Tips For Learning Songs

Tips to Learn Songs Faster On Guitar

So you’ve been practicing and working hard on your instrument. The hours you’ve invested into mastering your craft are starting to pay off and you’ve decide to take the plunge and learn that song you’ve always dreamt of being able to play. However, you might find that despite your new found skills, you still run in to difficulties. There might be a specific section that trips you up, the structure might be confusing and you’re running out of patience. Don’t dismay though, we’ve all been there and sometimes all you need to do is take a different approach. In this article we’re going to explore some techniques to help you overcome these obstacles and hopefully give you the breakthrough that you need!

Active Listening

I know this might seem obvious, but listening to the song you’re trying to master is key to success. I don’t mean putting it on while doing the dishes or fighting through the crowds whilst commuting, I’m talking about active listening. Active listening is when you are solely focused on what is happening in the song. Before you even sit down at your instrument, find somewhere quiet where you can listen to the music without any external distractions and can really absorb the music. Listen to all the melodies, not just on the instrument that you play but within all aspects of the song. Hear how the instruments communicate with each other, familiarise yourself with the groove, listen to the vocals and lead lines carefully, taking note of how they change from section to section. The idea is to memorise all aspects of the song until you know what happens in each part without having to listen to the actual song. Once you are confident that you know the song like the back of your hand, then it is time to sit with your instrument and start learning. Doing this is going to save a lot of time having to go back and check if you are playing certain parts right because you know exactly what its supposed to sound like. You will be able to use your musical ear more accurately and be familiar with the structure and melodies, thus playing with more confidence.

Tips For Learning Songs

Break It Down

With some exceptions, most songs are built up of repeating sections or progressions that make up the structure of the music. It might be difficult to hear when listening to the song as a whole, but due to the mathematical nature of how music is created, certain patterns start to emerge that you can use to break down the song and can change your perspective on how difficult a piece is to learn. Let’s take the classic ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis and dissect the structure. 

(Oasis – Wonderwall) 

Intro

Verse 1 

Verse 2 

Bridge 

Chorus 

Verse 3 

Bridge

Chorus 

Outro 

At first glance this might look like a lot of sections to learn and follow, but you might just find that some of these sections are exact repeats of previous ones. For example, all the Verses are made up of the same chords, same goes with the Chorus and the Bridge. You’ll also find that the Intro uses the same chords as the Verses and the Outro uses the same chords as the Chorus. So what we can do is identify different progressions in the song and assign them a letter. If we use A for the progression used in the Intro and Verses, B for the progression used in the Bridge and C for the progression in the Chorus and Outro then the structure of the song starts to look a little bit like this. 

A – Intro

A – Verse 1 

A – Verse 2 

B – Bridge 

C – Chorus 

A – Verse 3 

B – Bridge

C – Chorus 

C – Outro

Here we can see that this song is actually only made up of three differing sections, all we have to do is arrange them in the right order. By looking at songs in this way it breaks them down into a more manageable structure and definitely makes things look less daunting. So try and find these patterns and see how they arrange themselves in the songs you want to learn. Learn each section independently then work on stitching them together in the right order. This will create you a basic framework from which to work from  and help you on your way to playing the song through from start to finish. Once you have a firm grasp of the different sections, then you can go back and start adding in extra details like chord inversions or extensions that will bring the song to life. 

Isolate The Difficult Parts

In my experience, I have found that there is often one section in a song that you find more difficult than the rest. It can be incredibly frustrating every time you get to that bit and your playing falls apart, knocking your confidence for the rest of the song. In these scenarios, I find it best to isolate the difficult sections and practice it in detail. Slow down the tempo and repeat the difficult part until you can play it accurately and confidently at a slower pace. Once you are nailing it every time, slowly increase the tempo until it flows naturally at the original tempo. If you’re feeling dedicated, increase the tempo further than the original song until you can play it faster, then when you come to putting it back into context at the original tempo, you will be able to play the section with more confidence! 

Patience

I find myself using this point a lot when writing about music in general, but genuinely this is crucial to progressing as a musician. Be patient with yourself and don’t be disheartened if you can’t play things perfectly first time. The saying ‘practice makes perfect’ resonates for a reason, it takes time and repetition to master an instrument. So if you find yourself getting annoyed or disheartened when learning songs, take a step back, have a break or work on something else. Getting annoyed at yourself is totally counter-productive and will only hinder your progress. 

I hope these tips help you overcome any obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your musical goals. It’s human nature to try and push yourself hard when learning anything, but pushing yourself too hard can be detrimental to your confidence and your playing. Don’t run before you can walk, break things down into manageable sections and practice in detail. Taking your time to learn things properly is going to save you from beating yourself up if you can’t play it quite right just yet! 

Easy Guitar Songs

Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

1.) House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
2.) I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
3.) Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne
4.) I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
5.) Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Top 5 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

1.) Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
2.) Free Falling by Tom Petty
3.) Yellow by Coldplay
4.) Come On Get Higher by Matt Nathanson
5.) Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynard

More Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

6.) Clocks by Coldplay
7.) Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift
8.) Lost by Coldplay
9.) Realize by Colbie Caillat
10.) You’re Beautiful by James Blunt

 

 

 

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Capo 1 Em G D A [4X]

 

Em                       G

Robert’s got a quick hand

D                             A

He’ll look around the room he won’t tell you his plan

Em                    G

Got a rolled cigarette

D                             A

Hangin’ out his mouth, he’s a cowboy kid

Em                     G

Yeah, found a six-shooter gun

D                         A

In his dads closet hidden with a box of fun things

Em                    G

I don’t even know what

D                         A

But he’s comin’ for you, yeah he’s comin for you, hey

 

 

Em                          G

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

D

You’d better run, better run

A

Outrun my gun

Em                          G

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

D

You’d better run, better run

A

Faster than my bullet

[Repeat]

 

 

Em                    G

Daddy works a long day

D                      A

He’ll be coming home late, he’s coming home late

Em                    G

And he’s bringing me a surprise

D                                A

Cos’ dinner’s in the kitchen and it’s packed in ice

Em                     G

I’ve waited for a long time

D                          A

The slight of my hand is now a quick pull trigger

Em                      G

I reason with my cigarette

D                            A

And say your hair’s on fire you must have lost your wits, yeah

When you get through these, be sure to check out five more easy guitar songs for beginners!

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If you’re new to the guitar, you are probably anxious to learn some songs. The following are ten of the simplest songs you can learn to play on the guitar. Although you can play any of these songs on any kind of guitar, these were chosen with the acoustic guitar in mind. Electric guitarists may want to read the best songs to learn on electric guitar.

1. Free Fallin’

This Tom Petty classic is a good place to start, as you only need to move a couple fingers around to play the entire song.

If you can play the G majorC major and D major chords, you’ve got all the tools you need to tackle this John Denver song.

3. Wish You Were Here

Although the opening acoustic guitar solo is probably too tough to tackle right away, learning the main “riff” of this Pink Floyd song should be fairly straightforward.

4. Horse With No Name

This America song was at one point a song that almost everyone knew how to play – including people who didn’t know how to play guitar.

5. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

You may know the original Bob Dylan version of the song, or the Guns n’ Roses cover – both are easy to play.

6. Wonderwall

This Oasis song uses a few simple chords – the strum may be a challenge, but you should be able to learn this one pretty quickly.

7. House of the Rising Sun

If you know this very old folk song, you probably know the recording by The Animals, which features some slightly more advanced arpeggiated picking. The chords, however, are pretty straightforward, although they do include the F major chord.

8. Wonderful Tonight

The chords for this Eric Clapton song are simple, and they change slowly. Once you’ve mastered the chords, you might even want to try playing thelead guitar part.

 

9. Brown Eyed Girl

A nice and easy song by Van Morrison that you should be able to learn the chords to quickly.

10. I Should Have Known Better

This early Beatles song features a straightforward strum and a few basic chords. Beginner guitarists should be able handle this one.

 

Some classic rock greats, with some other fun, mostly easy songs mixed in. 

  1. Against the wind (Bob Seger)
  2. all day and all of the night (Kinks)
  3. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python)
  4. America (Simon & Garfunkle)
  5. American Pie (Don McLean)
  6. Bad moon rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  7. Bad Reputation (Freedy Johnston)
  8. Ball And Chain (Social Distortion)
  9. Between the bars (Elliot Smith)
  10. Black sabbath (Black-sabbath)
  11. Bonzo Goes to Bitbburg (Ramones)
  12. Breath (Moist)
  13. Brick (Ben Folds Five)
  14. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morisson)
  15. Butterfly (Weezer)
  16. Carefree highway (Gordon Lightfoot)
  17. Cemetery gates (Smiths)
  18. Deep Inside of You (Third Eye Blind)
  19. Don’t Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)
  20. Don’t look back in Anger (Oasis – Free download of guitar chords and lyrics)
  21. Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright (Bob Dylan)
  22. Drive (Cars)
  23. Dust in the wind (Kansas)
  24. E t i (Blue Oyster Cult)
  25. Embryo (Black Sabbath)
  26. Everyday is like sunday (Morrissey)
  27. Falling in love (Elvis Presley)
  28. Good Riddance Time of Your Life (Green Day)
  29. Graduation day (Chris Isaak)
  30. Grow Old With You (Sandler Adam)
  31. Grow Old With You (Sandler Adam)
  32. Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
  33. Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
  34. Hey Jude (Beatles)
  35. High (Feeder)
  36. House Of The Rising Sun (Animals)
  37. Hurt (Johnny Cash)
  38. Hyacinth house (Doors)
  39. Hybrid Moments (Misfits)
  40. I like cheese (Monty Python)
  41. In my life (Beatles)
  42. In the City (Walsh Joe)
  43. Lawyers guns and money (Warren Zevon)
  44. Leavin on a jet plane (John Denver)
  45. Like A Hurricane (Neil Young)
  46. Lodi (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  47. Lola (by Ray Davies of the Kinks)
  48. Minor Incident (Badly Drawn Boy)
  49. Mother (Pink Floyd)
  50. Mr tambourine man (Byrds)
  51. Mrs robinson (Simon & Garfunkle)
  52. My little empire (Manic Street Preachers)
  53. My Name Is Jonas (Weezer)
  54. My Perfect Day (Feeder)
  55. Needles and pins (Ramones)
  56. Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues)
  57. No Matter What (Badfinger)
  58. Old Man (Neil Young)
  59. Once Around the Block (Badly Drawn Boy)
  60. One (U2)
  61. Only In Dreams (Weezer)
  62. Palisades park (Ramones)
  63. Pink Triangle (Weezer)
  64. Please Forgive Me (David Gray)
  65. Promises (Eric Clapton)
  66. Razor boy (Steely Dan)
  67. Ring of fire (Johnny Cash)
  68. Running On Empty (Jackson Browne)
  69. Say yes (Elliott Smith)
  70. Say Yes (Smith Elliott)
  71. Seven (David Bowie)
  72. Sit down young stranger (Gordon Lightfoot)
  73. Space Oddity (David Bowie)
  74. Still the same (Bob Seger)
  75. Story of my life (Social Distortion)
  76. Suicide is painless (Loudon Wainwright)
  77. Suicide Is Painless (Misc Television)
  78. Summers almost gone (Doors)
  79. Sunny (Morrissey)
  80. Suspicious minds (Elvis Presley)
  81. Sweet Thing (Van Morrison)
  82. The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel)
  83. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight (REM)
  84. The World Ain’t Slowin Down (Ellis Paul)
  85. These Are the Days (Van Morrison)
  86. This perfect world album (Freedy Johnston)
  87. Tumble And Fall (Feeder)
  88. Under The Milky Way (The Church)
  89. Waterloo Sunset (Kinks)
  90. We Gotta Get out of this Place (Eric Burden)
  91. Whish you were here (Pink Floyd)
  92. Wholl stop the rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  93. Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)
  94. Wild Night (Van Morrison)
  95. Yesterday (Beatles)
  96. Yesterday Went Too Soon (Feeder)
  97. YOU GOT IT (Travelling Wilburys)
  98. You remain (Willie Nelson)
  99. You Stole The Sun From My Heart (Manic Street Preachers)
  100. You Were Right (Badly Drawn Boy)
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    Wild Thing
     
            =Ax2   Dx2   Ex2   Dx2 
     
    Ax2      Dx2    Ex2     Dx2
    Wild Thing,            you make my
     
    A         D      E     D
    heart sing             you make my
     
    A         D      E     D
    everything...groovy    yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah
     
    A         D      E
    Wild Thing
     
    *chorus*
     
    G A G A   [stop]
               Wild Thing, I think I love you
     
    G A G A   [stop]
               but I wanna know for sure
     
    G A G A   [stop]
              come on over and shake me
     
    G A G A   [stop]               DDDD

              Ooow, Wild Thing

     

    Let It Be
    :John Lennon/Paul McCartney}
    
    
    Wh[G]en I find myself in t[D]imes of trouble,
    Mo[Em]ther Mary c[C]omes to me,
    Sp[G]eaking words of w[D]isdom, let it [C]be.[G]
    [G]And in my hour of da[D]rkness,
    She is st[Em]anding right in f[C]ront of me,
    Sp[G]eaking words of w[D]isdom, let it [C]be.[G]
    
    
    {c:Chorus:}
         Let it [Em]be, let it [D]be, let it [C]be, let it [G]be.
       [G]Whisper words of wis[D]dom, let it [C]be.[G]
    
    
    And when the broken hearted people
    Living in the world agree,
    There will be no answer, let it be.
    But though there may be parting,
    There is still a chance that they will see,
    There will be an answer, let it be.
    
    
    
    
    c:Chorus:}
         Let it [Em]be, let it [D]be, let it [C]be, let it [G]be.
         Whisper words of wis[D]dom, let it [C]be.[G]
         Let it [Em]be, let it [D]be, let it [C]be, let it [G]be.
         Whisper words of wis[D]dom, let it [C]be.[G]
     

Guitar Songs to LOVE & Learn!

During my guitar lessons at the London Guitar Academy,pupils often ask me what kind of music I play… when the is so much great guitar music out there is tricky to give a definitive  answer!Becouse the truth is i love great songs and great songwriters….like we all do Below  are some of the songs that I have learned myself or taught to my pupils.Book a guitar lesson with me today and I can also teach some of them to you….Here’s some great chord charts from Heartwood Guitar…enjoy!WE LOVE MUSIC WE PLAY GUITAR.LONDON GUITAR ACADEMY THE HOME OF GUITAR LESSONS IN LONDON!

A

Adams, Ryan – Nuclear
Aerosmith – Dude Looks Like a Lady
Aguilera, Christina – Beautiful S
All-American Rejects, The – Dirty Little Secret
All-American Rejects, The – It Ends Tonight S
All-American Rejects, The – Swing, Swing S
Allman Brothers, The – Melissa S
Allman Brothers, The – Ramblin Man S
Aly and AJ – Greatest Time of Year
America – Horse With No Name S
America – Ventura Highway
Arbo, Rani and Daisy Mayhem – Roses S
Armstrong, Louis – Makin’ Whoopie
Arrogant Worms, The – Happy Birthday
Ataris, The – The Saddest Song
Avett Brothers – Paranoia in B Major S
Avett Brothers – Shame S
Avett Brothers – Slight Figure of Speech S
Avett Brothers, The – All My Mistakes S

 

B

Backstreet Boys, The – As Long As You Love Me S
Badly Drawn Boy – A Minor Incident
Band Perry, The – If I Die Young S
Band, The – The Weight S
Band, The – Up on Cripple Creek
Barenaked Ladies – If I Had a Million Dollars
Beatles, The – Drive My Car S
Beatles, The – Eleanor Rigby S
Beatles, The – Here There And Everywhere S
Beatles, The – Hey Jude S
Beatles, The – Let it Be S
Beatles, The – Revolution
Beatles, The – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Beatles, The – With a Little Help From My Friends S
Beatles, The – Yellow Submarine
Beck – Girl S
Beck – The Golden Age S
Belle and Sebastian – Judy and the Dream of Horses S
Black Keys, The – Lonely Boy S
Blink 182 – First Date
Blink 182 – I Miss You
Blunt, James – You’re Beautiful S
Bowie, David – Ziggy Stardust S
Bowling for Soup – 1985 S
Bragg, Billy and Wilco – California Stars S
Bragg, Billy and Wilco – One By One S
Branch, Michelle – All You Wanted
Branch, Michelle – Second Chances
Bruni, Carla – You Belong to Me S
Buble, Michael – Everything S
Buckley, Jeff – Hallelujah S
Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth S
Buffett, Jimmy – Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
Buffett, Jimmy – Cheeseburger in Paradise
Buffett, Jimmy – Margaritaville S
Buffett, Jimmy – Why Don’t We Get Drunk
Bush – Glycerine S

 

C

Caillat, Colbie – Bubbly S
Cake – Love You Madly
Card, Hank, Kristen Nelson Card, and Conrad Deisler – The Other Shore
Carlile, Brandi – Fall Apart Again
Carlile, Brandi – Hard Way Home S
Carlile, Brandi – What Can I Say S
Carter Family – Can the Circle Be Unbroken S
Carter Family – You’ve Been a Friend to Me
Cary Brothers – Blue Eyes S
Cash, Johnny – Delia’s Gone
Cash, Johnny – Folsom Prison Blues S
Cash, Johnny – Hurt S
Cash, Johnny – Ring of Fire S
Cassidy, Eva – Songbird S
Chandler, Len – Father’s Grave
Chapman, Tracy – Fast Car S
Charlatans, The – How High
Cheap Trick – Surrender
Citizen Cope – D’artagnan’s Theme S
Citizen Cope – Son’s Gonna Rise S
Clark, Guy – The Cape S
Clarkson, Kelly – Walk Away S
Clash, The – Should I Stay or Should I Go S
Clash, The – Train in Vain
Cockburn, Bruce – Pacing the Cage
Coe, David Allan – Would You Lay With Me by Tanya Tucker
Coldplay – Clocks S
Coldplay – Clocks Bass Tab
Coldplay – Don’t Panic
Coldplay – Fix You S
Coldplay – Warning Sign S
Coldplay – Yellow
Collins, Judy – Someday Soon S
Colvin, Shawn – I Don’t Know Why S
Colvin, Shawn – Sunny Came Home S
Colvin, Shawn – The Heart of Saturday Night
Cornershop – Brimful of Asha
Costello, Elvis – What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding S
Counting Crows – A Long December S
Cranberries, The – Linger
Cranberries, The – The Rebels
Cranberries, The – Zombie
Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) – Long As I Can See the Light S
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) – Susie Q
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lodi S
Cross Canadian Ragweed – Flowers
Crow, Sheryl – All I Wanna Do
Crow, Sheryl – Oh Marie S
Crow, Sheryl – Riverwide S
Crow, Sheryl – Soak up the Sun S
Crow, Sheryl – The First Cut is the Deepest S
Cruz, Taio – Dynamite

 

D

Daughtry – It’s Not Over
Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me
Davis, Jimmie – You Are My Sunshine
Death Cab for Cutie – 405
Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys
Death Cab for Cutie – Crooked Teeth
Death Cab for Cutie – I Was a Kaleidoscope
Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You Into the Dark S
Death Cab for Cutie – Marching Bands of Manhattan S
Death Cab for Cutie – Underneath the Sycamore
Death Cab for Cutie – Your New Twin Sized Bed
Decemberists, The – 16 Military Wives
Decemberists, The – Calamity Song S
Decemberists, The – Down by the Water S
Decemberists, The – Everything I Try to Do, Nothing Seems to Turn Out Right
Decemberists, The – The Sporting Life S
Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water S
Denver, John – Annie’s Song S
Denver, John – Leaving on a Jet Plane S
Denver, John – Take Me Home, Country Roads S
Diehl, Bruce and Kevin McCue – Borders S
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet in C
Dire Straits – When It Comes to You
Dispatch – Two Coins
Dixie Chicks – Cowboy Take Me Away
Dixie Chicks – Travelin’ Soldier S
Downtown Fiction, The – I Just Wanna Run
Drake, Nick – Pink Moon S
Drive-By Truckers – Pulaski S
Duff, Hilary – Where Did I Go Right?
Duff, Hilary – Why Not?
Dylan, Bob – Blowin’ in the Wind S
Dylan, Bob – Buckets of Rain
Dylan, Bob – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Dylan, Bob – I Shall Be Released S
Dylan, Bob – If You See Her, Say Hello S
Dylan, Bob – Knockin on Heavens Door S
Dylan, Bob – Simple Twist of Fate S
Dylan, Bob – Tangled Up in Blue
Dylan, Bob – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

 

E

Eagles, The – Already Gone (in A) S
Eagles, The – Desperado
Eagles, The – Heartache Tonight
Eagles, The – Peaceful Easy Feeling
Earle, Steve – Ft Worth Blues
Earle, Steve – Goodbye
Earle, Steve – Pilgrim on this Road S
Edwards, Jonathan – Sunshine (Go Away Today) S
Evanescence – Imaginary

 

F

Fisher, William Arms – Going Home
Flaming Lips – Free Radicals
Flaming Lips, The – She Don’t Use Jelly
Flaming Lips, The – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt 1
Fleet Foxes – Blue Ridge Mountains S
Fleetwood Mac – Second Hand News S
Flogging Molly – What’s Left of the Flag
Fogerty, John – Rhubarb Pie S
Folds, Ben – The Luckiest
Foo Fighters – Times Like These S
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks S
Fountains of Wayne – Baby I’ve Changed
Fountains of Wayne – I Know You Well S
Fountains of Wayne – Peace and Love
Fountains of Wayne – Valley Winter Song
Fray, The – Over My Head (Cable Car) S

 

G

Gibbard, Ben – You Remind Me of Home S
Gladys Knight and the Pips – I Heard it Through the Grapevine S
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy S
Gomez – Whippin’ Piccadilly S
Goo Goo Dolls – Acoustic no 3
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris S
Good Charlotte – Complicated
Gorka, John – Branching Out S
Graham Colton Band – Killing Me
Grand Funk Railroad – We’re an American Band
Grateful Dead – Friend of the Devil S
Grateful Dead – Ripple S
Gray, David – Babylon S
Gray, David – Sail Away S
Great Big Sea – Lukey S
Green Day – Basket Case
Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams S
Green Day – Give me Novacaine
Green Day – Good Riddance S
Green Day – Holiday S
Green Day – Shes a Rebel S
Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends S
Green Day – Welcome to Paradise S
Griffin, Patty – A Mad Mission S
Griffin, Patty – Forgiveness
Griffin, Patty – Ten Million Miles
Griffith, Nanci – Gulf Coast Highway S
Griffith, Nanci – Love at the Five and Dime
Guns N’ Roses – Patience S
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine S
Guster – Amsterdam S
Guthrie, Arlo – St James Infirmary Blues
Guthrie, Arlo – Streets of Laredo
Guy, Buddy – Hard Time Killing Floor by Skip James

 

H

Harper, Ben – Another Lonely Day
Harper, Ben – Not Fire, Not Ice
Harvey, PJ – Send His Love to Me
Hay, Colin – Overkill
Head and the Heart, The – Lost in My Mind S
Helio Sequence – Lately S
Hendrix, Jimi – Hey Joe S
Hendrix, Jimi – Little Wing
Hendrix, Jimi – Purple Haze
Hiatt, John – Feels Like Rain S
Hiatt, John – Have a Little Faith in Me
High School Musical – What I’ve Been Looking For S
Holly, Buddy – It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

 

I

Incubus – Drive
Indigo Girls – Closer to Fine S
Indigo Girls – Hey Jesus
Indigo Girls – Last Tears
Indigo Girls – Least Complicated
Indigo Girls – Romeo and Juliet S
Iron and Wine – Such Great Heights by The Postal Service
Islands – Creeper S
Iz (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole) – Somewhere Over the Rainbow S

 

J

Jackson, Alan – Remember When S
Jackson, Joe – Is She Really Going Out With Him? S
Jackson, Michael – Beat It S
James – Sometimes S
Jem – Just a Ride
Jennings, Mason – Lemon Grove Avenue S
Jennings, Mason – Southern Cross
Jennings, Mason – The Light (Part II)
Jennings, Waylon – Slow Rollin’ Low
Jessie J – Price Tag S
Jet – Move On S
Jet – Rollover DJ
Jet – Shes a Genius
Jewel – You Were Meant For Me S
Jimmy Eat World – The Middle S
Joel, Billy – Only the Good Die Young
Joel, Billy – Piano Man
Johnson, Jack – Wasting Time S
Jones, Diana – A Hold on Me S
Jones, Diana – My Remembrance of You S
Jones, Norah – Be Here to Love Me by Townes Van Zandt
Jones, Norah – Come Away With Me
Jones, Norah – Don’t Know Why S
Jones, Norah – Lonestar
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing S

 

K

Kaplansky, Lucy – End of the Day S
Kaplansky, Lucy – Ten Year Night S
Keating, Ronan – When You Say Nothing At All S
Killers, The – Somebody Told Me
King, B B – Sweet Little Angel
Kings of Mongrel Folk, The – Neighbor of the Beast S
Kooks, The – She Moves in Her Own Way S
Krauss, Alison – You Asked Me To by Waylon Jennings
Kristofferson, Kris – Loving Arms

 

L

Lady Gaga – Paparazzi S
Lavigne, Avril – Sk8er Boi (Skater Boy)
Lee, Ben – Gamble Everything for Love
Lehrer, Tom – Be Prepared S
Lennon, John – Happy Xmas (War is Over) S
Lennon, John – Imagine S
Lewis, Jerry Lee – Great Balls of Fire
Lightfoot, Gordon – Early Morning Rain S
Lohan, Lindsay – Drama Queen (That Girl)
Long Winters, The – Shapes
Lovett, Lyle – Christmas Morning
Lovett, Lyle – If I Had a Boat
Lovett, Lyle – If I Needed You by Townes Van Zandt
Lovett, Lyle – If You Were to Wake Up S
Lovett, Lyle – Sonja
Lovett, Lyle – The Waltzing Fool
Lyons, Dana – Cows With Guns

 

M

Magnetic Fields, The – I Don’t Believe You S
Mann, Aimee and Michael Penn – Reason to Believe by Bruce Springsteen S
Marley, Bob – Redemption Song S
Marley, Bob – Three Little Birds S
Mars, Bruno – The Lazy Song S
Matchbox 20 – Mad Season
Mayer, John – Daughters S
Mayfield, Curtis – People Get Ready
McCartney, Paul – Maybe I’m Amazed
McCutcheon, John – Christmas in the Trenches
McLachlan, Sarah – Adia
McLachlan, Sarah – Angel S
McLachlan, Sarah – Building a Mystery
McLachlan, Sarah – I Will Remember You S
McLean, Don – American Pie S
Mellencamp, John – Between a Laugh and a Tear
Mellencamp, John – Cherry Bomb S
Mellencamp, John – Hurt So Good
Mellencamp, John – Pink Houses
Melua, Katie – I Think It’s Going to Rain Today
Memphis – Memphis Lives in Me (in E) S
MGMT – Kids S
MGMT – Time to Pretend S
Michaelson, Ingrid – Maybe S
Michaelson, Ingrid – The Way I Am S
Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning S
Mitchell, Joni – A Case of You S
Mitchell, Joni – Big Yellow Taxi
Mitchell, Joni – Conversation
Mitchell, Joni – River
Modest Mouse – Blame it on the Tetons
Morissette, Alanis – Hand in My Pocket
Morissette, Alanis – Head Over Feet
Morissette, Alanis – Wake Up
Morrison, Van – And It Stoned Me S
Morrison, Van – Brown Eyed Girl S
Morrison, Van – Crazy Love
Morrison, Van – Into the Mystic S
Mountain Goats, The – Sax Rohmer 1 S
Murdoch, Alexi – Orange Sky

 

N

Nada Surf – Always Love S
Nada Surf – Blizzard of ’77 S
Nelson, Willie – Bird on the Wire
Nelson, Willie – Bird on the Wire in G
Nelson, Willie – Seven Spanish Angels S
Nelson, Willie and Emmylou Harris – ‘Til I Gain Control Again S
Newman, Randy – Louisiana 1927
Nickel Creek – Out of the Woods
Nickelback – How You Remind Me
Nickelback – Savin’ Me S
Nirvana – All Apologies
Nirvana – Come As You Are
Nirvana – Come As You Are in Em S
Nirvana – Come As You Are Riff in F-sharp-minor
Nirvana – Lithium
Nirvana – Polly
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Norman, Monty – James Bond Theme

 

O

O’Connor, Sinead – Black Boys on Mopeds S
Oasis – Wonderwall S
Ochs, Phil – Changes
Offspring, The – You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid S
Old Crow Medicine Show – I Hear Them All S
Osborne, Joan – Lumina S
Outkast – Hey Ya! S
Owl City – Fireflies S

 

P

Paisley, Brad – Little Moments
Paramore – Misery Business S
Paxton, Tom – What If, No Matter S
Payne, Jim – Wave Over Wave S
Pearl Jam – Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
Pearl Jam – Nothingman S
Pearl Jam – Yellow Leadbetter Solo
Pedro the Lion – Arizona S
Pedro the Lion – I Am Always the One Who Calls S
Perri, Christina – Bluebird S
Perry, Katy – Firework S
Perry, Katy – Hot N Cold S
Peter, Paul, and Mary – If I Had A Hammer
Peter, Paul, and Mary – Puff the Magic Dragon S
Petty, Tom – Free Falling S
Petty, Tom – Listen to Her Heart S
Petty, Tom – Wildflowers
Phantom Planet – California
Pilate – Alright S
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb S
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb in Am
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Pixies – Where Is My Mind
Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah S
Plant, Robert and Alison Krauss – Killing the Blues S
Play – Girl’s Mind S
Police, The – Every Breath You Take S
Postal Service, The – Such Great Heights
Presidents of the United States of America, The – Naked and Famous S
Presidents of the United States of America, The – Some Postman S
Presidents of the United States of America, The – Video Killed the Radio Star
Presley, Elvis – Hound Dog
Pretty Reckless, The – My Medicine
Prine, John – Angel From Montgomery S
Prine, John – Donald and Lydia S
Prine, John – That’s the Way the World Goes ‘Round S
Purdy, Joe – Brand New Set of Wings S

 

R

Raconteurs, The – Steady As She Goes S
Radiohead – Creep (Acoustic Version) S
Radiohead – How To Disappear Completely S
Radiohead – Karma Police S
Radiohead – Talk Show Host
Radiohead – Videotape S
Raitt, Bonnie – Love Has No Pride S
Raitt, Bonnie – Love Me Like a Man
Raitt, Bonnie – Wild for You Baby S
Ramones, The – Blitzkrieg Bop
Rancid – Journey to the End of the East Bay S
Recess Monkey – Rainbow Road S
Recess Monkey – SL-Double-EPover
Recess Monkey – The Littlest Monkey S
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue S
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Storm in a Teacup S
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge S
Redding, Otis – Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay S
REM – (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville S
REM – Find the River S
REM – It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) S
Rice, Damien – Cannonball
Rihanna – Disturbia S
Rise Against – Swing Life Away (Acoustic Version) S
Roberts, Emma – Dummy
Rogers, Stan – Mary Ellen Carter
Rolling Stones, The – Honky Tonk Women S
Rolling Stones, The – Love in Vain
Rolling Stones, The – Paint it Black
Rolling Stones, The – Satisfaction
Rolling Stones, The – Shine A Light S
Rolling Stones, The – Sweet Virginia S
Rolling Stones, The – Wild Horses
Rudolf, Kevin – Let it Rock S

 

S

Seger, Bob – Old Time Rock and Roll
Semisonic – Closing Time
Seyfried, Amanda – Lil Red Riding Hood S
Shins, The – Caring is Creepy
Shins, The – Kissing the Lipless S
Shins, The – New Slang S
Shins, The – Young Pilgrims
Shocked, Michelle – Memories of East Texas S
Simon and Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy in New York S
Simon and Garfunkle – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkle – Homeward Bound
Simon, Carly – You’re So Vain
Simon, Paul – America
Simon, Paul – Me and Julio
Simon, Paul – The Boxer
Simpson, Ashlee – Pieces of Me S
Smash Mouth – All Star S
Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
Smith, Elliott – Miss Misery
Smith, Elliott – Say Yes S
Smith, Elliott – Waltz No 2 (XO) S
Smith, Mindy – Come To Jesus S
Son Volt – Windfall S
Springsteen, Bruce – Glory Days
Springsteen, Bruce – Highway Patrolman
Springsteen, Bruce – I’m on Fire
Springsteen, Bruce – Nebraska
Springsteen, Bruce – Thunder Road S
Springsteen, Bruce – Two for the Road S
Staind – Outside
Staines, Bill – Roseville Fair
Steppenwolf – Born to Be Wild
Steve Miller Band – The Joker S
Stevens, Cat – Father and Son S
Stevens, Sufjan – The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades S
Stewart, Rod – Drift Away S
Stewart, Rod – Maggie May S
Sting – Fields of Gold S
Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut
Sum 41 – Hell Song
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Swift, Taylor – Change
Swift, Taylor – Love Story S
Swift, Taylor – Speak Now S
Swift, Taylor – Teardrops on My Guitar S
Swift, Taylor – You Belong With Me S

 

T

Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Taylor, James – Sweet Baby James
Taylor, James – You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King
There Ain’t No Bugs On Me S
They Might Be Giants – Dr Worm
They Might Be Giants – Roy G Biv S
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town
Throwing Muses – Devils Roof
Tindley, Charles Albert – We Shall Overcome
Traditional – Buffalo Gals
Traditional – Found a Peanut
Traditional – Irish Washerwoman
Traditional – Kumbaya S
Traditional – Little Rosewood Casket
Traditional – Loch Lomond
Traditional – The Hokey Pokey
Train – I Am S
Troggs, The – Wild Thing
Tunstall, KT – Other Side of the World S
Turin Brakes – Stone Thrown S
Turtles, The – Happy Together S

 

U

U2 – All I Want Is You
U2 – Desire S
U2 – Love Rescue Me S
U2 – One S
U2 – Red Hill Mining Town S
U2 – Walk On
U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
Uncle Tupelo – Screen Door S
Uncle Tupelo – Steal the Crumbs S
Uncle Tupelo – Still Be Around S

 

V

Van Zandt, Townes – Pancho and Lefty
Vaughan, Stevie Ray – Tightrope
Vedder, Eddie – Society S
Votolato, Rocky – White Daisy Passing S

 

W

Wainwright, Loudon III – Dead Skunk
Waits, Tom – Downtown Train S
Waits, Tom – Grapefruit Moon
Waits, Tom – Martha
Waits, Tom – San Diego Serenade S
Walker, T-Bone – Stormy Monday
Weezer – Beverly Hills S
Weezer – Island in the Sun S
Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
Weezer – The World Has Turned and Left Me Here
Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song) S
Welch, Gillian – I Dream a Highway
Welch, Gillian – Look at Miss Ohio S
Welch, Gillian – Orphan Girl S
Welch, Gillian – Paper Wings
Welch, Gillian – Revelator
Welch, Gillian – Wayside | Back in Time S
White Stripes, The – Same Boy You’ve Always Known S
Who, The – Pinball Wizard
Who, The – Substitute
Wicked (The Musical) – Defying Gravity
Wilco – I’m Always in Love S
Wilco – Im the Man Who Loves You S
Wilco – Jesus Etc S
Wilco – Kamera
Williams, John – Star Wars Theme
Williams, John – The Imperial March from Star Wars
Williams, Lucinda – 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten S
Williams, Lucinda – Blue S
Williams, Lucinda – Can’t Let Go
Williams, Lucinda – I Asked Him For Water (He Gave Me Gasoline)
Wolfstone – All Our Dreams
Woods, Harry – Side by Side

 

Y

Yorn, Pete – Crystal Village S
Young, Neil – Harvest Moon S
Young, Neil – Heart of Gold S
Young, Neil – Old Man S
Young, Neil – Out on the Weekend S
Young, Neil – Powderfinger S
Young, Neil – Sugar Mountain S
Young, Neil – Thrasher S

 

Z

Zanes, Dan – On the Sunny Side of the Street
Zombies, The – Shes Not There S

 

 20 Classic Rock Songs

20

More Than a Feeling
They should play this song 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the toll booths surrounding the city of Boston.
Boston Boston
19
Sweet Emotion
This song’s use in ‘Dazed and Confused‘ could be one of the best film opening scenes ever.
Aerosmith Toys In The Attic
18
House of the Rising Sun
The earliest recording of this folk song is from 1933, but historians think it might date back to the 1600s.
The Animals House Of The Rising Sun
17
For What It’s Worth
In concert, Neil Young just plays that single chiming note over and over, which must be kinda boring for him.
Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield
16
Paint It Black
You should, in fact, paint any red doors you have black, because studies have shown red makes people angry.
The Rolling Stones Aftermath
15
Simple Man
Skynryd once again engages in lyrical kung-fu. Call them simple? They agree, and suddenly, it’s a strength.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Prounounced
14
Kashmir
Repeatedly in interviews, Robert Plant has stated that this is one of his favorite Zeppelin songs. Why argue?
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
13
Time
The lyrics state “desperation is the English way.” Also: apologizing for everything, and driving on the left.
Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon
12
Ramble On
J.R.R. Tolkien fans proudly count Robert Plant, author of these “Rings”-inspired lyrics, as one of their own.
Led Zeppelin II
11
Wish You Were Here
Do they actually wish their former leader Syd was there? Would three cooks really have fit into that kitchen?
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
10
Let It Be
Most fans agree this comes from the “worst” Beatles album, but that’s quite a relative measure, isn’t it?
The Beatles Let It Be
09
Gimme Shelter
Was Mary Clayton more: a) excited to sing on a Stones song, or b) freaked out by the lyrics they gave her?
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
08
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2
Even Pink Floyd wasn’t immune to disco beats back in the seventies, but to their credit, they kept it rockin’.
Pink Floyd the Wall
07
Free Bird
Five song jukebox domination plan: ‘Free Bird,’ ‘Life’s Been Good,’ ‘Kashmir,’ ‘Stairway,’ and ‘Stranglehold.’
Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced
06
Comfortably Numb
If you have not seen their brief reunion set at Live 8, which ended with this song, you’re cheating yourself.
Pink Floyd The Wall
05
Black Dog
Floyd and Zep are trading spots up here like the Clintons and Bushes used to do with the White House.
Led Zeppelin IV
04
Sweet Home Alabama
That’s two songs in the top 10 for Skynyrd, and zero forNeil Young. So NOW who won that pseudo-feud, huh?
Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping
03
Dream On
Remember in the Blues Brothers when Jake sees the light? The same thing can happen with this song.
Aerosmith Aerosmith
02
Hotel California
Glenn Frey tells listeners to treat this song like a ‘Twilight Zone’ story instead of seeking exact meanings.
The Eagles Hotel California
01
Stairway to Heaven
If Jimmy Page had a nickel for each time this topped a song list, he’d be, well… poorer than he really is!
Led Zeppelin IV

Blues Bangers!

1. Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson
2. All Your Love – Magic Sam
3. Give Me Back My Wig – Hound Dog Taylor
4. Reconsider Baby – Lowell Fulson
5. Worried Life Blues – Sleepy John Estes
6. If Trouble Was Money – Albert Collins
7. I Ain’t Superstitious – Willie Dixon
8. Sweet Black Angel – Robert Nighthawk
9. I Know What You’re Putting Down – Louis Jordan
10. Black Snake Moan – Blind Lemon Jefferson
11. Ball and Chain – Big Mama Thornton
12. Further On Up The Road – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
13. I Can’t Quit You Baby – Otis Rush
14. Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
15 Born In Chicago – Paul Butterfield Blues Band
16. Let The Good Times Roll – Louis Jordan
17. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan
18. Pony Blues – Charley Patton
19. The Sky Is Crying – Elmore James
20. Catfish Blues – Robert Petway
21. Highway 49 – Big Joe Williams
22. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean – Blind Lemon Jefferson
23. Blues Before Sunrise – Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
24. Baby Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams
25. Bumble Bee – Memphis Minnie
26. I’m Ready – Muddy Waters
27. It Hurts Me Too – Elmore James
28. Stop Breakin’ Down – Robert Johnson920. Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
20. I’m In The Mood – John Lee Hooker
21. Me and The Devil Blues – Robert Johnson
22. The Walkin’ Blues – Taj Mahal
23. ‘Taint Nobody’s Bizness If I Do – Bessie Smith
24. It’s Tight Like That – Tampa Red
25. Love In Vain – Robert Johnson
26. Evil – Willie Dixon
27. Baby Scratch My Back – Slim Harpo
28. Wang Dang Doodle – Koko Taylor
29. On The Road Again – Canned Heat
30. Rock Me Mama – Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup

Foot Tappers

You Dropped a Bomb on Me — The Gap Band

Getup Offa That Thing — James Brown

Fantastic Voyage — Lakeside

Boogie on Reggae Woman — Stevie Wonder

Thank you (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) — Sly & The Family Stone

Express Yourself — Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Who Says a Funk Band Can’t Play Rock ‘n’ Roll — Funkadelic

Give The People What They Want — The O’Jays

Genius of Love — Tom Tom Club

Life During Wartime — Talking Heads

Fug — Cymande

Better Change Your Mind — William Onyeabor

(Somebody Got ) Soul, Soul, Soul — The Wild Magnolias

Housequake — Prince

Fire on the Bayou — The Meters

Yes We Can Can — The Pointer Sisters

Groove Line — Earth, Wind & Fire

Blues Classics

Baby What You Want Me to Do — Jimmy Reed

Got My Mojo Workin’ — Muddy Waters

Sweet Home Chicago — Robert Johnson

Let the Good Times Roll — Louis Jordan

Hoochie Coochie Man — Muddy Waters

Boom Boom — John Lee Hooker

That’s Allright — Jimmy Rogers

Walking by Myself — Jimmy Rogers

I’m Tore Down — Freddy King (by way of Eric Clapton)

Before You Accuse Me — Bo Diddley (by way of Eric Clapton)

Statesboro Blues — Blind Willie McTell (by way of Allman Brothers)

One Way Out — Sonny Boy Williamson (by way of Allman Brothers)

… And the fearful and ubiquitous:

Red House — Jimi Hendrix

Give Me One Reason — Tracy Chapman

Love Me Like a Man — Chris Smither (by way of Bonnie Raitt)

Indie Classics

Sweet Jane — Velvet Underground

I Wanna Be Your Dog — The Stooges

September Gurls — Big Star

Blitzkrieg Bop — The Ramones

Radio Free Europe — R.E.M.

Take the Skinheads Bowling — Camper Van Beethoven

Bastards of Young — The Replacements

Touch Me I’m Sick — Mudhoney

The Long Cut — Uncle Tupelo

Cut Your Hair — Pavement

Teenage Kicks — The Undertones

Chinese Rocks — Johnny Thunders

Starry Eyes — The Records

Left in the Dark — The Vertebrats

Girl Of My Dreams — Bram Tchaikovsky

Baby What’s Wrong — The Cynics

Fisherman’s Blues — The Waterboys

Judas Kiss — The Del Lords

Sooner Or Later — The Feelies

Skip Steps 1 & 3 — Superchunk

She’s gonna love this…
Cee Lo green – Forget You
Katy Perry – California Gurls
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
The Saturdays – Just Can’t Get Enough
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Kelly Rowlands – When Love Takes Over
Katy Perry – Firework
Girls Aloud – Jump
Kesha – Tik Tok
Amy Whinehouse – Valerie
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Girls Aloud – Love Machine
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

He’s gonna love this…
Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Arctic Monkeys – Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
Supergrass – Alright
The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
Reef – Place Your Hands
Bon Jovi – Living On A Prayer
Guns N Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine

Everyone’s gonna love this when they’re drunk… Trust us!
Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Joan Jett – I Love Rock N Roll
Florence And The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Take That – Shine

Don’t worry… we haven’t forgotten about the oldies…
Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered
Patti Labelle/Christina Aguilera – Lady Marmalade
Madonna – Material Girl
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Jackson 5 – Blame It On The Boogie
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Madonna – Vogue

First Dance Ideas…
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Take That – Greatest Day
Take That – Rule The World
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Lonsestar – Amazed
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Train – Drops Of Jupiter
Bryan Adams – Everything I Do

1950s to 1970s Soul / Funk / Motown

Dancing In The Street (Martha & The Vandellas)
Do I Do (Stevie Wonder)
Hold On I’m Coming (Sam & Dave)
I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
I Wish (Stevie Wonder)
I Feel Good (James Brown)
In The Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett)
Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd)
Lovely Day (Bill Withers)
Reach Out, I’ll Be There (The Four Tops)
Respect (Aretha Franklin)
Rock Steady (Aretha Franklin)
Sex Machine (James Brown)
Shake Your Tail Feather (Ray Charles)
Signed Sealed Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
Son Of A Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield)
Soul Man (Sam & Dave)
Soul With A Capital S (Tower Of Power)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Take Me To The River (Al Green)
What Is Hip? (Tower Of Power)
What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)

1960s / rock ‘n’ roll

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles)
I’m A Believer (The Monkees)
Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)
Twist And Shout (The Beatles)

1970s / Disco

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (McFadden & Whitehead)
As (Stevie Wonder)
Bad Girls (Donna Summer)
Best Of My Love (The Emotions)
Blame It On The Boogie (The Jacksons)
Brick House (The Commodores)
Burn This Disco Out (Michael Jackson)
Can You Feel It (The Jacksons)
Car Wash (Rose Royce)
Celebration (Kool & The Gang)
Disco Inferno (The Trampps)
Get Down On It (Kool & The Gang)
Good Times (Chic)
I Want You Back (Jackson 5)
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan)
Lady Marmalade (La Belle)
Le Freak (Chic)
Long Train Running (The Doobie Brothers)
Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
Rock With You (Michael Jackson)
Shake Your Body Down (The Jacksons)
Stayin’ Alive (The Bee Gees)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynryd Skynyrd)
Thinking Of You (Sister Sledge)
Upside Down (Diana Ross)
We Are Family (Sister Sledge)
Working Day & Night (Michael Jackson)
You To Me Are Everything (The Real Thing)
Young Hearts Run Free (Candi Staton)

1980s Pop / Soul

Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan)
All Night Long (Lionel Ritchie)
Beat It (Michael Jackson)
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Club Tropicana (Wham)
Crazy little thing called love (Queen)
Dancing On The Ceiling (Lionel Richie)
Do I Do (Stevie Wonder)
Don’t stop me now (Queen)
Easy Lover (Phil Collins)
Fame (Irene Cara)
Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
Hip To Be Square (Huey Lewis & The News)
I Found Lovin’ (The Fatback Band)
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)
I’ve Had The Time Of My Life (Medley & Warnes)
Jump (Van Halen)
Let’s Dance (David Bowie)
Message in a bottle (The Police)
Never Too Much (Luther Vandross)
Rio (Duran Duran)
Somebody Else’s Guy (Jocelyn Brown)
Street Life (Randy Crawford)
Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)
The Power Of Love (Huey Lewis & The News)
Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Walking On Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves)

1990s and 2000s Pop / Rock / Indie

Always There (Incognito)
Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz)
Canned Heat (Jamiroquai)
Cosmic Girl (Jamiroquai)
Groove Is In The Heart (Dee-Lite)
I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry)
Let Me Entertain You (Robbie Williams)
Mama Told Me Not To Come (Tom Jones & Stereophonics)
Mercy (Duffy)
Relight My Fire (Take That & Lulu)
Sex On Fire (Kings Of Leon)
Valerie (Amy Winehouse)

Slow Dances

A Groovy Kind Of Love (Phil Collins)
Call Off The Search (Katie Melua)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Andy Williams)
Dream A Little Dream (The Mamas & The Papas)
Everything (Michael Buble)
Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac)
Feeling Good (Nina Simone)
Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
For Once In My Life (Stevie Wonder)
Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles)
Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)
It Had To Be You (Harry Connick Jr)
Kiss Of Life (Sade)
Let There Be Love (Nat King Cole)
Let’s Stay Together (Al Green)
Moondance (Van Morrison)
My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)
Nightingale (Norah Jones)
Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Sunshine (Gabrielle)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody (Dean Martin)
You’ve Got A Friend (Carole King)
Your Song (Elton John)

London Guitar Academy

The London Guitar Academy is London’s only dedicated Rock Pop and Blues guitar school specialising in one to one guitar tuition in either electric or acoustic guitar.

Each lesson is tailored to suit each students individual taste and ability; offering a fresh and innovative approach to learning the guitar.

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