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.


The Ramones shot the video for "Pet Sematary" in Sleepy Hollow.

The band from Forest Hills, Queens, had already established itself as the leaders of American punk by the time this song arrived, they were clearly looking for mainstream acceptance. The song, which led off the "End of the Century" album that reached No. 44 on the charts in 1980, featured more instruments than simply guitars and drums, and it slowed down the band's usual breakneck pace to merely upbeat. It also name-checked New York radio stars Murray the K and Alan Freed as well as John Lennon and T. Rex.

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