bluegrass standards

Bluegrass standards

Bluegrass standards are the bluegrass songs that form the backbone of any bluegrass picker’s repertoire. These tend to be popular older songs that many people know how to play or have at least heard before.

Introduction to bluegrass standards

Bluegrass standards are timeless classics that many players are expected to know, especially for impromptu jam sessions or “pickin’ parties.”

Bluegrass standards list

Here is a list of tunes that are generally considered bluegrass standards:

  1. Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  2. I’ll Fly Away
  3. Long Journey Home
  4. Little Cabin Home on the Hill
  5. Nine Pound Hammer
  6. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
  7. Your Love is Like a Flower
  8. Big Spike Hammer
  9. Old Home Place
  10. Back Up and Push
  11. Big Sciota
  12. Wheel Hoss
  13. Jerusalem Ridge
  14. Red Haired Boy
  15. Cherokee Shuffle
  16. Bill Cheatham
  17. Sally Goodin
  18. Gold Rush
  19. You Are My Sunshine
  20. Cripple Creek
  21. Rocky Top
  22. Shady Grove
  23. I Saw the Light
  24. Man of Constant Sorrow
  25. Billy in the Lowground
  26. Big Rock Candy Mountain
  27. Roustabout
  28. Down to the River to Pray
  29. Whiskey Before Breakfast
  30. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  31. Salt Creek
  32. Fox on the Run
  33. Blue Moon of Kentucky
  34. In the Pines
  35. Wildwood Flower
  36. Dark Hollow
  37. Hot Corn Cold Corn
  38. Sitting on Top of the World
  39. Keep on the Sunny Side
  40. Old Dangerfield
  41. Blackberry Blossom
  42. Nine Pound Hammer
  43. Old Joe Clark
  44. Footprints in the Snow
  45. Old Home Place
  46. New River Train
  47. Little Maggie
  48. Clinch Mountain Backstep
  49. Uncle Pen
  50. Worried Man Blues
  51. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  52. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
  53. Angeline the Baker
  54. I Heard the Bluebirds Sing
  55. White Freightliner Blues
  56. Cluck Old Hen
  57. The Blackest Crow
  58. Wabash Cannonball
  59. Salty Dog Blues
  60. Red Haired Boy
  61. Red Clay Halo
  62. Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms
  63. All the Good Times Are Past and Gone
  64. Golden Slippers
  65. Lazy John
  66. Mole in the Ground
  67. Big Mon
  68. Wayfarin’ Stranger
  69. Don’t Let Your Deal go Down
  70. In the Highways
  71. Who’s That Knocking at My Door
  72. Say Darlin Say
  73. Fall on My Knees
  74. Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby
  75. Hold Whatcha Got
  76. Why You Been Gone So Long
  77. Skillet Good and Greasy
  78. Oh Mona
  79. There’s More Pretty Girls Than One
  80. Rove Riley Rove
  81. Walls of Time
  82. Soldier’s Joy
  83. Can’t You Hear Me Calling
  84. Grey Eagle
  85. It’s Mighty Dark to Travel
  86. Winter’s Come and Gone
  87. Old Joe Clark
  88. Forked Deer
  89. Temperance Reel
  90. Liberty
  91. Wild Bill Jones
  92. Leather Britches
  93. Big Sandy River

This list includes traditional songs as well as songs that were composed by important bluegrass musicians and have become standards within the genre. These songs form the core repertoire of many bluegrass musicians.


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