"New York Minute" is a song written by Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, and Jai Winding. Henley originally recorded it for his 1989 album The End of the Innocence. The single was a #5 hit on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart the following year, although it reached only #48 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song was covered by the Eagles on the Hell Freezes Over album and DVD, as well as Herbie Hancock on his 1995 album The New Standard. In 1998, the Danish singer Sanne Salomonsen covered the song on an album of the same name, together with Chris Minh Doky.
It is featured in The West Wing episode "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail," which was named for a line from the song. It is also featured in the Friends episode "The One with Two Parts, Part Two".
The song has close association to the 9/11 tragedy, with heavy airplay by stations at the time.
The song has also been sampled by New York rapper French Montana. Nicki Minaj has also sampled the song in "NY Minute".
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