The perfect complement to a sun-and-sand-filled party is great beach party music. All you need is a CD burner or an mp3 player. The idea is to have catchy, upbeat tunes that keep the happy mood going and possibly get people dancing. Think of mixing up different styles from the suggestions below, and add your favorites, too.
These categories are presented to so you can appeal to a range of musical tastes:
The Beach Boys (anything by them)
Jimmy Buffett (anything, but of course "Margaritaville")
The Surfaris ("Wipe Out")
Drifters ("Under the Boardwalk")
Elton John ("Island Girl")
Shaggy or Mungo Jerry ("In the Summertime")
The B-52s ("Rock Lobster")
Pop or Dance
The Cars ("Magic")
Don Henley ("All She Wants to Do Is Dance")
Buster Poindexter ("Hot, Hot, Hot")
Natasha Bedingfield ("Pocket Full of Sunshine")
Los Del Rio ("Macarena")
Lou Bega ("Mambo #5")
Smash Mouth ("All Star")
Rhythm and Blues
BB King ("Let the Good Times Roll")
Marvin Gaye ("How Sweet It Is")
Martha & the Vandellas or the Rolling Stones ("Dancin' in the Streets")
Bonnie Raitt ("Something to Talk About")
Aretha Franklin ("Think")
The most important thing is to enjoy the music you play. It should complete your beach party and please your guests.
There is one thing that almost every American has in common in summer: attendance at the summer cookout. We gather around the grill with neighbors for a block party, with the soccer team for an end-of-year celebration or with our cousins for a family reunion.
Incorporate the best of what the tropics have to offer when creating beach party invitations and give guests a hint of the upcoming party in paradise. Use the invitations as a springboard to other beach party ideas and ensure that everyone can't wait to put on their Hawaiian shirts and sandals.
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