The Late Movies: Coney Island Soundtrack


On this date in 1927, the historic Cyclone roller coaster opened at Coney Island. (You could ride it for 25 cents back then. Now it's eight bucks a person!) The Cyclone was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, 1991. Being absolutely terrified of heights, I have never gotten anywhere near this (or any other) coaster. But it's served as inspiration for many popular songs and music videos. Here, six of the best.

Off to the Races

Lana del Rey calls herself "the queen of Coney Island."

Coney Island

"I'm going to Coney Island have myself a dog," sings Good Old War.

Coney Island

Death Cab for Cutie released this song on their 2011 album The Photo Album.

Please Don't Go Girl

New Kids on the Block filmed part of the video for this hit at Coney Island.

Coney Island Baby

From the great Lou Reed's album of the same name.

Even the Nights Are Better

Air Supply filmed several scenes for their video for this hit soft rock song at Coney Island.