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.


4. "New York State of Mind," Billy Joel

When Joel wrote the song, it was his way of celebrating his return home, back from his exile in Los Angeles while issues about his career got worked out. Though the song, the heart of his "Turnstiles" album, didn't chart in 1976, it became an important part of his set and a modern-day standard, covered by everyone from Tony Bennett and Mel Torme to Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey. Then came the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and suddenly it became an anthem for America, a remembrance of what happened here and how the city and the country would continue on defiantly. It was already worthy to stand next to other geographic "Mind" songs -- "Georgia on My Mind," which preceded it, and "Empire State of Mind," which followed it -- but post-9/11, its context would never be the same. 

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