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.
--GLENN GAMBOA

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69. "Sixteen Candles," The Crests

The doo-wop classic that reached No. 2 in 1959 came from the Brooklyn-based group The Crests, one of the first successful racially diverse acts on the pop charts. Johnny Maestro, the longtime Islip resident who also led The Del-Satins and Brooklyn Bridge, delivered the memorable vocals that were part of teenage girls' birthday parties for years and inspired the John Hughes classic of the same name in 1984. Hughes didn't use The Crests' version on the soundtrack, though, he turned to Massapequa's Stray Cats to rerecord it.

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