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Hahn On December 12, 2009 · 21 Comments 75 27StumbleUpon169 This list is this list of d from years ood place to from my personal files and actually includes 104 songs. I compiled songs from watching and talking to other piano bar entertainers, an of research. If anyone is looking to get into this gig, this is a g start.
The links below will take you to the iTunes Music Store, where you can preview o r download these recordings. MusicianWages.com receives 4% of anything you buy h ere and we very much appreciate your support. Song Title As Made Famous By Listen 1 Ain’t Too Proud to Beg Temptations 2 Oh, Boy! Buddy Holly 3 All Shook Up Elvis 4 American Pie Don McLean 5 Drive My Car Beatles 6 Barbara Ann Beach Boys 7 Bennie and the Jets Elton John 8 Blue Suede Shoes Elvis 9 Blueberry Hill Fats Domino 10 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 11 A Boy Named Sue Johnny Cash 12 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 13 Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations 14 California Dreamin’ Mamas and the Papas 15 Copacabana (At the Copa) Barry Manilow 16 Crocodile Rock Elton John 17 Dancing Queen Abba 18 December, 1963 (Oh What a Night!) Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey Faithfully Journey Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks Glory Days Bruce Springsteen Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis Hang On Sloopy The McCoys Here I Go Again Whitesnake Hey Jude Beatles Hey Ya! Outkast Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benetar House of the Rising Sun The Animals How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) James Taylor I Feel Good James Brown You’re the One That I Want Grease I Love Rock ‘N Roll Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Saw Her Standing There Beatles I Want You to Want Me Cheap Trick I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor It’s Not Unusual Tom Jones Jack and Diane John Cougar Mellencamp Jailhouse Rock Elvis Jessie’s Girl Rick Springfield Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody Luis Prima/David Lee Roth Kansas City Wilbert Harrison King of the Road Roger Miller Kodachrome Paul Simon La Bamba Traditional
Beach Boys 79 Suspicious Minds Elvis 80 Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond 81 Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns and Roses 82 Sweet Home Alabama Lynard Skynard 83 Sweet Home Chicago [standard] / Blues Brothers 84 Take Me Home. Pretty Woman Roy Orbison 58 Only the Good Die Young Billy Joel 59 Paradise By the Dashboard Light Meatloaf 60 The Perfect Country and Western Song David Allan Coe 61 Piano Man Billy Joel 62 Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard 63 Proud Mary Tina Turner / Creedence Clearwater Revival 64 Red. Country Roads John Denver 85 Takin’ Care of Business Randy Bachman 86 Thank God I’m a Country Boy John Denver 87 The Joker Steve Miller 88 These Boots Are Made for Walking Nancy Sinatra 89 Time Warp Rocky Horror Picture Show 90 Tiny Dancer Elton John 91 Tutti-Frutti Little Richard 92 Twist and Shout The Beatles / The Isley Brothers 93 Under the Boardwalk The Drifters 94 Uptown Girl Billy Joel 95 Walking On Sunshine Aly & AJ 96 We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister 97 What I Like About You The Romantics 98 What’s Up? 4 Non Blondes 99 Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On Jerry Lee Lewis 100 Wooly Bully Sam the Sam and the Pharoahs 101 Yellow Submarine Beatles 102 You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi 103 You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC 104 Your Song Elton John 75 27StumbleUpon169 David J. King 76 It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me Billy Joel 77 Summer Nights Grease 78 Surfin’ U.A.47 Livin’ on a Prayer Bon Jovi 48 Love Shack The B-52s 49 Maggie May Rod Stewart 50 Me and Bobby McGee Janis Joplin 51 Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard Paul Simon 52 Mony Mony Tommy James and the Shondells 53 Mustang Sally Wilson Picket 54 My Girl Temptations 55 Theme from New York. Red Wine UB40 65 Respect Aretha Franklin 66 Ring of Fire Johnny Cash 67 Rock and Roll Music Chuck Berry 68 Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 69 Rocky Top [standard] 70 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 71 Shake a Tail Feather Blues Brothers/Tina Turner/others 72 Shout The Isley Brothers 73 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding 74 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 75 Stand by Me Ben E. Hahn .S. New York Frank Sinatra / [standard] 56 Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da Beatles 57 Oh.
and can most often be found surfing (poorly) at Ocean Beach. and settled in San Francisco. He is the co-founder of MusicianWages. and like American baby-boomers they may have a wider frame of reference. but this has always kept me back (I’m mostly classical /improv in my performance experience. They are Standards. Dave keeps a m usic blog at Songwriter. “At Last”(big band OR R&B). Visit Authors Website → 21 Responses to Top 100 Piano Bar Songs Eugene says: December 12. And I don’t see “Over The Rainbow” on this list. they are becoming what is known as the Mariner s – older folks with some money. 2010 at 6:30 am Pay attention to Standards and Broadway — if you find yourself on traveling ro ute. Astonishing.Author David J. (I should say that I myself prefer travelers to partiers. which is known for an older clientele. so you need to know how to p lay “As Time Goes By”(CASABLANCA). even from younger patrons on the Holland America Line. drunker. Thanks for a good site. dopier thing than I learned to do 30 y ears ago — but those songs I’ve mentioned are highly requested in my shipboard exper ience. lived in New York City. older. and hardly know a lot of these need-to-kno w standards). There’s a reason why Rod Stewart has sold so many sta ndards recordings. etc…. and “It Had to B You” and a good helping of classic Broadway. Hahn (@davidjhahn) is a songwriter and former Broadway conductor. Hahn David J. be aware that the passenger lis t may be more international. :) Appreciated. “Moon River”.”I Get a Kick Out of You”. Those that weren’t are great for adding new tunes and keeping my regular gigs fresh. 2009 at 5:17 pm Thank you so much!! Now I know where to start! I’ve been hoping to get a piano bar gig for some time now. . 2010 at 10:20 am Excellent list – thanks! I was glad to see that over half of these are already in my repertoire – so I must be doing something right. Lucky Reply Steven Lowenthal says: July 1. No. He gr ew up near Chicago. Standards = what some youngster call ‘classics’. BY HEART !! Be aware that a huge percentage of the Sinatra/standards repertoire is Broad way showtunes – “The Lady is A Tramp”. Some of them do report avoiding cruise ship piano bars.) So do not ignore the boomers. Perhaps “Piano Bar” is a wilder. writes endlessly about working musician iss ues.fm.com. Cheers. Sometimes the piano bar can be a romantic spot. Do not tell older passeng ers you don’t do any Cole Porter/ Gershwin/ Irving Berlin/ Johnny Mercer. -E Reply Lucky says: June 15. rather than a party itinerary(or Fun Ship). David Hahn.
etc. Hahn says: August 4. these all rock. I have applied to a cruiseship agency for a female vocalist position and hav e sent my dvd. 2011 at 4:23 pm What about: The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby and the Range ?? Reply David J. Thanks you for your help. resume.biz/repertoire. was wondering if it is wis e to send my package out to other agency’s or directly to cruise ships or just wai t on the first one. 2010 at 1:09 am Great list – very modern. 2010 at 3:38 am OK. 2011 at 2:11 pm Thank you for sharing this list you have added some must have songs which ar e not currently in my repertoire. 2011 at 3:23 pm Glad to hear it Matthew.almost two week’s ago. if they will get in touch with me or just send it ou t to the cruise ships or just not say anything. Do you sing as well ? I play Smells like teen spirit and Dock of the bay too. 2011 at 4:45 pm . Reply David J. just my 2 cents. Not sure how all this works. Reply Diane Rostad says: October 31. repertoire. but your missing The Galway Girl… maybe you should make th is list 101 Top Piano Bar Songs. don’t sing though. I live in Las Vegas and when that song plays th e crowed just gos crazy. 2010 at 1:51 pm Hello. headshot. Also. I will of course be adding them.wedding-pianist.. Hahn David J. Hahn says: February 22. Mine’s here: http://www. thanks for reading! Reply Paddy says: August 4. 2010 at 12:48 pm Were can i find the piano sheets of these songs ? (free) Reply Juan says: July 30. I am wonde ring what the procedure is.Reply Wedding Pianist says: July 18.php Reply George says: July 25. Hahn David J. Reply Matthew Davies says: February 22.
com/Rollicking-PianoSongbook-Vocal-Guitar/dp/1423440080 Which isn’t really what you’re looking for. but it’s the closest on the market . Now I have a catalogue of songs to work on. Am a classical pianist but I’d like to try my hand at ‘pop’.com/product/viewproduct. 2012 at 5:58 pm We also publish a “Cheat Sheets” book that might be to your liking … http: //www. Not the full score. 2012 at 4:47 pm Any idea where I can get hold of a decent piano bar songbook with just the c hords and lyrics I. 2012 at 11:10 am I am after a list of songs played a lot on cruise ships so I can start learn ing them for drumming. I assume some pianists must be sharing these online but I have’t tracked one down yet Reply David J. Any ideas? links etc? Thanks Reply Barrie says: November 25.Yeah! Good one. 2011 at 5:14 pm David Awesome List! – Thank you so much for sharing. I love piano bars and we are hi ring a piano player for my 30th Birthday bash in Austin TX. Hahn says: November 26. Reply David J. Hahn David J. 2012 at 6:56 pm Someone set up a google alert! Welcome to the site.do?itemid=312544&lid=0&keywords=312544& subsiteid=1&. 2012 at 3:19 pm I pitched a project like this to Hal Leonard once and they didn’t bite. Reply Amber says: August 26. 2012 at 11:04 am Thanks a lot for this one.amazon. This list was very h elpful!!! :) Reply David J. Hahn David J. Hahn says: November 30. Hahn says: August 27. Hahn David J.halleonard. Reply martin says: May 18. Reply Hal Leonard Corp. 2011 at 9:25 am Glad to hear it Amber! Happy birthday! Reply Laure-Anne says: March 7. In stead they created a piano bar songbook: http://www.e. . says: November 30.
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