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Dueling Pianos is an art form that is sweeping the nation.  Dueling piano bars are opening up across the country at an astounding rate.  Dueling pianos have been around for years - but why do folks enjoy dueling pianos so much?  Simple, it's because of the SONGS.  In this article about dueling pianos we're going to take a look at the songs that the dueling pianos perform and what makes them so popular.

To the right we see "The Twins Dueling Pianos" from Harrah's in Las Vegas.  They might get away with a little more than just knowing all of the right dueling piano songs to play...

But for the rest of us - we bring you the...

top 50 songs that every dueling piano player should know ...

Sing-Along Songs

We're not going to attempt to put the top 50 songs in order - but rather we will place them into categories.

Category #1 is Sing-Along Songs.  It is imperative that dueling piano players get the audience involved.  This, primarily, means getting the audience to sing along.  A lot of Kansas City DJs play these songs. Although the audience can sing-along to ANY dueling piano songs, here is the portion of our top 50 songs that are considered official dueling paino bar sing-along songs.

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl is one of the most widely known dueling pianos sing-along songs.  Can you guess why?  Let me give you a hint - "sha la la la la la la la la la la tee da"

Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
"Ride, Sally Ride"

Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Jack and Diane - John Mellencamp
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
Paradise by the Dashboard Light - Meatloaf
What I Got - Sublime
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
Louie Louie - The Kingsmen Trio
Hey Jude - The Beatles
What'd I Say - Ray Charles
Shout - Otis Day Version from Animal House
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Hey Ya - Outkast
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot
If That Ain't Country -
(why do you drink - to get drunk!)
Family Tradition - Hank Williams Jr.
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Take it Easy - The Eagles
King of the Road - Roger Miller
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - Aretha Franklin
Strokin' - Clarence Carter

Performance Songs

Now the dueling piano players get a chance to show their stuff.  The performance songs are the songs that the audience requests to hear them done correctly by a talented musician.  Many Kansas City corporate events require these songs. Some of them are sing-a-longs anyway but for the most part these are the songs that separate the hack dueling piano players from the real ones...

Piano Man - Billy Joel
By far the most requested dueling pianos song on the planet.

Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Georgia - Ray Charles
Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
Bennie and the Jets - Elton John
With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
My Girl - The Temptations
Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
Rocket Man - Elton John
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

Dance Songs

Some can and some can't... - make you dance, that is.  The best dueling piano players can actually get their audience up and dancing.  A lot of Kansas City Wedding Bands play these. Here are a few key songs to get booties shakin'...

Brick House - The Commodores
Still the number one dance song in the USA.

Treasure - Bruno Mars
Happy - Pharrell

We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Celebration - Kool and the Gang
Play That Funky Music White Boy - Wild Cherry
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Twist and Shout - The Beatles

They Just Want To See If You Can Do It - Songs...

Ah, yes, and our last category of dueling pianos songs - the "I just want to see if they can play it" songs.  These are songs that are usually quite difficult to reproduce on just a couple of pianos (and possible another guy on beatbox) - and the audience just wants to see if the dueling piano players can pull them off...

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Oh Lordy - this one is a beast!  Put your dueling piano players to the test with this little beauty.

Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Paradise City - Guns and Roses
Rapper's Delight - Sugar Hill Gang
Love Shack - The B-52's

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