It’s almost Independence Day beautiful people. That means bring on the slightly dangerous sparklers, ketchup and mustard-slathered hot dogs, and dramatic renditions of our beloved national anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner. If you’re looking for the perfect playlist to turn your barbecue, party, or any type of summer celebration into a lituation, then you’re in the right place. Here are ten great songs to give your 4th of July and the rest of your summer a great soundtrack.

  1. Drake feat. Alicia Keys – Fireworks

Listen to the smooth rhymes of Mr. Drizzy Drake as you enjoy your favorite fireworks display and I assure you will get sentimental about your love for America.

2. Miley Cyrus – Party in the U.S.A

A song that everyone loves to hate but everyone’s going to burst into song like a firecracker when the chorus comes on. Trust me.

3. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime

The quintessential summertime bop.  If you don’t have this song in your cookout’s playlist, then…

4. Cupid – Cupid Shuffle

To me, the Cupid Shuffle is a perfect dance song. It’s a song that appeals to every single person through it simplistic steps and family-friendly lyrics. It literally tells you what to do, there isn’t anything simpler than that.

5. Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos – Slide

You need some timely tunes to make the kids happy. The beat’s effortlessly beachy, and might inspire some of the OGs to do some electric sliding.

6. Snoop Dogg – Gin & Juice

Some Snoop D-O-Double G is a sure fire way to get the party thumping, fast.

7. Montell Jordan – This is How We Do It

Need I say more?

8. DJ Khaled feat. Drake – To The Max

Play this song just on the minor chance that someone will begin to dance like DJ Khaled in this video. That alone, makes this addition worth it.

9. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. 

Turn every single one of your guests into the next great amateur rapper.

10. Where the Party At? – Jagged Edge feat. Nelly 

Where’s the party at? Right here man, right here.

I hope these songs push your turn-up to the next level. What’s a celebration without great music?

Are there any songs that I missed? Let me know in the comments love; I want to know what’s on your perfect summer cookout playlist.


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