Posted by on July 12, 2019 4:07 am

Categories: News Extra

Right after Yuengling announced that Better Than Ezra would put on a free concert in Pottsville at Saturday’s 190th Anniversary celebration, a lot of people wondered what they’d do to fill up the time.

We wondered the same thing. Some of us are of a certain age that remembers when Better Than Ezra released their first big hit. And we know they had that other song, too.

Now, we’re not being total weisenheimers here. Better Than Ezra has more than 2 songs and 2 albums. Check them out on whatever music service you’re using.

But seriously, what are they going to play?

Better Than Ezra Cover Songs

So, apparently Better Than Ezra doesn’t want you to show up and just hear them play a bunch of songs you may not have heard of waiting for them to play the one or two songs you have. According to a lot of social media accounts, the band routinely plays a few cover songs in their set.

We looked into what cover songs that Better Than Ezra routinely plays at their concerts.

According to, Better Than Ezra is really into the James song from the 90s, “Laid”. They’ve played it 9 times already this year. And it was their go-to cover song last year, too, playing it 17 times. They’ve been playing this song at concerts for a while but it looks like they’ve increased the amount of covers they play recently.

Here are Better Than Ezra’s most played cover songs in 2019:

  • “Laid” – James
  • “Tiny Dancer” – Elton John
  • “Feel Good Inc” – Gorillaz
  • “Miss You” – The Rolling Stones
  • “Night Fever” – Bee Gees
  • “Straight to Hell” – Drivin’ n Cryin’

7 Cover Songs Better Than Ezra Should Consider Playing in Pottsville

We’re not really into any of those songs but we’re kinda excited to see Better Than Ezra. It certainly beats what was happening last Saturday night in Pottsville (nothing).

So, we’ve whipped together this set list of cover songs Better Than Ezra should do in Pottsville on Saturday night. Some of these songs they’ve done in the past. Others they’ll have to learn pretty quickly.

Wicked Game by Chris Isaak

They’ve done this in the past. They should do it again.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison

Do we need to explain why this must fill the summertime Pottsville air on Saturday night? 95% of the crowd would sing along so loud they’d hear it in Shenandoah.

Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots

There isn’t a song that’s more unmistakably 90s than this Stone Temple Pilots hit. Also, they know how to play it.

Here’s what every hour of MTV looked like back then:

I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones

Make this happen, fellas. No excuses.

O.P.P. by Naughty By Nature


So, they’re the songs they’ve played in the past at least once.

These songs are going to require some quick practice sessions to nail down before Saturday’s show:

Roll Out the Barrel by Various Artist

You need to play a polka song or two. We’ll take this one or the state anthem, the Pennsylvania Polka. But when in Rome …

And We Danced by The Hooters

This request goes out to all the oldsters who still remember that time The Hooters played at Martz Hall.

So, we’re excited to see Better Than Ezra overall. But we’d be more excited if thy took this playlist into consideration on Saturday night in Pottsville.

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