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Cocktail Hour Music with Singing Guitarist - Common Songs, Popular Requests, Classics

Updated: May 6, 2021

Hey everyone, this is similar to my recent blog post about wedding ceremonies. Today we are talking about cocktail hour music. I wanted to provide a list of common songs, popular requests and timeless classics that I often perform for cocktail hours.

Cocktail hour is a fun time where wedding guests can mingle, have a drink and vibe out to some music. In my case, the music is acoustic guitar and vocals. There are also situations where I play with an acoustic duo or trio and those are even more exciting!

I always discuss setlists with clients before the event. You never know what artists they will love (or hate)! Requests are common and I am happy to do them. The following is an alphabetical list of songs that I think work great for cocktail hour.

3 AM - Matchbox 20

All for You - Sister Hazel

All of Me - John Legend

American Girl - Tom Petty

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Budapest - George Ezra

Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley

Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band

Drive - Incubus

Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (kidding, but not really)

Free Falling - Tom Petty

Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

Hey Soul Sister - Train

Ho Hey - The Lumineers

How Sweet it is to be Loved By You - James Taylor

In My Life - The Beatles

Lay it on Me - Vance Joy

Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts

Meet Virginia - Train

Name - Goo Goo Dolls

One - U2

One Love - Bob Marley

Perfect - Ed Sheeran

Riptide - Vance Joy

She Talks to Angels - The Black Crowes

Slide - Goo Goo Dolls

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel K

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Take Me Home (Country Roads) - John Denver

Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Turn the Page - Bob Seger

Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker

What I Got - Sublime

What I Like About You - The Romantics

Where are You Going? - Dave Matthews Band

Wherever You Will Go - The Calling

Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Wonderwall - Oasis

You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates

Your Song - Elton John

If your big day is coming up and you want some cocktail hour music from Randy McGravey, please check out for more info.

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