Summer kicks into high gear this weekend with our Sun of A Beach Festival party on Friday.

So, in the spirit of that celebration, I give you my list of the top 10 songs to listen to at the beach.

So what are yours?

The music you listen to at the beach has to have a certain vibe.  Here's a list of the songs I have to have on my beach playlist.

Feel free to add your own in the comments section.


  • 10

    "Toes" Zac Brown Band

    "Toes in the water, ass in the sand, cold beer in your hand". What more do you need?

  • 9

    "The Tide Is High" Blondie

    The video doesn't do this song justice, but it still reminds of spring break 1980.

  • 8

    "Stir It Up" (Live Version) Bob Marley And the Wailers

    "Babylon By Bus" was one of our mainstays when we hit the Lakeshore, and this was always my favorite from that album.

  • 7

    "In The Summertime" Mungo Jerry

    This dude was one of the strangest looking cats ever to emerge on the scene. And this song takes me back to hanging out on the river with my friends in middle school.

  • 6

    "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" Otis Redding

    A blues song, but how can you be sad with your feet in the water? I was convinced he was singing about the Saginaw Bay when I was a kid.

  • 5

    "Hot Fun In The Summertime" Sly and the Family Stone

    Summer love laid out in a groove by one of the most underrated bands from the '70s.

  • 4

    "Summer" WAR

    This captures a feeling that evokes those transistor radio beach days from summer vacation.

  • 3

    "All Summer Long" Kid Rock

    Michigan summer memories sandwiched around samples from Warren Zevon and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It doesn't get any more Michigan beach than that.

  • 2

    "Summer Rain" Johnny Rivers

    If you grew up in Michigan, a trip to the beach, often involved sitting out a rain shower.  Add in summer love, and you have a classic.

  • 1

    "Summertime" DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

    "If it ain't broke, than don't try to fix it." The summer philosophy with the right groove to back it up from the ever cool Will Smith.