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post Mar 28 2008, 09:35 PM
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Let's share from our experience from giging what songs are well recieved at a pub gig. We'll assume there's an audience from 18 up to 65

I'll share a few:

The Boxer - Tradiotional, good start to get people going

Mary Hopkins The Tavern or if it's called Those were the days - everybody knows this one, even if they don't know the lysics they can nanananana just like in the boxer.

Rolling Stones Jumping Jack Flash - Works every time

Donna Summer Hot Stuff - haha... it's true.

Lynyrd Skynyrd They call me the Breeze - Ladies will dance though I'm sure they don't know the original.

Black Crowes Hard to handle - It rips!

CCR Proud Mary - hmmm... easy to play but it's a tough one that takes energy, can easily get spoiled.

Pink Floyd Brick in the wall - Did it once only, last gig, and it was great! If it works every time, I don't know.

We tried that one from Greese also, Greased Lightning, it was popular but we only did it a couple of times. COuld be worth a shot.

Please add more! From your own experience of pub gigs, no guessing of what should work. biggrin.gif
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post Mar 28 2008, 09:46 PM
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very good post! I will post the list from earlier as I have gigged it with various bands and it always goes down a storm.

Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis C
Living on a prayer - Bon Jovi C#m
Somebody Told Me - The Killers Am
Mr Brightside - The Killers C
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns C
With or without you - U2 D
I Bet that you look good - Arctic Monkeys F#
Place your hands - Reef D
500 miles - The Proclaimers E
7 Nation army - White stripes E
All the small things - blink 182 C
Are gonna go my way - Lenny kravitz E
Black or white - Michael Jackson E
Two Princes - Spin Doctors D
Easy - Lionel Ritchie A
I Believe - The Darkness F#m
Knocking on Heaven’s door - Guns G
Last nite - The Strokes C
Song 2 - blur Em
Summer of 69 - Brian Adams D
Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers D
Parklike - Blur E
No Tomorrow - Orson Ebm
Grace Kelly - Mika G
Weather With You - Crowded House Em
Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating G
Hit Me Baby 1 More Time - Britney Spears Cm

these are by no means my favorite songs, and I certainly dont listen to them at home on my stereo - but they certainly please a pub audience.

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post Mar 28 2008, 11:24 PM
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Some good songs there Kellie! smile.gif

In my experience when I've giged with cover song was that it was the old classic songs that made the crowd nostalgic.
Songs that most people enjoy listening to is in my experience:

Jump - Van Halen
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Paradise city, Don't Cry - Guns 'n' Roses
Under The Bridge - RHCP
Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Smoke on The Water - Deep Purple
Proud Mary
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Life On Mars - David Bowie
Rebel Yell, White Wedding - Billy Idol

Wonderwall - Oasis
Lucky Man - The Verve
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi

There's proboably 1000 more songs that would turn your gig into success smile.gif
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post Mar 28 2008, 11:33 PM
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I can imagine Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising would be pretty awesome. And Fortunate Son.
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