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.


50. "Woo Hah! Got You All in Check," Busta Rhymes

The Uniondale native's debut single, after leaving the influential group Leaders of the New School, was a bold announcement of something new in 1996 when it topped the rap singles charts and reached No. 8 on the pop charts. Rhymes' larger-than-life persona bounded over a cartoonish beat with an unexpected flow that paved the way for other rappers with experimental sounds, including Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott.

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