New York City is known for its remarkable assets, such as great architecture, gourmet food, and powerhouse businesses. But above all — we are appreciated for our love and support of the arts. Creative genius absolutely thrives in our environment.

Here’s a look at some of our most famous homegrown New York musicians and singers.

Famous Singers from New York City

The number of world famous, mega-hit making New York City singers is extensive. Here’s a short list of singers who continue to make New York proud.

  • Tony Bennett

He may have sung, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” but he was a New Yorker all the way.

  • Christina Aguilera

An astonishingly talented singer with 5 Grammys, and more than 75 million records sold.

  • Barry Manilow

A superstar whose career spans 50 years. He’s best known for mega-hits like, “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “Mandy.”

  • Mary J Blige

Starting out as a studio backup singer, Blige has reached superstardom with 9 Grammy awards to her credit, and more than 75 million records sold.

  • Carole King

More than an iconic singer, King is also among the top successful female songwriters in the world.

  • Barbra Streisand

One of the most recognized entertainers on the planet — in multiple genres. Best known for her vocal talent, she’s also an actress, a songwriter, and a filmmaker.

  • Sammy Davis Jr.

Part of the iconic Rat Pack, the multi-talented Davis started his career in vaudeville and found international success in singing, dancing, comedy, and acting.

  • Lady Gaga

As unconventional as singers come, Lady Gaga has shared her incredible talent with fans worldwide and sold close to 150 million singles.

  • Mariah Carey

Known as the “Songbird Supreme” with an amazing 5-octave range, Carey has sold more than 100 million records.

  • Neil Diamond

A New York singing phenomenon with over 38 top 10 hits to his credit and more than 100 million records sold

Neil Diamond

Famous Musicians from New York City

  • George Gershwin

New York composer and pianist, Gershwin is best known for Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris.

  • Billy Joel

Both a blockbuster singer-songwriter and musicians, the much-loved piano man hails from New York and has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

  • Marvin Hamlisch

This remarkable New York talent is one of two people in the world who has won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize!

Songs About New York City

And our city does more than grow great singers and musicians, we also inspire hit lyrics that everyone loves to perform.

There’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” by Lou Reed,

“New York City’s the place where they said, ‘Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side.’”

And there’s Billy Joel singing, “New York State Of Mind.”

“I’m taking a Greyhound on the Hudson River line. I’m in a New York State of mind.”

And who can resist singing along with Sinatra or Minnelli to their favorite rendition of “New York, New York?”

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you, New York, New York!”

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