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Danceable rock songs (90’s-today) for band w/guitar, bass, drums & male singer

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by michaeco, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. michaeco

    michaeco Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2010
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    Fellow TB’ers,

    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?

  2. caligula


    Jul 12, 2006
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    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
    Billy Idol
    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).
  3. BillyRay

    BillyRay Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2008
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    RHCP all the way.
  4. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
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    My band was a 3 piece and we used to start with the original grand funk some kind of wonderful then morph into the Joss Stone version just after the intro, it worked awesome.....
  5. LordRyan


    Dec 9, 2012
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    Two Princes - Spin Doctors
    Little Miss Can't Be Wrong - Spin Doctors
  6. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
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  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2010
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    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
    Paralyzer/Finger 11
    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.
  8. bassaram


    Dec 31, 2012
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    Semi Charmed Life (Third Eye Blind)
    Breakfast at Tiffany's (Deep Blue Something)
  9. BillyRay

    BillyRay Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2008
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    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.
  10. jlane72t

    jlane72t Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
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    This Love by Maroon 5
  11. BayStateBass


    Jan 25, 2012
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    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
    Laid- James
    The Middle- Jimmy Eat World
    Flagpole Sitta- Harvey Danger
    Teen Angst- Cracker
    Yellow- Coldplay
    Creep- Radiohead
    Beverly Hills- Weezer
    Seven Nation Army- The White Stripes

    Just some suggestions.
  12. Depth_Charge


    Sep 13, 2006
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    Joker and the Thief - Wolfmother
    Woman - Wolfmother

    Can't believe noone said Green Day or Blink 182 either...
  13. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
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    Played both WM songs, Green Day's "Basket Case" and Blink182's "All the small Things" in a cover band.

    "Song#2" by Blur and "Lonely Boy" by the Black Keys might be fitting as well.

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