2015

10 songs that will make you want to drop everything and move to New York City

It's one of the most talked about and competitive cities in the world - New York City - the perfect place to follow your ambitions and make your professional dreams come true. From jazz to rock to pop, there are literally thousands of songs inspired by this great city. Here are just a few of the very best tunes aimed at inspiring you to move abroad and intern at a top NYC firm.


1. I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City – Nilsson

Well, here I am, Lord, knockin' at your back door, hmm

Ain't it wonderful to be where I've always wanted to be?

For the first time, I'll breathe free

Here in New York City


New York City


2. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

These little town blues

Are melting away

I'll make a brand new start of it

In old New York


3. Welcome to New York – Taylor Swift

It's a new soundtrack

I could dance to this beat

The lights are so bright

But they never blind me

Welcome to New York

New soundtrack

It's been waiting for you


4. Chelsea Morning - Joni Mitchell

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I heard

Was a song outside my window, and the traffic wrote the words

It came a-reeling up like Christmas bells, and rapping up like pipes and drums


New York City


5. Autumn in New York - Vernon Duke (Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong)

Yes, Lovers that bless the dark

On the benches in Central Park

Greet autumn in New York

It's good to live it again


6. New York State of Mind - Billy Joel

Some folks like to get away

Take a holiday from the neighborhood

Hop a flight to Miami Beach

Or to Hollywood

But I'm taking a Greyhound

On the Hudson River Line

I'm in a New York state of mind


7. On Broadway - George Benson

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway

They say there's always magic in the air

But when you're walkin' down that street

And you ain't had enough to eat

The glitter rubs right off and you're nowhere


New York City


8. Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem

A red rose up in Spanish Harlem

It is the special one, it's never seen the sun

It only comes out when the moon is on the run

And all the stars are gleaming

It's growing in the street

Right up through the concrete

But soft and sweet and dreaming


9. Take the 'A' Train - Duke Ellington / Ella Fitzgerald

You must take the A train

To go to Sugar Hill way up in Harlem

If you miss the A train

You'll find you missed the quickest way to Harlem

Hurry, get on, now it's coming

Listen to those rails a-humming

All aboard, get on the A train

Soon you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem


10. 14th Street - Rufus Wainwright

Don't ever change, don't ever worry

Because I'm coming back home tomorrow

To 14th Street where I won't hurry

And where I'll learn how to save, not just borrow

And there'll be rainbows and we will finally know



Sources: AZLyrics, VillageVoice

Photo 1. based on new york city :: skyline, by hjjanisch, CC-by-ND 2.0

Photo 2. based on rush hour, by Giacomo Carena, CC-by-ND 2.0

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The author
Elizabeth Trovall
After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her third year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

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