Open Mic Night: ideal songs?

#1
So I've been asked to play at one of these at a local pub the week after the honeymoon and despite having a fairly varied knowledge of shite that I can knock out on an acoustic guitar, I'm not the best singer. Nor am I the best clued-up person music wise and I don't want to subject the punters in the pub to an hour's worth of badly sung Pink Floyd and Radiohead songs.

I'm looking more for current pop songs or cheesey old guitar hits that would go down a peach and aren't very hard to sing.

I have, for shits and giggles, added the following to the 'set list' (you cant' even call it that):

Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
Mr Brightside by the Killers
Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons
Uptown Girl by Billy Joel (I would actually prefer to remove this)

Any ideas? Even shit ones are appreciated.
 
#5
Writings On The Wall - Plan B (Defamation of Strickland Banks)

A winner for wedding receptions.
 
#8
If you want to see how acoustic covers are done look up Boyce Avenue on youtube.

There are plenty of modern ones with a different spin.
 
#11
He is a ******* class A cock but this might be a winner. I'll need to look it up and listen to it. It's not a slow one is it?
That song is blinding. "We ain't over baby, but the writings on the wall, this time next year, we'll be no more."

Personally, Ben Drew may be a bit of a bell, but that album is top class. I like Ill Manors as well, but I've never been accused of having a) an ear for music, or b) any taste. Good luck at the gig, some of the traditionalists might not like Writing, but drunken singly blokes or the recently divorced will probably love it.
 
#15
Freebird is a no go because it pisses me off to no end.

sundance I will probably be avoiding Maiden/ACDC etc because not only am I not good enough to keep up when playing that stuff but I can't sing very well. I will be playing Hey Hey What Can I Do by Zepplin probably, though.

Listening to the radio atm to see if any pop songs hit out. I was considering doing Starships by Nicki "hujarce" Minaj and maybe even a Jesse J song since they go down a treat. Probably that one about not needing money.
 
#16
Can you play "Far Far Away" :)
 
#17
This is a consideration.

Was also considering that song "Big Bad John" though I can't remember who sings it.
Jimmy Dean.

How about "King Of The Road", easy to sing and guitar part not to difficult either.
 
#18
Rather than suggesting tunes, some general advice based on previous embarassments. Most important - know the words, all of them. If other people are going to be playing along you must be able to tell them what key its in, first chord, first note of melody.
 
#19
Rather than suggesting tunes, some general advice based on previous embarassments. Most important - know the words, all of them. If other people are going to be playing along you must be able to tell them what key its in, first chord, first note of melody.
I'm 'headlining' the first one myself but I do expect the crowd to be chiming in. Heavy use of a capo will be required due to my inability to reach a decent key when singing.
 

Similar threads

Latest Threads

Top