The Essential Summer BBQ Playlist

What better way to kickstart the summer season than with a BBQ and great summer playlist? Below I compiled a list of my favorite summer songs, and rock songs in general that get me in the summer mood.

  1. “In the Summertime,” Mungo Jerry
  2. “Boys of Summer,” Don Henley
  3. “Summer Breeze,” Seals & Crofts
  4. “Doin’ Time,” Lana Del Rey
  5. “Little Surfer Girl,” The Beach Boys
  6. “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield
  7. “Saturday in the Park,” Chicago
  8. “Santeria,” Sublime
  9. “Margaritaville,” Jimmy Buffet
  10. “Hotel California,” The Eagles
  11. “Sweet Home Alabama,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
  12. “Paradise City,” Guns N’ Roses
  13. “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper
  14. “The Tide is High,” Blondie
  15. “Summertime,” Kenny Chesney
  16. “She’s a Rainbow,” The Rolling Stones
  17. “Summer of ’69,” Bryan Adams
  18. “Soak Up the Sun,” Sheryl Crow
  19. “Boys are Back in Town,” Thin Lizzy
  20. “Surfin’ Safari,” The Beach Boys
  21. “Under the Boardwalk,” The Drifters
  22. “Steal My Sunshine,” Len
  23. “Smoke on the Water,” Deep Purple
  24. “Got to Give it Up,” Marvin Gaye
  25. “Old Blue Chair,” Kenny Chesney
  26. “Fortunate Son,” Creedence Clearwater Revival
  27. “Blister in the Sun,” Violent Femmes
  28. “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth,” Meatloaf
  29. “Sunny Afternoon,” The Kinks
  30. “Holiday,” Vampire Weekend
  31. “American Woman,” The Guess Who
  32. “Good Vibrations,” The Beach Boys
  33. “Walking on Sunshine,” Katrina and the Waves
  34. “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who
  35. ‘Piece of My Heart,” Janis Joplin
  36. “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
  37. “Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morrison
  38. “Hella Good,’ No Doubt
  39. “Coconut,” Harry Nilsson
  40. “Up on the Roof,” Carole King
  41. “Night Moves,” Bob Seger
  42. “Centerfield,” John Fogerty
  43. “Can’t Stand Loosing You,” The Police
  44. “Magic Carpet Ride,” Steppenwolf
  45. “Sister Golden Hair,” America
  46. “One Love,” Bob Marley
  47. “Rhiannon,” Fleetwood Mac
  48. “Cake by the Ocean,” DNCE
  49. “Jack & Diane,” John Mellencamp
  50. “Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell
  51. “Tangerine,” Led Zeppelin
  52. “Summertime Sadness,” Lana Del Rey
  53. “Spill the Wine,” Eric Burdon & War
  54. “Brand New Key,” Melanie
  55. “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,” Leo Sawyer
  56. “Mr. Blue Sky,” ELO
  57. “Rio,” Duran Duran
  58. “Oye Como Va,” Santana
  59. “Barracuda,” Heart
  60. “Red Red Wine,” UB40
  61. “More Than a Feeling,” Boston
  62. “Sunshine of Your Love,” Cream
  63. “American Girl,” Tom Petty
  64. “Dani California,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  65. “Jungle Love,” Steve Miller Band
  66. “I Want Candy,” Bow Wow Wow
  67. “Layla,” Derek and the Dominos
  68. “One Headlight,” The Wallflowers
  69. “Summertime,” My Chemical Romance
  70. “Here Comes Your Man,” The Pixies
  71. “Fat Bottomed Girls,” Queen
  72. “We’re An American Band,” Grand Funk Railroad
  73. “Pulling Mussels,” Squeeze
  74. “Beverly Hills,” Weezer
  75. “Midnight Rider,” Allmän Brothers
  76. “Golden Years,” David Bowie
  77. “California Girls,” The Beach Boys
  78. “Fly,” Sugar Ray
  79. “American Pie,” Don McLean
  80. “Mrs. Robinson,” Simon and Garfunkel
  81. “All Summer Long,” Kid Rock
  82. “Vacation,” The Go-Go’s
  83. “Take it Easy,” The Eagles
  84. “Sunshine Superman,” Donovan
  85. “Girl,” Beck
  86. “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow
  87. “Alright,” Supergrass
  88. “Dancing in the Moonlight,” King Harvest
  89. “Louie Louie,” The Kingsmen
  90. “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac
  91. “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” Paul Simon
  92. “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas
  93. “Rock Lobster,” The B-52’s
  94. “Rockaway Beach,” Ramones
  95. “Brandy,” Looking Glass
  96. “Hot Fun In the Summertime,” Sly an the Family Stone
  97. “Surfin’ USA,” The Beach Boys
  98. “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses
  99. “Glory Days,” Bruce Springsteen
  100. “Message in a Bottle,” The Police
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