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10 Greatest Bar Songs of all Time - Ever
This article required YEARS of hard drinking and investigative research in hundreds of bars, pubs, clubs, lounges and parties on 4 continents. Lucky for you....I am your man...and have been preparing to write this since my freshman year in college. I am more partial to trance/house music when I am out clubbing. But I LOVE a good bar or pub and enjoy all kinds of music. HOWEVER, this list has a specific purpose, I wanted to compile the Top 10 songs OF ALL TIME to play in a bar/pub or party to get everyone singing along and having a good time.
These songs may be employed as the last-call song at a location that usually favors a different type of music, as is often the case. However, throw one of these..or all 10 of them....on the jukebox or as a request from the DJ and you will very quickly become the HERO of the party.
#10 Whiskey in the Jar - The Dubliners....or get a little crazy and get the version by Metallica. You may not have EVER heard this song and yet you will still be singing along by the end. When it comes to good times, hearty friends and hard drinking, the Irish know how to bring it! I am amazed how often I have heard this song, from New York to Tokyo and people just go nuts, even if it is a Hip Hop or Trance type of club.
#9 - Mr. Mister – Kyrie..... It is no surprise that there several entries on this list from the 80s and 90s. This is classic 80s and VERY easy to sing along to. If you disagree with this being in the top 10...go to youtube and listen to it again. After I heard it again on the radio...I had add it to the list....fantastic drinking and sing-along song.
#8 - Its My Life – Bon Jovi ..... Perhaps one of the best choruses on the list. This is a great song to just bellow with a drink in your hand. One of the things I love about this song is that even if you do not know the rest of the song, you just shout out the "It's my life" which is sung around 357 times or so. Great feel good song!
#7 - Outfield - Your Love..... This is another song that you really have to re-discover. I was in a bar a while back that was playing mainly rock/classic rock etc and they played this song and everyone just went nuts. Perhaps one of the best opening lines of any bar song ever! "Josies' on a vacation far away...Come around and talk it over." Whatever that means...
#6 - Tommy Tutone - 867 5309 (Jenny).... In the song that introduced the 7 most memorable numbers EVER. I do not care where you play this song...even if people do not speak a word of english, I guarantee you that they will know the chorus....Eight-Six-Seven-Five-Three-O- Niiiiiiiiiiine.
#5 - American Pie – Don MacLean..... Perhaps not the happiest song on the list, but talk about good old Americana..."Drove my Chevy to the Levy but the Levy was dry..." Nothing will get every American in the place singing at the top of their lungs like this song. I remember being in Dublin and an Irish band played this in the pub...with a fiddle, and brought down the house.
#4 - Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond.... Another oldie but REALLY goodie. My fraternity in college played this at EVERY single party and formal and it is always cool to see people singing along to the same song with their parents and even grandparents. This is a great drinking song...."Sweeeeet Caroline...Bah Bah Bah..."
#3 - Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd ...... In a song that is practically sacred, not to mention one of the most covered songs of all time. This song is so full of good old, down home, American Patriotism. Everybody knows this song and everyone loves to sing along whether you are a red-neck or a banker in a suit, this song just calls to you.....and when you answer..... it SCREAMS "get drunk and have a good time!!"
#2 - Livin' on a Prayer – Bon Jovi.... It was very hard for me not to give this the first place since it may be my favorite song of all time. This is Bon Jovi at the peak of their popularity and FAR ahead of their time. This song is full of hope, passion, need and angst and really touches us all. Yet it is also very up-beat and fun. You play this song and the whole place will be yelling "Livin on a prayer" by the end of the first verse.
#1 - Journey - Dont stop believeing.... Probably not a surprise here. This song is the epitome of what a bar song should be. God only knows how many times it is played in movies and TV shows at the climax of the story line. Even those who do not believe this deserves the #1 spot will undeniably rate it in the Top 5 and that alone speaks volumes.
#1- Journey - Don't Stop Believing
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