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09 June 2010 @ 10:33 am
Good sing-along songs?  
O Gentle Readers!

I am trying to come up with good songs to practice on my acoustic guitar. Ideally, they are the type of songs that are fun to sing along with at gatherings. Songs which require instruments other than one acoustic guitar are not something I'm too interested in pursuing right now. I have a pretty good assortment of Counting Crows, Jonathan Coulton, Blues Traveler, and They Might Be Giants picked out, so any other suggestions are mightily welcomed :-)
prof_vencireprof_vencire on June 9th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yellow Submarine? Come Together?

The Humpty Dance? Skee-Lo's "I Wish"?
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on June 9th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Laura Millsla_mills on June 14th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
You've gotta do "I wanna drive the Zamboni"
2 Places at oncefayde on June 9th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I like Melissa Etheridge. Since she plays guitar and is usually only backed up by another guitar and drums, one guitar sounds good. Also, her lyrics are good and the general instramentals are probably easy.

However, you wouldn't have to mind singing like a lesbian rock/blues singer.
Doomutilitygeek on June 9th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
off the top of my head...
"Minority" by Green Day
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something
"Roll To Me" by Del Amiche (spelling?)
iophaiopha on June 9th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
My age might be showing here, but I taught myself to play guitar by learning practically every song from Nirvana's Unplugged in New York album. Pretty much anyone over 25 should know the songs (or at least, the choruses). There are a bunch of good tabs floating around; I just linked to the first one I found.

I also have quite a bit of Smashing Pumpkins in my campfire repertoire. Most of the songs off of Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie are easy-ish to play on acoustic and the singles are very recognizable (1979, Today, Disarm, and so on).

In terms of difficulty I found Nirvana easy to start with and the Pumpkins a logical progression in terms of difficulty. Once I had a good handle on songs like Cherub Rock, I sat down with Radiohead's Ok Computer (yes, my age is still showing).

For contemporary tunes, though, I turn to indie rock: the Decemberists have a bunch of great guitar songs on Picaresque (but depending on your friends no one may recognize them). The Arcade Fire, despite their symphonic sound, have some tunes that are easy to pare down to acoustic guitar. And a surprising amount of pop music gets adapted to acoustic guitar (i.e., tons of Lady Gaga covers that are always good for a laugh).

Guitar Hero/Rock Band tracks are always a hit, too, because everyone knows them from videogames. They're not all adaptable, but many are. My own 'campfire' playing has suffered because I'm mostly working on original material these days :D
prof_vencireprof_vencire on June 9th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
Flight of the Conchords have a lot of singalongables. Business Time being notable.
A Carnot engine of self-loathingcalypsomatic on June 9th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Weezer's 'Say It Ain't So' is great for shouting, I mean, singing along.
la femme stygiangunn on June 10th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
LOTS of Weezer.
Josiah Carlsonchouyu_31 on June 10th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Dave Matthews Band has a lot of sing/play along songs. YMMV depending on your audience.

Also, Johnnie Cash's cover of Hurt is *really* easy to play and sing. And who the fuck doesn't know Hurt?
Wendymaerchen on June 15th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Magnetic Fields, depending on the crowd.
Angel needs no wings - just a duster & a hackysackcanth on June 17th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
There are several songs from Radiohead that lend themselves to the acoustic guitar. Then again, as good as most of these are, most are fairly sad. People generally seem to know most Pablo Honey tunes, and some will know "Karma Police" from OK computer.

We got your message by the way. Sorry we've not made it a priority to get back to you sooner. Lot's going on, but that's everyone, isn't it?

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