Unlike many related sites, we try to be as complete as possible (not just performer and song title, but also songwriters and original releases) and order the data in a reusable and maintainable way. No Journey for me...lol...but I can give you Bon Scott, Scott Weiland, and Chris Cornell.). People who are drinking don't care and (mostly) aren't musicians. If you're into original stuff, that's fine. If I played these 50 songs tomorrow in my city, I would never be asked back. I have to admit, this song is an obscenely guilty pleasure of mine, and is perhaps one of my favorite all-time favorite bass-lines, if not THE most fave, along with Miles Davis's "All Blues", Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side", Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up"... And you can't think of a better santana song than smooth? Fun to read! Artist, title, tempo, duration, key signature, lyrics, and now even chords. While Slash was goofing around with a guitar exercise, the rest of the band started jamming along. E.g. … My band plays none of these regularly, and only 3 under duress. I'm not suggesting that these songs should be your setlist. It remains his most-requested and most frequently played song by classic rock cover bands. grew up listening to all of these songs and they still have an overpowering effect on me. Cover band do's & donts though... nailed that. whenever Paul McCartney plays a song by The Beatles it should be annotated as @Song[The Beatles] as it just doesn't feel right to list "Eleanor Rigby" as a "Cover". Diamond's 1969 ode to John F. Kennedy's then 11-year-old daughter has sold nearly two million digital copies in the Internet age, and is often requested and played by bands all over the world. (You will also find this one on the list of the "Top 50 '90s Rock Songs for a Cover Band. I have done "Purple Rain" into "Word Up" though... that's also pretty cool. Yachty by Nature song list... We are adding new tunes all the time so feel free to send us a message if you’d like to request a song! Bruce Springsteen opens with rare cover, plays summer set at hot Virginia Beach show. If that's not feasible, no worries, if you have prepared yourself, most of the time you'll be able to "feel the crowd out". I just sent it to my band mates for their review and consideration. A great list. Many more songs as well of course, pretty much the guitar rock and country rock of the day. In a touching montage, Johnny Cash had his final hit music video right before his death. Learn them so they are in your rock arsenal. People thank us for that on a regular basis. Just to give the old tunes a twist we try to incorporate or bleed into a newer song with a familiar groove. Cover vs Song The @Song tag is used when an artist performs a song by a group of which they were once a member. In fact, some won't play any of them. Tell them what you LIKE about their show. This is another great sing-along for the crowd ("Ride Sally, ride!"). This is a fine list. Run, Run, Run - THE THIRD RAIL (Mono) (June 1967 US 7" single on Epic 5-10191, A-side) 24. Sit Down, I Think I Love You - THE MOJO MEN (Mono) (December 1966 US 7" single on Reprise 0539, A-side - Buffalo Springfield cover, song written by Stephen Stills) 23. It's difficult to have any real success playing originals these days. Glenn Anderson from Airlie Beach on March 31, 2016: This is the best hub I've read/heard. Use setlists onstage to change to the next song with a single tap of a button. This is most likely because it allows us to maintain a certain degree of our youth. Your first focus when building a set list is to make sure that you don’t perform in chunks or divide your set list too predictably when it comes to tempo. (And, yes, I'm female. Why this song? Benny And The Jets, Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, Daniel, Your Song, and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road made the cut of 24 selections. Cliche, cliche, cliche. has a few good "standards" in here but this list is way outdated. Because these are the most overplayed songs of all time, they are songs that every musician that plays covers should know. Trent Reznor at first found the idea of the cover "gimmicky" but after seeing the music video admitted that the song … You Really Got Me – The Kinks. Weaved throughout the set was their rendition of Radiohead's "Kid A," mashed up with Gillian Welch's "Wayside / Back In Time." "Moondance" works well for a more mellow gig, but this tune is the one you always want to have in your back pocket at a rock show. As a matter of fact, cover bands can be great fun to go and see. (Here's a tip for drummers, the song starts on the and of three.). We’ve scoured the setlists of the most popular wedding bands with a fine-tooth comb, spoken to wedding band professionals and sourced the most requested cover songs for bands. Not necessarily a problem for a covers band, but could be a problem if you're billing yourself as a 'classic rock covers band'. This is the song you play when the guitar player breaks a string. Your music database for originals of cover songs and sources of musical quotations and potpourris I agree you need to give the people what they want, but how about doing it while avoiding the 1% most overplayed tunes of all time. Although they have an extensive catalog of classic metal brilliance, this is the song that defines Metallica. Would you really want to play bon jovi in a club, bar etc.? But, let's face it ... good bassists are the unsung heroes of tight bands. We never expected pop-punk or metalcore renditions of ’90s hits, but we're here for it. Esquire participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Song List>Click HERE BUY 16 Gig-Ready scenes and 80 custom tones for the Roland Fantom featuring essential sounds to perform 13 famous cover songs bands perform. "Friends in Low Places" and "Killing in the Name" were two of our largest draws (especially because I went into the crowd with the wireless mic during the Rage tune so people could yell, "___ you, I won't do what you tell me!" Here's a list of 15 great country music covers of popular songs over the years. you never know, you might need a favor, or even a job from one of those guys someday. Were playing acoustic. Where's Smooth/Santana? People will request Journey. Later Brothers and Sisters. The setlist had songs off their most recent album All Ashore and 2015's The Phosphorescent Blues, opening up the show with deep cut "Little Lights." Right-click the cover art. That 10-year period in our lives seems to set the musical foundation of what we like. The people bashing the list are the kind of musicians who will NEVER get the kind of satisfaction from their music that lots of us do. You will make more money that way!!! Print your SetList or Song catalog; When your band wants to get people up and dancing, "Play That Funky Music" is the tune that works every time. There has never been a truer statement than "As fellow bassist and successful band leader/musician Dave DeMarco once told me the only problem being in a band is you have to work with musicians." Pepper Knew My Father (1988) and This Bird Has Flown (2005). The bar owners don't want you to get too loud, that doesn't promote conversation and drinking. "Prayer" is one of the most beloved hair-metal tunes. "What I Like About You" is one of those songs. Like it played lots of them over years .It's cool to knock working musicians by saying it's soulless rubbish . That being said, I think this is a wonderful list and I enjoyed reading it along with the writers comments. The second single, released in 1977, didn't chart in the U.S., but alas has endured as Petty's most frequently played song in the cover band scene. This is basically a 12-bar blues tune, played with ferocity and fire. If you want to play these songs for fun, I have no problem with that, but if you want to be a successful musician get out of a cover band and create your own music. I totally agree that most of these songs are overplayed, and that it would be nice if we could play interesting and elegant songs in cover bands, and sometimes we can. The top 5 songs might surprise you. As a band leader/lead vocalist/bassist of a cover band for the last 20 years or so, I have to put in MTCW. With video hits such as "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs," MTV made ZZ Top a household name in the '80s, but it's this 1975 single that gets the most play by cover bands. Sometimes it works great—and sometimes it tanks—but it's one you definitely need to know. good songs never go out of style. But I have a low, whiskey-and-cigarette voice, so I sing mostly guy songs and can scream like Steven Tyler. I guess it would considered more of pop rock rather than classic rock? I don’t judge a tune on who wrote it or sang it. "), People will request "Long Train Runnin'." Hand-in-hand with talent and presentation (attire, lighting, segues, etc. I'd add "Needles & Pins" & "So You Wanna Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star". If you're in a cover band, no one cares who you are or what you like. One-hit-wonder songs can work great for cover bands. I would guess that most of people bashing the list are still wet behind the ears, so to speak, and have not yet learned the things that a lot of us have. I'd like to highly recommend the pop-rock tunes "Every Cloud and Silver Lining" and "Blue Eyes" created by Jett Allen. I would like to have an option to list cover songs of the current song. It's one that guitar players learn when they're just starting out, due to its easy three-chord structure, and it's one that every band knows how to play. You RnB people have your genre. Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on January 28, 2014: As someone who grew up listening to R&B, what strikes me is how few of these song I've even heard of, let alone heard sung. A great tune for the mellow stoners in the room, "The Joker" is a timeless classic that often gets the crowd singing along. If there isn't any cover art for your selected song(s), this box will be blank. posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:25 AM on November 10, 2004 Of course, over time, I think the meaning has changed, and I would disagree with Mr. McLean over whether the word is used 'wrongly'. This was Sublime's biggest radio hit and reached #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock tracks Chart in 1997, the year after singer Bradley Nowell's untimely death. Jon Fellowes. This is a list of cover versions by music artists who have recorded one or more songs written and originally recorded by English rock band The Beatles.Many albums have been created in dedication to the group, including film soundtracks, such as I Am Sam (2001) and Across the Universe (2007) and commemorative albums such as Sgt. This is what is wrong with music today and this anemic collection of souless songs, you are encouraging commercialism not creativity. every single one of those songs has been played to death, and after a 30+ career in playing in cover bands I've learned that it's insulting to the audience,..they've heard every cover band play them already,...it's most important as musicians to play what you LOVE to play, it's YOUR show,...do what you love. This Is What The '80s Billy Joel Cover Band's Set List At The Catalina Wine Mixer Would've Been So, that being said...do some recon on the venue your band is playing at and choose your set list accordingly. E.g. Okay... now I seeing why. As one of the commenters said, learn a lot of songs from different genres, and adapt your song list accordingly. This song will help you decide for sure. Lmao! Access setlists and songs on your Android device. Being in the music business is a lot like any other business, in that you have to keep learning. There are so many great songs to cover. ), a well-crafted set list can help a novice come across as professional, and a professional come across as remarkable. Over thirty years later, it's still extremely popular for the party crowd, especially with girls. Over 20 years later... people still do. Is there anything more exciting that a great musician reinterpreting a classic song? Creating the set list for Aerosmith’s Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency each night is a difficult task. By the same token, don't think you're gonna roll up into the Bluebird Cafe and blow em away with Sweet Home Alabama. Also, every girl in the crowd wants to be on stage singing along. Store all of your songs in a easy to use song catalog. Find out who performed the original version of a particular song, or who covered or sampled that song. Play this title track from the last AC/DC album featuring singer Bon Scott and guys will throw up the horns, chicks will head-bang, and everybody will sing the chorus. All that happens when you do that is that you cut the effect of every song in your set. "American Girl"—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 43. Serious guitar players even include the talk box in their rig to help authentically replicate one of the greatest rock songs of all time. Because we DON'T do the SOS. Not every band will play all of these songs, in fact some won't play any of them. Billy DiMeo from Boston on April 26, 2014: I think you need to know this songs if you want to make random friends at the bar. Very well done list. Everyone knows this song and sings along. I've never played this song where there aren't people singing along. Duplicate songs will appear in gray text in the import preview window. It also boasts a chorus that people can't help themselves to sing along with. This tune is always a crowd-pleaser and the simple two-chord structure lends the song well to extended medleys. New USA Merch! While not technically a rock song (although it was covered brilliantly by Stevie Ray Vaughan), this 1972 Motown hit gets the crowd dancing and drinking and fits in well with the classic rock repertoire. Music is for everyone to enjoy...in any way they wish to enjoy it. Sorry, but I'd have to call this the SOS list: same old shite. Excellent post and very cool list. Classic rock is dead unless youre in a biker bar & even then youll see an inked up bearded dude digging bruno mars or (sic) all about that bass. You shouldn’t have four slow songs followed by four fast songs. 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