When you’re planning a get together with friends, there are three ingredients listed in our recipe for success: good friends, good food, and good tunes. In the spirit of summer and entertaining outdoors, we’ve created two playlists — one for each mood — featuring some of our seasonal favorites that are sure to get everybody moving. If you’re barbecuing on the rood with your best buddies, some upbeat favorites like Don Henley’s The Boys of Summer, the Fresh Prince’s Summertime, and anything by the Beach Boys will ensure everyone has a good time. Looking for something more low-key for an al fresco dinner party? Songs like R.E.M.’s Nightswimming and The Doors’ Light My Fire playing in the background will complete the scene without disrupting conversation.
What songs are on your summer party playlist?
Summer Classics for a Dinner Party
Theme from “A Summer Place” — Percy Faith & his Orchestra
Nightswimming — R.E.M.
Let’s Get Lost — Chet Baker
Coconut — Harry Nilsson
Summertime Thing — Chuck Prophet
Light My Fire — The Doors
Sous le Soleil Exactement — Serge Gainsbourg
Summer Girl — Leighton Meester
Summertime — Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
Stir It Up — Bob Marley
Green Tree — Stéphane Pompougnac (and most other Hôtel Costes tunes)
Backyard Party Favorites to Get Things Going
The Boys of Summer — Don Henley
Sunshine — Atmosphere
The Tide is High — Blondie
Barracuda — Heart
Girl — Beck
Cruel Summer — Bananarama
Surfin’ USA — Beach Boys (or any other Beach Boy favorite, for that matter…)
Summer of ’69 — Bryan Adams
Hot Stuff — Donna Summer
Buffalo Soldier — Bob Marley
Temperature — Sean Paul
And for all the Fresh Prince of Bel Air fans out there, Summertime with DJ Jazzy Jeff is a must.