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After being at many parties and what not, I've often found myself in a predicament. You know how it goes: five or six people crowd around once you pick up an (acoustic) guitar, and tell you to play something. Where a guitarist may see a song that took many hours of practicing to conquer as a masterpiece, the general public may think is just another tune.

What is that one song, if any, you choose to play? The one that you know by heart and know will get the listeners pumped/mellowed out.

If you don't mind, list five of these songs. I don't care, from jazz to hard rock.
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I don't know. Keep On Rockin' In The Free World? 38 Years Old? Tangled Up In Blue? Bad Moon Rising? Blackbird?
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From the song " Fireworks"
anything from acdc... some nice chords/arpeggios improvs, dust in the wind, sweet home alabama... and pretty much any other popular songs like that!
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The Killing Road by Megadeth
Ninja (the parts I can play) by Cacophony
When You Wish Upon a Star by Buckethead/Jason Becker
Fallout by John Frusciante
Tender Surrender by Steve Vai.

If a girl knows ANY of these songs, you must marry her on the spot. No questions asked.
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38 Years Old?

Ohhhhh yeeeeaaahhh. I'm going to see TTH in July.

Try some arpeggios and stuff. Or maybe some popular songs.

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Man its usually the most populous stuff that gets a response. . . Think Under the Bridge. . . Nothing Else Matters. . . Knockin' on Heavens Door. . . Hotel California. . . Smells Like Teen Spirit. . .
blackbird is a real nice one. something by oasis will go over well. simon and garfunkel. bob dylan.
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Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Nothing Else Matters, Wish You Were Here, Blackbird, Brown Eyed Girl, Layla, Bad Moon Rising, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Ziggy Stardust, Hotel California...
Guess Who is good too. Maybe do an acoustic version of These Eyes, that'll sound good.
"Isn't it amazing anything's accomplished
When the little sensation gets in your way
Not one ambition whisperin' over your shoulder
Isn't it amazing you can do anything " - Gord Downie

From the song " Fireworks"
usually i'll just play some simple stuff that people enjoy musically thats a bit mellow, things such as

everlong - foo fighters
1979 - smashing pumpkins
fade to black - metallica
glycerine - bush
bevery hills/the joker medley - weezer/steve miller band
only god knows why - kid rock

things like this that aren't incredibly up tempo or difficult but the crowd knows the words (which is good cuz i forget'em half the time) and likes to hear'em
Oh yeah, I forgot Wish You Were Here, thats always a crowd pleaser.

Everlong is good too, as mentioned.

Tears in Heaven is not a bad one either. . .

Drive by Incubus. . .

Almost anything by Bob Marley. . .

Basically you're looking for almost anything that'll be universally recognised.
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Maybe some Grateful Dead? Friend of the Devil is a nice song.
"Isn't it amazing anything's accomplished
When the little sensation gets in your way
Not one ambition whisperin' over your shoulder
Isn't it amazing you can do anything " - Gord Downie

From the song " Fireworks"
Stairway to Heaven
Iron Man
Crazy Train
Sweet Home Alabama
Hotel California
Smoke on The Water

OR you could look at the top of the page, click on tabs, then click "Top 100". That is where you will find the most recognizable songs to people, even if they don't play guitar.
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In my experience it's anything that people can sing along to.

So like

Sweet Home Alabama (as mentioned before)
Jack Johnson (as mentioned before)
lots of Weezer
Sublime (Santeria a good one)
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Live Forever - Oasis is a good one. Anything by AC/DC is good to, easy to play and sounds great. Sometimes I play Kickapoo or Beelzeboss by Tenacious D, again it sounds great and is easy to play.
house of the rising sun - animals
hey joe - hendrix
where is my mind - pixies

and depending on the crowd, "the metal" by tenacious d
dude what about "she talks to angels" by the black crowes (even though its in open E)
, "night moves" by bob seger, "black dog" by led zeppelin, "little wing" by hendrix, any popular rolling stones... those are the songs we play over here in the midwest to get a crowd goin
Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd

Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin

More Than a Feeling- Boston

Carry On Wayward Son- Kansas

Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd
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Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd

At every gig, there's a drunk guy by the bar shouting "Freebird".

Not the same bloke in every bar obviously, different blokes, but they all do the same job. A bit like Father Christmasses really...I think there's an agency that hires them out to bars if their regular guy is sick.

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Iron Man - Black Sabbath

Back in Black - AC/DC

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

They're all pretty simple...
You could also play like shout at the Devil, Sweet Child O' Mine,War Pigs,YYZ,and stuff,you know,especially if your'e playing for a younger audience who heard the songs on Guitar Hero, which is really popular.
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