Sunday, February 9, 2020

Favorite sing-along songs

This is a carefully curated list of songs that go over well when I am in sing-along jam sessions. (Many other cool songs turn out to be a bit hard for sing-alongs.) For instrument chords, search the web for the title plus the word "chords" (ultimate-guitar.com is a good site I will be working to improve).

Carpenters

Close To You
On the Top of The World
A Kind of a Hush

Elvis Presley

Jailhouse Rock (very easy chords)

John Denver

Perhaps Love (Tear jerker!)
Annie's Song (You Fill Up My Senses)
Leaving on a Jet Plane (questionable "excuse" lyrics)
Rocky Mountain High

Eberly Brothers (duet)

All I Have To Do Is Dream (Dream, Dream, Dream)
Wake Up, Little Suzy! (cute lyrics)

Beatles

When I'm 64
Let It Be
Yesterday
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (a little boring unless sung/played with good style)

Beach Boys

Surfin USA
Surfer Girl (hard bridge)
Fun Fun Fun (?)
Barbara Ann (?)
California Girls (fun rhythm, but promiscuous lyrics)

Broadway

Do-Re-Mi (See this post)
Ol' Man River
They Call The Wind Mariah
All I Ask Of You (Phantom of the Opera)
Do You Hear The People Sing? (Les Miserables)
The Sound of Music (The Hills Are Alive)
Edelweiss

Doo Wop

Runaway (by Del Shannon)
In The Still Of The Night
Stand By Me
The Great Pretender (Great sing-along!)
Only You (by The Platters. Great sing-along!)
Sincerely
For The Longest Time
A Teenager In Love
The Purple People Eater
Who Put The Bomp
Yakety Yak

Folk

Polly Wolly Doodle (Shirley Temple version is cute)
It Ain't Gonna Rain No More
Bile Them Cabbage Down
Oh, Susana!
She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
Threw it Out the Window (Play on nursery rhymes)
On Top of Spaghetti
Red River Valley (Remember the Red River Valley and the cowboy who loved you so true)
Down in the Valley
Home On The Range
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot!
Come And Go With Me To That Land
Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
Blowin' In The Wind
This Land Is Your Land

Rounds

(You may need to look up a recording or score for these)
Kookaburra
Dona Nobis Pacem
Hey, Ho, Nobody Home / Rose, Rose / Ding Dong, Ding Dong
Early to Bed and Early to Rise / Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Brother John / Frere Jacques

Spiritual

(tentative section under construction; not tested)

Non-religious

How Could Anyone Ever Tell You?

Non-sectarian

May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You
Bless This House
One Little Candle

Partly sectarian

The Holy City (Jerusalem; an old pop song obviously particular to Abrahamic religions)

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