It’s new year’s eve, there is a massive party going on and everyone is having a great time. The music is rocking, there is a great vibe all around and everything is just perfect, Until all of a sudden, the lights go out and the power is cut. After a few frantic minutes in the dark with people checking the meter box with phones and torches it’s established that there is no electricity. TO everyone’s dismay it seems like the party’s over, that is until someone comes to the rescue busts out the acoustic guitar.
All of a sudden the party is back on, the dude is strumming away and everyone in the room is gathered round. He plays the tunes and everyone is singing along and having a great time. The guy playing the guitar is the new hero and automatically the coolest guy at the party. All the girls want him and all the guys want to be him, and it’s something that will be the talk of every get together for years to come.
You’ve probably played this scenario out in your head a number of times. It’s the classic guy plays guitar to pick up chicks routine which is now immortalised in a time of need at a party. Admit it, you’ve always wanted to be the guy in the centre of the room with everyone watching. There is something magical about capturing the attention of an entire room with a few simple chords, even if they’re not that difficult. Chances are that there are a few other guitarists at the party that are better players than this guy as well, but that doesn’t matter, because he knows all the right songs to play.
Here is a list of the top 5 songs to get the party started. These songs are timeless and are known by people across a wide generation. They all have elements of love in them and more often than not are centred around the girl being a character in the lyrics. Girls love songs where they can imagine themselves within it, it plays to their fantasy.
Wonderwall – Oasis
This song is a classic and one that should be in every guitarist’s repertoire! It has all the makings of a great love song. Lyrical content about a feeling of love, nice chords and a great singalong chorus will have everyone entranced.
Time Of Your Life
This is another song that captures a specific feeling and emotion. It’s also often associated with graduation and rights of passage ceremonies and most people are familiar with it. The best thing is it’s very simple to play and can be done with the chords G, C, D and Em.
Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
This song sounds great and once again comes back to hidden feelings of love and someone too scared to show their true feelings. It’s a very powerful song with a strong chorus and sing along. It’s a little bit more difficult to play and requires the use of open tuning so be sure to put in some time and effort learning it properly.
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
I’m Your’s is a fun little number that has become quite popular recently. It’s been used in countless movies and is very well known making it a great choice and a constant crowd pleaser. It uses the famous I V VI IV progression and should be easy to play in whatever key suits your voice.
Everyone likes to feel like the person the song is being sung about and Jessie’s Girl provides the perfect platform for girls fantasize about being the girl in question. It’s played with power chords and has a very memorable chorus that will have everyone singing along.
So there are my 5 picks for acoustic songs that will get the party started. Remember that the majority of people just want to sing along and have a good time and aren’t interested in how fast you can play sweep arpeggios. Set some time aside to learn some crowd pleasers so that next time the power is out you can light up the night.
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