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Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

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Billy Joel tops Long Island Newsday’s list of “Songs Every Long Islander Should Know” with “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” voted #1, and five other Joel songs making Newsday’s top 100 list, more than any other artist. Billy spoke with Newsday writer Glenn Gamboa and discussed the story behind each of the six songs, which Newsday readers voted for every week beginning in June. Glenn wrote, “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 Long Island Hall Of Fame’s definition of Long Island: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.”

Here are the six Joel songs and their position on Newsday’s list. Visit for the full list as it was tallied week to week.

Long Island Newsday

1. “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant”
4. “New York State Of Mind”
11. “Piano Man”
31. “It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll To Me”
47. “The Ballad Of Billy The Kid”
83. “The Down Easter ‘Alexa'”

Billy Joel

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