"Don't Stop" has one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock, and one of the most memorable, singable, and inspirational choruses in popular music. 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. I prefer my originals as my satisfaction from music comes more from creating than mimicking. I used to drive an hour every weekend to see a fabulous cover band. A "I want to hear a cover version of this song" button is an We never expected pop-punk or metalcore renditions of ’90s hits, but we're here for it. So, if you sing or play bass or drums, you need to be able to pull this one out. Why? If there's a bachelorette party in the crowd, this is a great tune to get the girls dancing and singing. Need 4 more minutes to fill out a 45-minute set? (And, yes, I'm female. Most nights we also get asked ' Do you do any Foo fighters mate?'. The reason they are played over and over again, in my opinion, is if a couple only gets to club once, or twice a month, they don't want to be educated, they want to be entertained. If I had to play this list every weekend, my soul would die. It also boasts a chorus that people can't help themselves to sing along with. Remember, when working in a cover band, you select songs to please your audience first, and you as a musician, second. Lists July 19, 2007 6:48 PM By Stereogum. Where's Smooth/Santana? We all want to rule the world, yeah! As someone else said, play for the audience and not YOURSELVES. 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. We all have different tastes and opinions. Trouble reading? But as many have said, people just want to hear something familiar. Not every band will play all of these songs, in fact some won't play any of them. Seger's late-'70s hit was made popular by the 1983 Tom Cruise flick Risky Business, and "Old Time Rock & Roll" still remains a rock-radio and party-crowd staple today. 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. It's probably hard to make a list like this. Great list! E.g. You've also set up my Sunday night perfectly. Yacht Rock Song List. In fact, some won't play any of them. Eleven of the Saddest Cover Songs in Music History. This was Benatar's biggest hit, back in 1980, and still remains popular with the party crowd. I've never played it nor have I ever heard a cover band do it. Steve Witschel (author) from New Orleans, LA on April 28, 2014: Can you elaborate, BassShredder? Match it on the drums and you got it! I have done "Purple Rain" into "Word Up" though... that's also pretty cool. The 50 Best Cover Songs Ever. All that happens when you do that is that you cut the effect of every song in your set. And, the most important players in the band are a solid drummer and bass player, that and good singing! 24.11.2020. (Follow the playlist on Spotify! An @Song tag can be created by adding a member of relationship on musicbrainz , and can also work in the opposite direction, when a group plays a song originally released by one of its members. To this day, it remains one of Aerosmith's most popular songs and is played by most cover bands at one time or another. Steve's been an online music writer for seven years and has personal experience organizing his equipment for gigs. The party doesn't end there, though. All summer long doubles the length of sweet home Alabama and adds a little newer edge. Sometimes a great cover is a faithful rendition, borne out of love and respect for the original track. Let's face it, that is basically what it comes down to for a cover band. Guitar Hero World Tour has released, spreading the full band experience to even more living rooms across the world. 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." 53. 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. 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". That's the blues for you, and this song epitomizes blues-rock for most casual music fans. No problem. You're hired. It's been covered by hundreds, if not thousands of cover bands. “She’s Gone” by Daryl Hall & John Oates was born old school. Maybe the last set you could turn it up. 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 another great sing-along for the crowd ("Ride Sally, ride!"). And this 1969 hit satiates every rock and SNL fan by leading into the song with Bessie's neck piece. Sometimes it works great—and sometimes it tanks—but it's one you definitely need to know. So, even if you don't think you know it, you do. In most of the bands I've ever played with, the song "Brick House" goes hand-in-hand with #9 on this list ("Play That Funky Music White Boy"). If you will be playing for more than one night, mingle. I'd like to see what your list would look like for wedding/party dance bands. "Prayer" is one of the most beloved hair-metal tunes. This is a CLASSIC ROCK cover band list. Go listen to Otis Redding's original version and tell me it isn't 10 million times funkier and better. Your job is to sell mixed drinks, not much profit in beer, LOL! Similarly, a cover version of a song is like a cover story -- a falsity that's proferred in order to obscure the original story. Because we DON'T do the SOS. Now if the rest of the band would follow it so we can all start together. A lot of musicians will roll their eyes when a band leader suggests playing "Brown Eyed Girl," but the truth is that music fans (both serious and casual) will sing along, no matter where you are. The 1987 Top 10 hit gets the ladies dancing—sometimes on the bar, sometimes on the stage. No one's suggesting that this is a set list, but as a list of "songs every cover band should know," like the title says, I totally agree. In honor of the Talking Heads frontman’s courageous and confounding cover, we’ve compiled a list of cover songs that equally confused the hell … 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". 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. As a band leader/lead vocalist/bassist of a cover band for the last 20 years or so, I have to put in MTCW. I've never played this song where there aren't people singing along. Rock the crowd and get them to drink. 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 know every track on this list. 22. Club-goers and party people all over the map are familiar with "I Want You to Want Me" and it usually gets a room pumped-up. Turn on any classic rock radio station and you can hear these ad nauseum. ASTROWORLD. There's nothing better than hearing a great musician's fresh take on a classic song. It's a pretty reliable crowd-pleaser no matter what the gig. Everyone will have a much better experience. Hey, the list goes on...and why two AC DC songs? In order to make it on to the list, each song had to be mentioned at least 8 times. Or so they always told us. All that happens when you do that is that you cut the effect of every song in your set. One of the defining songs of the early '90s Seattle grunge era, "Man in the Box" makes a great late-night power track to get the diehards pumping their fists and buying shots. This rock radio classic holds up in the clubs and bars nearly 40 years after its release. When you're in a cover band, your job is to please the audience. 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. Here are 50 great cover songs—some of which improve on the originals. Now that I've found this place, I shall return. I read this post via a Bass player's Facebook group of which I am a member, and I have to confess a slight affront to all bassists evrywhere that love a nice, sinewy mid-rangey tone - Yes, the song has one of the most AWESOMEST keyboard intros ever, BUT - whip out the Bassline towards the end of a raucous bar gig, and in 4 bars or less of the melody, nobody cares if there's a keyboardist in the band or not - nail the meaty mids & drunken patrons are singing along to JUST THE BASS LINE ! R&B and soul songs have often been covered by rock and pop acts. Either way, useful list. into the mic). So, while some of you "musicians" are tired of playing Mustang Sally, the audience isn't going to complain. What!? Oh well, I guess I'll keep my trumpet packed away a little longer. Believe it or not, bands that play this type of music still get hired. Audiences throughout the world love these songs, which (of course) contributes to their longevity. Store all of your songs in a easy to use song catalog. Whatever dude. Find out who performed the original version of a particular song, or who covered or sampled that song. There are so many great songs to cover. It's also a tune that can be stretched out and jammed on if the band needs to fill up some set time. 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In times like these, musicians are learning to give again — this time through a charity single for the BBC. E.g. If you play a musical instrument, you have to know this one. "Can't Get Enough" is a good song for the first set. Aside from this hit, "Walk This Way," the 1975 release also featured "Sweet Emotion" (another cover band favorite) and helped the band break into the mainstream. Nikki Lambert from Western Mass on April 23, 2017: Yes, these songs are overplayed. So listen to your audience. the Song Catalog. 24 gold and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records later, the band is only third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band. Zola Jesus has shared a cover of the Armenian folk song “Krunk.” Proceeds from the Bandcamp exclusive single will go toward the Armenia Fund, … When there's a crowd, it's always good to get it involved in the music. If I played these 50 songs tomorrow in my city, I would never be asked back. You could clear them off to make room for the likes of some other great songs like 'Freebird', 'Hotel California', 'Carry on Wayward Son', 'Satisfaction', 'Don't bring me down' (ELO). I'd like to highly recommend the pop-rock tunes "Every Cloud and Silver Lining" and "Blue Eyes" created by Jett Allen. Our show-stoppers include Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Feelin' Alright, Angel from Montgomery, She's Gone, Hey Jude. Steve Witschel (author) from New Orleans, LA on July 23, 2013: Thanks Rebekah! Why this song? Either that, or they are like a lot of musicians I know who think they already know everything so there is nothing else they need to learn. I played about half of those in a couple of bands in the 70s and 80s. The 27-song set was ... Read more. Having played all over the country in hundreds of different bars and clubs, I can honestly say that this is the song I've heard covered the most. When crafting a set list, the following elements … hub-DanielKennedy from Adelanto, California on June 02, 2014: Thanks for this. ... (especially if it’s a cover), stories about how the song was written or what inspired it and even a few tried and tested jokes can all be great ways to avoid an awkward silence and get that extra bit of audience interaction. The top 5 songs might surprise you. Order songs easily by dragging and dropping them in the setlist. Hey, me and my two buddies want some suggestions for some songs to play at an upcomming bar show. Singing Cover Songs Using the Second Method. Run, Run, Run - THE THIRD RAIL (Mono) (June 1967 US 7" single on Epic 5-10191, A-side) 24. The Cover Band offers an extensive song list and can perform a variety of styles depending on the occasion. 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". Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. You owe them that if you expect them to listen to you. And, I'm not even a cover band singer. And, even if you don't sing, you best be shouting "Hey!" It's hard to say who's fault it is...every cover band and musician for playing the same songs, or the crowd for wanting to hear them. People who are drinking don't care and (mostly) aren't musicians. Here, our roundup of the best cover songs of 2019 sung by a range of talented artists from YouTube stars to low-key singers to famous pop stars. It was the song that put Tears For Fears on the US charts. Music is for everyone to enjoy...in any way they wish to enjoy it. Last night's MusiCares celebration of @tompettyofficial was one to remember! that is the list of songs to NOT play ! I get where you're coming from with this list. Great "pro tips" as well. By Esquire Editors. But have you heard. 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. As someone who has played in many cover/bar bands for 30+ years, this list is SPOT on. Things didn't go as George Orwell envisioned. from at least one person in the crowd.). By the same token, don't think you're gonna roll up into the Bluebird Cafe and blow em away with Sweet Home Alabama. Use setlists onstage to change to the next song with a single tap of a button. But it's important to at least KNOW these songs. Our band plays several different venues locally; however, we are finding that the patronage at each venue is slightly different and each requires a slightly different set list. I just turned 70 and I’m still playing regularly. "What I Like About You" is one of those songs. You think these songs are soul-less? Thanks for the feedback! "Jessie's Girl" won Springfield a Grammy and was an instant hit way back in 1981. The list is great. "Keep Your Hands to Yourself"—Georgia Satellites, 10. I love many of these songs, and a great cover band is worth driving to hear. When Run-D.M.C. You've put together a great list and I loved reading your reasons. While Slash was goofing around with a guitar exercise, the rest of the band started jamming along. It's part of the job. People wouldn't expect to hear stuff like 'Hard to Handle' (soul), Man in a Box (grunge), Green Day (punk/alt), Stevei Ray Vaughan (blues), Commodores and Stevie Wonder (Motown). Top 100 most popular cover songs from 2500+ set lists. Apr 21, 2020 - If there was ever an ultimate list of songs that cover bands should play, it’s this one. In fact, here’s a look at us in action. 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. Glenn Anderson from Airlie Beach on March 31, 2016: This is the best hub I've read/heard. No Hotel California, I Love Rock 'n Roll or Zombie?! good songs never go out of style. Neil diamond, Rick Springfield, bryan adams really? Miley Cyrus is to front the latest edition of the revised MTV Unplugged series, with the singer set to perform covers of songs by the likes of Pearl Jam and Britney Spears during her set. The intro to Led Zeppelin's Rock And Roll is tough timing wise unless you know this one tip: Think the guitar intro to Johnny B Goode. Key features. It features one of the most iconic guitar solos in the history of rock. Stream Cover Songs, a playlist by bensongs from desktop or your mobile device. I think it would probably make it into the top 100. I've got a lot of songs to enjoy listening to know as well as picking up my guitar for a jam! Any cover band song list is always made better with some Stereophonics. But, let's face it ... good bassists are the unsung heroes of tight bands. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"—Pat Benator. In 1986, New Jersey's second favorite son and his namesake band released a song that would never go away. 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. From the 1980 multi-platinum masterpiece, Back in Black, "You Shook Me All Night Long" remains one of the band's biggest hits, and is performed by cover bands all over the world. So many people here bitching about how some of the Saddest cover songs the! As a cover band and are over amplified and under talented Kiss, R & B and soul have... 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