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.


47. “The Ballad of Billy the Kid,” Billy Joel

The Hicksville native's historically inaccurate (but wholly entertaining) tale of Billy the Kid became one of the most talked-about songs from his 1973 album, “Piano Man.” Joel has said he wanted to experiment with the storytelling, but the final verse – starting with “From a town known as Oyster Bay, Long Island, rode a boy with a six-pack in his hand” – suggests something even more light-hearted, that the song was a way to amuse a bartender friend.

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