New York, New York

Album: Trilogy: Past, Present and Future (1977)
Charted: 4 32
  • Start spreadin' the news, I'm leavin' today
    I want to be a part of it
    New York, New York

    These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray
    Right through the very heart of it
    New York, New York

    I wanna to wake up, in a city that doesn't sleep
    And find I'm king of the hill
    Top of the heap
    These little town blues
    Are melting away
    I'll make a brand new start of it
    In old New York

    If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere
    It's up to you, New York, New York
    New York, New York

    I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps
    And find I'm a number one, top of the list
    King of the hill, a number one

    These little town blues, are melting away
    I'm gonna make a brand new start of it
    In old New York

    If I can make it there
    I'm gonna make it anywhere
    It's up to you, New York
    New York
    New York Writer/s: Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Leonard Bernstein
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc., BMG Rights Management, Songtrust Ave
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 11

  • Alan Lesser from Solihull West Midlands The greatest pop singer of all time now banned by BBC 2 for being old fashoned
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 27th 1980, "Theme from New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #76; and on June 8th it peaked at #32 (for 2 weeks) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #54 in the United Kingdom; and when re-leased in the U.K. in 1986 it peaked at #4...
    May Mr. Sinatra R.I.P. (1915 - 1998).
  • Austin from Lodi, NjAgreed Brian
  • Ken from Louisville, KyIronically this is the SECOND "New York, New York" song Sinatra recorded. The first was from the movie musical "On The Town" where he sang a completely different song ("New York, New York, a wonderful town, The Bronx is up and the Battery's down...") with Gene Kelly and Jules Munshin.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyRobert De Niro was an executive producer on the film and rejected several submissions for the theme song until this one. He felt it captured the movie's "feel" perfectly.
  • Johnnyk from Central, CtCat Power has a wonderful interpretation of this song on her latest album.....and I like "New York State of Mind" (Ben Sidran version) better as a NYC theme
  • Jeff from Austin, Txmy all time favorite Karaoke classic
  • Rick from Chester Twp. , NjNote: Until last season, Frank's version was played at Yankee Stadium at the end of a winning game. They played Liza's version when they lost!
  • Rick from Chester Twp. , NjCORRECTION!Northern New Jersey, home to both the football Giants and Jets, is predominately Yankee territory. Many players have resided in NJ since it is close to the stadium via the GWB. Yogi Berra has lived in the Montclair area for more than 50 years. The area has a very large Italian-American population (possibly 20+%). My generation idolized Joe DiMaggio. Later Yogi and Phil Rizzuto, who also lived in the Hillside area for more than 50 years. Now we have Derek Jeter...who was born in New Jersey and lived in North Arlington during his pre-school years. In regard to the Mets, we have room for them too. Manager Willie Randolph (a former Yankee) lives in Franklyn Park. NJ is also home to a large percentage of Wall Streeters..excellent commute. One of the reasons that the state has the highest per capita income in the nation.

    Rick Busciglio (
  • Mark from Lancaster, OhThis is one of those famous pieces of recorded music in which they left the mistakes in: Mr Sinatra seems to have lost track of the lyrics somewhere toward the end. Doesn't matter: it's Frank Sinatra, and he can do what he wants.
  • Brian from New York, NyThe Yankees represent ALL of New York. Not just Manhattan. Most people from New York root for the Yankees. Also, Jersey is Yankee territory and most of my family from Long Island roots for the Yankees. You're basically a loser if you root for the Mets!
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