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Must-Know Classic Rock Tunes?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by TwinDad, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. TwinDad


    May 18, 2017
    OK, so I went to a jam session over the weekend... first one in decades. I had a blast, but one thing became glaringly obvious. When the host turned to me and said, "What do you know that you'd like to play?" ... my mind went blank ... slightly because I was put on the spot, but MOSTLY because I realized I don't actually *KNOW* very many songs outside of the worship stuff I do regularly. I was able to fake it for most of the stuff they knew, either by following the changes or by recalling the tunes once they started playing them, but...

    So... to help fill up my bag of tricks... besides Mustang Sally, what classic rock tunes (let's say late 60s through early 90s) should I bone up on and have at least a good general knowledge of?
  2. Robroy


    Jun 21, 2006
    Central Kentucky
    My mind goes blank because I've given up on anything other than blues jams (and I've gotten bored with those). One time I went to Stevie Ray's in Louisville during their "rock jam". The house band started us off with several BLUES songs. Grrrr! I was there specifically because it was NOT blues jam night.

    So I wanted to sing "House of the Rising Sun". Nobody could do it. It was a train wreck.

    Only blues or Jazz jams really work because they don't have the kind of structure that other songs do. They may not start or end that well in a jam setting, but you can fake the middle pretty well.

    The above also hints at why I'm burned out on Blues jams.

    I will say that if you are fairly new to bass, blues jams are a great training tool. It was a real trial by fire for me. It was time well spent - until it wasn't.
  3. lokikallas


    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    La grange
    All right now
    Sweet home Alabama
    Rebel yell
    Hit me with your best shot
    Black magic woman
    Oye como va
    One way or another
    Are you going my way
    Jumping jack flash
    Brown sugar
    Rocky Mountain way
    The dreaded brown eyed girl

    These have been common songs between a few different bands I've been in.
  4. Robroy


    Jun 21, 2006
    Central Kentucky
    I'm 63 and between moving from Seattle to KY, I've been in quite a few classic rock bands. What really amazes me is that though my repertoire is now several hundred songs, I'll still join a band and find that about 15% of their set list is stuff I've never even heard before, much less played. And often they consider them as "standard" as Stairway to Heaven. ;)

    It gives you an appreciation for just how much stuff is out there.
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  6. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Tell em you know all the bass lines to any Doors song, then pretty much just sit there until "Roadhouse Blues" or so...
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  7. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    You meant to say "Ace of Spades", right? (Does that even count as classic rock?)
  8. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Find a classic rock radio station. Be able to play every song they play.
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  9. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Around here that will be about 20 songs. Maybe 25 tops. Easy peasy! ;)

    Also keep this in mind: Nobody doesn't like ZZ Top!
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  10. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    These songs seem to keep popping up in the bands I've played with:

    One Way Out
    Born On The Bayou
    Green River
    Can't You See
    Come Together
    Hard To Handle
    Summer of 69
    American Band
    The Letter
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Gimme Three Steps
    The Weight
    American Girl
    Keep Your Hands To Yourself
    Pride and Joy
    Comfortably Numb
    Born to be wild
    Old Time Rock And Roll
    La Grange
    No Matter What
    They Call Me The Breeze
    Sympathy For The Devil
    I'm Tore Down
    Hoochie Coochie Man
    All Right Now
    You May Be Right
    Two Tickets To Paradise
    Dead flowers
    Knock On Wood.
    Evil Ways
    Roadhouse Blues
    Taking Care of Business
    Honky Tonk Woman
    Jumping Jack Flash
    Long Train Running
    Before You Accuse Me
    Under The Boardwalk
    Good Lovin'
    Midnight Hour
    Love Me Two Times

    I think we have more than enough for 3 sets :laugh:
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  11. TwinDad


    May 18, 2017
    Wow! Thanks y'all. I'd better get to the woodshed! This has already turned into a long list of really great tunes!

    Keep 'em coming!
  12. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Just a few, because my list could end up being very long:

    Beds Are Burning (okay, more modern classic)
    Midnight Confessions
    Dazed And Confused

    And LOTS more................
  13. Robroy


    Jun 21, 2006
    Central Kentucky
    That's a great list, and interestingly it proves a point I was making earlier. I've played in quite a few classic rock cover bands and yet there are at least two songs on that list I've never heard of and two i've never played.

    I'm 63 and have played since 1998 and only in the last three years discovered a band called "U2". I like three of their songs.

    And there is a reason for that: I stopped listening to pop radio in the early 80's and started raising a family. I just didn't get exposed to an amazing amount of stuff until I picked up the bass in 1998 and found out about songs like Hard to Handle, They call me the breeze, etc.

    Time travel is an interesting thing.
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  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I highly recommend learning (if you don't know it, already) "Where The Streets Have No Name". Great, fun to play bass line.

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