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.


28. "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," Beastie Boys

The combination of the metal riffs and hip-hop beat became an anthem for the Beastie Boys, especially the late Brooklyn born and bred rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch, who provides the heart of the song. Produced by Long Beach native Rick Rubin, "Brooklyn" reached No. 14 on the British charts, though it didn't chart in America. Nevertheless, the "Brooklyn!" cheer is still a part of the borough's culture, as anyone who's been to a house party from Bay Ridge to Williamsburg recently can attest.

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