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.
--GLENN GAMBOA

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20. "We're Not Gonna Take It," Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister: Dee Snider says this anthem -- which has been the heavy metal rallying cry for everyone from suburban teens to even senior citizens, thanks to Betty White's "Off Their Rockers" using it as its theme song -- was his way of recreating the Alice Cooper classics he loved as a teenager. "When you grow up in Baldwin, there's not much happening," Snider told Newsday in 1984, when the song reached No. 21. "Coming home and listening to those records, I came to a place where there was no boredom, where the party never ended. That's what rock and roll's about -- escapism."

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