100 songs Long Islanders should know

As we prepare for the upcoming Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Oct. 18 at the Paramount in Huntington, we wanted to pull together a list of the songs that should be a source of civic pride.
These are the 100 songs every Long Islander should know -- songs by people from here, about here, and written and recorded here, that also have changed the world of music. And by here, we go along with the LIHoF's definition of Long Island: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.


13. "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems," The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase

"It's like the more money we come across, the more problems we see" became a prophetic hook following the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. in 1997, though most still see the song as an upbeat celebration of the "money" part. Aided by the buoyant sample of Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out," "Mo' Money" is the Bed-Stuy rapper at his most unifying, reaching No. 1 on the pop, rap and dance charts in 1997, and arguably becoming his most widely recognized -- albeit posthumous -- hit.

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