100 Songs For Your Beach Playlist

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Do you always create the perfect playlist for the beach, or perhaps every vacation for that matter?  If you are anything like me, music is always incorporated into your travels. 

I especially love making a playlist when I go to the beach, which I’ll continue to listen to even if I’m home.  You’d welcome some tropical tunes too if you experienced a northeast Ohio winter!

If you are planning a relaxing getaway, I have listed 100 songs below that would be perfect on any beach playlist.  These songs range from upbeat, light, carefree and perfectly mellow vibes.  They are just what you need to achieve the ultimate state of relaxation, and feel like you’ve truly escaped to paradise.


Start building your beach playlist:

Below, I have compiled a list of the top 100 songs that I always include on my beach playlist. They are organized by category, and there is something for everyone. You can also listen to this full playlist in Spotify here. Enjoy!

Oldie Favorites

I have a special place in my heart for music from decades past. There are some songs that, no matter how old they are, continue to sound so good on the beach.  Here are my favorite old school picks that never cease to take me to my happy place.

  1. 1. Africa – Toto
  2. 2. All Night Long – Lionel Richie
  3. 3. Brandy – Looking Glass
  4. 4. Brown Eyed Girl – Jimmy Buffett
  5. 5. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
  6. 6. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
  7. 7. Drift Away – Dobie Gray
  8. 8. Easy – The Commodores
  9. 9. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
  10. 10. Hotel California – The Eagles
  11. 11. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  12. 12. Message In A Bottle – The Police
  13. 13. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
  14. 14. Ooh La La – Faces
  15. 15. Red Red Wine – UB40
  16. 16. Roxanne – The Police
  17. 17. (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  18. 18. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  19. 19. Take It Easy – The Eagles
  20. 20. The Joker – Steve Miller Band
  21. 21. Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
  22. 22. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
girl walking down a beach as sea foam rolls in

Beachy Pop

Many pop songs bring reggae and Latin vibes, which make them perfect for a fun beach day.  They also tend to come and go like fads, so I update this section often. That said, I do have a few favorites that have been making my list for years.

  1. 23. Better – Khalid
  2. 24. BICHOTA – KAROL G
  3. 25. Cheerleader – OMI
  4. 26. Cheers (Drink to That) – Rihanna
  5. 27. Dakiti – Bad Bunny, Jhay Cortez
  6. 28. Despacito – Luis Fonsi (feat. Daddy Yankee)
  7. 29. Don’t Matter – Akon
  8. 30. Feels – Calvin Harris
  9. 31. Girl From Rio – Anitta
  10. 32. Girl Like Me – Black Eyed Peas, Shakira
  11. 33. If It’s Lovin’ That You Want – Rihanna
  12. 34. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  13. 35. July – Noah Cyrus feat. Leon Bridges
  14. 36. MIA (ft. Drake) – Bad Bunny
  15. 37. Peaches(ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon) – Justin Bieber
  16. 38. telepatía – Kali Uchis
  17. 39. Waves – Robin Schulz Radio Edit – Mr. Probz
  18. 40. We’re Good – Dua Lipa
hawks nest beach in the us virgin islands

Reggae

Every beach playlist needs a touch of reggae to bring those feel good vibes.  Nothing takes you to the gentle waters of the Caribbean quite like a good island rhythm. 

Obviously, I’ve included a hefty amount of Bob Marley, although he could almost have his own category. No tropical playlist would ever be complete without his songs, and I never feel like I’m on vacation until Bob Marley starts playing. The below songs are best consumed with rum punch.

  1. 41. Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  2. 42. Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  3. 43. I’m Still in Love with You (feat. Sasha) – Sean Paul
  4. 44. Is This Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  5. 45. Jamming – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  6. 46. No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
  7. 47. One Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  8. 48. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  9. 49. Turn Me On – Kevin Lyttle
  10. 50. Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  11. 51. You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) – Dawn Penn
couple standing in front of gentle turquoise water in turks and caicos

Travel Savvy Tip

I like to make a playlist on my phone, and then play it through a waterproof bluetooth speaker on the beach. They’re easy to throw into a beach bag, and the sound quality is so much better!


Rock & Alt Rock

There is a place for rock on every beach playlist. First of all, there are many bands that have a reggae sound, such as Sublime and No Doubt. Then you have bands with a more mellow style, which is just as perfect for laying out near the water.

The below songs are many of my go-to’s, which find themselves back on my beach playlist year after year.

  1. 52. All For You – Sister Hazel
  2. 53. Amber – 311
  3. 54. Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  4. 55. Clocks – Coldplay (Rhythms De Mundo album)
  5. 56. Dashboard – Modest Mouse
  6. 57. Flake – Jack Johnson
  7. 58. Float On – Modest Mouse
  8. 59. Island in the Sun – Weezer
  9. 60. Jackie and Wilson – Hozier
  10. 61. Lay Me Down (feat. Rome) – Dirty Heads, Steve Fox, The Dirty Heads, Stan Frazier & Roman Ramirez
  11. 62. Love Song – 311
  12. 63. Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie & The Blowfish
  13. 64. Riptide – Vance Joy
  14. 65. Santa Monica – Everclear
  15. 66. Santeria – Sublime
  16. 67. Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  17. 68. Sit Next to Me – Foster the People
  18. 69. Someday – Sugar Ray
  19. 70. Someone New – Hozier
  20. 71. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
  21. 72. Two Princes – Spin Doctors
  22. 73. Underneath It All (feat. Lady Saw) – No Doubt
  23. 74. Walking on a Dream – Empire of the Sun
  24. 75. When It’s Over – Sugar Ray
dark turquoise water and sea foam rolling onto a sandy beach

Country

Country and hip-hop on the same list may seem a bit unconventional, but I’m going with it. Admittedly, I am not the biggest country listener.  However, I’ve been exposing myself to it more and more lately, and have begun to incorporate it on my playlists. 

Country music fans: I’ve been listening to your suggestions, and have expanded the list this year. I can’t believe I never listed a Kenny Chesney song before this year. After all, he even has a home on my favorite island, St. John in the US Virgin Islands!

  1. 76. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
  2. 77. Cruise (Remix, ft. Nelly) – Florida Georgia Line
  3. 78. Daddy Lessons – Beyonce
  4. 79. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (ft. Jimmy Buffett) – Alan Jackson
  5. 80. Knee Deep (ft. Jimmy Buffett) – Zac Brown Band
  6. 81. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenny Chesney
  7. 82. Pirate Flag – Kenny Chesney
  8. 83. Slow Burn – Kacey Musgraves
  9. 84. Summertime – Kenny Chesney
  10. 85. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
  11. 86. When the Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney & Uncle Kracker
beautiful deep blue, foamy waves rolling in in the early morning

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop often incorporates island beats, and there are actually many songs in this genre with great tropical vibes. I never make a beach playlist that doesn’t include at least some hip-hop.  These songs are not always the most mellow, and probably not the greatest for relaxation.  However, they are very fun poolside, or while tossing a football in the sand.

  1. 87. American Boy (feat. Kanye West) – Estelle
  2. 88. Controlla – Drake
  3. 89. Guatemala – Rae Sremmurd
  4. 90. Miami – Will Smith
  5. 91. One Dance (feat. WizKid, Kyla) – Drake
  6. 92. Ready of Not – Fugees
  7. 93. Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee
  8. 94. Unforgettable (feat. Swae Lee) – French Montana
maho bay beach in the us virgin islands

Everything Else

Last but certainly not least – the rest of the songs I always bring to the beach. Most of these remainders are singer/songwriter types that didn’t clearly fit under the above categories. Some of these mellow tunes are my absolute favorites, and maybe they’ll be yours too!

  1. 95. Beyond – Leon Bridges
  2. 96. Budapest – George Ezra
  3. 97. Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
  4. 98. Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  5. 99. Unaware – Allen Stone
  6. 100. Waterfalls – TLC

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Now all you need is some sunscreen and you’re ready to go!  What songs are always on your beach playlist?  Share below!

The best fun and chill songs for your beach playlist. I always make a playlist in Spotify for my tropical vacations, and my beach playlist includes a little bit of everything. From the Eagles to Rihanna to Jack Johnson, there are song ideas for all musical tastes. #beachplaylist #beachplaylist2020 #beachmusic #summermusic #beach #beachplaylistchill #bestbeachplaylist
The best fun and chill songs for your beach playlist. I always make a playlist in Spotify for my tropical vacations, and my beach playlist includes a little bit of everything. From the Eagles to Rihanna to Jack Johnson, there are song ideas for all musical tastes. #beachplaylist #beachplaylist2020 #beachmusic #summermusic #beach #beachplaylistchill #bestbeachplaylist

Comments

  1. I loved the playlist, they are amazing songs. But no roadtrip from Miami to Key West would be complete without the two island country singers: Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney. If you like the ZBB you might like them.

    1. Glad you liked it, and thanks for the suggestions! I am always looking for new music, so will definitely check them out 🙂

  2. I could not be more impressed by this list! Just like the previous comment all I did was add a lil ZBB and JB and it was so perfect!!!! Thank you for this!

    1. To each their own! Like I said above, though, I’ve been expanding my horizons lately, and you just might see a bit more Chesney added very soon 😉

  3. I love a lot of your list, and already had a good amount on my Beach playlist. I was able to find several from your list to add to mine, so thanks very much. Here are some songs that I think you’d probably like to add to yours:
    The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful – Jimmy Buffet
    Jolly Mon Sing – Jimmy Buffet
    Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes – Jimmy Buffet
    Wipe Out – The Surfaris
    Miserlou – Dick Dale
    Two High – Moon Taxi
    The Way You Do The Things You Do – UB40
    Iko Iko – Dr. John
    Island Song – Zac Brown Band
    Kokomo – The Beach Boys
    Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys

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