Fire Up the Memorial Day Tunes

19 songs to help you unwind

memorial day playlist!

Summer has arrived. And you’ve got barbecue tongs, veggie dogs, giant Jenga, and enough cold brew to last you ’til Monday (at the least).

Add beats to your buzz with tunes tailor made for chilling and grilling.

Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell
(The NSFW video is an office favorite.)

Devils Haircut,” by Beck
(To match your devil-may-care attitude.)

Crazy in Love,” by Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
(A fun and jazzy cover from a talented newcomer.)

Let the Groove Get In,” by Justin Timberlake
(No suit and tie required.)

Nancy Lee,” by Vintage Trouble
(Boogie down to these retro sounds.)

Jazz (We’ve Got),” by A Tribe Called Quest
(Old-school never sounds stale.)

It’s Good to Be Here,” by Digable Planets
(Says every guest about your awesome party.)

Dahnce to the Beat,” by Hot As Sun
(Let the L.A. band show you how to enjoy the sunshine.)

Fireworks of the Sea,” by White Arrows
(Hear the little ditty that singer Mickey Church loves to play.)

Never Run Away,” by Kurt Vile
(Picnic blanket snuggle time.)

Dead in Your Head,” by Bleached
(Now’s not the time to fret about an ex, but it sure is a great sing-along.)

Fire It Up,” by Modest Mouse
(Like we said, chilling and grilling.)

Walking in Your Footsteps,” by Shout Out Louds
(Follow the leader.)

A Summer Thing,” by Cayucas
(It sure is.)

Let’s Go,” by Matt & Kim
(This zany couple always brings the good times.)

Best of Friends,” by Palma Violets
(After a few drinks, aren’t we all?)

No Destruction,” by Foxygen
(Crowd control.)

Funny Heartbeat,” by Kisses
(Your crush walked through the door.)

I’ll Get Along,” by Michael Kiwanuka
(Just fine we think.)

Listen to the playlist on Spotify. Plus, stream our regularly updated mega-queue on Songza for extended musical bliss.

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