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The Hangover's 12 Songs Every Garage Band Should Know


I was googling for easy rock & roll songs to learn and discovered an excellent article over at The Hangover called "Songs Every Garage Band Should Know."  While I don't agree with every song on this list, I gotta admit, it's a pretty good start.  These are popular songs that most people will like and most of 'em are pretty easy to learn.  That seems like a good combination to me.  Heck, I know almost half of them already, so probably most of you can master these songs in a couple of hours.

Here's the list:

  • Louie, Louie (The Kingsmen) --Three chords and a crazy guitar solo
  • Wild Thing (The Troggs) --Basically the same as Louie, Louie
  • Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry) --The inventor of the classic rock & roll riff
  • Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley) --Not my favorite, but ok
  • Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones) -- A crowd pleaser for sure
  • Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) --An easy riff that's immediately recognizable
  • Wipeout (The Surfaris) --Classic garage rock from the 60's
  • Allison (Elvis Costell0) --I love Elvis, but I'm not sure this fits here
  • I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash) --This seems like an odd one to me
  • I Wanna be Sedated (The Ramones) --The uber-punk garage band
  • Get Back (The Beatles) --A high class song that's not too difficult
  • Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon) --I wouldn't pick this, but many love it

As I said, it's a pretty decent set list for a garage band or bar band.  I might have dropped the Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello and Warren Zevon in favor of AC/DC's "Back in Black," The Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant" and something by The Who or The Clash, but that's just me.  You can use the links to Chordie, FretPlay or TabScout to learn how to play these songs.

What do you think?  What are your top picks for easy to learn, recognizable rock songs?  Also check out The Hangover's other posts listed below.


Werewolves or London??? I was with you until then. How about "You Really Got Me" by the Kinks instead maybe? Regardless, fun list.

I'm sorry to say my garage band doesn't know any of those songs. But it is a decent list.

Maybe I was just a little more metal growing up but I believe every garage band knows "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath...

I would agree with you on the "odd" ones and I'd even dump the Presley tune. I'd put Gloria, House of the Rising Sun, Twist & Shout, and My Generation in their place. I was surprised that the first three I mention weren't on the list as every band I knew of back in the day did those 3 tunes. You Really Got Me was a big favorite amongst the groups also.

"You Really Got Me" HAS to be in the Top 10. Also, Ron is right: "House Of The Rising Sun," "Gloria," and "Twist and Shout". Then, an Elvis MEDLEY: "Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog/All Shook Up". Also, ya need another slow one for girls to dance to, 'bout "Time is On My Side" Yeah. That's it. Take me back. -John Cog.

don't dis wearwolves in london... it's not the best song in the world but every time my band plays it theres a few people who know the words and enjoy it... and how about not tryen to replace the songs and just play them all and add more??? da, the more tunes the better

Motorhead also did a great version of Louie Louie, when Fast Eddie was still with them.

I agree with above, Adding You Really Got Me by the The Kinks or Van Halen.

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