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TMarius
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Hi all,

I'm putting together a bit of a song book so that when i play live i can play all the classics that people ALWAYS seem to request. I have a few together, but i'd really appreciate, especially from the hardened gig vets among you, which songs people always seem to request so that i can fill in the gaps of my playing. I have stuff like 'Suspicious Minds, Brown Eyed Girl, Knockin on Heavens Door, More than Words but was wondering in your experiences which songs are the biggest crowd pleasers and most requested. (those i've listed above always seem to come up, at least when i'm playing!)

(I apologize if a thread like this already exists, i had a quick search and couldnt find anything)

Thanks for your time


   
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http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_played.html

Interesting list. There is alot of good information on this site. Stroll around.

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I think you have to know the audience, age group etc. I've been in a lot of bars in my years and seen alot of bands and except for maybe Knockin on Heaven's door I've never heard anyone ask or play those other songs.

Are you playing acoustic? Electric?

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http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_played.html

Interesting list. There is alot of good information on this site. Stroll around.

Thanks for the link.
That's a wild list, O. Who knew The Association were so big? :shock:
Amazing how many really old soft rock/pop songs are on the list.
It isn't really until you get into the 4 million and under plays that you see a classic rock sort of playlist take over.
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back in the late 60's the Association were very popular. our goofy teenage band did 'Windy'. everyone loved it.

I believe the most requested song is...drum roll....'Brown Eyed Girl'.

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Excellent topic, Dog.
I believe the most requested song is...drum roll....'Brown Eyed Girl'.
Not surprising. If they didn't, I would.

I'm taking down names (as people add them).
I'm thinkin' guitar songs.
(I can't speak as a gigger but as a requestor)
Here's some I saw missing from that link:

Neil Diamond “Solitary Man”
Cat Stevens “Father and Son” or “Morning Has Broken”
Dan Fogelberg “Leader of the Band”
Bob Dylan – None of his songs were on the list – that's just wrong.
Gordon Lightfoot “Rainy Day People” “Sundown”
Crosby, Stills, Nash, or Young – wrong again
John Denver – again, that's just wrong
(I'm going to stop. I'm getting depressed)

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Dog - I remember the association didn't they do Cherish? I think my older sister had the single..I actually liked it at the time

That link of the most played songs is somewhat misleading since the older the song the more potential it had of being played.

But I could see the ones listed on the 7 million plays or more being requested. Beatles get requested alot but the #1 song that I have personally heard requested was Freebird.

Mustang Sally seems to always be another one.

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"Hard to handle" - Black Crowes
"Sweet Home Alabama" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
"What I like about you" - The Romantics
"Roadhouse Blues" - The Doors

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I think you have to know the audience, age group etc. I've been in a lot of bars in my years and seen alot of bands and except for maybe Knockin on Heaven's door I've never heard anyone ask or play those other songs.

Are you playing acoustic? Electric?
I have to agree. Living and growing up in a "minority" community if going to play somewhere with no knowledge of the audience a list would be heavy with classic Motown stuff and other R&B which crossed over into general pop chart hits.


   
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"Keep your hands to yourself" - Georgia Satellites
"Hard to handle" - Black Crowes
"Sweet Home Alabama" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
"What I like about you" - The Romantics
"Roadhouse Blues" - The Doors

Freebird
Born to be Wild
Lola
Cocaine
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La Grange

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freebird......thats all you need as far as out the blue live performances is concerned

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Can't leave out Mustang Sally, right up there with Brown Eyed Girl as a favorite.

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It changes over time.

When I started playing, it was "Colour My World". That was replaced by "Stairway to Heaven". Then a bunch of flavor-of-the-month stuff. Now it's back to classic rock of the 70s, and lately - more and more Beatles for some reason.

The best measure is what folks are asking you for. Last week somebody asked me to play "Stray Cat Strut" - probably for the first time in 10 years. Who knows, next week it might be a Bo Diddley tune.

When I gigged a lot I had my charts set up in fake books for the band - sounds kind of like what you're trying to do. I had two sets of index pages: one by song name, the other by artist (and I listed likely covers - so "Use Me" would be under both Bill Withers and Uncle Kracker). When somebody said "Hey, can you play She Bop", I could say "How about if we do Time After Time instead"?

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for a drinking bar crowd "Mony Mony" (spelling?) is huge.
Tommy James and the Shondells?

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and Tommy is a really nice guy!

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