Joe Given

Joe Given

 Surrey, British Columbia, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Joe turns 19 in July 2011 & is an award winning singer, songwriter & performer. His style is pop, rock, R&B & Soul. He's done over 370 shows (up to 3 hrs long)
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Biography

Joe Given
www.joegiven.com
Joe turns 19 in July, 2011 & is a singer, songwriter, performer, from Surrey, BC, Canada. He's won numerous music related awards, and recently was presented with the Artistic Achievement Award, from The Canadian Club of Vancouver, at the Canada SOARS Awards, 2010. He also won a Dogwood District Authority Award Scholarship, for excelling in the area of music, (awarded in Oct, 2010).

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Joe's Album: "Sideways Point of View", is available on iTunes, & was recorded in 2008 & 2009. Since then, his voice & style have evolved & he's written many new songs. He's currently working toward his next CD.

Joe also has some live performance music videos on YouTube - see www.youtube.com/joegiven .

He was selected as one of the BC Musicians included in the Music BC promotional material, which was presented by Music BC, (on behalf of the BC Music Industry), at the Canadian Music Mission to Asia: a music trade mission to Japan, November, 2008.

Joe’s style is a mix of pop, rock, R&B, and Soul. His live performances (over 370 of them), range from 5 minutes, to 3 hours long, and often include cover songs and originals.

Joe has been a judge on panels for various music related shows and events, including: auditions for Surrey Shines 2009 and 2010. He was also one of the judges for City Jam in Surrey, on March 27, 2010.

Joe also has a keen interest in acting & has had roles in High School plays as well as Community Theatre Productions. He recently played Schroeder, in the musical: 'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown', which ran from Feb 3-26, 2011, (15 shows), at the Surrey Little Theatre. See www.joegiven.com on the shows page for more details.

His musical influences include The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Metric, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, and many others.

Joe is attending University, and is balancing studies, with his continuing passion for singing, songwriting & performing. He loves working with music in ways that help make a positive difference.

JOE HAS PLAYED AT OVER 370 SHOWS / EVENTS INCLUDING:

Eight nights of playing a 30 min. pre-show selection of music, for the play, 'Splinters', at the Surrey Little Theatre, Dec 8-18, 2010.
Grand Opening reception for the Newton Cultural Centre, in Surrey, Oct 2010.
He did a Showcase at the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference, June 2010.
The 2010 Canada SOARS Awards, through the Canadian Club Vancouver
Surrey 2010 Celebration Site at Holland Park
For the Luv of it Inspiration 2010 (at the Michael J Fox Theatre)
Surrey Shines 2010 (at the Surrey Arts Centre)
The YMCA Power of Peace Awards, Nov 23-09
The Railway Club, Vancouver - with IPO (International Pop Overthrow), Aug 26-09
For the Luv of It, Youth, 2009, (at the Granville Island Stage), 09
Vancouver City Limits - at the Beaumont Stage, Vancouver, 09
Summer Entertainment on Granville Island, Vancouver (SEGI performer), 2009 & 2010.
Surrey Children’s Festival 08 & 09
Spirit of the Sea Festival in White Rock, BC, 06, 07, 08 & 09.
Various Canada Day Celebrations, Langley and Vancouver, 05, 06, 08, 09
Numerous events through the Cities of Surrey, and Langley 07, 08, 09, 10
Numerous shows at the Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey BC, 06, 07, 08, 09
The Merritt Mountain Music Festival 06 & 07;
Miss B.C. World Pageants 06 & 07;
West Coast Women’s Show 06 & 07 (with Pizzazz International);
Peace in the City Concert (part of World Peace Forum);
World Kindness Concert in 05;
National Anthems at many official opening ceremonies, 06, 07, 08, 09
Weddings, and numerous festivals, shows, community events, charitable fundraisers, private events & more ....

SONGWRITING & CD CONTRIBUTIONS & AWARDS:

1. The Little Things” ©, is on track 13 of the “Make a Case Against Racism” compilation CD, which was presented by the BC Ministry of Attorney General and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism (welcomebc.ca), and administered by Music BC (musicbc.org), in 2008.

2. “Every Day” ©, is on the Robbie Tucker Compilation Album for Parkinson's Awareness; Presented by “Musicians Against Parkinson’s” - 2008 . It was also awarded as one of the 2 winners on the album. See (mapmusic.org)

3. “A Bigger Circle” ©, will be one of the songs, on the “Dream On !” website (coming soon), which will include music in alignment with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals of peace and justice, freedom, love and peaceful empowerment.

4. “Home” ©, was placed on the “Honorable Mentions” list, in the International, Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), Song Contest, 2008

5. “Home” ©, was one of the songs chosen to be included on the 2009 Music BC Compilation CD. (musicbc.org)

6. “Home” ©, was pr

Lyrics

Wherever You Are

Written By: Joe Given and Janet Given

Wherever You Are …

Verse 1:
When I heard that you are moving Far far away
A part of me feels deep and low Oh I wish that you could stay
You’ve shone like bright light to me I wonder what I’ll do
But I’ll get by, I know I will And I know that you will too

Chorus 1:
I wish you love & blessings I hope your dreams come true
I wish you courage peace and joy Forever, in all you do
For who you are is a shining light A loving brilliant star
And I’ll remember and love you always Wherever you are

Verse 2:
Sometimes life takes us places Far far away
We may not know the reasons why We can’t always stay
But in my heart I’ll always hold A special place for you
And when I close my eyes and dream My dreams will be of you

Chorus 2:
I wish you love & blessings I hope your dreams come true
I wish you courage peace and joy Forever, in all you do
For who you are is a shining light A loving brilliant star
And I’ll remember and love you always Wherever you are

Bridge 1:
Girl you are so beautiful I just want you to know
That I’m really going to miss you And I don’t want you to go
And even though it’s hard to do For us to say goodbye
We must be strong and carry on Both you and I

Verse 3:
I feel blessed to know you though our time was brief
And the light you brought into my life Fills me with belief
In the wonder of a snowflake And of a shooting star
And the love I feel for you right now Whether near or far

Bridge 2:
Girl you are so beautiful I just want you to know
That I’m really going to miss you And I don’t want you to go
And even though it’s hard to do For us to say goodbye
We must be strong and carry on Both you and I

Chorus 3:
I wish you love & blessings I hope all your dreams come true
I wish you courage peace and joy Forever, in all you do
For who you are is a shining light A loving brilliant star
And I’ll remember & love you always ~ and always ~Ya I’ll remember & love you always … Wherever you are
I’ll remember you always Wherever you are

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Copyright 2006, Joe Given and Janet Given.
All rights reserved. www.joegiven.com

A Bigger Circle

Written By: Joe Given, Janet Given, and Bill Buckingham

Verse 1:
When I was younger I felt different than the rest
I just didn’t feel the same
Couldn’t understand, I tried my best
Didn’t seem to fit into the game

Felt like a circle had left me out
Had me wondrin' what to do
And then this wise old soul said son, I’ll help you out
With a new idea or two

Chorus:
Well you could draw a bigger circle that includes us all
No matter if you’re different, short or tall
Within each of us is where it starts
And the circle gets bigger when we open our hearts

Verse 2:
I started wondrin’, was I the only one
Who never ever seemed to fit in
The more I looked around the more I could see
People who had been where I’d been

You know a circle had left them out
Feelin’ like they didn’t belong
It left them lonely, left them full of doubt
Wondrin’ what it was that went wrong

Chorus:
Well you could draw a bigger circle that includes us all
No matter if you’re different, short or tall
Within each of us is where it starts
And the circle gets bigger when we open our hearts

Bridge:
Well that was how it use to go
People kept telling me no no
Now it doesn’t matter what they say
Cuz’ I’m just me, and that’s okay

Verse 3:
I still remember all those words that he said
As if it was just yesterday
They keep spinnin’ round and round inside my head
Now I see things a whole new way

Chorus:
Well you could draw a bigger circle that includes us all
No matter if you’re different, short or tall
Within each of us is where it starts
And the circle gets bigger when we open our hearts

Oh ya the circle gets bigger when we ... Open our hearts ....

Copyright 2008, Joe Given and Janet Given.
All rights reserved.
www.joegiven.com

Home

Written By: Joe Given, Janet Given, and Bill Buckingham

Verse 1:
I was having a real tough day
My heart was aching, skies were grey
Was feeling empty, lost and alone
Looking for something, a place to call home
Where life is simple, and you can be free
To be yourself, to simply be

Chorus:
When you’re lost in the dark
and it feels like there’s no way out of it
If you look inside your heart
You’ll find you’re way back home

Verse 2:
Things may not turn like we hoped they would
Not like the magic of Hollywood
Thinking life could be so much more
Sometimes we need help to open that door
Inside your heart, inside your soul
A secret place, where you can be whole

Chorus 2:
When you’re lost in the dark
and it feels like there’s no way out of it
If you look inside your heart
You’ll find you’re way back home

Bridge:
Home, home
You’ll find your way back home
Home, home ... home

Chorus 3:
When you’re lost in the dark
And it feels like there’s no way out of it
If you look inside your heart
You’ll find your way back home

Outro:
Got to, got to believe, in Home
Got to, got to believe, in Home
Got to, got to believe, in Home

Copyright 2007, Joe Given and Janet Given.
All rights reserved.
www.joegiven.com

The Little Things

Written By: Joe Given, Janet Given and Bill Sample

Verse 1:
Did you ever notice how big, the little things can be
Like the strength and the beauty of a flower or a tree

Or lay back and watched the sparkles of the stars at night
And wonder on the mystery of the dark sky and the light

Do you feel the heart beat of Mother Earth as she supports us every day
How do we love and care for her as we work, rest, or play

Chorus 1:
Well the little things can be real big When they’re coming from the heart
And it seems to me that here and now is a real good place to start
I wonder what we can do to make this world a better place
Perhaps the little things can help us all this is my Prayer

Verse 2:
How often do you stop to say a kind word or a hello
Or tell someone they mean a lot to you and you just wanted them to know

Do you give someone a helping hand when you know they’re feeling blue
And appreciate what a gift it is when someone lends a hand to you

Do we really listen and hear each other and allow ourselves to be
The love and light that shines within the hearts of you and me

Chorus 2:
Well the little things can be real big When they’re coming from the heart
And it seems to me that here and now is a real good place to start
I wonder what we can do to make this world a better place
Perhaps the little things can help us all this is my Prayer

Tag:
To every person place & everything on mother earth and everywhere
May there be Peace, Love & Harmony This is my prayer … oohh yaaa … This is my prayer ……

It’s The Little Things What we say and do
The Little Things Effect me and you
The Little Things How do we care
The Little Things Are we aware
It’s The Little Things What we say and do
The Little Things Effect me and you
The Little Things How do we care
The Little Things Are we aware
I’ts The Little Things ..... (What we say and do - fading)
The Little Things ..... (Effect me and you - fading)
The Little Things oh ya ...

Copyright 2006, Joe Given, Janet Given, and Bill Sample.
All rights reserved.
www.joegiven.com

Every Day

Written By: Joe Given and Janet Given

Verse 1:
I was riding high - on some pretty good news I was feeling - kind of good
The next thing I knew - I was living the blues Things weren’t working - like I thought they should
It was like I was on - a roller coaster ride With wild and crazy - ups and downs
When it slowed down - no matter how I tried Was hard to get my feet - back on the ground

Pre 1:
I asked a friend- who meant a lot to me How can I deal with life - every day
How can I be calm - and simply be And here’s what he - had to say

Chorus 1:
Sometimes the highs can get high and the lows can get low
With your mind & soul let your Spirit flow
Be true to yourself in all you say or do
Let the love in your heart help carry you through

Bridge 1:
Every day (It’s up to you) Every day

Verse 2:
One minute I was up - not sure why Then I tripped and fell - flat on my face
I sat in the mud - as the world passed me by The next day I was right back in the race

Pre 2:
Some days the world looks - rosy and bright Some days a storm blows my way
And as I try my best - each day and night It helps to think of what - my friend had to say

Chorus 2:
Sometimes the highs can get high and the lows can get low
With your mind & soul let your Spirit flow
Be true to yourself in all you say or do
Let the love in your heart help carry you through

Bridge 2:
Every day it’s up to you
Every day others can help you too
Every day let love bring you through
Every day All that you do

Every day it’s up to you
Every day others can help you too
Every day let love bring you through
Every day All that you do ... ooooo

Every Day – ya oh Every Day - all you think say & do Every Day – let love bring you through ... ooo Every Day - ya oh Every Day … it’s up to you Every Day – it’s up to you

Copyright © 2006, by Joe Given and Janet Given.
All rights reserved.
www.joegiven.com

Falling For You

Written By: Joe Given and Janet Given

Verse 1:
We’ve been friends for a while
You make me smile when you smile
I wanna be with you more and more

I know this sounds cliche
But I’m starting the like the way,
that I feel whenever I’m around you girl

Chorus:
I’m falling head over heals for you
Can’t seem to get my mind off of you
I wanna be with the girl I like

Verse 2:
I still wanna be your friend
Don’t want that to end
But I wanna be with you more and more

Oh when you hold my hand
You take me to a far away land
It’s just something I don’t understand

Chorus:
I’m falling head over heals for you
Can’t seem to get my mind off of you
I wanna be with the girl I like

I’m falling, Head over heals for you
Wondering what I should do
I wanna be with the girl I like

Bridge:
I’m falling, I’m falling for you. I’m falling, I’m falling for you. All I know is I, wanna be with you ...

Chorus:
I’m falling head over heals for you.
Can’t seem to get my mind off of you.
I wanna be with the girl I like

I’m falling, Head over heals for you
Wondering what I should do
I wanna be with the girl I like

I wanna be with the girl I like
I wanna be with you ...

Copyright 2008, Joe Given and Janet Given.
All rights reserved.
www.joegiven.com

Goodbye, Have a Nice Life

Written By: Joe Given and Janet Given

Verse 1:
I was hypnotized by your gaze
Lured in by your enchanting ways
Was blinded by your beauty & I couldn’t see
That trying to make it work was driving me crazy

So I’m walking, out that door

Chorus:
I cant handle this, so I’m leaving here tonight
Don’t wanna’ carry on, I don’t want to fight
So Goodbye, have a nice life

Verse 2:
Everyone said that we would last
Now we’re slipping into the past
I felt trapped in a cold dark hole
You were there, but I felt alone

So I am walking, out that door

Chorus:
I cant handle this so I’m leaving here tonight
Don’t wanna’ carry on, I don’t want to fight
So Goodbye, have a nice life

Bridge:
I am not saying you were bad - I just couldn’t live with what we had
It wasn’t working, you and me, and now I guess we’re we’re history
So Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye
Have a nice life

Chorus:
I cant handle this so I’m leaving here tonight
Don’t wanna’ carry on, I don’t want to fight
So Goodbye, have a nice life

Goodbye, have a nice life
Goodbye, have a nice life

Copyright 2008, Joe Given and Janet Given.
All rights reserved.
www.joegiven.com

I Believe in You

Written By: Joe Given and Janet Given


Verse
I saw you sitting there in the back ground
Calling out for love, but no one heard a sound
When you fall down, does anyone see
Are you feeling broken, or just lonely

Pre-chorus
Invisible, invisible … I hope you turn on your light … You have such beauty inside

Chorus
You say that you feel blue, nobody gets you … Well I do, I do
Just saying that there can be another pathway, another sideways point of view,
And I hear you, and I believe in you.

Verse
Your hair hangs down, hiding your face
Longing to belong, but feeling so out of place,
When you fall down, just reach out
There’s a ladder … that can lead you back to safety

Pre-chorus
Invisible, invisible … I hope you turn on your light … You have such beauty inside

Bridge
Grab a hand, understand, you are not to blame
Reach out, ask for help, there is no shame
You have a right to be … Let yourself be free …
And I will stand by you … and I believe in you ...

Chorus
You say that you feel blue and nobody gets you … Well I do, I do
Just saying that there can be, another pathway, another sideways point of view,
And I hear you, and I believe in you.
I believe in you

“I Believe In You” © 2009, Joe Given and Janet Given. All rights reserved.

www.joegiven.com

Dance Till The Break Of Dawn

Written By: Joe Given and Janet Given

Verse 1: (male)

At a party, everyone was moving, speakers shaking the whole place booming
I saw you through the flashing room, strobe lights and cheap perfume
I moved through a crowd of people, just to get to you
you stood up and asked me to dance, as the speakers went boom boom boom

Chorus 1: (male / female - alternating)

M: And I sang, Hold me in your arms girl, we’ll dance till the break of dawn, And we’ll shake it, shake it, shake it
F: And I sang, Hold me in your arms boy, let’s dance till the night is done, And we’ll shake it, shake it, shake it

Verse 2: (female)

I was caught in a trance So glad that I had the chance
Cause you’ve been on my mind For such a long time
And when the song was over I still wanted to dance with you
You reached out and grabbed my hand As my heart went boom, boom boom

Chorus 2: (female / male - alternating)

F: And I sang, Hold me in your arms boy, let’s dance till the night is done, And we’ll shake it, shake it, shake it
M:And I sang, Hold me in your arms girl, we’ll dance till the break of dawn, And we’ll shake it, shake it, shake it

Bridge 1: (male - with female singing harmony)

And the beat went on and on and … And the beat went on and on and …
And the beat went boom boom boom Then everybody in the room, was singing right along ...

Chorus 3: (male / female - alternating … and others joining in with singing)

M: And all the guys sang, Hold me in your arms girl, let’s dance till the break of dawn
And we’ll shake it, shake it, shake it.
F: And all the girls sang, Hold me in your arms boy, let’s dance till the night is done
And we’ll shake it, shake it, shake it

Tag (male - with female singing harmony)

And the beat went on and on and … And the beat went on and on and … And the beat went boom boom boom And the beat went on and on and … And the beat went on and on and … And the beat went boom boom boom
Ooooo hoooo … (fading out) …
And the beat went on and on and … And the beat went on and on and … And the beat went boom boom boom

“Dance Till the Break of Dawn” ©, 2009, Joe Given and Janet Given. All rights reserved.
www.joegiven.com

Gotta Get Over You

Written By: Joe Given and Janet Given


verse 1:
Some may say it’s a shame, that I keep calling your name.
And I can’t forget you
Our love was like a fiery flame, now I’m burning out, in the game,
of loving you
And your memory, I ... can’t erase.

chorus:
It’s been 3 months since i saw your face. It’s been 4 months since your warm embrace.
But just 5 minutes, since i’ve called your name.
It’s so hard to to do. Gotta’ get over you.

verse 2:
Some, laugh and say, that love, won’t come my way,
that love only happens in fairy-tales.
I thought you were my fairy tale, and through the seas we would sail,
but somewhere along, we went wrong.
And your memory, I ... can’t erase.

chorus:
It’s been 3 months since i saw your face. It’s been 4 months since your warm embrace.
But just 5 minutes, since I’ve called your name.
It’s so hard to to do. Gotta’ get over you.

bridge:
And the wind it’s blowing, me away. And if I’d know better, I would have stayed.
I still miss you, guess I was a fool. And things didn’t work out for me and you, and you and me,
I guess we’re, guess we’re, history.

verse 3:
Some say fools never fall in love, or just don’t see it, till it’s gone & done.
I guess I was a fool.
We use to walk hand in hand, now I’m just trying to understand,
what happened to me & you.

But I know, I gotta get over you
It’s so hard to do, it’s so hard to do
Gotta get over you ...

“Gotta get over you” © 2009, Joe Given & Janet Given. All Rights Reserved.
(adapted from the original version of Gotta Get Over You, © 2007, Joe Given & Janet Given).

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So Many Reasons

Written By: Joe Given, Janet Given, and Bill Buckingham

Verse 1:
So many reasons why I love you
Like the way you brighten up a room.
Like the light in your eyes, the sun in your smile
You’re the one I want to be with girl

Chorus 1:
When I hold you tight, every-thing's all right
I want to be with you day and night
When you smile so bright, you turn the dark to light
Everything in my life, is right ... it’s all right ....

Verse 2:
There’s no denying that I love you
It’s why I wrote this song for you
Every day I want you more, you’ve shown me what life is for
I love you just because you’re you … I love you oh yes I do

Chorus 2:
When I hold you tight, every-thing's all right
I want to be with you day and night
When you smile so bright, you turn the dark to light
Everything in my life, is right ... it’s all right ...

Bridge:
It’s you that I dream of, it’s you that I Love ….
It’s You ….

Verse 3:
So many reasons why I love you
It’s all the little things you say and do
It’s hard to describe - you make my heart open wide
I love you just because you’re you …. I love you oh yes I do …

Chorus 3:
When I hold you tight, every-thing's all right
I want to be with you day and night
When you smile so bright, you turn the dark to light
Everything in my life, is right .... it’s all right
.... it’s all right … it’s all right …

So Many Reasons ©, 2009, Joe Given, Janet Given, and Bill Buckingham. All rights reserved.

Time

Written By: Joe Given, Janet Given, and Bill Buckingham

Time
Composed by Joe Given, Janet Given and Bill Buckingham

Verse 1:
Time like a sheet of glass, in time it begins to crack, Then you know the hourglass is running low
You walk through your life, no kids no love no wife. Now you want a change, somehow to make it right.
Just like an unfinished song - there may still be a verse to write.

Chorus:
Time, time, time, is on your side … time, time, is on your side

Verse 2:
You’ve figured out by now, this just isn’t how, you wanted your life to go.
When you sleep tonight, let your dreams take flight, take the time to find yourself.
The waiting’s through, do what you need to do, to make the best out of your life
Ya ya ya

Chorus:
Time, time, time, is on your side … time, time, is on your side
Never cared about the future, now you’re living in the past
Never cared about the future, now it’s giving you a second chance

Instrumental … with scatting ….

Outro:
It’s not too late, not too late, not too late to live your life
One step at a time you can make it right … one step at a time, you can make it right.
It’s not too late, not too late, not too late to live your life
One step at a time you can make it right … one step at a time
You can make it all … right …

Chorus:
Time, time, time, is on your side … time, time, is on your side
Never cared about the future, now you’re living in the past
Never cared about the future, now it’s giving you a second chance

Time, time, time …. Now it’s giving you a second chance

“Time” © 2008, Joe Given, Janet Given and Bill Buckingham. All rights reserved.

Discography

Joe Given - LP: "Sideways Point of View" 2010
11 song CD, containing the following original songs:
"Falling For You", "I Believe in You", "Time", "Gotta Get Over You", "Dance Till the Break of Dawn", "So Many Reasons", "Friends", "Goodbye, Have a Nice Life", "Let Go", "A few words from Joe", "Home", and a "A Bigger Circle".
All above songs ©, 2009, Joe Given and Janet Given. All rights reserved.
All above songs available on the CD as well as on iTunes
For songwriting and producing credits, please visit www.joegiven.com

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Joe Given - EP: "Every Day" 2007
3 song EP, containing the following original songs:
"The Little Things", "Wherever You Are", and "Every Day" (These 3 songs were recorded when Joe was only 14.)

All above songs ©, 2007, Joe Given and Janet Given. All rights reserved.
For songwriting and producing credits, please visit www.joegiven.com

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Set List

My performances range from 5 min. to 3 hours long.
Depending on the length of performances, I may do 2 or 3 sets, of 30 - 45 minutes each.
I usually include both cover songs, and originals songs. The cover songs include a variety of genres, old & new, including songs such as:

Stand By Me - I'm Yours - All You Need Is Love - Hold me Tight - Lean on Me - Turn Turn Turn - I Want to Hold Your Hand - Everything - Hallelujah - Under the Boardwalk - All Shook Up - Here Comes my Baby - Blowing in the Wind - Forever Young - Brown Eyed Girl - Into the Mystic - Moon Dance - Sitting Waiting Wishing - Banana Pancakes - Only You - Ring of Fire - Born to be Wild - Blue Suede Shoes - Hey There Delilah - Don't Be Cruel - Desperado - Imagine - Let it Be - Love Me Do - House of the Rising Sun - Doo Wah Diddy Diddy - My Girl - Heartbeat - All of Me - Yellow - Save the Last Dance for Me - Unchained Melody - Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Tim