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I can't sing.

I'm trying to come up with a list of songs to play on a guitar (primarily acoustic) that a group of typical 40 year olds should be able to sing *most* of the words, not just the chorus.

The point is to have them do the singing if we're just sitting around a campfire, tailgating, etc.

Something like Jimmy Buffet - Margaritaville, maybe Tom Petty - Free Fallin.
 
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American Pie. Don McLean


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40 year olds.... so born circa 1979?

I'm guessing most folks start picking up songs during their mid-teens.....so adding 15 years to 1979 would target popular songs starting around 1994.

If any of the above makes sense - and it may not as I am just thinking this through - then I am not sure that '70s Jimmy Buffet/Don McLean or '80s Tom Petty - great as they are - are sure bets for those born around 1979.

Worse, I have no idea what songs might have been popular in the mid'90s. Relative to that era, my musical tastes run pretty much to neanderthal hits with the beat driven by mastodon bones played on saber-tooth-tiger-skin drums... [i.e., songs like Margaritaville, American Pie, Free Fallin. Smile]

I would bet we have some SIGforumers of more recent vintage than I who can chime in as to sure-fire singalong songs of the mid '90s. Failing that, one could Google American Billboard chart ratings of the mid '90s with an eye to finding a guitarable, singable tune having had had staying power during the period your target audience was receptive.
 
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Something like Jimmy Buffet - Margaritaville,


Do 40-somethings even know this song? Big Grin

I know a couple of 30-somethings who don't know any Rolling Stone songs, not familiar with them. As far as those 40+, maybe Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? Or REM "Losing My Religion" and Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun"?

Or some old standards like "Show Me The Way To Go Home", "This Land Is Your Land" "Theme From The Flinstones" Smile



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Hotel California - Eagles

Desperado - Eagles

Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks

On the Road Again - Willie Nelson

Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

Boys of Summer - Don Henley

All My Exes Live in Texas - George Strait

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Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

Jack and Diane - John Cougar Mellencamp

Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison

Sister Christian - Night Ranger
 
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Louie, Louie

Theme from Gilligan's Island

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Born in the 70s and yes, Margaritaville is well known.

American Pie - not a chance
 
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Lyin' Eyes -Eagles
Stairway to Heaven -Led Zeppelin
Sweet Caroline -Neil Diamond
Song Sung Blue -Neil Diamond
Take Me Home, Country Roads -John Denver
Here Comes the Sun -The Beatles
Yesterday -The Beatles
Let It Be -The Beatles
Can't Buy Me Love -The Beatles
Blowin' in the Wind -Bob Dylan
Dust in the Wind -Kansas



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^ All songs from the Sixties and Seventies? Come on, kkina.

Like oddball suggested, the song playlist should be more heavily skewed toward the late Eighties and Nineties.



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All songs from the Sixties and Seventies? Come on, kkina.

Nope, not following that. These are songs most people of any age should know. These are the songs I used to do around the campfire to 40-somethings. Of course, that was 20 years ago.



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Tom Petty - Free Fallin

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
 
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Oh that age group. I see:

Farmer in the Dell
Muffin Man
Wheels on the Bus
Ring around the Rosie
Row Your Boat
BAA BAA Black Sheep
Old MacDonald

Easy to sing and play on your guitar with MR. Microphone.
 
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I'll defer to the experts.

Top 30 Best Songs of the 80s For Acoustic Guitar.




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Just listen to Chicago's greatest hits album. That'll keep anyone busy for HOURS...



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Nope, not following that. These are songs most people of any age should know. These are the songs I used to do around the campfire to 40-somethings. Of course, that was 20 years ago.

Yeah, when people in their 40s had been listening to music from the '60s and '70s in their teens and early twenties.



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Nope, not following that. These are songs most people of any age should know. These are the songs I used to do around the campfire to 40-somethings. Of course, that was 20 years ago.

Yeah, when people in their 40s had been listening to music from the '60s and '70s in their teens and early twenties.

There were 30- and even 20- somethings in that group, too.

I'm not saying don't do the new stuff. I'm saying start with the classics. They're classic for a reason.



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At 49, I know a lot of those. But, I have pretty wide ranging tastes.


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Totally forgot about that Tonic song. Used to play it a lot but it’s been many years.
 
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