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Week 9: Pick your favorite Long Island song

Billy Joel at the unveiling of his Steinway

Billy Joel at the unveiling of his Steinway Hall portrait at the flagship store of Steinway & Sons, in Manhattan. Joel is one of only two living artists included in a collection featuring greats such as Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. He is the only nonclassical performer to be honored. (Dec. 12, 2011) Credit: AP

Louis Armstrong's “What a Wonderful World” beat out Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline” (bum bum bum) in the readers’ vote for last week’s installment of “100 Songs Every Long Islander Should Know.”

The overall Top 5 unchanged, though The Good Rats and Harry Chapin are closing in on the Top 5. For those keeping track at home, the current standings among readers are: 1. Straylight Run, “Your Name Here (Sunrise Highway)” 2. Billy Joel, “The Downeaster 'Alexa' ” 3. The Weather Girls, “It's Raining Men” 4. The Movielife, “Jamaica Next” 5. Bayside, “Montauk”

(By the way, you can keep voting for the songs from last week or any other week here on Backstage Pass. We'll tally all the votes at the end and see which songs were the readers' favorites.)

This week’s list includes plenty of heavy-hitters, including Twisted Sister, Blue Oyster Cult and Pat Benatar, but Billy Joel's “Piano Man” has to be the hands-down favorite to take this week, right? Find out next week if that turns out to be true.

No. 11: Billy Joel

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