New York, New York (Ryan Adams song)

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For other songs of the same name, see New York, New York (disambiguation)
"New York, New York"
Single by Ryan Adams
from the album Gold
ReleasedNovember 26, 2001
GenreAlternative country
LabelLost Highway
Songwriter(s)Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams singles chronology
"New York, New York"
"Answering Bell"

"New York, New York" is a song written and performed by American alt-country musician Ryan Adams. It appeared on his 2001 album Gold. The song earned Adams a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal, and the single reached #53 in the UK charts in December 2001.[1] In 2009, the song was included in The Guardians "1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear".[2]


The song's lyrics mention several lower Manhattan geographic references, including the intersection of Avenue A and 10th Street, Houston Street, and Avenue B. In the song, the singer reflects on his life in New York and a failed love affair.


  • Ryan Adams - vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Richard Causon - piano
  • Chris Stills - bass
  • Kamasi Washington - saxophone
  • Ethan Johns - electric guitars, Hammond B-3, congas, drums

Music video[edit]

The music video features Adams performing in front of the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn. Filmed on September 7, 2001, four days before the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Twin Towers can be prominently seen in the background. As a result, a message was placed at the end of the video, dedicating it to those who lost their lives, and to "those who worked to save them". Profits from the video were donated to a September 11 charity.[citation needed]

Adams had previously filmed and finished an entirely different video for the song, but decided at the last minute to scrap it and film a new one focusing on the Manhattan skyline (specifically the World Trade Center). The original video was not lost; it was dubbed over and reused for When the Stars Go Blue.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "New York , New York"
  2. "Mara Lisa"
  3. "From Me To You"

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked at #18 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 for the week ending February 2, 2002.

Chart Peak
Dutch Singles Chart 83
UK Singles Chart 53
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 112
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 18


  1. ^ (Accessed: 24 April 2007)
  2. ^ The Guardian: 1000 Songs Everyone Muse Hear - People and Places, pg.3