Cover band song list help

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  1. RollingBender

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    At the beginning of the lockdown, a new band was created. The drummer and I have been playing together for ten years or so in a few different bands. I’ve known the bass player for over 20 years but the opportunity to work together had not presented itself until recently.

    Out of the gate, putting together enough tunes for an evening gig was pretty easy but our song book was quite a mish-mash of tunes. We have about 100 tunes in our rotation at this time. Bookings have been quite regular, about 4/month and every place we have played has asked us back.

    In the last month or two, we have stumbled across a bit of a segment that we really excel at but I am struggling to find more tunes to fill out our set lists with more continuity and focus. We do a pretty decent job of sounding full for a 3-piece and have a huge vocal capability thanks to 2 lead singers, one decent backup singer and a really awesome harmony pedal.

    Here’s a list of the tunes we can really nail...


    Maggie May
    Southern Cross
    Doctor my Eyes
    Brandy
    Long Train Running
    Chicken Fried
    Don’t Think Twice
    Walk Softly
    Dancin’ in the Moonlight
    My Maria
    That’s All
    It Never Rains in California
    Dancing Queen
    Still Rock-n-Roll to Me
    Kodachrome
    Roam
    Shakin’ all Over
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Superstition
    Joker

    Any and all ideas for suggested additions based on the above would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Sounds like you're strong on vocal harmonies.

    Here are some tunes you guys would kill on:

    Out In the Country (Three Dog Night)
    California Dreamin' (Mamas and Papas)
    Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood MAc)
    You're the Inspiration (Chicago)
    Seven Bridges Road (Eagles)
    I Get Around (Beach Boys)
    All I Have to Do is Dream (Everly Bros)
    In My Life (Beatles)
    Joy To the World (Three Dog Night)
    Listen to the Music (Doobies)
    Too Much Heaven (Bee Gees)
    Lyin' Eyes (Eagles)
     
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    Some of these may suit:

    Walk Away Renee
    Angel of the Morning
    Stay with me (Baby)
    The Loved One
    Mercury
    Only Love Can Hurt Like This
    Long as I can see the Light
    All the Lovers
     
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    The Weight
    Up on Cripple Creek
    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Baez)
     
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    Thinking of songs which are (or imo could be) harmonised:

    Cool Change / Lonesome Loser (Little River Band)
    What I Like About You (The Romantics)
    All Out of Love (Air Supply)
    Better Be Home Soon / Don't Dream Its Over (Crowded House)
    Linger (The Cranberries)
    Hang on Sloopy
     
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    Brickyard Blues
    Like a Rolling Stone
    Can't Always Get what you want
     
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    Just keep the girls dancing and you will be successful
     
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    Ophelia - The Band
    The Clash - Rudie Can’t Fail, or Train in Vain
    Right down the Line - Gerry Rafferty
    Corona, or Alone Again Or - Calexico

    Since you already do “My Maria”, you could segue into “Shambala”.
     
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    Get some modern tunes in there. Your list is all for an older crowd. If the millennials show up, the act might be a bit lame.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    I really think it would help to know what kind of audience you are playing to. Do they want to hear "The Reason" or maybe "Wonderwall"? Might it be a "My Sharona" crowd or more of a "Don't Dream It's Over" group? Maybe "American Idiot" is more to their liking?

    Defining your audience would make it easier to offer better-suited suggestions.
     
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    Typical audience is age 40-60.
     
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    That is an unusual list. I'm glad you are finding an audience for those tunes. And I'm a bit jealous, because I love being in bands with great harmonies!

    These might not work if the goal is to get people up and dancing, but they are great songs that I think you would perform well and they seem to fit your existing set list:

    Poco - Crazy Love
    CSN - Our House
    Eagles - Best Of My Love
    America - Sister Golden Hair
    Bee Gees - How Deep is Your Love
     
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    40 -60...

    That crowd seems to respond well to "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones.
    Asia's "Heat of the Moment" works well.
    Cheap Trick's "Surrender" and "I Want You To Want Me" too.
    REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" gets them going.
    Blondie's "One Way or Another."
    "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns and Roses.
    "One" and "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" by U2.
    "Wild Horses" along with "Angie" and/or "Tumblin' Dice" from the Rolling Stones' early 70's material.

    Include my original suggestions.
     
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    Millennials in general are somewhat lame, but...

    I have noticed that they’ll listen to anything, as long as it’s performed well—even if they’re not familiar with it.
     
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    I play a lot of old people (like, uh, my age) high school reunions.

    The Eagles, any Eagles, always seems to go over quite well.

    ;)
     
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    Nobody can resist Grand Funk's "Some Kinda Wonderful" or "Locomotion." Just sayin' ...

    "Runaway" or anything else off of Bonnie Raitt's "Sweet Forgiveness" LP.

    Something uptempo from Linda Ronstadt - "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" or "When Will I Be Loved."
    I think one of the finest moments in rock and roll was when Linda was with the Eagles and Joe Walsh on guitar.
    Doesn't get any better than that.
     
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    How come no-one's mentioned The Weight, by The Band? Or did I miss it?
    Black Water - Doobie Brothers.
    Getting Tough - Steve Earle
    Shaky Ground - Delbert McClinton
    Writing You A Love Letter - Bonnie Raitt
    Someone mentioned Gerry Rafferty, above, Right Down The Line. +1 for that, and kudos to whoever mentioned him!
    Coming more modern, and taking into account the harmonies, I would raid Little Big Town's catalogue.
    Those are what come to mind for me, straight off.
     
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    I must agree

    To the OP:

    "Is this love" and "No woman no cry" by Bob Marley. I found that this two songs are known and loved worldwide
     
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