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Old February 26th, 2009, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ultimate Bar Band Song List

Let's say you're putting together a covers band to play the bar scene and want a good variety of covers that are recognizable, fun, fun to play, get people dancing, that kind of thing. Jukebox stuff, rock and perhaps some modern country too.

What songs do you think fit in that set list?

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Old February 27th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mustang Sally, played incorrectly(the way all bar bands do it) and just before last call so the ladies(especially the ones named Sally) can get down!
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Old February 27th, 2009, 01:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'll toss a couple in that I think might work, though I have no experience picking songs for this (which is why I ask the question..)

(Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Stones
Vertigo - U2
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
Hard to Handle - Black Crowes
It's the End of the World As We Know It - R.E.M.
I Love Rock n Roll - Joan Jett
Alcohol - Brad Paisley
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Drunken Lullabies - Flogging Molly
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And you just know someone is going to ask for Brown Eyed Girl before the night is out.

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Old February 27th, 2009, 03:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If I am not playing on a weekend I go see other bands (talking classic rock/country) bands. I hear these all the time, other than the ones mentioned above.

Play That Funky Music White Boy
Wild Thing
Fortunate One
Long Cool Woman ( IN A Black Dress)
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Old February 27th, 2009, 05:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old February 27th, 2009, 12:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Bad to the Bone.....Thorogood and I second Johnnie B Good
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Old February 27th, 2009, 01:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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That Smell (Skynrd)

I don't believe in Love (Queensryche)

Good Loving gone bad (Bad Co)

Country Girl (Black Sabbath)

Rock and Roll Fantasy (Bad Co)

....in no particular order
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Old February 27th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The whole deal is its gonna require a really good singer to roll with some of these tunes.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 01:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The best bar band performance I've seen was BY FAR a band that covered 'Love in an Elevator' by aerosmith. It was awesome. They even had a sax player. confidence man by jeff healey is great too
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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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You can't go wrong having a Beatles song in any set list.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 07:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I hate to say it, but the crowd always loves 865 5309
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Old February 27th, 2009, 07:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Sweet Home Alabama
Dead or Alive
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Old February 27th, 2009, 07:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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How could "Louie Louie" have taken this long?
Also "Willie and the Hand Jive"
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Old February 27th, 2009, 09:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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These are big hits around here
Hank Williams Jr.- All my Rowdy Friends are coming over tonight
Van Morrison- Brown eyed girl
Tom Petty- Last Dance with Mary Jane
Rolling Stones- under my Thumb
CCR- Down on the corner
Red hot Chili Peppers- under the bridge
and just about any classic rock done right
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Old February 27th, 2009, 11:13 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Better bring some ZZ Top to the bar here in TX.

Bruce Springsteen is usually good for a number, too.

But, I haven't played a bar in 29 years, so anything else I say would be a wild guess. I like the list so far, tho!
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Old February 27th, 2009, 11:25 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Don't forget to drop in a Jimmy Buffett tune. Margaritaville, Get Drunk & Screw, Come Monday, etc.

Plus, you gotta be ready for "that guy" to stand up and yell, "FREEBIRD!"

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Old February 28th, 2009, 09:46 AM   #18 (permalink)
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You gotta play "Have a Drink on Me" by AC/DC!!
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Old February 28th, 2009, 10:04 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I always like it when a group plays something I don't usually hear from a bar band. I think it's cool when a group changes a tune a little and makes you think about it for a second before you recognize it.

There's a band in Denver called The Railbenders who do a lot of originals, but they do a country version of "Crazy Train" that's really great. They also do "Bananas and Blow" by Ween. Good stuff.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 06:53 PM   #20 (permalink)
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In my bar band....here are the cover songs that tend to get a rise out of the audience:

American Girl - Tom Petty
What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello
Middle of the Road - The Pretenders
Tush & La Grange- ZZ Top
Mister Jones - Counting Crows
Hey Jude - The Beatles
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