November 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

Which New York City Borough Are You?

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In preparation for the New York City marathon on Sunday, Spotify has revealed its latest top-ten lists for each of the boroughs of New York the runners will pass through (.pdf).

Here’s how conventional wisdom/stereotyping sees each borough, so far as this native New Yorker can tell:

  • Manhattan is wealthy and conventional, but still cutting-edge in spots;
  • Brooklyn is hipster-y, artisanal, and old school;
  • Queens is the United Nations;
  • The Bronx is “the” tough, reminding some of pre-Giuliani Manhattan; and
  • Staten Island is a land unto itself.

Conventional wisdom is not always correct. These days, we have more and more data that enables us to get a handle on what things actually are. Spotify’s lists of the most popular songs on that service in each borough show that indeed, the five boroughs are into much different music, without a lot of overlap, despite all of these people living in the same city. It’s a beautiful thing.

Which New York borough are you, musically speaking?

The Bronx

“The Bronx tips its hat to Latin favorites like Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, and Romeo Santos.”

1.       Romeo Santos – Propuesta Indecente

2.       Prince Royce – Darte un Beso

3.       Marc Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida

4.       Rich Gang – Tapout

5.       A$AP Ferg – Work REMIX

6.       Chris Brown – Don’t Think They Know

7.       French Montana – Ain’t Worried About Nothin

8.       Enrique Iglesias – Loco

9.       August Alsina – I Luv This Shit

10.   Drake – The Language


“In Brooklyn, the mix is as eclectic as Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue with gritty hip-hop artist Danny Brown, Kiwi sweetheart Lorde and beloved Brooklyn resident Santigold.”

1.       Haim – The Wire

2.       Arcade Fire – Reflektor

3.       Santigold – Disparate Youth

4.       Danny Brown – Side A

5.       Lorde – Biting Down

6.       The xx – Angels

7.       Pusha T – No Regrets

8.       Janelle Monáe – Electric Lady [feat. Solange]

9.       Kanye West – New Slaves

10.   Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards


“Manhattannites, who like to think they’re on the cutting edge of, well, everything, like current rock darlings Haim, but are also partial to straight-up pop like Katy Perry and John Mayer.”

1.       Haim – The Wire

2.       The Naked And Famous – Punching In A Dream

3.       Lorde – Biting Down

4.       Arcade Fire – Reflektor

5.       Avicii – Lay Me Down

6.       Santigold – Disparate Youth

7.       St. Lucia – All Eyes On You

8.       John Mayer – Who You Love

9.       Katy Perry – Dark Horse

10.   Asaf Avidan – One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix) – Radio Edit


“Electronic dance music features heavily in Queens, with listeners streaming Cash Cash, Pitbull, and Lana Del Rey remixed.”

1.       Haim – The Wire

2.       Badfinger – Baby Blue

3.       Cash Cash – Take Me Home [feat. Bebe Rexha]

4.       Romeo Santos – Propuesta Indecente

5.       Kanye West – New Slaves

6.       The Naked And Famous – Punching In A Dream

7.       Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness [Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais] – Cedric Gervais Remix

8.       Santigold – Disparate Youth

9.       Sebastian Ingrosso – Calling (Lose My Mind) – Radio Edit

10.   Pitbull – Timber

Staten Island

“Staten Islanders are jamming to teeny-bopper tunes, with two hits from One Direction and another from “The X Factor’s” all-girl group Fifth Harmony [all "legit"?].”

1.       Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers – The Magician Remix

2.       One Direction – Little Things

3.       Ciara – Body Party

4.       Fifth Harmony – Miss Movin’ On

5.       The Neighbourhood – Afraid

6.       Eminem – Berzerk

7.       French Montana – Ain’t Worried About Nothin

8.       Mac Miller – Donald Trump

9.       Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

10.   One Direction – Kiss You

(Image courtesy of Flickr/Alfonso Jiménez)