Need easy danceable songs

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by PauFerro, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    I need a list of easy, danceable songs for crowds 30 and up that fit the instrumentation of bass, drums, and guitar and vocals. 3-chord songs are fine. I would like to focus on the medium and fast tempo tunes for the time being -- any decade is fair game...

    Here are a few to get started, even if they are kind of old

    Blue Suede Shoes
    Walking on Sunshine
    Mony Mony
    Rock around the Clock
    Jailhouse Rock
    I saw her standing there
  2. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Im not sure that I'd play any of those for a 30 something crowd, maybe I Saw Her Standing There because I like it...but it would end with blank stares.

    Stuff that gets everybody moving...

    American Girl
    Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    Brown Eyed Girl
    Sweet Caroline
    What I Got
    Last Night
    Honky Tonk Women
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  3. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Louie Louie
    Wild thing
    Blister in the sun
    What I like about you
    R.o.c.k. in the USA
    Werewolves of London
    Hash pipe

    Shall I go on?

    Also, mony mony is easy to play but not as easy to sing, if you're going to hit the high parts.
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  4. Mark_70


    Dec 31, 2013
    Not necessarily most challenging songs to play, but if it gets the bar hopping - well, that counts for something..!
  5. Mark_70


    Dec 31, 2013
    Also -
    Twist and Shout
  6. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Yup, wrong generation with that list.
    Bruno Mars etc....
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  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    The OP said 30 "and up," not exclusively 30-somethings. He didn't say what the upper age limit was. My observation is that, while most folks hold the music of their teens as their "heart songs," they are much more likely to know and like music older than that vs. more recent. You don't have to have been a teenager in the 50s or 60s to like Elvis or the Beatles. Even if it's not what you play in your car or have on your ipod, you can dance to it at a party. But virtually no one who was a teen in those decades is going to get down to Green Day.

    Still, basically - for 30-somethings, play 90s music. For 40-somethings, play 80s music; 70s music for 50-somethings, 60s music for 60-somethings.
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  8. Chains


    Jan 22, 2014
    Easy and danceable. I agree with the above songs.
    Songs that work for us are things like....
    I Can't Explain
    Jumpin Jack Flash
    Bad Case Of Lovin You
  9. Love Shack by the B52's
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  10. We do lots of Legion and local parties with 20 and up, and I do mean up. We have 70 and 80 year olds at some of these gigs, but more heavily weighted to the 40 and 50 year olds. I love playing them because anything goes in these gigs. We do everything from Runaway, Teenager in Love, The Wanderer, Roy Orbison, Beatles, Robert Palmer, all the way to U2 and Adele. Seems like when the old guys get up to dance, the younger ones do too and they find out that even the older songs are a blast to boogie to when you play them with energy and passion. We have a blast playing all of this stuff and the crowd does too. We know we're having a good gig when a conga line forms up.
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  11. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    White Wedding
    Last Night
    Family Tree
    Love Me Two Times
    Mississippi Queen
    La Grange
    Sultans of Swing
  12. Stinsok


    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I tried to get my band to play "Get Lucky." They acted like I shot their dog.
  13. Low Commotion

    Low Commotion Supporting Member

    Not all necessarily easy sings, but I came across this list of popular 90's songs. After going through the list there a number that I'd like to add to our set list. We're on the older side (late 50's / early 60's) but most of us know the songs. I always like something newer than songs from the '70's and '80's.

    Thanks Steve Witschel
  14. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    If we're still going here, I'd just add that I-IV-V blues tunes with a boogie woogie beat are pretty sure bets. Lots of those Stevie Ray Vaughn tunes, Pride and Joy and House is a'Rockin' and stuff like that. I don't know if it's as easy for a guitarist, but a boogie or a shuffle just seems to trigger something for all ages.
  15. Are you Gonna Be My Girl by Jet is a great tune - we are adding it right now in my band, and I'm singing it. Bear in mind though - it's not easy to sing - the chorus and end are way up there!!!
  16. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    All about that bass kills right now. There wasn't enough room on the dance floor at our last gig when we threw it out there.
  17. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006
    I do a 50's/60's benefit and fund raiser thing with a bunch of 60+ year old guys a couple times a year and they usually draw all ages .. some of the dance tunes we do that seem to go over well for all ages that havent been mentioned:

    Little Girl ..Syndicate of Sound
    Runaway .. Del Shannon
    Secret Agent Man &
    Memphis ... Johnny Rivers
    Wooly Bully ... Sam the Sham
    Mustang Sally .. take your pic
    Green River .. Credence
    Hang on Sloopy .. McCoys
    Pretty Woman .. Orbison
    Little Bit O'Soul ... Music Explosion
    I'm a Believer ... Monks
    Hanky Panky .. Tommy James
    Long Cool Woman ... Hollies
    Folsum Prison .. Cash
    Little Sister .. Elvis
    You Really Got me .. Kinks
  18. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Voodoo - Godsmack.
  19. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Runaround Sue.
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  20. Shovel

    Shovel Guest

    Jun 4, 2013
    "Move It on Over" the George Thorogood version is my suggestion.