17 New York-Centric Songs Better Than Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York”

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 10.20.14 in News

Today, Taylor Swift released a new song called “Welcome to New York,” wherein the singer takes a stand for the city she’s hardly lived in once and for all. She’s stayed true to her aim, abandoning her once-beloved Nashville twang for retreaded pop lyrics, but this is the bad kind of sing-along; the kind that resembles the soundtrack to a tampon commercial or a reality TV show about making it in the Big Apple. Here are songs that better represent New York City, picked by our editors (we’ve all lived here for longer than a month). Save yourself some misery; you can trust us.

Cam’Ron, “Welcome to New York City” featuring Jay Z

LCD Soundsystem, “New York, I Love You”

Escort, “Cocaine Blues”

PJ Harvey, “You Said Something”

Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, “Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)”

Jennifer Lopez, “Jenny from the Block”

Beastie Boys, “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn”

Lana Del Ray, “Fordham Road”

Charles Hamilton, “Brooklyn Girls”

Gil Scott-Heron, “New York Is Killing Me”

Azealia Banks, “212″ featuring Lazy Jay

Le Tigre, “My My Metrocard”

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, “Fakin’ NYC”

Ramones, “Rockaway Beach”

KRS-One, “5 Boroughs” featuring Vigilante, Buckshot, Keith Murray, Cam’Ron, Bounty Killer, Killah Priest, Prodigy, Redman and Run

Armand Van Helden, “NYC Beat”

Casey Dienel, “Better in Manhattan”