I’ll start with the obvious, **Friends in Low Places ** by Garth Brooks has got to be the most overplayed song on most jukeboxes I’ve had the misfortune to hear.
**Rock you like a Hurricane ** by the Scorpions inspires way too many people to pick up a pool cue and start playing air guitar.
What other songs would you eliminate from the typical bar jukebox?
Anything by Clay Aiken - his songs make the drunk middle-age women stand up and try to dance.
Interestingly, however, the bar where I saw this occur is now closed.
If I were in charge of bar jukebox enforcement, I would place strict limits on everything sung by Hank Williams Jr., including his fake duet with the late, great Hank Sr., “There’s a Tear in My Beer.”
“Born to be Wild”.
Every wannabe biker and scab-hag has to play it till it wears out.
Related funny story: A place I used to drink had Eat a Peach on the box. I would play “Mountain Jam” once or twice a night. Had to make sure I got my moneys worth.
After a night of atrocious service, I left an establishment after cuing up The Doors’ “The End” to play 4 consecutive times. Maybe the best $1 I ever spent.
I’m not sure how I forgot, but anything by Jimmy Buffet must also go.
Black Velvet by Alannah Myles springs to mind. I’ve just heard that song too many times. DittoHotel California.
I came in here expressly to nominate “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” A previous bartender at my local would hit the kill switch if anyone ever put it on, and refund their money.
No, just “Margaritaville” and “Cheesburger in Paradise”. Nothing else gets overplayed like those two.
“Bad to the bone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Why is it whom ever plays this song must pose by the jukebox like they are such hot stuff.
I know this is a little dated but a few years ago any time I heard that “You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammels/so let’s do it like they do on the Discovery chanel” song I would throw stuff.
Oh this is easy, I’ve been on about this for years:
**Paradise by the Dashboard Lights by Meatloaf. **
It is the all-time drunk girl in a bar singing off-key song from hell
“Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger.
Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners should never fall on eardrums at a bar ever again.
I Love This Bar by Toby Keith
I DESPISE this song. This was played more than anything else when I had my previous bartending job. Now I only hear it when someone is brave enough (read-drunk enough) to sing it during karaoke and that is surprisingly seldom.
Anything from the **Grease or Dirty Dancing ** soundtracks.
And you can stop playing Closing Time by BenFoldsFive at 2a.m.
<nitpick>Closing Time is by Semisonic<nitpick> but otherwise I agree.
My bad, somehow I got that “she’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly” mixed in there somehow.
Bellbottom Blues by Eric Clapton. I like the song, but if I’ve had too much to drink I will play it so often that I may get hurt one day.