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Ultimate Bar Band Song List

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by patl, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. patl

    patl Strat-O-Master

    Dec 31, 2008
    North Bend, WA
    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?

  2. Diamond Jim

    Diamond Jim Strat-O-Master

    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!

  3. patl

    patl Strat-O-Master

    Dec 31, 2008
    North Bend, WA
    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

  4. GregP

    GregP Strat-Talker

    Jan 9, 2009
    Surrey, B.C.
    And you just know someone is going to ask for Brown Eyed Girl before the night is out.


  5. gdh1532

    gdh1532 Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    kansas city
    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)

  6. RussV

    RussV Strat-O-Master

    Dec 8, 2008
    Johnny B goode (Any Chuck Berry will do)

  7. Bangbang

    Bangbang Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Michigan USA
    Bad to the Bone.....Thorogood and I second Johnnie B Good

  8. jerryo

    jerryo Strat-Talker

    Aug 19, 2008
    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

  9. jerryo

    jerryo Strat-Talker

    Aug 19, 2008
    The whole deal is its gonna require a really good singer to roll with some of these tunes.

  10. talibanhunter

    talibanhunter Strat-Talker

    Jan 28, 2009
    Panhandle, FL
    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

  11. sevycat

    sevycat Custom Shop Cat Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 8, 2008
    Newark, DE
    You can't go wrong having a Beatles song in any set list.

  12. Celeste

    Celeste Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 17, 2009
    I hate to say it, but the crowd always loves 865 5309

  13. Billyboy

    Billyboy New Member!

    Feb 27, 2009
    Isle of Man - UK
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Dead or Alive
    Honky Tonk Woman

  14. casualofender

    casualofender Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 17, 2009
    Dallas TX
    How could "Louie Louie" have taken this long?
    Also "Willie and the Hand Jive"

  15. Poseidon9447

    Poseidon9447 Strat-O-Master

    Jan 17, 2009
    Palm Coast, FL
    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

  16. still_fiddlin

    still_fiddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 6, 2008
    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!

  17. TexBiker

    TexBiker Strat-O-Master

    Sep 19, 2008
    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!"


  18. ArlenBucy

    ArlenBucy Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 22, 2008
    Plant City, FL
    You gotta play "Have a Drink on Me" by AC/DC!!

  19. StratoBrew

    StratoBrew Strat-O-Master

    Feb 1, 2009
    Evergreen, Colorado
    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.

  20. adaptable

    adaptable Strat-Talker

    Jan 23, 2009
    Imperial, CA
    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