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.


34. "99 Problems," Jay-Z

The Brooklyn rapper offers useful information about your rights when stopped by a racially profiling police officer as well as some wild guitar riffs on the brash track produced by Long Beach-born and Lido Beach-raised Rick Rubin. The song reached only No. 10 on the rap charts and No. 30 on the pop charts in 2004, as it confounded hip-hop purists and rockers alike. However, it helped convince fans of both genres that they weren't all that different, leading to Jay's controversial headlining of the traditionally rock Glastonbury Festival in 2008.

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