Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicCountry · 1 decade ago

Songs for street musicians?

Hi- I am a street musician, and am always looking for new songs. I know a lot of Classic Rock songs, but I'm looking for more along the lines of "Stand By Me", "Dock of the Bay,", or other huge 'sing-along' hits that everybody knows, like "American Pie" or Country Roads". Stuff from the 60's-80's. Please, don't suggest Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd or Queen, etc, as that's not what I want- I already know lots of these type of songs. I want to have different songs than other buskers. For example, one of my biggest moneymakers is "Drift Away", a song that makes people stop and go, "Wow, I haven't heard that in years. Amazing song!"

Any suggestions appreciated!

7 Answers

  • MUDD
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Any of the Calypso songs like Yellow Bird, Banana Boat Song, Kingston Town, etc. go over really well. Dan Fogelberg would be appropriate since he just passed away from Colon Cancer and he was a very popular artist in his time. Old Novelty Tunes like "Mairzy Doz" and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose it's Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?" go over well.

    Old Johnny Cash Tunes like Folsom Prison Blues and I Walk the line, but especially Ring of Fire. Old Hank Williams tunes like Hey Good Lookin', Move It On Over, I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry and Jambalaya go over i almost any situation.

    Dust in the Wind - Kansas

    Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

    Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Bobby Dylan

    Joy To the World - Hoyt Axton

    Greenback Dollar - Hoyt Axton - Ken Ramsey

    The Unicorn - Shel Silverstein (Made popular by the Irish Rovers)

    Puff The Magic Dragon - Peter Yarrow

    The Marvelous Toy - Tom Paxton

    Bottle of Wine - Tom Paxton

    Wild About My Loving


    House of the Rising Sun

    This Land Is Your Land - Woodie Guthrie

    Six Days on the Road - Dave Dudley

    Scotch and Soda - Dave Guard - sung by the Kingston Trio

    You've Got a Friend - Carole King - also sung by James Taylor

    Any parody that is PG - PG-13 in nature, especially outside.

    I noticed you didn't mention any Creedence Clearwater Revival - Johnn Fogerty tunes. Songs Like Proud Mary, There's a Bad Moon on the Rise, Down on the Corner, Who Will Stop the Rain, or Centerfield (Old man down the road?) go over really well.

    If you need more let me know.

  • 1 decade ago

    Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

    The Eagles - Take It Easy

    Tommy Tutone - 867-5309, Jenny

    Neil Young - Heart Of Gold

    Crosby/Nash - Immigration Man

    Travis Tritt - T-R-O-U-B-L-E

    Alan Jackson - Midnight In Montgomery

  • 1 decade ago

    Two tickets to Georgia head east

    Kodachrome, me and julio, misses robinson simon/garfunkel

    love grows where my Rosemary goes?

    Wild world cat stevens

    The Weight the band

    Ofelia ?

    I got a name Jim Croce

    Anything by Dr. Hook sloppy seconds

    Source(s): me
  • 1 decade ago

    How about Down On The Corner by John Fogerty?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Your Cheating Heart - Hank Williams

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sweet Jane (Velvet Underground or Lou Reed)--it's an easy one too.

  • riehm
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    uhhh lol, nicely get a cd participant and blast the music ans strum alongside like your acually playing it lol! no idk i could pass with some blue's riffs only prepare, im greater into metallic yet blue's could defintlly capture my interest! lol.

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