11 Beach Songs for the Best Summer Roadtrips

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The sand between your toes, the sunshine on your face, and country music on the radio; that's what going to the beach is all about. From Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney all the way to The Beach Boys and Otis Redding, here are the top 12 best beach songs to add to your summer vacation playlist:

'Toes,' Zac Brown Band

You can't turn on a country radio station without hearing this song during the summer months. The song started on the Billboard charts for 26 weeks. Though it only peaked at No. 24, the song is a beach day staple for all knee-deep music lovers.

'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay,' Otis Redding

This song was the last recording Redding made due to the songwriter's untimely death in a tragic aviation accident. The song skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart.

'Escape (The Pina Colada Song),'  Rupert Holmes


The original lyric was:
If you like Humphrey Bogart
And getting caught in the rain

Rupert used a lot of movie references on his previous albums, so he decided to try something else. "I thought, 'What can I substitute?', he told Songfacts. "Well, this woman wants an escape, like she wants to go on vacation to the islands. When you go on vacation to the islands, when you sit on the beach and someone asks you if you'd like a drink, you never order a Budweiser, you don't have a beer. You're on vacation, you want a drink in a hollowed-out pineapple with the flags of all nations and a long straw. I thought, 'Let's see, there's daiquiri, mai tai, piña colada - I wonder what a piña colada tastes like, I've never even had one.' I thought that instead of singing 'If you like Humphrey Bogart,' with the emphasis on 'like,' I could start it a syllable earlier and go, 'If you like Piñ-a Coladas.'"

'When The Sun Goes Down,' Kenny Chesney ft. Uncle Kracker

This catchy island duet spent over a year on the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 1. Kick-off your dancing shoes (flip-flops) and dance into the sandy horizon.

'Kokomo,' The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are known for their "Surfin' USA" style songs, hints the name. They scored themselves a No. 1 Hit with their song "Kokomo" about an island getaway.

'Some Beach,' Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton's 2004 No. 1 hit about dreaming of being on a beach in warmer weather when life goes south is exactly what we are here for!

'Margaritaville,' Jimmy Buffett

Is there a better summer song than 'Margaritaville'? Other than "Five O'Clock Somewhere," I don't think so. The smash-hit country song has been made into beach-like resorts all over the world.

'All Summer Long,' Kid Rock

Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's '"Sweet Home Alabama" are the sounds behind Kid Rock's summertime hit. Kid Rock inducted Lynyrd Skynyrd into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

"All Summer Long" reached the Top 40 of both the Modern Rock chart and the Country chart in the US.

'Two Pina Coladas,' Garth Brooks

Brooks beach-drinkin' anthem was born during a simple conversation between writers Shawn Camp, Benita Hill, and Sandy Mason.

Camp shared his memory of writing the hit song, "I said, 'Ladies if we can't come up with nothing we might as well go to Florida or something. [Then], Sandy Mason said, 'Well, if I go to Florida, I want a pina colada.' And Benita said, 'Well, I want one for each hand.' So, about 20 minutes later we had this song."

Read more:  'Two Pina Coladas': The Story Behind The Feel-Good Garth Brooks Hit

'Summer Nights,' John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

If you, for some reason,  haven't seen the hit musical Grease, this is your sign! The duet between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John should be on your beach playlist AND your karaoke line-up!

'Beachin',' Jake Owen

Jake Owen has created his own corner in the island subgenre of country music, and it's well deserved. Hits like "Sunny and 75," "Barfoot Blue Jean Night," and "Beachin'" prove his ranks.

So, when you're adding tunes to your 'the best beach songs' playlist this summer, don't forget our favorite songs!


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11 Beach Songs for the Best Summer Roadtrips