rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on July 26, 2013: One of my favorite cover bands played this great song from the 80's. I bet you're gonna love these music tracks if you have a listen to them . Many of these songs also work acoustically. Every (and I am serious here) EVERY single cover band plays the same tunes. So many musicians have trouble understanding performance music vs showcasing of talents. 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. I used to drive an hour every weekend to see a fabulous cover band. And many of them are simply not danceable. 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. You Really Got Me – The Kinks. I don’t judge a tune on who wrote it or sang it. I recommend this list for anyone wanting to be successful in this line of "work." that is the list of songs to NOT play ! Nikki Lambert from Western Mass on April 23, 2017: Yes, these songs are overplayed. By far the most widely recognised song in RENT, "Seasons of Love" appears in three incarnations throughout the show. Sometimes it works great—and sometimes it tanks—but it's one you definitely need to know. That's great. I have no problem with artists who do a cover of a song in concert, or because they are just starting out and don't have enough original material of their own for a full set of songs. Brings back some memories. It's easy to sing along to and every girl loves it. 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. Order songs easily by dragging and dropping them in the setlist. You will make more money that way!!! For all bands, regardless of their popularity, a strong set list is the foundation to putting on a good show. Our show-stoppers include Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Feelin' Alright, Angel from Montgomery, She's Gone, Hey Jude. If I were to give advice to an aspiring musician... whether cover or original, I would say "Keep an open mind". So, while some of you "musicians" are tired of playing Mustang Sally, the audience isn't going to complain. This was Benatar's biggest hit, back in 1980, and still remains popular with the party crowd. 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(And, yes, I'm female. 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. 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'. I played about half of those in a couple of bands in the 70s and 80s. I get where you're coming from with this list. Rock the crowd and get them to drink. :). 53. Africa on April 10, 2017: Hi. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Pretty much every cover band (including wedding bands) will play this song at one time or another. Hokus Bonus, a vinyl-only compilation of ‘bonus tracks’ from special and international editions of previous albums, is ... Read more. This list is GOLD in that regard. One of the joys of playing music in a cover band is that you get to replicate some of the most popular songs in the history of music. worst song ever, how many times in one song can you repeat the title and get away with it ??? Turn on any classic rock radio station and you can hear these ad nauseum. "I Love Rock and Roll"—Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, 28. It seems like it would be a fun song for the musicians also! Serious guitar players even include the talk box in their rig to help authentically replicate one of the greatest rock songs of all time. Do you understand the difference? To me, that is TRUE gratification. There's nothing better than hearing a great musician's fresh take on a classic song. I have done "Purple Rain" into "Word Up" though... that's also pretty cool. Some of the songs on this list are the ones that define their band to the general public. And, the most important players in the band are a solid drummer and bass player, that and good singing! Cliche, cliche, cliche. No problem. Steve Witschel (author) from New Orleans, LA on July 03, 2015: Well, Brian...I'm a successful musician and I play covers. 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. And also of bands that want people to dance! You shouldn’t have four slow songs followed by four fast songs. And, fatty: Journey sucks? Once Axl Rose, who was listening upstairs, added his inspired lyrics, a classic rock song was born. @Rebekah from Tampa Bay, we do that song, we also want to rule the world. I’m in a Blondie Tribute Band and we discuss this all the time. I just turned 70 and I’m still playing regularly. When girls ask to hear Def Leppard, they're talking about "Pour Some Sugar on Me." 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. "The 20/20 Experience" is set … 15. Need 4 more minutes to fill out a 45-minute set? "American Girl"—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 43. Ric 4001 and a Precision, Sunn bass amp. # 24, Kiss, R&R all night party every day. ASTROWORLD. You've put together a great list and I loved reading your reasons. To this day, it remains one of Aerosmith's most popular songs and is played by most cover bands at one time or another. There's nothing better than hearing a great musician's fresh take on a classic song. But, I definitely prefer the bands on this list than any RnB list. Find out who performed the original version of a particular song, or who covered or sampled that song. Success is not limited to just those who write and create music. Everyone will have a much better experience. I also enjoy going to see other cover bands (on a rare night off) and hearing what they are doing. It's part of the job. Pepper Knew My Father (1988) and This Bird Has Flown (2005). 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