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5 Cookout Classics To Have in Rotation for The Perfect Playlist

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

By Jalen King 


      What’s not to love about cookouts? It's an all around good time, they bring nothing but positive vibes. If you have good food and the right music, everyone will be happy and full of energy. You can't call yourself having a cookout without great music, it’s just as important as the food. Make sure you have the best music for your Labor Day Weekend cookout with these 5 songs. 

The first song on our cookout playlist is “September,” by super band Earth Wind and Fire. This song has the capacity to set a positive tone for your cookout. This classic will get you in your groove no matter the circumstances. When this song is on, you will get nothing but smiles from everyone. With lyrics about love and joy, this timeless jam is sure to put you in the best mood. No matter what month it is, “September” will always deliver.


Next on our playlist is “Before I Let Go,” by Beyonce. This one is a must for any cookout or get-together. People of all ages can appreciate this song. Music producer Tay Kieth used high energy samples like “Candy” by Cameo & “Get ready” by The Temptations. In addition, Beyonce sings with so much soul you get an instant feeling of triumph. She flawlessly covers “Before I Let Go” by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. 


Next on our cookout playlist necessities, is “This Is How We Do It,” by Montell Jordan. This famous song is the definition of a classic. No matter where you are or where you’re from, everyone knows this song. As soon as you hear the iconic first line, a little bounce seems to take over you. It's hard not to dance to this hit and it's been that way since its release in ‘95.  This is a song for all ages to enjoy at the cookout.

Next up we have “Lift Every Voice and Sing” written by  NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson and his brother John Rosamond Johnson. This masterpiece is often referred to as the black national anthem and has multiple covers from artists such as Beyonce, Kirk franklin, and so many more. This song has such a powerful message. We recommend playing this song towards the end of the cookout, to send everyone off with the message. Originally, the black national anthem was sung in segregated schools to start their day off on the right foot. It’s time we connect to our roots and let our rejoice rise.

Last on our playlist is “Redbone” by Childish Gambino (Donald Glover).  As soon as this song starts with that iconic bass line, everyone already knows what time it is. Donold Glover drops the smoothest vocals on this one. This timeless track will get anyone at any age engaged and tuned into this song. Donald Glover's song, “Feels Like Summer,” is an honorable mention for its ability to get your guests dancing. 

There you have it, our top 5 necessary songs for your cookout playlist. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, enjoying Labor Day Weekend, or a family reunion, these songs are sure to get everyone in a great mood. 

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