Dirty Blvd.

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"Dirty Blvd."
Spanish cover
Single by Lou Reed
from the album New York
Released December 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Rock
Label Sire
Writer(s) Lou Reed
Producer(s) Lou Reed
Fred Maher
Lou Reed singles chronology
"No Money Down"
"Dirty Blvd."
"Busload of Faith"

"Dirty Blvd." is a Lou Reed song from his 1989 album, New York. The song contrasts the poor and the rich in New York City, and topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in early 1989.[1] Live versions appear on Perfect Night: Live in London and Animal Serenade. "Dirty Blvd." was one of the four songs Reed performed with David Bowie on the latter's 50th birthday celebration in 1997.[2] The song features a three-chord progression, a repeated sequence of G D A D.[3]


Chart (1989) Peak position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 45
Billboard Album Rock Tracks[5] 18
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[6] 1
Preceded by
"Stand" by R.E.M.
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
February 11–March 10, 1989
Succeeded by
"I'll Be You" by The Replacements

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alternative Songs - 1989 Archive". Billboard. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "David Bowie – 50th Birthday Concert". Discogs. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Owen, G W. "Lou Reed - Dirty Boulevard tab". GuitareTab. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Hung, Steffen. "australian-charts.com - Lou Reed - Dirty Blvd.". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Lou Reed - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  6. ^ "Lou Reed - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27.