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Niall Horan's Powerful Cover of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" Shows His Range

The Season 23 Voice Coach delivered a performance that would make Joel proud.

By Jessica White
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Niall Horan is a singer-songwriter to the core, so it's no shocker that he's a big fan of the legendary Billy Joel. Case in point: Horan's iconic cover of Joel's smash hit "New York State of Mind," which had the audience reeling during his 2018 Flicker World Tour. 

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The Voice Season 23 Coach always delivers a show-stopping performance, and this was no exception. The crowd was cheering from the very first piano notes of the Joel classic! Horan's dreamy vocals perfectly catered to the track's whimsical nostalgia as he poured passion into each verse. He tackled each chorus with a grit, range, and control that would make Joel himself proud. From beginning to end, it's a mesmerizing set where Horan yet again proves his next-level talent.

Check out his incredible cover of the song here. 

About "New York State of Mind"

Joel released "New York State of Mind" in 1976, and it's since become one of the most quintessential songs of the era. It remains a replay-worthy hit to this day,

Horan is far from the first entertainer to showcase a spin on "New York State of Mind." The classic '70s track has also been covered by powerhouse icons like Barbra Streisand, Lea Michele, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Mike Finnigan, and Tony Bennett. It was even performed in an episode of The Muppet Show! 

"New York State of Mind" lyrics

Find the entire song and its lyrics, below:

Some folks like to get away

Take a holiday from the neighborhood

Hop a flight to Miami Beach

Or to Hollywood

But I'm taking a Greyhound

On the Hudson River Line

I'm in a New York state of mind

I've seen all the movie stars

In their fancy cars and their limousines

Been high in the Rockies under the evergreens

But I know what I'm needing

And I don't want to waste more time

I'm in a New York state of mind

It was so easy living day by day

Out of touch with the rhythm and blues

But now I need a little give and take

The New York Times, The Daily News

It comes down to reality

And it's fine with me 'cause I've let it slide

Don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside

I don't have any reasons

I've left them all behind

I'm in a New York state of mind

It was so easy living day by day

Out of touch with the rhythm and blues

But now I need a little give and take

The New York Times, The Daily News

It comes down to reality

And it's fine with me 'cause I've let it slide

Don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside

I don't have any reasons

I've left them all behind

I'm in a New York state of mind

I'm just taking a Greyhound on the Hudson River Line

'Cause I'm in a New York state of mind

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