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.


15. "Foolish Beat," Debbie Gibson

Thanks to this ballad, the Merrick native is a world record holder. When the song reached No. 1 in 1988, the then-18-year-old Gibson became the youngest performer ever to write, sing and produce a No. 1 hit -- a record that still stands. As momentous as that sounds, Gibson says that "Foolish Beat" was actually written in an airplane restroom. "It was one of those songs that came out of my head and onto the paper -- lyrics, chords and all," she said, adding that she recorded it in her family's laundry room in Merrick, which doubled as her vocal booth. "I was so young, I tried to overcompensate," she said, explaining why she decided to produce the song instead of turning to someone with more experience. "It was really for show, but I felt that I knew what the song should sound like."

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