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The 40 Best New York City Music Videos

For its 30th year, the MTV Video Music Awards are headed back to the city that actually launched the Moonman in 1981, broadcasting live from New York City this Sunday. To celebrate the idea that Lady Gaga might show up in a yellow cab dressed as a soft pretzel, here are the 40 best clips from the last 50 years that show all of the Big Apple’s grit, glamour, grime, and big lights that inspire you.