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.


74. "Coney Island Baby," Lou Reed

The title track of the Freeport native's 1976 album is a layered tale about the majesty of high school football that Reed tells with unusual sincerity and earnestness, especially when he goes on about "the glory of love." However, there's sadness, too, when he recalls his unrequited love for his Coney Island Baby, that turns it into one of the most poignant songs in Reed's catalog.

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