Cover vs Song The @Song tag is used when an artist performs a song by a group of which they were once a member. People who are drinking don't care and (mostly) aren't musicians. Not a bad list, but as others have pointed out, the main problem is at least 10 of these are different genres from 'classic rock'. Try it; the basslines match up beautifully. Anytime your band plays this song, you're guaranteed to have a captive and appreciative audience. Thanks for the feedback! You must know it—and know it correctly. That doesn't mean you can't have fun. It seems like it would be a fun song for the musicians also! I think it would probably make it into the top 100. That may sound like a small number, but you try getting 2500 people (working in many, many different genres) to agree on … Access setlists and songs on your Android device. Any musician or band worth it's salt knows you play music that moves you, you don't pander to a crowd. This is a very reasonable list of songs for a local cover band to pull from. People freaked out; turnarounds all over the bar the instant I started with, "Now what you hear is not a test." Talk to them also. All that happens when you do that is that you cut the effect of every song in your set. Trivia: Perhaps one of the most extreme covers on this list, but also the most prolific. End of story. Hi. Honored to cover "You Wreck Me", a song that made the Cowboy Rides Away set list, and one that still gets performed at the Strait To Vegas shows. We cover everything from modern hits to classics, including songs by John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, John Legend, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper, Jason Mraz, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and … by Amy Rose Spiegel. This is a list of all songs featured in either the musical or movie version of Rent. New USA Merch! OF COURSE you should play different songs. Lmao! If you know the blues, then you'll have no problem playing this one. Preview SONG ALBUM TIME SICKO MODE. Wait... what? Got to the bottom of the list and a commercial came on tv playing journeys don't stop believing lol. Sometimes a great cover is a faithful rendition, borne out of love and respect for the original track. Your music database for originals of cover songs and sources of musical quotations and potpourris Everyone will have a much better experience. I played about half of those in a couple of bands in the 70s and 80s. 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. Sorry, but I'd have to call this the SOS list: same old shite. If you've ever played at a club, you know that someone will inevitably request a Guns song, and "Sweet Child O' Mine" is the song that they want to hear. "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!" Similarly, a cover version of a song is like a cover story -- a falsity that's proferred in order to obscure the original story. When you're in a cover band, your job is to please the audience. Aerosmith performing at Nassau Coliseum in 2012. Rock on! Click Here for a printable sample setlist with lyrics. "Prayer" is one of the most beloved hair-metal tunes. Bottom line, for me too, is forget the lables and play what you think is best. I would like to have an option to list cover songs of the current song. Store information about every song in your catalog. In 1986, New Jersey's second favorite son and his namesake band released a song that would never go away. Tell that to Aerosmith, The Stones, Stevie Wonder, etc. Yes, I've played "Smooth" with several bands and it's a great tune that goes over well. From the 1976 album Hotel California, "Life in the Fast Lane" peaked at #11 in Billboard and is well-known by pretty much everyone. 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. People will request Journey. This is real music thank you for sharing :). Discover Music through Samples, Cover Songs and Remixes Dig deeper into music by discovering direct connections among over 723,000 songs and 235,000 artists, from Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B via Electronic / Dance through to Rock, Pop, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, Classical and beyond. My band plays none of these regularly, and only 3 under duress. 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. Bruce Springsteen opens with rare cover, plays summer set at hot Virginia Beach show. grew up listening to all of these songs and they still have an overpowering effect on me. People LOVE to interact with the band. Great "pro tips" as well. Knowing these tunes means you'll be able to sit in on most cover gigs, especially more classic rock orientated. Remember, when working in a cover band, you select songs to please your audience first, and you as a musician, second. The Song Buffer drop-down list (top right) can add 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45,r 60, 75 or 90 seconds per song to help provide an accurate calculation of total set duration. 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. all but 4 on that list i haven't played at one time or another. Every (and I am serious here) EVERY single cover band plays the same tunes. Wow! I’ve been playing for a few decades and almost every band has someone who says “I don’t want to play Mustang Sally” but when you get to the gig you have like 6 request for it. (And I don't think I've ever played a show where I haven't heard "Free Bird!" the bar crowd are changing, different generation, and they want different songs now, at least in my part of the planet. Awesome list. The year is 1984. For all bands, regardless of their popularity, a strong set list is the foundation to putting on a good show. "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. You'll find this box in the lower-left side of the window. Leave out the negativity unless it's constructive. can't stand most of them now.. The blue-eyed Canadian rocker has had over a dozen Top 40 hits over the last three decades. :). The first single, "Breakdown," became a Top 40 hit soon after its release. Mustang sally was written and recorded by sir mack rice, also not rock. We all want to rule the world, yeah! 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. 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,'s most important as musicians to play what you LOVE to play, it's YOUR show, what you love. Thank you Mr. Wilson for that one! I'd like to see what your list would look like for wedding/party dance bands. Select a different song from your library and then Lyric Pad will jump back to the same set list position afterwards I just sent it to my band mates for their review and consideration. I think it is a great list. The 1987 Top 10 hit gets the ladies dancing—sometimes on the bar, sometimes on the stage. This song will help you decide for sure. Our show-stoppers include Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Feelin' Alright, Angel from Montgomery, She's Gone, Hey Jude. A rob thomas song, whereas the band santana has so many better songs than smooth with rob thomas. 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. Weaved throughout the set was their rendition of Radiohead's "Kid A," mashed up with Gillian Welch's "Wayside / Back In Time." In order to make it on to the list, each song had to be mentioned at least 8 times. 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. Guitar Hero World Tour has released, spreading the full band experience to even more living rooms across the world. There's nothing better than hearing a great musician's fresh take on a classic song. Show some support for your peers. Africa on April 10, 2017: Hi. You RnB people have your genre. Others completely reimagine the original tune, rendering it almost unrecognizable (in a good way). Don't just ask people what they want to hear, but ask and then LEARN it if you don't know it already. It works. Rush released its eponymous debut album in March 1974. Just to give the old tunes a twist we try to incorporate or bleed into a newer song with a familiar groove. Also, you can deviate from this list and people will still be happy. from at least one person in the crowd.). Way back before many of today's bar patrons were even born, Aerosmith put out a record called Toys in the Attic. Music is for everyone to any way they wish to enjoy it. 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. In a touching montage, Johnny Cash had his final hit music video right before his death. If you want to work, you have to play what people want to hear. To me, that is TRUE gratification. 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. Over 20 years later... people still do. In fact, some won't play any of them. It's not that these are not great songs, although some of them are not, it's that the bands butcher them. 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. Any song that encourages people to drink makes your employer happy. Or so they always told us. It's difficult to say who has performed the quintessential version of "Mustang Sally," but the basic structure remains the same in each recording. If there's a bachelorette party in the crowd, this is a great tune to get the girls dancing and singing. Here are 50 great cover songs—some of which improve on the originals. Paul Jellicoe from Neston, UK on May 01, 2016: Fair few standards, but then some appear and you're like 'of course,' Brilliant hub man, really enjoyed it! Paul Rodgers again!? Here, our roundup of the best cover songs of 2018 sung by a range of talented artists from YouTube stars to low-key singers to famous pop stars. As a matter of fact, cover bands can be great fun to go and see. 'Cause I don't. Nikki Lambert from Western Mass on April 23, 2017: Yes, these songs are overplayed. Darrell Kindley from Fort Worth, TX on April 04, 2016: what some critics/people aren't remembering or recognizing is that while some of these songs may seem "worn out" or overplayed it doesn't mean that it applies to the audience. 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 … Upbeat yet smooth. This tune is singable, danceable, and works well in a medley with songs like "R.O.C.K. 22. Are these soft, folky versions better than the originals? I've had last-minute calls with no time to rehearse or learn songs. Match it on the drums and you got it! THIS is the problem in our area. If it rocks, they are going to rock and drink more alcohol. (Here's a tip for drummers, the song starts on the and of three.). Because we DON'T do the SOS. 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. 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. Build and arrange setlists. This is another great sing-along for the crowd ("Ride Sally, ride!"). the Song Catalog. The hook is killer. Organize lists using drag and drop. "The 20/20 Experience" is set … 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. This rock radio classic holds up in the clubs and bars nearly 40 years after its release. 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. Sometimes, it takes some prodding, but 9 times out of 10, it works. "Me & Bobby McGee," "Mustang Sally" (of course), and 3 or 4 others, and that's it. This is a great crossover tune, as it works well at clubs, parties, weddings, and pretty much any live cover band show. rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on July 23, 2013: Nice list! Some of the songs on this list are the ones that define their band to the general public. Many of these songs also work acoustically. Your job is to sell mixed drinks, not much profit in beer, LOL! Benny And The Jets, Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, Daniel, Your Song, and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road made the cut of 24 selections. Duplicate songs will appear in gray text in the import preview window. has a few good "standards" in here but this list is way outdated. 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. 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. (And, yes, I'm female. Updated Mar 29, 2019 ... (tour premiere, cover of a song by Virginia's Bill Deal & the Rhondels) 2. don't play any of those songs anymore. It's the most downloaded song of the 20th century and the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history. Very well done list. As a band leader/lead vocalist/bassist of a cover band for the last 20 years or so, I have to put in MTCW. They also worked in their most performed song to date - "Rye Whiskey." I guess it would considered more of pop rock rather than classic rock? “When we sat down and tried to put a balanced set list together, that seemed like be a fun one to throw into the mix rather than the make-as-much-noise-as-possible St. Anger version of the song. Not every band will play all of these songs, in fact some won't play any of them. Trouble reading? I have played and sang at least 40-45 of these tunes at one time or another throughout my career. When your band wants to get people up and dancing, "Play That Funky Music" is the tune that works every time. If they're not already dancing, a few folks should jump on the floor when you launch into this song. R&B and soul songs have often been covered by rock and pop acts. It remains his most-requested and most frequently played song by classic rock cover bands. ASTROWORLD. And this 1969 hit satiates every rock and SNL fan by leading into the song with Bessie's neck piece. After the gig the band leader will hopefully say "Hey man that went great! Pat from Centerville Georgia on June 12, 2018: I play Green Day,slayer,Amon amarth,bon jovi and my own written songs. I prefer my originals as my satisfaction from music comes more from creating than mimicking. Run, Run, Run - THE THIRD RAIL (Mono) (June 1967 US 7" single on Epic 5-10191, A-side) 24. No Hotel California, I Love Rock 'n Roll or Zombie?! This is the song you play when the guitar player breaks a string. OK.... that's my rant. 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. "Some Kind of Wonderful"—Grand Funk Railroad, 34. Great job, Steve. I'd add "Needles & Pins" & "So You Wanna Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star". Were playing acoustic. 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. "What I Like About You" is one of those songs. But there should be a wide variety in any bands' inventory to select from based on the venue they're playing. Every product was carefully curated by an Esquire editor. that is the list of songs to NOT play ! Everyone knows this song and sings along. Everyone wants more cowbell! Worse comes to worse, whatever you don't want to play, put on in between sets. It's a pretty reliable crowd-pleaser no matter what the gig. If I were to give advice to an aspiring musician... whether cover or original, I would say "Keep an open mind". 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Everyone knows it, and everyone loves it. So, if you sing or play bass or drums, you need to be able to pull this one out. I bet you're gonna love these music tracks if you have a listen to them . The 1979 version from Live at Budokan was the band's biggest selling single, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Would you really want to play bon jovi in a club, bar etc.? Right-click the cover art. Although "Heaven" and "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" were his best selling singles, they're much better suited for a wedding band or corporate event. I think I've played this song more than any other one in my career. In 1976, Tom Petty released his debut album with the Heartbreakers, right before disco music exploded. Steve's been an online music writer for seven years and has personal experience organizing his equipment for gigs. rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on July 26, 2013: One of my favorite cover bands played this great song from the 80's. 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. A well-crafted set list can mean the difference between a superb, decent, pedestrian, or down-right awful performance. Now if the rest of the band would follow it so we can all start together. Add lyrics to any song. Pepper Knew My Father (1988) and This Bird Has Flown (2005). Your catalog will store all the information you need to design the perfect set for tonight’s performance. Because, "without love, where would you be now?". Same with doing "Gimme Three Steps" or "Call Me the Breeze" instead of "Sweet Home Alabama." I'm not suggesting that these songs should be your set list. 53. If possible, do some recon on the club you'll be playing. 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. So you find the lowest common denominator and milk it for all it's worth. You've also set up my Sunday night perfectly. 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. Serious guitar players even include the talk box in their rig to help authentically replicate one of the greatest rock songs of all time. No Journey for I can give you Bon Scott, Scott Weiland, and Chris Cornell.). 2 months ago. You'll find this box in the lower-left side of the window. 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). Because these are the most overplayed songs of all time, they are songs that every musician that plays covers should know. Any cover band song list is always made better with some Stereophonics. This is a fine list. After a few beers, I doubt the ones that have are going to care (if it is a good band) that they have heard it a million times before. I can promise you, if you do this, they will come back. While it's not as prevalent in the former genre, some R&B and soul acts are known to have borrowed songs that were originally recorded by rock and pop artists. And, fatty: Journey sucks? How about Blondie, The Pretenders, Heart!! I don’t judge a tune on who wrote it or sang it. Song Catalog. No disrespect. You never know when you'll need to pull these off. What!? Sue Minot from Wellington, New Zealand on February 25, 2015: Hi there. Sad, but so true. A great list. The fact that these songs are overplayed is the point. 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. Neil diamond, Rick Springfield, bryan adams really? You're hired. Learn them so they are in your rock arsenal. First I should add that I'm also a published songwriter, and presently, I do practically ALL original stuff. Just make sure you are targeting the right venue. In fact, here’s a look at us in action. List is really outdated. 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). 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". Sometimes it works great—and sometimes it tanks—but it's one you definitely need to know. Steve Witschel (author) from New Orleans, LA on July 23, 2013: Thanks Rebekah! Creating the set list for Aerosmith’s Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency each night is a difficult task. all the assholes that think playing only original music is the only way to be expressive and is the key to musical success: go fuck yourself. Also, every girl in the crowd wants to be on stage singing along. To this day, it remains one of Aerosmith's most popular songs and is played by most cover bands at one time or another. Once Axl Rose, who was listening upstairs, added his inspired lyrics, a classic rock song was born. We avoided "Rock & Roll All Nite" in favor of "Detroit Rock City," and people were happy. It's true that some of the greatest songs are born in the simplest moments. Hey, the list goes on...and why two AC DC songs? A great tune for the mellow stoners in the room, "The Joker" is a timeless classic that often gets the crowd singing along. Christina Garibaldi 07/21/2015 This tune is always a crowd-pleaser and the simple two-chord structure lends the song well to extended medleys. No problem. Go listen to Otis Redding's original version and tell me it isn't 10 million times funkier and better. I get where you're coming from with this list. It's got a great guitar solo (and the bass player even gets the spotlight for a moment). We strictly do 80's Joel music, sir. in the U.S.A." by John Mellencamp and "On the Darkside" by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. It rocks from start to finish, and is a great upbeat song to include in your set. Next, you … This was the band's second-biggest hit, surpassed only by "Born to Be Wild" (an obvious choice for the biker lot), and does well to loosen up the crowd. Joan Jett's version of "I Love Rock and Roll" is actually a cover itself (the original was written by the band Arrows in 1975) but was made insanely popular in the early '80s, largely due to MTV exposure. Pretty much every cover band (including wedding bands) will play this song at one time or another. 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. I love many of these songs, and a great cover band is worth driving to hear. Like it played lots of them over years .It's cool to knock working musicians by saying it's soulless rubbish . When crafting a set list, the following elements … 5 members-5 opinions. 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