MTV VMA Prep: Get In an Empire State of Mind with New York-Themed Songs

The Beastie Boys


updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 08/25/2013 AT 2:45 PM ET

New York, New York, it’s a hell of a town.

And on Sunday night, it’s going to be a packed one: Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and more will descend upon Brooklyn for the MTV Video Music Awards – specifically, to the house that Jay-Z built (a.k.a. Barclays Center).

If you want to get into an Empire State of Mind, check out our Spotify playlist of songs. From Jigga to Beastie Boys to Frank Sinatra, these are the tracks that’ll make you feel like an honorary New Yorker. Just don’t call it the Big Apple. (Seriously, no one calls it that.)