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What are some good songs/albums for a cookout?

Asked by MissAusten (16152points) July 15th, 2011

We’re having a big cookout for family and friends and I’d like to fill up my iPod with music to play during the event but am having a hard time coming up with ideas.

Most of our guests will be in the late thirties-early forties age range, but also a good number of 60+ and about a gazillion kids. So, nothing overtly sexual or explicit. I’d just like to have some fun, mood-setting background music.


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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The Eagles greatest hits, volume 1 and 2 should play well to that audience. Mellow and clean.

janbb's avatar

Van Morrison – Moondance, etc.
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road
Beach Boys
The Drifters – Under the Boardwalk
Some Bruce Juice
Mamas and the Papas

rebbel's avatar

The Doors would do nice for these ages.
Some Motown thrown in the mix.

tom_g's avatar

Beck’s Odelay is a fun album that may be pleasantly nostalgic for the late 30s/early 40s crew. I have summer associations with this album for some reason, and my kids dig some of the songs.

YoBob's avatar

It’s hard to go wrong with Jimmy Buffett for any outdoor occasion.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

80’S through and through!

gailcalled's avatar

Baby, Won’t You Light My Fire? (The Doors)
It’s Too Darn Hot. (Ella)
Summertime (Louis & Ella & a hot horn)
Steam Heat (The Pajama Game)
My Kitchen Man (Bessie Smith) HIs frankfurters are so sweet. How I love his sausage meat
Don’t Rain on My Parade (Streisand)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh. that’s easy. Bob Segar. Inside and out! Funny…we’re getting ready for a BBQ tomorrow and I was JUST thinking, before I read this, that we need to get Bob Segar out of the Durango and into the back yard.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Aerosmith, Sweet Emotion. One of my all time favs.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sweeeeeeeeeeeet emooooooootionn! Thanks @Adirondackwannabe. Now it’s stuck in my head.

zenvelo's avatar

@Dutchess_III Bob Seger is great summer time music! I often think of him as “most unappreciated”.

John Cougar Mellenkamp and early Tom Petty is good summer music too.

You might add a few tracks from the Woodstock album: Santana, Canned Heat, Ten Years After.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Dutchess_III I had to put it on after that!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Aerosmith, No More No More goes pretty well too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

o lord. TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT NOBODY WEARS!!! Yeah…I gotta go get it. “Come to Poppa!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@zenvelo Yeah…the older I get the more I appreciate Bob Segar’s music. It is truly timeless.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Pretty much anything by the Beach Boys should work.

Dutchess_III's avatar


Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Here’s one for the rockers ACDC, Hard As A Rock.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That was Bob Segar. “Like a rock! Mmmmmm Like a rock!” It’s getting awfully crowded in my head here….

MissAusten's avatar

Thanks for the suggestions so far! Keep ‘em coming!

Dutchess_III's avatar

70’s all the way!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

More ACDC: Thunderstuck. Fire Your Guns.

SpatzieLover's avatar

I like what several here have mentioned and would add Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys to the mix.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

A little Skynyrd would probably work well also. Good summertime music.

MissAusten's avatar

I’m going to have to look a lot of these up. I was too young to really remember the 80’s and not much into music until those wonderful hair bands came along. Bon Jovi was the first band my friends and I went really crazy over…in middle school, of course. Anything much before those years, I’m not really familiar with. This will give me something to do when my husband is on his next business trip!

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