Cover Band Soap Opera: We Need a New Song – You Choose!

It’s that time again – time to pick some new songs for my cover band to learn.  That said, I need some guidance in making my next pick.  Below you will find four “finalists” for our next song to learn. I need an informal vote on which one to choose, and YOU are the voters.

Remember that there are four criteria upon which to judge these songs:

      1. Awesomeness. Is it awesome? How awesome?
      2. Danceability. This is key. Songs have to get the ladies dancing.  If the ladies do not dance, then the men do not dance, and hence we do not have a dance floor. Bar managers = miffed.
      3. Widespread Appeal. Will the song push some people off the dance floor? Do younger peeps in their 20s even know Eddie Money songs?
      4. Chuck Looking Cool Playing Guitar. You must weigh the first three against if there are cool guitar riffs and licks that I can wail on. I’m talking guitar riffs that go SCREE-DIDDLEY-DEE and then I shoot the audience a “Can you dig it?” look.


1. “Take Me Home Tonight,” by Eddie Money
2. “Hey Jealousy,” by The Gin Blossoms
3. “Crazy Game of Poker,” by OAR
4. “A medley of Rolling Stones songs – snippets of “Start Me Up,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Satisfaction,” and “Paint it Black.”

What song should I pick?  Leave a comment (and, if you like, make a case).

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9 thoughts on “Cover Band Soap Opera: We Need a New Song – You Choose!

  1. Andrea

    Now I love the Gin Blossoms but I would vote for Alison Road over Hey Jealousy… maybe the guitar work is more tempting for you in Hey Jealousy though. You’d have to do that one right in order to get people dancing. Could be tricky.

  2. Melissa

    Interesting choices…Hey Jealousy would be good for a fairly young crowd. BUT, I have to vote for the Stones medley. It’s classic all the way, but you can be sure that everyone in the crowd will know the songs. And even old Stones music is still good Stones music.

  3. joe g


    Inagaddadavida – Iron Butterfly

    Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow

    Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

    Play that Funky Music White Boy – Edgar Winters

    Panama – Van Halen

    Walk This Way – Aerosmith

  4. Michelle Kollar

    You can’t go wrong with the Rolling Stones, but I’m not sure about the snippets. Once the girlie girls get into a dancing rhythm, we generally want the whole song. As far as guitar riffs, ‘Start Me Up’ and ‘Satisfaction’ are both stellar and they will definitely will be recognized, I’m sorry to say, because of their use in commercials.

  5. gary

    "Hey Jealousy," because the jangly guitar riffs are too tempting for the lead guitarist of a cover band to resist. It’s a pure pop song so even people who’ve never heard it before will be familiar with the melody by the second verse. It’s been around long enough to please the older crowd, yet hip enough to get the youngsters dancing. And done properly, they will be dancing for sure.


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