It can be really hard to know exactly what to do in your bar when it comes to music. Sure, you can get DJs in, but on quieter nights it can often come down the the bartenders or management to take care of the music for your guests. So here are 10 amazing retro cover songs that are perfect for a speakeasy or any other quirky bars.

Why do Retro Cover Songs Work so Well?

For the same reason that people love an 80s bar, these songs will evoke some nostalgia as well as fitting with the aesthetic and atmosphere of your bar. Bar music is a tricky thing to balance. You (normally, see the note at the end) don’t want anything that will put anyone off coming into your bar, but you do want talking points.

Retro Cover Songs

My general rule is look for the music that was in vogue for the guests in your bar during their teenage years. The songs will take your guests back in time to when they were young, but not in a cheesy way. I think you’ll get the idea once we get into the list. Just for reference, I’m about 35, so we’re looking generally here at songs from 15-20 years ago, but remade in a retro style.

I’ve always liked covers – I often prefer them to the originals these days!

My Top 10 Retro Cover Songs

Avril Lavigne’s Complicated by Postmodern Jukebox Ft Annie Bosko

Gorrilaz’ Clint Eastwood by Robyn Adele Anderson

Daft Punk’s Get Lucky by Flash Mob Jazz

(Okay, so Get Lucky’s not retro in itself, but a lot of Daft Punk’s work has a 70s feel anyway, and its so mainstream that it works!)

The Killers’ Mr Brightside by Postmodern Jukebox featuring Blake Lewis

Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive by the Puppini Sisters

Ray Charles’ Hit the Road Jack by Sweet Sisters

Britney Spear’s Toxic by Sugarpie and the Candymen

Guns’n’Roses’ Welcome to the Jungle by Richard Cheese

I also have to say I love the album name! Aperitif for Destruction!

Genesis’ Land of Confusion by Katzenjammer

R.E.M.’s Losing My Religion by Puddles Pity Party

Bonus Track: Toto’s Africa Metal cover by Leo Moracchioli Ft Rabea and Hannah Boulton

Just because I’m mildly obsessed with this song right now.

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