Choosing the Perfect Beach Party Music

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:

Classics

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")
Madonna ("Holiday")
Buster Poindexter ("Hot, Hot, Hot")
Natasha Bedingfield ("Pocket Full of Sunshine")
Los Del Rio ("Macarena")
Lou Bega ("Mambo #5")
Santana ("Smooth")
Smash Mouth ("All Star")
Prince ("1999")

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.

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