Five Songs That Belong in the (Mythical) Bar Band Hall of Fame, Pt. 2

Five Songs That Belong in the (Mythical) Bar Band Hall of Fame, Pt. 2

“Roadhouse Blues” – The Doors

Jim Morrison and company never rocked harder than they did on this track, nor did they ever provide more of a singalong vibe for a thirsty crowd. Let it roll, baby, roll…

“You Really Got Me” – The Kinks

That lead guitar riff. It sounded monstrous when the Kinks’ Dave Davies first played it in 1964 and the power and ferocity was ramped up significantly when Eddie Van Halen got his hands on the tune in 1978. (It was Van Halen’s first single and reached #36 on the charts.) Many a bar band has performed it, and many a bar patron has played air guitar along with it.

Mustang Sally” - Wilson Pickett

Every bar needs a little bit o’soul and who better to provide it than the wicked Pickett with this stone classic? The slinky, funky groove is a monster and is sure to fill any dance floor in no time flat.

“Twist and Shout” – The Beatles

Some people think the Beatles wrote it (they didn’t), others think the Isley Brothers were the first to record it (they weren’t). Amaze your friends and win bar bets aplenty by knowing that the band who first recorded this now-iconic tune was the Top Notes (from Philadelphia). Then make sure someone spins the Beatles’ version, where John Lennon screamed himself hoarse during the recording session.

“Chicken Fried” – Zac Brown Band

We’ve got some rock, we’ve got some soul—how about adding some country to our mix? There’s not many better singalong country tunes than this one, particularly on that unshakeable chorus: “You know I like my chicken fried/Cold beer on a Friday night/A pair of jeans that fit just right/And the radio up.” That’s the country life in four lines, I tell ya.