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    Those were the days

    It's the only song where everybody finally sang along at a small cookout where I played for my closest friends...
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    Day-O
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    That Franky Valli song, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You.
    People even sing the horn part.

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    Newly updated! Items added from later in the thread start with a ">".


    Hello everyone,

    What a great list! Thank you, bunnyf for getting the thread going again.

    Below is a compiled list, ordered by decade, following seeso's lead. If a song doesn't have a "via" at the end, then it's part of his awesomely thorough listing.

    Intriguingly, several of the songs suggested without an artist specified have been sung by many artists, so I either listed the writers or the person most well known (according to our friend Wikipedia). Note that some have also been popular across time. If you were thinking of a rendition by a different artist or decade, let me know so I can update and folks can be inspired by what inspires you and your sing-a-long friends.

    Thanks, everyone!
    —Veronica


    1920s
    Show Me The Way To Go Home, Irving King (via timebug)
    Side by Side, Gus Kahn & Harry M. Woods (via timebug)
    Ain't She Sweet, Milton Ager & Jack Yellen (via timebug)

    1930s
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Solomon Linda (via Freeda)
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg (via janeray1940)
    Blue Moon, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (via Cheeso)
    > Minnie the Moocher, Cab Calloway (via igorthebarbarian)

    1950s
    Hey, Good Lookin', Hank Williams (via peewee)
    The Banana Boat Song (Day-O), Harry Belafonte (via Cheeso)
    > Witch Doctor, Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (via ksiegel)
    > Jambalaya (On the Bayou), Hank Williams (via vanflynn, seconded by teruterubouzu)

    1960s
    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', The Righteous Brothers
    Natural Woman, Aretha Franklin/Carole King
    Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
    Space Oddity, David Bowie
    Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, Bob Dylan
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight, The Tokens
    Under the Boardwalk, The Drifters
    Do Wah Diddy, Manfred Mann
    My Girl, The Temptations (via seeso and Cheeso)
    Me and Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin
    King of the Road, Roger Miller (via frisbee fred)
    Louie, Louie; The Kingsmen (via Cheeso)
    Twist and Shout, The Isley Brothers (and many more) (via Cheeso)
    On Top Of Spaghetti, Tom Glazer (via peewee)
    Those Were the Days, Gene Raskin (via Olarte)
    Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Franky Valli (via Cheeso)

    1970s
    Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond
    I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
    The Joker, Steve Miller Band
    Drift Away, Dobie Gray
    Down on the Corner, Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Tiny Dancer, Elton John
    Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
    The Gambler, Kenny Rogers
    American Pie, Don McLean
    Fire and Rain, James Taylor
    Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
    Hotel California, Eagles
    Piano Man, Billy Joel
    My Sharona, The Knack
    Baba O'Riley, The Who
    The Weight, The Band
    Lola, The Kinks
    Rock and Roll All Nite, Kiss
    Lean On Me, Bill Withers
    Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen (via Puotta)
    > Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett (via hent)

    1980s
    Jack and Diane, John Mellencamp
    Come On Eileen, Dexy's Midnight Runners
    Don't Stop Believin', Journey
    Free Fallin', Tom Petty
    In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel
    Walking On Sunshine, Katrina & The Waves
    Livin' on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
    Tainted Love, Soft Cell
    Faith, George Michael
    Eye Of The Tiger, Survivor
    Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash
    Blister in the Sun, The Violent Femmes
    Sister Christian, Night Ranger
    Like a Prayer, Madonna
    I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
    I Love Rock 'n' Roll, Joan Jett
    Just a Friend, Biz Markie
    Purple Rain, Prince
    > I Know What Boys Like, The Waitresses (via coolkayaker1)

    1990s
    Waterfalls, TLC
    Word Up, Cameo
    Alive, Pearl Jam
    I Want it That Way, Backstreet Boys
    The Rooster, Alice in Chains
    What I Got, Sublime
    Santeria, Sublime
    Where It’s At, Beck
    Friends in Low Places, Garth Brooks
    I'll Make Love to You, Boys II Men
    Today, Smashing Pumpkins
    Stay, Lisa Loeb
    Say it Ain't So, Weezer
    Creep, Radiohead
    Give Me One Reason, Tracy Chapman
    Livin' La Vida Loca, Ricky Martin
    Under the Bridge, Red Hot Chili Peppers
    MMMMBop, Hanson
    What's Up?, 4 Non Blondes
    You Oughta Know, Alanis Morissette
    Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana

    General ideas
    Look up pub songs of various cultures (via Puotta)
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    Witch Doctor.

    No matter where I play it, regardless of age group, people just have to sing along.

    Ross Bagdasarian was a Genius.




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    If I knew it, Cab Calloway (and the Blues Brothers) Minnie The Moocher. It has a fun call-and-response interactive part to it... Hide dee hide dee hide dee ho....
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    I would add Jambalaya http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/ww...A&transpose=-2
    It's only 2 chords and most folks of all ages sorta know the words. Great learner song

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    Quote Originally Posted by verbistheword View Post
    Hello everyone,

    What a great list! Thank you, bunnyf for getting the thread going again.

    Below is a compiled list, ordered by decade, following seeso's lead. If a song doesn't have a "via" at the end, then it's part of his awesomely thorough listing.
    You are awesome! :we're not worthy!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanflynn View Post
    I would add Jambalaya http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/ww...A&transpose=-2
    It's only 2 chords and most folks of all ages sorta know the words. Great learner song
    I was going to chime in with that one too.

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    Margaritaville!!!

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