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The ULTIMATE Cover Song List

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jazzbo, Jul 26, 2002.

  1. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I was cleaning out some old files from my hard drive, and I noticed one folder in the "Music" section of my documents, that had all the different set lists from old cover bands. Now, I haven't been playing in cover bands as long as someone like JimK, so I'm not going to have Ohio Players B-sides on this, but when I looked at all the different cover bands I've done, and all the different tunes from each cover band, I noticed that you could create THE ULTIMATE COVER SONG list. So, here ya go. Keep in mind that this list would be for party type bands. So, hard rock and metal aren't going to work. We're talking dance clubs and bars. Feel free to add, because I know there are tons of songs that aren't here. I would assume that the TRUE ultimate cover song list would probably be in the neighborhood of a good 500 or so songs. I also noticed there aren't a lot of songs on this list from within the last 3-4 years.

    Barry White – Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
    Blues Brothers – Soul Man
    Eagles – Hotel California
    Hootie and the Blowfish – Let Her Cry
    James Brown – It’s a Man’s World
    Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running
    Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23
    Bill Withers – Use Me
    Bill Withers – Give Me the Beat Boys
    Santana – Put Your Lights On
    Lenny Kravitz – Always on the Run
    Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me
    Ben Harper – Burn to Shine
    Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    Ben Harper – Stealing Kisses
    BB King – The Thrill is Gone
    James Brown – Sex Machine
    CCR – Proud Mary
    Johnnie Taylor – Who’s Making Love
    Wilson Pickett – Funky Broadway
    Lenny Kravitz – American Woman
    Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
    Billy Idol – White Wedding
    Black Crowes – Hard to Handle
    Brian Adams – Summer of 69
    Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
    Gary Numan – Cars
    Genesis – In the Air Tonight
    George Michael – Faith
    Joan Jett – I Love Rock N Roll
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Hurts So Good
    Kinks – You Really Got Me Now
    Modern English – I Melt With You
    Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
    Rod Stewart – Hot Legs
    Rod Stewart – If You Think I’m Sexy
    Stray Cats – Rock This Town
    Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut
    Sublime – Santeria
    The Knack – Sharona
    UB40 – Red Red Wine
    Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun
    Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
    Fastball – The Way
    Matchbox 20 – Push
    Sublime – What I Got
    Aretha Franklin – Baby I Love You
    Aretha Franklin – Respect
    Bobbi Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe
    Etta James – Sweet Little Angel
    Santana – Europa
    Santana – Oye Como Va
    Santana – Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
    Santana – Evil Ways
    Junior Wells – Messin’ w/ the Kid
    Lou Ann Barton – You Can Have My Husband
    Parliaments – I Wanna Testify
    Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is
    Archie Bell & the Drells – Tighten’ It Up
    Rick James – Superfreak
    Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
    Lee Dorsey – Everything I Do Gohn be Fonky
    Quincy Jones – Midnight Soul Patrol
    Ike and Tina Turner – Sexy Ida
    Pee Wee Ellis/Jaco Pastorious – The Chicken
    Michael Jackson – Billie King
    Flake – Jack Johnson
    Joe Zawinul – Mercy Mercy Mercy
    Dinah Washington – Bad Case of the Blues
    Four Tops – Bernadette
    JR Walker & the All-Stars – Shotgun
    Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On?
    Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing
    Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
    Stevie Wonder – I Wish
    Stevie Wonder – Superstition
    Stevie Wonder – I Believe When I Fall In Love
    Stevie Wonder – I Was Made To Love Her
    Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
    Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
    Soggy Bottom Boys – Man of Constant Sorrow
    Charlie Daniels Band – Devil Went Down to Georgia
    Some guy – Johnnie B. Goode
    Mammas and the Papas – California Dreamin’
    Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Squirrel
    Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
    Ritchie Valens – La Bamba
    Wilson Pickett – Mustang Salley
    The Cure – Love Song
    The Cure – Close to Me
    Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl
    Miles Davis – All Blues
    Miles Davis – So What
    TV Theme – The Jeffersons
    TV Theme – Barney Miller
    TV Theme – Dukes of Hazzard
    TV Theme – Welcome Back Kotter
    Weather Report – Birdland
    Tom Petty – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
    Billy Joel – You May Be Right
    Bonnie Raitt – Something to Talk About
    Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
    Jimi Hendrix – Red House
    Jimi Hendrix – Pride & Joy
    CCR – Fortunate Son
    Beatles – One After 909
    Beatles – Come Together
    Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Authority Song
    Georgia Satellites – Keep Your Hands to Yourself
    Romantics – What I Like About You
    The Klash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
    The Cars – Just What I Needed
    Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me
    Tommi Tutone – Jenni/867-5309
    KC & the Sunshine Band – Shake Your Booty
    The Trammps – Disco Inferno
    Bee Gees – Staying Alive
    Rod Stewart – Stay with Me
    Black Crowes – Hard to Handle
    Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
    U2 – With or Without You
    Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
    Billy Joel – Still Rock and Roll to Me
    The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me
    The Police – Every Breath You Take
    Dead or Alive - You Spin Me (Round)
    Genesis – I Can’t Dance
    The Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang
    Love in an Elevator – Aerosmith
    Maneater – Hall n Oates
    Guns N Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
    ? – Sweet Home Chicago
    John Lee Hooker - One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
    George Thorogood – Bad to the Bone
    Johnny Rivers – Secret Agent Man
    Jimmy Buffet – Margaritaville
    Wilson Pickett – Land of a Thousand Dances
    Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry
    Lynard Skynard – Sweet Home Alabama
    Ohio Players – Love Rollercoaster
    The Gap Band – Burn Rubber
    Commodores – Brickhouse
    Village People – Macho Man
    KC & the Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight
    KC & the Sunshine Band – That’s the Way I Like It
    Sly Stone – Thank U
    Kool & the Gang – Get Down on It
    Kool & the Gang – Jungle Boogie
    Peaches & Herb – Shake Your Groove Thang
    Dee-Light – Groove is in the Heart
    Lipps, Inc. – Funkytown
    Rolls Royce – Car Wash
    Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
    EWF – September
    EWF – Shining Star
    War – Low Rider
    Kool & the Gang – Ladie’s Night
    Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right
    Beastie Boys – No Sleep Til Brooklyn
    Soft Cell – Tainted Love
    Devo – Whip It
    Adam Ant – Goodie Two Shoes
    Dexy’s Midnight Runner – Come On Eileen
    Young MC – Principal’s Office
    Down – 311
    Longview – Green Day
    Smooth – Santana
    Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason
    The Meters – Cissy Strut
    Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
    Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Wild Nights
  2. stroggnoy

    stroggnoy Guest

    Jul 11, 2002
    Dude, where's "I Love That Old Time Rock & Roll" (may not be the title, but that's the main chorus line if it isn't)

    EDIT: Omg, and "Footloose" :D
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...you sure you're not confusing me with Brad or Rick? ;)
    True, I've done my time in cover bands; I would guess most of those bands still attempted originals.
    If I ever have the means to transfer tape to disc, I'll share some lo-lights...

    That would be a pretty impressive list for any cover band.
    I would still love to be able to play a tune like "Shining Star" in a band...since that's impossible(around here), I will drop in snippets here & there. Fact, I do that all the time; I'll quote some figure from my past(even in my current band, the New Country parody group) & "stick it in"!
    (I love it when she sez that!)

    Another "trick" of my writing style(?)...if there's a certain rhythmic figure I like(maybe "Ball Of Confusion"), I use that rhythm & add my own notes. BAM! Instant groove. I specifically recall writing a tune based on Duck Dunn's bass rhythm
    to Johnny Taylor's "Who's Makin' Love"(& I see that one made your list!).

    What's funny, too, is I can remember more of the tune-age from the good ol' daze vs. the cover tunes I played 7-8 years ago.

    One more thing; used to be if you 'marketed' yourself as a Top-40 band...you had better stay CURRENT or even somewhat ahead of the game(like picking the soon-to-be-hits off the album before radio even began playing them).
    I guess it's different nowadaze, though(?).
  4. sbasssman

    sbasssman Guest

    Jan 1, 2002
    That's some diverse list.
    My favorite on your list is:

    Miles' So What.
  5. Speaking of "Ode to Billy Joe," I heard a version of that song on the local jazz station that was a lady accompanied by just an upright bass and it sounded very cool. The bass player was using a lot of cool slides... anyone ever hear that version??

    BTW, cool list. I had some suggestions but then I would find each one as a scanned down the list.:)

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