Top Popular Rock Bar Songs Playlist

By | April 12, 2011

Here it is! The Top Popular Rock Bar Songs Playlist.

To me best bar songs is not nescessarily best for you.

What most people react when drinking in a bar is what counts.

Pass me a beer and let’s check out this DJ playlist!

For 2011  rock bar songs – check out this page for more of the recent modern rock.

A lot of this music comes from Classic Rock but they’re great for bars.

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Bar Songs


Bar Songs Playlist:

1 Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

2 Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond (great bar song for all ages)

3 American Pie – Don MacLean

4  Whiskey in the Jar – The Dubliners

5 Piano Man – Billy Joel

6 Dixieland Delight – Alabama

7 Tommy Tutone – 867 5309 (Jenny)

8 Outfield – Your Love

9 Its My Life – Bon Jovi

10 Mr. Mister – Kyrie

11 Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way

12 Primal Scream – Rocks

13 The Zutons – Valerie

14 Aerosmith – Walk this way

15 Black Crows – Hard to handle

16 Chilli Peppers – Give it away or Californication

17 Fun Loving Criminals – Scooby Snacks

18  Hotel California – The Eagles

19 Sweet Child O Mine – Guns N Roses

20 Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

Bar Songs Playlist:

21 Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

22 Song 2 – Blur

23 Roxanne – The Police

24 Take This Job And Shove It – Johnny Paycheck

25 It’s The End Of The World – R.E.M.2

26 Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

27 Jamming – Bob Marley

28 You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

29 Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

30 Why Don’t We Get Drunk And Screw – Jimmy Buffett

31 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – George Thorogood

32 Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys

33 Mony Mony – Billy Idol

34 Red Red Wine – UB40

35 We Will Rock You – Queen

36 I Love Rock N’ Roll – Joan Jett

37 Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

38 Hot In Herre – Nelly

39 Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf

40 Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Bar Songs Playlist:

41 These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra

42 Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash

43 Dude Looks Like A Lady – Aerosmith

44 Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield

45 Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

46 Wild Thing – Tone-Loc

47 Pretty Woman, (Oh) – Van Halen

49 It Takes Two – Rob Base

50 Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

From what I’ve seen, kids today LOVE classic rock (strange as that may seem)… and I mean rock

from the classic “arena rock” era. Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, ACDC, etc.

Bar Songs Playlist:

Any of these bar songs would please the college-age crowd…

51 Green Day – Holiday (and many more…)

52 Foo Fighters – Times Like These

53 Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder

54 Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

55 John Mayer – Neon

56 Built To Spill – Big Dipper, Distopian Dream Girl, Conventional Wisdom

57 The Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes

58Modest Mouse – Float On

59 Kings Of Leon – The Bucket, Spiral Staircase, True Love Way, Someone Like You

60 Guided By Voices – Glad Girls

Bar Songs Playlist:

61 Hey Ya – Outkast (dirt simple, and has some crowd participation moments)

62 Any Lady Gaga (Bad Romance, Poker Face, etc)

63 So What – Pink

64 Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms

65 Crazy Bitch – Buckcherry

66 Slither – Velvet Revolver

67 Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots

68 My Own Worst Enemy – Lit

69 Last Kiss – Pearl Jam

70 Beck – Gamma Ray

Rock Bar Songs Playlist:

71 Arctic Monkeys – Flourescent Adolescent

72 Incubus – Pistola

73 Liam Finn – Second Chance

74 Peter Bjorn & John – Writer’s Block

75 Ryan Adams – Halloween Head

76 Spoon – Underdog

77 Stephen Malkmus – Real Emotional Trash

78 Wild Light – California On My Mind

In bars you have to play what the crowd wants, not what you want.

They want everyone up dancing and drinking. So hence these bar songs.

That doesn’t mean ‘dance music’ but music people can dance to.

These bar songs are rock and roll, and obviously you get other types of  bars that play jazz, piano, country, latin or chillout.

Well have fun playing these bar songs in a bar, Cheers!


Top Popular Rock Bar Songs Playlist

Last updated on June 25th, 2015

14 thoughts on “Top Popular Rock Bar Songs Playlist

  1. bostoniano

    I used to think that Creedence Clearwater Revival was great drinking music. The other would be George Thorogood (sp?) who I can’t bare to listen to sober but is somehow entertaining after a couple of beers.

    Who says the MP3 player is dead?

  2. thart

    i have been to many many bars around the USA and it is an insult that Dont stop believing isnt number one, everybody in any bar will sing at the top of their lungs to that song. You are not accurate on your music for bars.

    1. DJ White Hawk Post author

      Great song! Well this list is limited and it’s only just for pointers, it could go on and on.
      Journey – Don’t Stop Believing is a great classic.
      Thanks for mentioning!

  3. shooters bar "rudy" la crosse

    for the college crowd /young twenties crowd dont forget the pop punk standards like fat lip by sum 41,Whats my age by blink 182,my own worst enemy by lit,and the anthem by good charollete.Another great group of bar songs are the late 90’s early 2000’s rockers like semi charmed life,story of a girl,crazy bitch and are you gonna be my girl.then getting the early years in to it how bout “Shout” and louie louie for drunken revelry tunes.Also dont forget Twisted sister Were not gonna take it and nothin but a good time by poisen.i Look through stadium music listings as well as they play alot of good stuff.After 30 years of making my living playing music for college kids first as a dj then for the past 23 years as a bAR OWNER i have lots of music that works but am always looking for rock based stuff that i either hadnt seen,overlooked or havent been playing for a few years.Thanks for the listing as you had a bunch of good stuff on it.

    1. DJ White Hawk

      Great! You mentioned some nice songs ! Yeah, you got experience. Obviously I don’t know it all. Thanks for mentioning and passing by.
      Give us ten more tracks!

  4. Joe b

    Hey DJ White Hawk,
    Thanks for all your hard work. I’m handling the music during the lunch of our new Business. There will be speakers and dinner, what do you think should be the right music/genre that everyone will enjoy and fun to? The songs has to be family friendly (100% clean). Please help, short on time event is 3/8/14.


  5. DJ White Hawk

    Hey Joe,
    Play relaxed music, to help with digesting, maybe some chillout or lounge music or even better some acoustic music with a soft beat (avoid vocals) , then one hour after dinner you can kick in some uptempo rock or what ever.

  6. Martin

    I’ve also noticed that kids seem to love the classic rock like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin. Not all of them, but plenty. I keep hearing music like this from their cars, student campuses or at parties. I wasn’t expecting this but I am glad this is happening. Thanks for compiling this list!

    1. DJ White Hawk

      Glad you enjoyed this list. It seems to be a good one. Yeah I also thought so about the classic rock music for bars.


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