If you're like me, you really like to listen to that playlist to perfectly match your mood and compliment the season. I start listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween... I know what you're thinking.
Anyway, I grew up listening to a wide variety of music. In the summer, however, it was usually the same. Over the years, I started adding music that sounded like it would fit the mood of the summer playlist. I thought I would share it with y'all today.
Here's the beach-iest playlist for your summer:
1. It's Five O'Clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett
This is a good one. I enjoy my summers at the pool and at the lake (when I'm not at work of course). My friends and family all sprawled out, drinking their cold drinks and listening to country music. This song is associated with having a good time, and we all like a good Jimmy Buffet/Alan Jackson duo.
2. Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
Ok. Obviously based on the name of the artist, you know it's going to be perfect for summer. I have a funny association with this song. If you've ever seen 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler, you know what I mean.
3. Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
No explanation necessary.
4. Island Song - Zac Brown Band
I love love love this song in my playlist. It has a fun steel drum in the background, adding a summery vibe to it.
5. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
"Good times never seemed so good."
6. Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
Another big hit with Buffet. I could literally listen to this song for HOURS (which you do if you ever eat at a Margaritaville restaurant).
7. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
One summer, my family and I were on vacation eating at a restaurant we've enjoyed every year. A band was playing this song and invited my sister and me up to sing along. That was embarrassing for two reasons, 1) we were too young and didn't know the song, 2) we're not very good singers anyway.
8. Kokomo - The Beach Boys
Honestly, this entire playlist could be The Beach Boys.
9. Tequila - The Champs
THIS. SONG. IS. HILARIOUS. It brings a smile to my face every time I hear it. It's a must-have on my playlist.
10. Red Red Wine - UB40
Maybe my summer songs feature too many alcoholic references...