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What Song Request Should I Make?

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

Sometimes it’s tough thinking of the perfect song request. That’s YOUR song; your contribution to the show. You want it to be perfect, something that slaps or that you just love. Well, that’s what this post is for - to help you along your journey of finding the best song request.

Reading the room when making a song request

As dueling piano entertainers with years of experience under our belts, we have to make the decision of what to play without audience input a lot, especially at the start of our shows. We want something engaging, that’s going to grab the audience’s attention and say, “Hey! We’re starting a show over here. Come check it out.”

One of my favorite “go-to” songs to start a show is Run Around Sue. It’s a classic song that most people over multiple generations know, it has a clap along element, and multiple sing along parts. More recently, I've been starting shows with Bennie and the Jets. It has one of the most recognizable first chords in music. People hear that first hit and almost instantly know what the song is. It’s fun, upbeat, and people can sing the title several times during the song. It’s a great intro song where I can teach the audience what the show is about and also gives an opportunity to throw my partner a solo to show off their piano chops a little. The song fits well in my range, and I also usually do a small funny bit at the end. It also helps me read how reactive the crowd is. Sometimes audiences are shy at the start and take a little warming up, and sometimes they’re ready to party before you even start playing. But how does that help you?

Well, for one, after we start our initial songs, we’re looking at the audience and reading the different demographics, age groups, etc., and using all of that information to decide what songs are going to go over well. If I were playing in a nursing home, for example, I probably wouldn’t bust out a bunch of Cardi B or One Direction. So, if there’s a mix of different age groups, I’m going to default to songs that are going to cater to as many of the people in the audience as possible, which is most likely going to be classic rock and popular songs from the 60s to 80s (and maybe some 90s) that a lot of them are going to know. Sweet Home Alabama, Brown Eyed Girl, Brandy, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, are all great songs that many people know and will work well in that situation. WAP, Colt 45, and Crazy Bitch will probably be pushed later into the night when the crowd shifts to a primarily younger group. Along those same lines, Say Something by A Great Big World, Let Her Go by Passenger, and Close to You by The Carpenters are not the best songs to play because they’re pretty low energy and don’t have much for the audience to do, and we don’t want them falling asleep.

So what is a great song request?

The best song request is one that a decent amount of people are going to know, but at the same time not being too cliché. Piano Man, Sweet Caroline, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Don't Stop Beleiving are our most popular request songs, and they're great tunes, don't get me wrong, but they are also really overplayed. Instead, songs like Only the Good Die Young, Forever In Blue Jeans, Don't Stop Me Now, and Lights or Faithfully are great alternative songs by the same artists that still go over well. It's ok to think outside the box, and we love it when you do! But at the same time, playing "Stump the Piano Player" by trying to request the most obscure songs you can think of usually just has going...

We know a lot of songs and love learning new ones to add our repertoire, especially B-sides or lesser known tunes that get a great reaction. If you're getting into deep cuts by Steely Dan, Depeche Mode, or Genesis though, we might know 'em if we're big fans of those groups, but we'll probably shy away from playing them unless it's a big tip because those tend to alienate a majority of the audience. Instead, think of fun songs that are pretty high energy that have a great hook. I'll provide a list of song request ideas below to help. Slow songs don't often work quite as well, but there are instances where they can absolutely slay in a room. When I Was Your Man and All of Me are great examples of slow songs that a lot of people tend to know and love to sing.

Jeremy's Song Request Suggestions

Well, without further ado, here is a list of some great song requests that are fantastic songs and very likely to go over well and get played. Comment below on some of your favorite songs to hear!


Tommy Tutone

All the Small Things

Blink 182

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

Jim Croce

Bennie and the Jets

Elton John

Blister in the Sun

Violent Femmes


The Looking Glass

Build Me Up Buttercup

The Foundations

Country Roads

John Denver

Crocodile Rock

Elton John

Don't Stop Me Now


Fat Bottomed Girls


Free Falling

Tom Petty

Friends in Low Places

Garth Brooks

Great Balls of Fire

Jerry Lee Lewis

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Whitney Houston

I Want It That Way

Backstreet Boys

(I Would Walk) 500 Miles

The Proclaimers

I'm a Believer

The Monkees

Jack and Diane

John Mellencamp

Jessie's Girl

Rick Springfield

Livin' on a Prayer

Bon Jovi

Love Story

Taylor Swift

Mustang Sally

Wilson Pickett

My Girl

The Temptations


The Beatles

Ocean Avenue


Old Time Rock and Rock

Bob Seger

Only the Good Die Young

Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown




The Rolling Stones


Earth, Wind, and Fire

Stand by Me

Ben E King

Summer of 69

Brian Adams

Sweet Child of Mine

Guns 'n' Roses

Sweet Home Alabama

Lynyrd Skynerd

Take On Me


A Thousand Miles

Vanessa Carlton

Tiny Dancer

Elton John


Britney Spears


Natasha Beddingfield

Wagon Wheel

Old Crow Medicine Show

Walking in Memphis

Marc Cohn

Wanna Be

Spice Girls

What I Got


What's Up

4 Non Blondes



You Belong With Me

Taylor Swift

You Oughta Know

Alanis Morissette

You Shook Me All Night Long


Your Love

Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown

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