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Old 01-21-2019, 02:01 PM
Laughingboy68 Laughingboy68 is offline
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I play mostly older stuff as well, but having a few current songs will often open the ear of a younger audience and make them more likely to appreciate the stuff in your comfort zone.

Hereís a few I do from the last 20 years or so:

3 am - Matchbox 20
All These Things That Iíve Done - The Killers
All Will Be Well - Gabe Dixon
American Kids - Kenny Chesney
Banshee Beat - Animal Collective
Beacon Hill - Damien Jurado
Between the Bars - Elliott Smith
Blue - Jayhawks
Car Crash - Matt Nathanson
Chateau Lobby #4 - Father John Misty
Come On Get Higher - Matt Nathanson
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Do You Believe Me Now? - Jimmy Wayne
Donít Let Me Go - Mikal Cronin
Drink You Away - Justin Timberlake
Electric Feel - MGMT
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Feel It Still - Portugal the Man
Fire Away - Chris Stapleton
Grenade - Bruno Mars
Hannah Hunt - Vampire Weekend
High and Dry - Radiohead
Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
I Donít Want to Be - Gavin DeGraw
I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
Iím Yours - Jason Mraz
In Color - Jamey Johnson
Inside Out - Eve 6
Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Laid - James
Locked in the Trunk of a Car - The Tragically Hip
Lost On You - LP
Love Song - Sara Bareilles
Mixtape - Butch Walker
Monster Ballads - Josh Ritter
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
New Slang - The Shins
No Such Thing - John Mayer
Out of My Head - Fastball
Pretty Pimpiní - Kurt Vile
Road Regrets - Dan Mangan
Rock Ďní Roll - Eric Hutchinson
Royals - Lorde
Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney
Speak in Rounds - Grizzly Bear
State of Love and Trust - Pearl Jam
Stuck Between Stations - The Hold Steady
Take You Mama Out - Scissor Sisters
Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton
The Promise - Sturgill Simpson
The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
The Temptation of Adam - Josh Ritter
The Way - Fastball
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
There She Goes - The Laís
Three Pistols - The Tragically Hip
Time To Pretend - MGMT
Two Headed Boy - Neutral Milk Hotel
Weak in the Knees - Serena Ryder
Weight - Mikal Cronin
What Are You Listening To? - Chris Stapleton
Wheat Kings - The Tragically Hip
When the Stars Go Blue - Ryan Adams
Winning Streak - Glen Hansard
You Go Down Smooth - Lake Street Dive
Youíll Think of Me - Keith Urban

As I look back on this list, some of them are more than 20 years old, so they ainít exactly the Top 40. There might be a few that suit you.

I didnít include the Jason Isbell songs on my list. There are a couple dozen of those. Alabama Pines, Cover Me Up, Songs She Sang in the Shower might work for you. He rarely writes a bad song.

Good luck

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