Five Songs That Belong in the (Mythical) Bar Band Hall of Fame, Pt. 1

“Move It on Over” – George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers

Thorogood’s 1978 update of an old Hank Williams number about a guy banished to the doghouse is everything a great bar band song should be: rockin’, easy to sing along to, and a hell of a lot of fun.

“Runnin’ Down a Dream” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

There are tons of Petty tunes that could fit the bill here, but this one in particular kicks some butt with its memorable chorus and searing guitar soloing that close out the song. I’m reminded of how great a song “RDAD” is whenever I hear one of my favorite local bands, B Side, perform it live.

Sherry Darling” – Bruce Springsteen

A deep cut from The Boss, this one was included on 1980’s The River LP. It’s a raucous party tune that is highlighted by the late Clarence Clemons’ saxophone, some faux-audience whoops and hollers, and this classic opening lyric: “Your mama’s yappin’ in the back seat/tell her to push over and move them big feet.”

“Tush” – ZZ Top

The (mostly) bearded trio from down Texas way have provided fans with a barrel full of great songs over the years, but “Tush” is perhaps the best—and best known—of the bunch. A stone classic.

“Keep Your Hands to Yourself” – The Georgia Satellites

Combine a little bit of Southern rock with a whole lot of rock and roll swagger and you get this 1986 gem from the Georgia Satellites. Dan Baird’s sassy lead vocals, the laid back yet tough groove, and the crunchy guitars are all rock ‘n’ roll perfection.