I don't know if this will be useful, or even looked at by the intended audience, but after seeing loads of threads asking "What songs should be cover in x genre with x band set-up", or words to that effect, I decided to put this together. Obviously I could just list every song ever by a band but I've decided to just go with ones that I, and other people, have found to have gone down well when performed.

I took the genres from these forums to work from because it seems to be a reasonable system to work with.

At the moment I've just done three 'band set-ups':
1. Vox, 1 guitar, bass and drums.
2. Two guitars, vox, bass and drums.
3. Acoustic set-ups with examples of songs which either are acoustic or have been/can be arrange for acoustic for performances.

There may be some debate over whether there are one or two guitars on the actual recording so if I don't know how many guitars were on the record (or whether it can be played by one person), I'm going to go by how many guitarists are in the band for ease. If there are any glaring errors, I'm sure they will be pointed out.

This obviously isn't a definitive list so feel free to add suggestions to the bottom and I'll add them to the main list, hopefully this is of some use, but please just suggest songs that either your band has played that have gone down well or have seen another band play a cover of that went down well, or else it might as well be name every song in the band's back catalogue.

One Singer, One Guitar, One Bass, One Drum

Classic Rock
Alice Cooper - Poison
Cream - Crossroads
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Joe Walsh - All Night Long
Joe Walsh - Funk#49
Joe Walsh - In The City
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart
Pink Floyd - Money
Rush - Bastille Day
Rush - Lakeside Park
Rush - Limelight
T. Rex - Children of the Revolution
The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
The Who - My Generation (could also be used in a punk set-list)
ZZ Top - Tush

Modern Rock

Incubus - Drive
InMe- Neptune
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
Muse- Dead Star
Muse - Plug In Baby
Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
Nirvana - Lithium
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls on Parade
Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Suck My Kiss
Soundgarden - Fell on Black Days
Soundgarden - Soonman
Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
Wolfmother - Woman

Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Black Sabbath - War Pigs
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Dio - Holy Diver
Motorhead - Killed by Death
Pantera - Fu cking Hostile

Nu Metal
Coal Chamber- Loco
Coal Chamber- Sway
Disturbed - Prayer
Marilyn Manson - Fight Song
Papa Roach- Between Angels and Insects
System of a Down - Bounce
System of a Down - Sugar

Punk & Ska

Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
The Offspring - Pretty Fly for a White Guy (I'm pretty sure only Noodles played guitar on this and Dexter just sang...correct?)
The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
The Stooges - Search and Destroy

Pop Punk & Emo
Alkaline Trio - Back to Hell
Blink 182 - Anthem Pt.2
Green Day - Minority
The Used - Sound Effects and Overdramatics

Bad Brains - Banned in D.C
Black Flag - Loose Nut
Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown
Fall of Troy - F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.
Minor Threat - Filler
Minor Threat - Out of Step
Minor Threat - Straight Edge

Alternative and Indie
Blur - Girls and Boys
Blur - Tracey Jacks
Oasis - Importance of being Idle
The Pixies - Where is my Mind?

Blues & Jazz
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - Hideaway
Rory Gallagher - Tattooed Lady

Cameo - Word Up
Last edited by DevilMayCare at Aug 26, 2007,
One Singer, Two Guitars, One Bass, One Drum
Classic Rock
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
AC/DC - Big Balls
AC/DC - Back in Black
AC/DC - Thunderstruck
Boston - Amanda
Boston - More Than A Feeling
Boston - Smokin
Grateful Dead - Playin in the band
Grateful Dead - Us Blues
Grateful Dead - Sugar Magnolia
Guns N' Roses - Paradise City
Lynard Skynyrd - Am I Losing
Lynard Skynyrd - Every Mother's Son
Lynard Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Lynard Skynyrd - Call Me The Breeze
The Beatles - Day tripper
The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles - Twist and Shout
The Rolling Stones - Paint it Black
Thin Lizzy - Boys are Back in Town

Modern Rock
Ash - Burn, Baby Burn
Foo Fighters - Big Me
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
Foo Fighters - My Hero
Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
Pearl Jam - Alive
Pearl Jam - Black
Velvet Revolver - Fall to Pieces

Anthrax - Metal Thrashing Mas
Children of Bodom - Angels Don't Kill
Hammerfall - Blood Bound
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Metallica - Fade to Black
Metallica - Holier Than Thou
Metallica - Seek and Destroy
Metallica - Whiplash
Slayer - Mandatory Suicide

Nu Metal
Korn - Here To Stay
Korn - Thoughtless
Papa Roach - Getting Away With Murder
Soulfly - Back to the Primitive
Soulfly - Jump Da **** Up
Stone Sour - Made of Scars

Punk and Ska
Misfits - Die, Die My Darling
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
The Clash - I fought the Law
The Kinks - You Really Got Me

Pop Punk & Emo
All American Rejects - Dirty Little Secret
Bowling for Soup - High School Never Ends
Jimmy Eat World - Drugs or Me
My Chemical Romance - Vampires Will Never Hurt You

Avenged Sevenfold - Lips of Deceit
Bullet for my Valentine - Just Another Star
Poison the Well - Nerdy
Poison the Well - Slice Paper Wrists
Refused - Hate Breeds Hate
Trivium - Like Light to the Flies

Alternative and Indie
The Libertines - Last Post on the Bugle
The Strokes - Juicebox
The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drums
The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work

Blues & Jazz
BB King and Eric Clapton - Riding With The King
The Allman Brothers - Revival
The Allman Brothers - Ain't Wasting No Time
The Allman Brothers - Blue Sky
The Allman Brothers - Melissa
Last edited by DevilMayCare at Aug 26, 2007,
Bob Dylan - Boots of Spanish Leather
Green Day - Good Riddance (time of your life)
Hinder - Better than Me
Incubus - Drive
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Linkin Park - Numb (acoustic version is availabe in UG database)
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (see Staind version for ideas?)
Radiohead - High and Dry (its mainly an acoustic song)
Rise Against - Swing Life Away
Stone Sour - Bother
Stone Sour - Through Glass (i know its gets heavy half way through but if you want you can play it all acoustic)
The Libertines - Music When the Lights Go Out
Thrice - Stare At the Sun

2 guitar, 2 vocals, 2 drums
The Dogbones- Hey Chihuahua

As you can see...the number of suggestions under each heading sort of tailed off....it took a while and I lost enthusiasm part way through but I had to finish it once I was halfway through. So...as I've gone through I've noticed a few things:

1. There are some potential crossovers (Jimi Hendrix could be blues as well, The Ramones could be pop-punk) but I've done my best.
2. Some of the songs I've suggested include keyboards..BUT I have heard them performed without keyboard and they went down well, hence the inclusion.
3. I apologise if these bands are considered the 'mainstream' bands of the genres, but generally that's what goes down well at gigs around here (covers wise).

I hope this was of some use...
Feel free to suggest and I'll add to the list.
Last edited by DevilMayCare at Aug 24, 2007,
Great suggestions. They were very organized and helped a lot!

Do you have anymore suggestions for classic rock songs with two guitar parts? They can be melody/harmony (like the Allman Brother's 'Blue Sky'), but I'd prefer a song with good, riff-driven parts as opposed to melody/rhythm.

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Perhaps some Rolling Stones? Jumpin' Jack Flash, If You Can't Rock Me or Paint It Black are quite good. Aerosmith is another band I've forgotten for the classic rock two guitarists section that I intended to put in.
Great list. I have been looking around for good songs to play for a while. I think fall to pieces would be great for my band. Thanks ALOT!! Also, fade to black Metalica is great for two guitars, bass, drums.
you need to play some skynyrd/southern rock and some boston. EVERYONE likes boston. Maybe some rush or joe walsh too. Remember, you shouldnt only be playing song you like, you want to please the crowd too
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lakeside park for rush or else limelight or bastille day
boston id either do amanda, more than a feeling or smokin if you feel like makin up a solo (and just ditch the keyboard solo)
For skynyrd, obviously sweet home alabama, am i losin, or every mothers son
Joe walsh, in the city, all night long, or funk #49
Or as another southern rock one, dreams ill never see by molly hatchet-that has a good morale+2 minute solo
also, maybe do drive by incubus
big me, learn to fly, my hero by foo fighters are all good too.
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crossroads for one guitar one bass one drums one singer and i like the idea of more skynyrd: tuesdays gone, saturday night special, call me the breeze, ballad of curtis loew. Allman Bros: ramblin man, statesboro blues, in memory of elizabeth reed, blue sky, stormy monday, aint wastin time no more, melissa. Joe Walsh: funk 49, walk away, lifes been good, rocky mountain way. Boston: more than a feeling, party, feelin satisfied, hitch a ride, smokin, amanda, peace of mind, dont look back. Grateful Dead: playin in the band, truckin, sugar magnolia, st. stephen, goin down the road feelin bad, us blues.
Cheers guys, added some of your suggestions, I've put Skynyrd under 2 guitars...as...I don't know when those songs were written and they switched between 2 and 3 guitarists, I'll add a 3 guitar section if necessary.
I put Drive under both Modern Rock and Acoustic.
Would you classify the Grateful Dead as Classic Rock or Blues? I've popped them under Classic Rock for now but I can always make adjustments.

Anyone got any ideas for Hardcore/Metalcore with just one guitarist? It's not a genre I'm particularly knowledgeable about.
Whiplash by Metallica would be one for 2 guitar, bass and drums
an acoustic version of Nothing Else Matters would be nice also, Staind did it, it sounded great!
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Put some Minor Threat in the hardcore 1 guitar
Dunno which song though
Out Of Step or Straight Edge

also Poison The Well - Nerdy, Slice Paper Wrists for hardcore 2 guitars
Last edited by The_Taking at Jul 15, 2007,
Are there any that could be done with just a guitar player, a singer, and a drummer? You know, songs that may have a bass playing what the guitar plays or no bass at all.
Some White Stripes songs would fit that criteria..maybe Hotel Yorba? There might be some Doors songs which could be passed off without having the keyboard. Anybody else got some ideas?
Nu Metal, 1 guitar:

Coal Chamber- Loco
Coal Chamber- Sway
Papa Roach- Between Angels and Insects

Modern Rock, 1 guitar:

Muse- Dead Star
InMe- Neptune
Here's something random for you:

2 guitar, 2 vocals, 2 drums:

The Dogbones- Hey Chihuahua
That's an interesting suggestion, I'll add it up there. I've been thinking that I should add a 3 guitar section as well, but beyond Iron Maiden and some Lynyrd Skynyrd (but as shown about some can be performed with just two) I'm not very knowledgeable about other set-ups. So further suggestions would be appreciated.

Also, thanks for pushing this back up :P I was loathed to let it vanish after the time it took but wasn't sure whether I could justify bumping it!
Okay, I'm bumping this as I've decided it would be a good idea to add a three guitar part but came across some issues when trying to organise it...bands like Molly's Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Radiohead, (Hawthorne Heights?) and Iron Maiden have three guitarists but...not on every song, and quite often when looking at tabs they're arranged for two guitars so that bands with two guitars can play them...

So could anyone suggest some songs for three guitars for me.
Nervous Breakdown - Black Flag (you've gotta include that!!)

Eleanor Rigby - Beatles (can be played in many different genres)

Word Up - Cameo

One Guitar, One Bass, One Vocalist, One Drums:
Killing in the Name of - RATM
Bulls on Parade - RATM

These are sorta the essentials to cover!!

And some nu-metal:
Jump Da **** Up - Soulfly
Back to the Primitive - Soulfly
Thoughtless - Korn

Spoonman - Soundgarden
Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden
Black - Pearl Jam
Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
Lithium - Nirvana
Last edited by af_the_fragile at Aug 7, 2007,
Cheers for the suggestions! One question, how many guitars/basses/instruments did Cameo have?! I looked them up and apparently they had 13 members at one point :s, and the Song itself is credit to two guitarists and two bassists amongst others!
^i have little idea how many instruments were there in the original cameo's version of it...
Though Korn covered that song n they did it with 2 guitars n a bass i guess...

I think when someone is doing a cover, they should modify the song a lil bit to make it their own...
And for some Acoustic Covers:
Stone Sour - Through Glass (i know its gets heavy half way through but if you want you can play it all acoustic)
Thrice - Stare At the Sun
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Rise Against - Swing Life Away
Good thread. I needed some idea's so i was looking for it took a couple mins but whatever this is really just a bump.
You may have a 10 x 10 stack of marshalls and i may only have one, but mine goes to 11.... Beat that
As you bumped this, i'll add another song that'll drive any chicks in the crowd insane!!

Radiohead - High and Dry (its mainly an acoustic song)
The song has a few little electric guitar lines and a solo...
But it is based around the acoustic guitar...
You can have a listen to the song if you wanna get an idea what it sounds like and decide it for yourself..
Though Acoustic does seem like the best fit...

And you've gotta mention Filler by Minor threat as a Hardcore cover suggestion. Its one of the most popular hardcore song...
Last edited by af_the_fragile at Aug 24, 2007,
One singer, Two Guitarists, One Bass Player, and drummer

Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Iron Man - Black Sabbath
Seek and Destroy - Metallica
Enter Sandman - Metallica
Back in Black - AC/DC
Highway to Hell - AC/DC
Thuderstruck - AC/DC
Added those suggestions, cheers guys, anyone got any ideas for more Funk songs or Pop-Punk & Emo? Or any of the ones which are...still somewhat lacking due to my lack of knowledge :P
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Added those suggestions, cheers guys, anyone got any ideas for more Funk songs or Pop-Punk & Emo? Or any of the ones which are...still somewhat lacking due to my lack of knowledge :P

Rhcp - Cant Stop, Give it Away, Suck My Kiss
Hmmm...I put the RHCP in the Modern Rock section...would you say those songs are better off in the Funk genre or that RHCP in general are better in that section?
Also any suggestions for Blue Oyster Cult? Or other 3 guitar bands?
How about creating a list of songs to cover for bands that use guitar, bass, keyboards and drums?

Narcotic - Liquido
Play Some Rock - Liquido
Centrefold - J. Geils Band

suggest some more, people!