I create the set lists for our band, see typical one attached. We primarily play 50s, 60s and 70s rock and pop, and currently have about 100 songs on our master list. We have two lead vocalists, and another member takes lead vocal on a few songs. When creating the set lists, as often as possible, I try to stick to the criteria in the bullets below (Note: The VERY close of each set is a short version of the instrumental “Hold It” by Bill Doggett, during which we make typical stage announcements – “Taking a short break/We’ll be right back/Don’t go anywhere, X more sets coming/Don’t forget to tip your bartender/waitress/etc.”).
- Songs in the same keys should usually not be together
- Songs with the same basic beat/tempo/style should usually not be together
- Songs using the same lead vocalist should usually not be together
- Songs from the same artist should usually not be together
- Set 2/beginning of Set 3 should contain the best/most popular/strongest songs
- Each set should close with an up-tempo/exciting song (in our model, this is always the song that precedes “Hold It”)