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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. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,003

    from PNW

    If silence isn't an option:
    Rhapsody in Blue
    Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
    'Answer Me', by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
    Anything sung by Billie Holiday
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  2. 65pacecar
    Joined: Sep 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,436

    from KY, AZ

    Little Deuce Coupe
    Drag City
    Hey Little Cobra
    Sidewalk Surfin’
    Surf City

    Christmas show throw in Little Saint Nick.
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  3. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 5,664

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    I am good with the whole silence deal to be honest as had been mentioned multiple times. I don’t have radios in my old cars that work and don’t have music at events I am involved with planning. Not that I don’t like music, just would rather talk to folks without blaring music in the background.
  4. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,645

    anthony myrick

    Beethoven’s 5th
    Mozart -Rondo alla turca
    Rossini- William Tell overture
    Strauss -Also sprach Zarathustra
    Beethoven- fur Elise
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  5. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
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  6. Guy Patterson
    Joined: Nov 27, 2020
    Posts: 255

    Guy Patterson

    Anthony as much as I like your list ! think you would be run out of the event
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  7. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,645

    anthony myrick

    I guarantee you know all those songs.
  8. So you've been to lots of car shows and you've gotten sway-vie and de-boner. You're now a cona-sewer of AM radio.
    If you have a live band that plays oldies, they are going to play those chart-toppers that some of us are complaining about. So, yea, we're going to hear certain songs fairly often because of the too frequent requests from the unwashed public.
    Any band may have a couple of obscure, underplayed gems in their repertoire....... but not many if they are serious about paying the bills. It is what it is.
  9. spanners
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,302


    I personally would rather hear the sweet, mellow tone coming from a dual 2'' system slightly above idle as it cruises past. I have been known to put up with a solo by a cackle car.
  10. Lil32
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
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  11. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,499


    I LOVE music and listen to music every day. BUT, I hate music at car shows. It is extremely irritating to try to carry on a conversation over always too loud music. I wish I knew who thought loud music at a car show was a good idea. I would love to talk to that person.
  12. beatcad
    Joined: Aug 1, 2006
    Posts: 150


    you forgot Wagner- Ride of the Valkries
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  13. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,645

    anthony myrick

    Yes I did.
    Should be top of the list
  14. beatcad
    Joined: Aug 1, 2006
    Posts: 150


    i'm only 51 and have been goin' to car shows with my dad for about 40 years.
    most songs played are boring and predictable.
    i do like country music, ..i cant remember who sings it but i think i can live my life hapilly without ever hearing "crazy 'bout a Mercury" ever again.
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  15. Oilguy
    Joined: Jun 28, 2011
    Posts: 571


    You guys left out Franz Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody. Right up there with Deadman's Curve.
  16. Country Joe
    Joined: Jan 16, 2018
    Posts: 338

    Country Joe

    This is a great song for walking around the car show and taking in the sights. I wouldn't mind if this was played on a continuous loop. For me, it's the soundtrack of hot rodding. Just as long as it isn't too loud to have a conversation.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2021
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  17. "I Hate that surfin' shit"
  18. 55Belairman
    Joined: Jan 11, 2013
    Posts: 398


    I gave a DJ at one car show 20.00 to NOT play "Little Red Corvette"
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  19. "Rock and roll has been going downhill since Buddy Holly died."...Milner.:)
  20. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,480

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Age groups an songs,are liked for the most part ,by what was hot when you were in> Jr High,Sr High,an Collage< if you had a good time in school< I did !!!
    Aaaaaaaaaa, I drove a hot rod too school.
    . With a mix of what your Mom n Dad, play a lot of.
    Me it was time gap of 55 to 63,I loved the tunes. And really hate the Beatles= bad crap an down hill from there.
    I do like it not too loud ( I do want to BS with others ) an mixed year wise,an if the show is limited too pre 65> so sould be the tunes,or a live band that can mix it up !!! Miami high alumni.jpg
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2021
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  21. ........Unfortunately, he probably couldn't hear you.:eek:
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  22. I don't mind the music, it's the volume that drives me crazy...
    I try to make it a point not to park near the speakers.
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  23. Thanks to all who have replied. Some great suggestions and some songs that I was not familiar with, that I will check out and add to my playlist Re. the many comments about volume, I totally agree! When I am tasked with providing the tunes for our local shows, I do it a bit differently from most. I place several JBL speakers throughout the venue and send a wireless audio signal to them at a volume that allows conversation to take place without shouting. The problem with most shows is they use a couple of small speakers to cover an area that is too large which requires them to be too loud unless you are far away. This year I am experimenting with a low power FCC Section 15-compliant radio transmitter to broadcast the signal directly to your car's radio. That way you can turn it up, down or off to suit your ears. So far it seems to be working great with no complaints. Keep the song lists coming.
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  24. Chilly_Dog
    Joined: Jun 10, 2020
    Posts: 16


    Honky tonk hardwood floor by Johnny Horton
    Rock Around With Ollie Vee by Buddy Holly
    Rocket 88 by Jackie brenston
    Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu by Huey "Piano" Smith
    Matchbox by Carl Perkins
    Dizzy Miss Lizzy by Larry Williams
    Boom boom by John Lee Hooker
    Shake rattle and roll by Big Joe Turner
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  25. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,390


    Instrumental versions of all songs, no vocals.

    Try it sometime, whatever era you like, there's instumental versions to load into Karaoke machines. Perfect for parties and gatherings.
  26. 210superair
    Joined: Jun 23, 2020
    Posts: 954

    from Michigan

    I've only been to one local show ever, I'm not a show person. However, they played a pretty fun mix of 50s tunes and had to volume reasonable enough to easily chat with others, so it didn't bother me at all, but if I were at one like you guys are talking with blaring loud music, I'd probably leave and find the closest bar.

    But since we're talking about it, I'll lay out one of my favorite tunes of the hamb era. Sounds older than it even is.. .

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  27. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,224



    Most of the early car shows did not have music blaring. If a car was in the corner or under a balcony, they might have had their own small speakers for music when you came to see their hot rod or custom car. Some guys played their built in record players at random times. It was not something that was blaring all over an auditorium or sports arena main floor. There would have been too much confusion and noise.

    Silence was the mode for most indoor shows. The loud music was played during the outdoor shows as a means to drum up some familiarity of the cars to the music. Then those shows were pretty obnoxious if the music was not to most people’s tastes.

    But, if there was something playing, then it was this type of music. Not everyone, but small random, low toned music. as if someone was sitting in a drive-in with a record player listening to the latest 45 record.
    5 Satins

    Several car shows in the early days had the popular 50s tunes playing, like mentioned above from a record player in a custom installation. But the noise did not go beyond the display. During the hey day of surf oriented displays with Woodys and station wagons, the Long Beach high school band, The Pyramids tune of “Penetration” was a popular sound. It actually fit the beach style display of those old wagons. The sound was not blasting across the arena, but only for the display.

    The Pyramids from Long Beach Poly HS


    So, the music playing was not the most important thing in an early car show, but the fancy displays with angel hair, sparkly sprinkles and mirrors to show chrome highlights underneath were very popular. If the owner was in attendance, it was nice to talk to him/her. But as all shows are, the sound of just multiple conversations drowns out most of a normal form of communication.

    Music? Not so much… a moot topic for sure.

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  28. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,451


    Doo Wop is Rock N Roll... We have a lot of it here in Pittsburgh. Most of the songs you never heard on big money radio..

    Oh my Angel is one most know.

    I also like the California sound, the Superbs are fantastic.. I Was Born When You Kissed Me - YouTube

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  29. Donut Dave
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 393

    Donut Dave

    If you want to hear music, go to a concert!
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  30. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 321

    from soCal

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