Nikki Lambert from Western Mass on April 23, 2017: Yes, these songs are overplayed. into the mic). It's the most downloaded song of the 20th century and the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history. From the 1976 album Hotel California, "Life in the Fast Lane" peaked at #11 in Billboard and is well-known by pretty much everyone. Why this song? I would like to have an option to list cover songs of the current song. While my band doesn't play half of these songs, they aren't far off the path and could be a solid list of a band's repertoire. They also worked in their most performed song to date - "Rye Whiskey." hub-DanielKennedy from Adelanto, California on June 02, 2014: Thanks for this. Worse comes to worse, whatever you don't want to play, put on in between sets. But, let's face it ... good bassists are the unsung heroes of tight bands. I think I've played this song more than any other one in my career. 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. covered the track in the mid-'80s, the song crossed genres in a way that had never been seen before. No disrespect. The bar owners don't want you to get too loud, that doesn't promote conversation and drinking. A "I want to hear a cover version of this song" button is an Even though the sign over the door of what was primarily known as “Soul” has long been replaced with the marginally more modern and wider sonic net of “R & B,” “She’s Gone” remains proud, righteous and straight up SOUL to its core. … It's not that these are not great songs, although some of them are not, it's that the bands butcher them. Also, you can deviate from this list and people will still be happy. ‘Have A Nice Day’ is one of the lighter songs from the Welsh rock band, making it a popular song to cover earlier on in the set for our wedding bands. This tune is singable, danceable, and works well in a medley with songs like "R.O.C.K. "The 20/20 Experience" is set … This is basically a 12-bar blues tune, played with ferocity and fire. I prefer my originals as my satisfaction from music comes more from creating than mimicking. This list is spot on! That's the blues for you, and this song epitomizes blues-rock for most casual music fans. 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. Because we DON'T do the SOS. This tune is always a crowd-pleaser and the simple two-chord structure lends the song well to extended medleys. It rocks from start to finish, and is a great upbeat song to include in your set. What!? Excellent post and very cool list. Okay... now I seeing why. Many more songs as well of course, pretty much the guitar rock and country rock of the day. Bottom line, for me too, is forget the lables and play what you think is best. It also boasts a chorus that people can't help themselves to sing along with. Hey, me and my two buddies want some suggestions for some songs to play at an upcomming bar show. By far the most widely recognised song in RENT, "Seasons of Love" appears in three incarnations throughout the show. This is a solid list but I have a reauest... Could you make a Country list as well? Everyone knows it, and everyone loves it. If I were to give advice to an aspiring musician... whether cover or original, I would say "Keep an open mind". New USA Merch! Yep. Awesome list. Very well done list. Even guys in bands have been known to get away with singing this tune, and it's a must if you have an '80s-music-lovin' audience. Really!? This is the song that exemplifies the spirit and mood of the mid-'90s rock culture. 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". Some of the songs on this particular list are heavily produced with keyboards etc so wouldn't be easy to do with lead and rhythm guitar, bass and drums in the honky tonk bars! Not every band will play all of these songs, in fact some won't play any of them. (Follow the playlist on Spotify! At my suggestion, my band segued from the guitar solo in Play That Funky Music to a shortened version of Rapper's Delight, then back to end with the last verse of Funky. The Cover Band offers an extensive song list and can perform a variety of styles depending on the occasion. And this 1969 hit satiates every rock and SNL fan by leading into the song with Bessie's neck piece. Last night's MusiCares celebration of @tompettyofficial was one to remember! "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!" Every (and I am serious here) EVERY single cover band plays the same tunes. Remember, when working in a cover band, you select songs to please your audience first, and you as a musician, second. Now that I've found this place, I shall return. Unless you're playing in a Kiss tribute band or you're really into Kiss, this is the only Kiss song that you'll ever need to know. Do you know why? 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. There's SO much great music out there, and people still know all the words. With that said, here are our top picks for the best R&B covers of rock and pop songs. Some 30 year old in a bar may have never heard a live band play Jessie's girl or even a song like Enter Sandman. Hand-in-hand with talent and presentation (attire, lighting, segues, etc. A collection of these B-sides were compiled and released in the form of Best of the 'B' Sides, one of three albums included in the Eddie's Archive box set released in 2002. This one-and-only hit for Wild Cherry was released in 1976 and has sold over two and a half million copies in the U.S. alone. End of story. Any song that encourages people to drink makes your employer happy. Weaved throughout the set was their rendition of Radiohead's "Kid A," mashed up with Gillian Welch's "Wayside / Back In Time." They are timeless, iconic, and classic. You shouldn’t have four slow songs followed by four fast songs. And many of them are simply not danceable. Every single one of these songs has been PLAYED TO DEATH and if I NEVER hear ANY of them ever again it will be to soon. I recorded the whole album with covers on my favorite songs. David Hamilton from Lexington, KY on June 19, 2014: You know someone is going to ask, so here it is! Your catalog will store all the information you need to design the perfect set for tonight’s performance. So, that being said...do some recon on the venue your band is playing at and choose your set list accordingly. There's nothing better than hearing a great musician's fresh take on a classic song. New York Post put together their unranked top 100 all time covers, and of course it’s a … The 1987 Top 10 hit gets the ladies dancing—sometimes on the bar, sometimes on the stage. Leave out the negativity unless it's constructive. (And, yes, I'm female. Journey sucks I don't care what anyone says they are terrible, although I know so many fanboys out there would love to hear the crap. This is most likely because it allows us to maintain a certain degree of our youth. A great list. If you want to work, you have to play what people want to hear. SoundCloud. can't stand most of them now.. Guitar Hero World Tour has released, spreading the full band experience to even more living rooms across the world. But, as a working musician, I have played many gigs with bands that I had never rehearsed with or even met, and I've found in those cases that it was essential to at least know every track on this list. It was the biggest hit from Green Day's debut album Dookie and still feels fresh today. With the exception of 25 and 36-40 and pride and joy if i could find a guitarist who can play like Stevie Ray Vaughn , I wouldn't want to play any of these songs. Creating the set list for Aerosmith’s Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency each night is a difficult task. That being said, I think this is a wonderful list and I enjoyed reading it along with the writers comments. I don’t judge a tune on who wrote it or sang it. Most nights we also get asked ' Do you do any Foo fighters mate?'. In order to make it on to the list, each song had to be mentioned at least 8 times. We've got the list! 22. You owe them that if you expect them to listen to you. There are so many great songs to cover. People LOVE to interact with the band. Great job, Steve. This is a list of all songs featured in either the musical or movie version of Rent. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Make sure the crowd sings along to the chorus. Synth and keyboard sound libraries, patches, programs, combinations and performances for the Korg Kronos, Yamaha Montage, MODX and the Roland Fantom ideal … Where's Smooth/Santana? Steve Witschel (author) from New Orleans, LA on April 28, 2014: Can you elaborate, BassShredder? Classic Rock??? I guess it would considered more of pop rock rather than classic rock? worst song ever, how many times in one song can you repeat the title and get away with it ??? This is one of those '80s songs that is both loved by 30 and 40-somethings and popular with the younger folks, especially the girls. When you're in a cover band, your job is to please the audience. NY Post’s 100 Greatest Cover Songs Of All Time. New merch has been added to the Official Store! 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. This is like two bald men fighting over a comb. 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. There's a good reason that bands still play these songs and that people want to hear them. The hook is killer. You've put together a great list and I loved reading your reasons. I like the official video for this song. It's a pretty reliable crowd-pleaser no matter what the gig. As one of the commenters said, learn a lot of songs from different genres, and adapt your song list accordingly. People thank us for that on a regular basis. One-hit-wonder songs can work great for cover bands. As a band leader/lead vocalist/bassist of a cover band for the last 20 years or so, I have to put in MTCW. (And I don't think I've ever played a show where I haven't heard "Free Bird!" We all have different tastes and opinions. Apr 21, 2020 - If there was ever an ultimate list of songs that cover bands should play, it’s this one. rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on July 26, 2013: One of my favorite cover bands played this great song from the 80's. Things didn't go as George Orwell envisioned. Sound Clips. Travis Scott. It's part of the job. Like it played lots of them over years .It's cool to knock working musicians by saying it's soulless rubbish . Since their formation, Iron Maiden have also released numerous additional songs as B-sides to their singles, including original songs and cover versions. All that happens when you do that is that you cut the effect of every song in your set. You think these songs are soul-less? It'll work perfectly, I promise. It remains his most-requested and most frequently played song by classic rock cover bands. You're not a rock star. The top 5 songs might surprise you. Every product was carefully curated by an Esquire editor. So you find the lowest common denominator and milk it for all it's worth. In times like these, musicians are learning to give again — this time through a charity single for the BBC. I think it is a great list. This is a very reasonable list of songs for a local cover band to pull from. 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