Beach-themed Songs for a Beach Party Playlist

Updated November 26, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell

What better way to celebrate summer than a list of the top beach songs?

When you think of beach songs, you think of swimming in the ocean, surfing the waves, dipping your toes in the sand, playing beach volleyball with friends, building sandcastles, burying friends in the sand, relaxing under an umbrella drinking your favorite cold beverage, walking on the boardwalk, sitting on the dock and watching people fish from it, and people watching wearing their bikinis and swim trunks.

Top 10 Beach Songs

I tried to provide a mixed list of music genres including Country, Rock, Hip Hop, and R&B. We also included many different eras that the songs were released from 1963.

  1. “Some Beach” by Blake Shelton (Country – 2004)
  2. “Somewhere On A Beach” by Dierks Bentley (Country – 2016)
  3. “Beachin'” by Jake Owen (Country – 2013)
  4. “Beach” by Idman (R&B – 2023)
  5. “Beach In Hawaii” by Ziggy Marley (Reggae – 2006)
  6. “Snow On The Beach” by Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey (Pop – 2022)
  7. “Beach” by Lila Frascara (Electronic – 2021)
  8. “BEACHY (Play-N-Skillz House Remix” by Daddy Yankee, Omar Courtz, Play-N-Skillz (Dance – 2023)
  9. “High By The Beach” by Lana Del Rey (Alternative – 2015)
  10. “Beach” by Antonio Pinto (Soundtrack – 2015)
  11. “Beach” by Limujii (Dance – 2022)
  12. “The Beach” by The Neighbourhood (Alternative – 2015)
  13. “Long Beach” by Kota the Friend, Hello O’shay, Alex Banin (Hip Hop – 2020)
  14. “Beach House” by Carly Rae Jepson (Pop – 2022)
  15. “Beach Cowboy” by Brian Kelley (Country – 2021)
  16. “Beach Boys” by LOCASH (Country – 2021)
  17. “Beach” by Jon Wilde (Rock – 2022)
  18. “The Beach” by Giveon (R&B – 2021)
  19. “beach” by San Cisco (Alternative – 2013)
  20. “Beach” by Kind Puppy (Hip Hop – 2021)

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Down at the Lah De Dah – Jimmy Buffett
Released in 2020 on the album Life On the Flip Side

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Down at the lah de dah
There’s a perfect margarita in a mason jar
At the end of the world in a sea of dreams
Where the ocean smiles and the seagulls scream
We all know just how lucky we are

Barefootin’ – Scotty McCreery
Released in 2018 on the album Seasons Change

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Let’s make tonight a good one
With some slow dancing and some romancing
Shagging in the sand, baby take my hand
Let’s do some barefootin’

Written in the Sand – Old Dominion
Released in 2017 on the album Happy Endings

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Are we last call kissing or will we be reminiscing
With each other for the next forty years?
Are we written in the stars baby, or are we written in the sand?

Somewhere On A Beach – Dierks Bentley
Released in 2016 on the album Black

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’m somewhere on a beach
Sipping something strong
Got a new girl, she got it going on
We drink all day, and party all night

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
Released in 2016 on the album DNCE

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’ll be Diddy, you’ll be Naomi, whoa-oh
Let’s lose our minds and go f’n crazy
I keep on hopin’ we’ll eat cake by the ocean


Starships – Nicki Minaj
Released in 2012 on the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Starships were meant to fly
Hands up and touch the sky
Can’t stop ’cause we’re so high
Let’s do this one more time

Toes – Zac Brown Band
Released in 2009 on the album The Foundation
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today, life is good today

All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Released in 2007 on the album Rock N Roll Jesus

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And we were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking ’bout tomorrow
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long

Some Beach – Blake Shelton
Released in 2004 on the album Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Palm trees are growin’ and warm breezes blowin’
I picture myself right there
On some beach

When The Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney
Released in 2004 on the album When the Sun Goes Down

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

When the sun goes down we’ll feel alright
When the sun sinks down over the water
Everything gets hotter when the sun goes down


No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenny Chesney
Released in 2002 on the album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Want a towel or a chair, in the sand by the sea
Wanna look through my shades, and see you there with me
Wanna soak up life for a while, and lay back low
No boss no clock no stress, no dress code

Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
Released in 2002 on the album C’mon, C’mon
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’m gonna tell everyone to lighten up
I’m gonna tell ’em that I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame I’m looking up
I’m gonna soak up the sun

Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
Released in 1998 on the album Sevens
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

So bring me two piña coladas
I want one for each hand
Let’s set sail with Captain Morgan
Oh, and never leave dry land

Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Released in 1991 on the album Homebase
Genre: Hip Hop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And think of the summers of the past
Adjust the bass and let the Alpine blast
Pop in my CD and let me run a rhyme
And put your car on cruise and lay back ’cause this is summertime

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
Released in 1988 on the album Simple Pleasures

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now


Kokomo – The Beach Boys
Released in 1988 on the album Cocktail Soundtrack

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Aruba, Jamaica, oh I wanna take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego
Baby, why don’t we go?

Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Released in 1984 on the album Reckless

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
Oh, yeah
Back in the summer of ’69

Red Red Wine – UB40
Released in 1983 on the album Labour Of Love

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Red red wine, you make me feel so fine
You keep me rockin’ all of the time
Red red wine, you make me feel so grand
I feel a million dollar when you’re just in my hand

Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
Released in 1982 on the album Just Another Day in Paradise

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Here’s lookin’ at you kid
Missing all the things we did
We can find it once again, I know
Just like they did in Key Largo

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
Released in 1979 on the album Partners In Crime

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

That you like piña coladas
And gettin’ caught in the rain
And the feel of the ocean
And the taste of champagne


Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
Released in 1977 on the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville
Searchin’ for my long lost shaker of salt
Salt, salt, salt
Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame
And I know this is somebody’s fault

Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Released in 1968 on the album The Dock of the Bay
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes
Watching the ships roll in
Then I watch ’em roll away again

Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Released in 1966 on the album Good Vibrations
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’m pickin’ up good vibrations
She’s giving me the excitations (oom bop bop)
I’m pickin’ up good vibrations (good vibrations, oom bop bop)

Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
Released in 1964 on the album Under the Boardwalk
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun
(Under the boardwalk) People walking above
(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be fallin’ in love

Surf City – Jan & Dean
Released in 1963 on the album Surf City and Other Swingin’ Cities

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Yeah, and we’re goin’ to Surf City, ’cause it’s two to one
You know we’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun


Wipe Out – The Surfaris
Released in 1963 on the album Wipe Out
Genre: Instrumental Rock

(Mostly Instrumental)

Surfin’ U.S.A. – The Beach Boys
Released in 1963 on the album Surfin’ U.S.A.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You’d catch ’em surfin’ at Del Mar
(Inside, outside, U.S.A.)
Ventura County line
(Inside, outside, U.S.A.)


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Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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