Danceable rock songs (90’s-today) for band w/guitar, bass, drums & male singer
I’m in a classic rock band, playing a mix of popular rock & roll tunes. My band is a straight ahead type of rock act, playing popular dance-able rock tunes from the ‘50 – ‘80s. (i.e. Jailhouse Rock, Alright Now, Some Kind of Wonderful, Roadhouse Blues, What I like about you, etc.)
I’d like to add some newer tunes (1990 to today) so we can play more venues. But with only 1 guitar, bass, drums, and a male singer, identifying some newer “dance-able” rock songs, that fit our band, has been a challenge.
What’s your experience been? Do I need to add a keyboard player? Any song suggestions?
First of all, I'm across the pond and audiences over here are probably into different types of music/bands than in your neck of the woods.
My 2 cents, from my experience (hundreds of gigs), some songs are 80s though.
Lenny Kravitz - Are you gonna go my way, Fly away
Bryan Adams - Summer of 69
Judas Priest - Living after midnight
AC / DC - almost anything
Cheap Trick - I want you
Whitesnake - Here I go again, Is this love
Queen - Another one bites the dust
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under the bridge, Give it away, Californication, Scar Tissue
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Oasis - Wonderwall
Blur - Song 2
The Offspring - Self Esteem, Pretty Fly (or whatever it's called)
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Guns'n Roses - Sweet Child
Papa Roach - Last Resort
Faith no more
REM - The one I love, Losing my religion
Chrash Test Dummies - Hmmmm mmm mmmm
Green Day - When I come around, Basket Case
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save tonight
Just some ideas, don't know if this is of any help. For music like that a keyboard player isn't a bad thing (IMO).
RHCP all the way.
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
Little Miss Can't Be Wrong - Spin Doctors
I started a similar thread a while back...... hope this has some ideas for you.
A lot will depend on your guitarist. There are songs out there that were recorded with two guitars but I've seen bands pull them off beautifully with just one. He just needs to know which of the guitar parts to play at which moment so that it sounds like "the song" to the audience and the missing part won't be missed. A few I'd throw out there...
Good/Better than Ezra
My Own Worst Enemy/Lit
Take Me Out/Franz Ferdinand
Fly Away/Lenny Kravitz; also Where Are We Runnin?
Lots of options from the Black Keys - Gold on the Ceiling, Lonely Boy, Howlin for You, Next Girl...
+1 to singles by RHCP and Spin Doctors.
Semi Charmed Life (Third Eye Blind)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Deep Blue Something)
Another one that always gets the (younger or youngish) people is The Bad Touch. Personally hate the song to bits and will change the channel if it ever comes up on the radio, but there's no denying its dance appeal.
Another bad whose catalog is danceable is Cake.
This Love by Maroon 5
If you're looking for 90's-up, there are quite few options. Here are some that I've done and had a good response, and some that I have seen other bands do that also go over well. Most were done with exactly the same instrumentation and musicians you have.
My Own Worst Enemy- Lit
Paralyzer- Finger Eleven
Good- Better Than Ezra
Gold On The Ceiling- The Black Keys
Crazy Bitch- Buckcherry
Are You Gonna Be My Girl- Jet
Fire Escape- Fastball
Porn Star Dancing- My Darkest Days
Lowlife- Theory Of A Deadman
Bad Girlfriend- Theory Of A Deadman
Little Miss Can't Be Wrong- Spin Doctors
Hard To Handle- The Black Crows
Evenflow- Pearl Jam
Gel- Collective Soul
Some Might Say- Oasis
The Middle- Jimmy Eat World
Flagpole Sitta- Harvey Danger
Teen Angst- Cracker
Beverly Hills- Weezer
Seven Nation Army- The White Stripes
Just some suggestions.
Joker and the Thief - Wolfmother
Woman - Wolfmother
Can't believe noone said Green Day or Blink 182 either...
"Song#2" by Blur and "Lonely Boy" by the Black Keys might be fitting as well.
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