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.


29. "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men

The tender eulogy that the Greenlawn native crafted for her friend, the late producer David Cole, became an anthem for people who felt the loss of a loved one. That universal feeling turned the ballad into the longest-running No. 1 song of all time, a stunning 16 weeks in 1995 and 1996. It became a standard for mourning, especially after Carey and Boyz II Men sang it at a tribute for the late Princess Diana in 1997.

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