16 Songs to Soundtrack Your Fourth of July Barbecue

The season of late sunsets, lazy beach days, and endless barbecues is finally here. This requires a playlist.

Today’s genre-defying collection will undoubtedly serve as the soundtrack to your next Fourth of July party. There are also references to Independence Day sprinkled here and there.But most of the time I wanted to avoid clearly obvious Create a fun and refreshing playlist to enjoy all summer long.

Appropriate for a Fourth of July rally, the artists featured here are all American.Well, except one: I forgot about the 90’s one-hit wonders Len It was actually Canadian, but I didn’t mean to remove it “Steel My Sunshine” From the summer playlist.

This is a long one, because the best and most characteristic part of a summer day is that feeling of time standing still, of a Saturday that could last forever. A summer that seems to last forever, and let no one steal your sunshine.

Also, I don’t want to force myself to check my email on my days off, so I won’t ship the new amp on the 4th. We will be back to our regular schedule next Friday. Until then!

Read while listening on Spotify.

When I first saw this cover on the tracklist for her 2019 work Norman _____ Rockwell, I was skeptical, but now I can’t help but agree with everyone involved in dance. Lana Del Rey is certainly well qualified to represent LBC (listen on youtube)

It’s not a good idea to mention Sublime without playing that song at the barbecue, so here’s my all-time favorite: the poignant but always spirited “Badfish.” (listen on youtube)

Just under two minutes of perfect vibes from Solange’s smooth-sounding 2019 album When I Get Home. (listen on youtube)

A sun-kissed summer jam from the elusive Chanteause. Carey famously embraced a more hip-hop-influenced sound with “Honey” on her 1997 album Butterfly. (listen on youtube)

Centered around clever samples from Andrea True Connection “more more more,” The ubiquitous “Steal My Sunshine” made Ren one of the most memorable one-hit wonders of the ’90s. WARNING: Singalongs can occur spontaneously. (listen on youtube)

Kim Deal evokes the tactile delights of a carnival day in this fiery little piece from the classic 1993 Breeders album Last Splash, followed by “Summer is ready when it’s ready.” It sings the haunting refrain of “Done.” (listen on youtube)

Fiery Furnas frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger’s hymn to a lazy day on New York City’s most underrated island wouldn’t be the same without those deliciously funky keyboard sounds. It almost sounds like colloquial poetry. (listen on youtube)

It’s the perfect soundtrack and just… just kicks it. Phife Dawg forever forever. (listen on youtube)

Badu reworked Drake’s “Hotline Bling” for her own idiosyncratic personality as the centerpiece of her 2015 mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. She always gets annoyed when she hears the voicemail menu description towards the end of the song. (listen on youtube)

One country is under the ditch. (Yes, I know that album was released years after Maggot Brain. I still have that feeling!)(listen on youtube)

Fun fact: “American Girl” wasn’t just recorded on Independence Day, it was also recorded on National Day. Petty manages to imbue this perfect song with enough idiosyncrasy and rebellious glee that, even after all these years, it still feels more personal than anthemic. (listen on youtube)

‘Born in the USA’ title track would have been a bit that too Unsurprisingly, anyway, this is just as much fun to sing along to. Shalala, Shalala, Lalala. (listen on youtube)

Speaking of singalongs, this summer’s surprise hit candidate is sure to unite multiple generations of barbecue enthusiasts who have memorized every lyric. Some love Tracy Chapman’s one-of-a-kind originals, others a devout homage to country star Combs. (listen on youtube)

The most relaxing and indulgent moment in Beyoncé’s 2022 dancefloor journey, Renaissance, is an invitation to a relaxing summer getaway. (listen on youtube)

Rejoice: Today is Independence Day for the first time De La Soul’s discography is on a streaming service!listen on youtube)

just try Do not raise your hand. i dare you. (listen on youtube)

When you’re ready, you’re ready for summer.


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‘The Ultimate Independence Day BBQ Soundtrack’ Track Listing
Track 1: Lana Del Rey “Doin’ Time”
Track 2: Sublime “Badfish”
Track 3: Solange “Bins”
Track 4: Mariah Carey “Honey”
Track 5: Ren “Steal My Sunshine”
Track 6: The Breeders “Saints”
Track 7: Eleanor Friedberger “Roosevelt Island”
Track 8: A Tribe Called Quest “Can I Kick It?”
Track 9: Erykah Badu “Cel U Lar Device”
Track 10: Funkadelic “Can You Get To That”
Track 11: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “American Girl”
Track 12: Bruce Springsteen “Darlington County”
Track 13: Luke Combs “Fast Car”
Track 14: Beyoncé “Plastic off the Sofa”
Track 15: De La Soul “Me Myself And I”
Track 16: Miley Cyrus “Party in the USA”

What I learned from writing Tuesday’s newsletter about a musical ode to Ohio is that The Amplifier enjoys a very strong readership from Buckeye.Quite a few people have written in their favorite Ohio songs, but the most requested one so far is Pretenders “My city is gone.” Akron-director Chrissie Hynde beautifully and pathetically captures the feeling of disillusionment that comes when you return home and fail to recognize the stomping ground you once were, not thanks to industrialization and overdevelopment. Consider this an addition to your Ohio playlist.

And for the new column called answerThe Good People of the New York Times wire cutter He came to my apartment and interviewed me about my turntables, my record setup, and my preferred equipment for listening to records. For someone like me who is used to interviews, it was very strange for me to answer the question and even stranger to be the subject of a photo shoot in my apartment. (My neighbors had no idea why I had suddenly become so important.) But along with my (now rather depressed) collection of New York Mets bobbleheads, a relatively inexpensive stereo Check out this article to see my suggestions for setting up your system. Wirecutter has a daily newsletter full of independent product reviews that you can also subscribe to.

Plus, this week has been a big week for new music. playlist Features both triumphs Olivia Rodrigo and sampa, along with 10 other fresh tracks.i also heard fall out boyIt’s an updated version of ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’, so you don’t have to. (Really, please stop.)

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