Jay-Z f/ Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" (2009)
Album: The Blueprint 3
Producer: Al Shux
Label: Roc Nation, Atlantic Records
In the same manner that everyone is suddenly Irish on St. Patrick's Day, everyone is suddenly a New Yorker when this song comes on. Jay-Z is 100% serious when he calls himself "the new Sinatra." So long, "New York, New York," this is now the default song people think of when they see Times Square and the ever-changing lights of the Empire State Building. And boy, is it annoying as ever. You can currently hear its easily recognizable beat playing in the background of commercials advertising why New York City has so many jobs. Yes, it's like that now.