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Art & Inspiration Car Show Music-What Are Your Top 5 Songs?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The Hot Rod Grille, Aug 6, 2021.

  1. It seems like every local car show features the same old tired song playlist of Doo Wop or Beach Boys tunes. What are your top 5 songs that you would like to hear at an event?
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  2. None would be good.
  3. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,000

    from PNW

  4. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 1,528


    I'd like to hear that the obnoxiously loud sound system wouldn't be there.

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  5. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 5,669

    Staff Member

    Well since this website is for Hot Rods and custom Cars prior to 1965 - those "Tired" songs fit this website.

    Any songs newer than 1965 will be deleted.
    ( Sammy Haggar and Van Halen don't fit here. )

    OK ?
  6. oldandkrusty
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,129


    Okay, I'll bite.
    #1 - "Mabelline" - Chuck Berry

    #2 - ""Red River Rock" - Johnny and the Hurricanes

    #3 - "Rebel Rouser" - Duane Eddy

    #4 - "See You Later, Alligator" - Bill Haley and the Comets

    #5 - "Rave On" - Buddy Holly and the Crickets
  7. Absolutely agree! By "tired" I meant the songs that you hear at every event. There are a LOT of really good "pre '65" songs that you seldom hear. Those are the ones that this thread is seeking. Thanks for your support.
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  8. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 963

    from landis n c

    Most P A systems @ car showes are to loud. If you park to close to a speaker you can't carry on a conversation..............
  9. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,258

    from Michigan

    Doo Woo and Beach Boys....:cool:
  10. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,626

    anthony myrick

    No poodle skirt garbage
    No shows play Gene Vincent or Muddy Waters.
    Most shows sound like a Frankie Avalon movie.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2021
  11. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,449


    -Five O'clock World. Oct. 1965
    -Tragic, The Sheppard's..
    -Tell me why, Channels..
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2021
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  12. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 6,030


    Slayer IS traditional. :p
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  13. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,542


    Silence Is Golden
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  14. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,626

    anthony myrick

    Big band music would be a nice change.
  15. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 3,838


    If you want music go to a freakin’ concert.
  16. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,626

    anthony myrick

    Amen to that.
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  17. CME1
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 203


    I agree that the music at car shows is too loud! And the same songs are played over and over! Silence IS golden!!
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  18. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 320

    from soCal

    Oldies in general...
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    Posts: 989


    One year at the Goodguys show in Des Moines the DJ announced he was going to be gone for an hour. We had heard the same old tired song all weekend. We made a list of milder 1970's rock songs and duck taped them to the door of his DJ booth. When he got back he played every song on our list. It was awesome and a nice change of pace. Then it was back to the same old stuff. Gary
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  20. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,021


    I have to agree that none over loud speakers that are away from where the band (s) are preforming on stage would be absolutely wonderful.
    Billetproof was great because while you could hear the bands on stage while you were walking around you could visit with other car folk anywhere on the grounds except right in front of the stage without having to talk over canned music blasting over loud speakers.
  21. Patsy Cline- Domination
    Conway Twitty-Gateways
    John Denver-Serpentine Sacrifice
    Chuck Berry-Hollowed be thy name
    Hank williams-pursuit of vikings
  22. Oilguy
    Joined: Jun 28, 2011
    Posts: 570


    Everyone complains about it but the show organizers do it anyway.
    Little Deuce Coupe at 120dB over and over. Can't even talk to anyone.
  23. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,903


    I don't mind the A/G soundtrack but not with the volume turned up to 11.
  24. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,169

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    409, Shutdown, fun fun fun, Little Deuce Coupe, green onions would be the top five for me. But not played so loud that you can't talk to people. :)
  25. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 7,035

    from Oregon

    I'm with many others here, and wish they'd either lower the volume, or just not have the music! Nothing irritates me more than pick a spot at a car show, and begin visiting with friends, only to have the music start and be so loud you can't hear each other!
    Do we really need to be blasted by any kind of music? No matter how much I might like it, it's obnoxious when you can't hear anyone talking!
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  26. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,169

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    At back to the 50's, some guy parked by us, pulled two big speaker cabinets out of his trunk, set them up, and blasted his music through the whole area. What makes people like this think that everybody wants to hear their music? I'd rather hear the voices of the people I'm talking to, and the hot rod engines running!
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  27. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,482


    Nothing, except when a live band is playing era-appropriate music.
    FWIW, any mainstream pop music of the 50s & 60s does not fit the rebellious spirit of hot rodding, in my opinion.
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  28. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,482


    That's just rude! Rude to the people around you. Rude to the organizers who hired a DJ/band to provide music. Rude to the hired talent. I hate when people do this at the beach/park, too.
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  29. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,066


    I'm an unabashed fan of doo wop and vocal group harmonies, and it always gets me that at even "traditional" shows, the only traditional music they play is rockabilly or some iteration of country. Doo wop, if it is played at all, is usually some version of some cheese ball Dion "runaround sue" garbage, and is never something legit like the Nutmegs, Classics, etc. Not to say that that should be all that's played, but a solid mix is always nice. And yes, turn it down so we can talk.
  30. pkhammer
    Joined: Jan 28, 2012
    Posts: 682


    I like some music but like you guys said, not so loud you can't carry on a conversation! I really dig some blues and rockabilly tunes that you don't hear over and over but my top ten typical car show tunes are:
    *Johnny B Goode -Chuck Berry
    *Riding around in my automobile -Chuck Berry
    *Kansas City -Fats Domino
    *Hot Rod Lincoln -Charlie Ryan/Jim Varney (Yes, of "know what I mean Vern?" fame)
    *One piece at a time -Johnny cash
    *Highway Patrol -Junior Brown.

    Ok, I did six. I can't count!
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