Memorial Day is here and hopefully you have some fun plans to celebrate the unofficial start of summer! Whether you’re chilling at the beach or relaxing at a backyard barbecue, you’ll need the right sounds to make the day complete. But don’t worry, you won’t need to scramble this year to put together the perfect playlist. We’ve done it for you. Here’s your perfect Memorial Day playlist.
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
We’re starting off with a classic ’70s track to ease us into things. This should put everyone in a good mood and ready to enjoy themselves and the day.
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Speaking of the day, the title of this track should hopefully be referring to the weather wherever you are. It’s also another nice easygoing song to get us started.
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Don’t worry, we weren’t going to stay in the ’70s the whole time. This funky hit will keep the good times rolling.
Fantasy – Mariah Carey
Now we jump back to the ’90s for some pop grooves from Mariah.
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Bill Withers comes on to tell us again that this hopefully is a great day with amazing weather.
Lovefool – The Cardigans
Back to the ’90s. Back to some great pop grooves.
Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
How could you start the summer off and not have the Beach Boys make an appearance on your playlist? Here we slow things down just a bit, but the harmonies in this song won’t have you minding much.
I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd
Keeping things soft and slow, but bringing back the grooves.
This Girl – Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners
Picking the tempo back up with this track.
I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
We couldn’t leave Stevie off the playlist. Who wouldn’t want to hear his sweet voice on a nice, sunny day? We went with one of his most soulful songs.
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
This starts a three song suite that I refer to as the “what you’re probably drinking” set. Sing along with the chorus since I know you know it.
Passionfruit – Drake
The master of moody music is up next with a track that brings us back to a similar groove that’s been flowing through most of this list.
Pine & Ginger – Amindi K. Fro$t & Valleyz
This song keeps a similar feeling going from the previous track.
Champion – Kanye West
Picking things back up with some classic Kanye.
Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons
Some people might be questioning not going with a Michael Jackson song here instead of one when he was still with his brothers, but trust me, give this a chance. A supremely fun song.
Slide – Calvin Harris
It might sound at first like a huge tonal shift, but once the beat kicks in, this works to keep our groove going.
You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
The hardest decision might have been which Hall & Oates song to put on this list. Of course they were always going to be on it. We went with this because it brings back some of the fun that the last song might’ve dampened.
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Yes, he’s had some great songs out more recently, but again this song is just fun. And personally, it has the best groove of them all, which this playlist is striving for.
California Gurls – Katy Perry
Well, if we’re going classic Kanye and classic Bruno Mars, might as well go classic Katy Perry. Keeping the fun going.
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
We keep the groove going for our last song while we start to wind things down.
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