This is about song choice methods, not set lists. Sorry for the long post, but you need some background to really understand the question. Trust me...it's relevant. Last night my acoustic-electric, 60s-70s-and a very few 80s pop band had a KICK ASS gig (best...gig...ever....), during which we learned some lessons. I'll describe the situation in a moment, but the up-front question is: Do any of you have a specific "danceable" set that you pull out of your back pocket when the hot drunk women hit the dance floor and start screaming for dance music? Read on.... My band is middle-aged (we're all in our mid-40s), and none of us have ever been working musicians. You know...world's oldest garage band and all that. We've always treated music as a hobby, nothing more. With no illusions of stardom or even working-musician-dom, we play what we all like to play, with regard only to what we think sounds good...no special attention paid to what might please the crowd. What this means in practice is that our repertoire has very little to do with what works in a real gig situation. For example, we play truly obscure stuff by Mike Nesmith of the Monkees...and also well-known-but-never-covered-songs like "Story in Your Eyes" by the Moody Blues...and "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel...and "Hotel California"....and James Taylor's "Mexico." Ever heard a cover band that does these songs? Point being that while we're a cover band, the covers we do are NOT those you normally run across. No "Mustang Sally" here. We've played for audiences for several years, but they're people who know and like us...and an older crowd, at that. They're used to what we play, so it's hard to read their reactions at this point. Last night for the very first time we played for people who have never heard us before. It was a house party with maybe 80-100 people in a wealthy Connecticut suburb...aged early 30s and up. Much to our surprise we were a HUGE hit (and we even got shut down by the police...I'm SO proud! ). I guess we're better than we thought we were. We did it for free, just for fun, but to our astonishment they passed the hat and handed us a wad of cash at the end of the night. We've never ever made money before. And we had people begging us to come back. Be that as it may, here's what prompted this thread. We have one song ("My Music" by Loggins & Messina) that brings people out to dance, every single time. We're batting 1000. For our usual older-crowd audience, that's enough. But last night, there was this pack of women who were going nuts and literally screaming for more dance stuff ("B52s!! Oh, c'mon, SURELY you know some Stones!!!!" etc.). Trying to explain that we're not a dance band does not work when it gets to that point, so.... We came up with an idea: Work up a whole set of dance music to deal with that situation. Say, 15 songs chosen specifically to meet the "drunk chick dance request" criterion, that we play as a set, then move on to our usual stuff. For crowds that aren't screaming for dance music, we just don't play that set. These would be songs that we would not normally play, but which would be sure to please an alcohol fueled, dance-crazed crowd, appeasing them for 30-45 minutes. Stuff like "I Want You To Want Me", "What I Like About You", etc. that will keep people bopping along until they run out of breath. We do NOT want to turn into just another cover band...we take pride in the fact that we play unusual stuff, and for that matter we never try to sound like the original recording. So we will never make this all about giving drunken partygoers what they want, all the time. But we do think there's value in working up some stuff to tap into the raw energy put out by a floor full of dancing people, even if we'd rather play something else. Comments? Feedback welcome.