This year’s Memorial Day celebrations will be different than many have had in the past. As social distancing efforts force us to limit our exposure to others, grand gatherings we’re accustomed to will have to be put on hold.
Still, the Memorial Day barbecue tradition can carry on through quarantine. While we may not be able to gather in large groups, it doesn’t mean you can’t fire up the grill and enjoy the day with those you’ve quarantined with.
Whether you’ve got a backyard to grill out with the family or are flying solo on an apartment porch, you’re going to need a soundtrack.
From rock, reggae, blues, hip hop, country, and pop, here are nine songs perfect for your Memorial Day barbecue playlist.
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - George Thorogood
Although the song is about someone down on their luck unable to make rent, it’s a grooving tune that can easily be co-opted for grilling season with a beer in your hand.
Twist And Shout - The Beatles
One of the great feel good songs, this Beatles classic is perfect for those with kids to get them dancing and moving around.
Jamming - Bob Marley
There’s few combos better than Bob Marley and the summertime. With all that’s going on in the world, “Jamming” is a relaxing tune that’ll whisk you away to a happier place.
Hot Fun In The Summertime - Sly and The Family Stone
Sly Stone’s ode to the summer is a perfect song to play as people get out of hibernation and start to enjoy the warm weather.
Beer Bottle Boogie - Koko Taylor
The legendary blues artist has perhaps the catchiest song title on this list. If you’re listening to this while grilling with a beer in hand, step aside and boogie down for a few moments.
Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
The 1991 throwback hit lets you reminisce about the times when the weather was beautiful you could just hang out all day long.
Summer Love - Justin Timberlake
Paying tribute to the feeling of summer love, the Timberlake track is perfect for couples wanting to up their romance.
Something Like That - Tim McGraw
McGraw sings about getting a barbecue stain on his white t-shirt. A likely affliction of many during upcoming Memorial Day barbecues.