Artist: Jay-Z (feat. Alicia Keys)
City: New York
Year: 2009
Best Line: "These streets will make you feel brand new / Big lights will inspire you / Let's hear it for New York."

Makes Us Want to Visit

Credit the thunderous and ringing piano chords Alicia Keys delivers the sweeping chorus over; credit Jay-Z's shiny verses and dapper "hip-hop Sinatra" status; credit the blunt force of the lyrics; whether you want to single out a specific aspect or simply want to succumb to the whole of "Empire State of Mind," there's no denying its status as the definitive anthem for N.Y.C. And that the home of hip-hop should finally have a hip-hop song as its de facto anthem is only right.