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12 Best Beach Songs

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Summer is once again upon us, and with it comes school vacations, summer Fridays, sunny weather and the beach. Millions of people will head out to beaches in the summer, and there’s no better feeling than laying out on the sand under the scorching sun (with plenty of sunscreen, of course!) and listening to some great beach songs. We’ve assembled a playlist on Beats Music of our favorite party beach tunes for you to jam out to while you contemplate a dip in the water.

Demi Lovato, “Cool For the Summer”


The debut single from Demi Lovato‘s forthcoming album is an unexpectedly fizzy, sexy concoction that contains a bunch of thinly-veiled euphemisms for bicurious experimentation: “Take me down into your paradise / Don’t be scared ’cause I’m your body type / Just something that we wanna try.” Produced by hitmaker Max Martin, this one will carry you into the after-sunset beach party around the bonfire.


Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘E.MO.TION’


The title track from Carly Rae Jepsen‘s 2015 album is the flawlessly bubbly pop the world fell in love with on “Call Me Me Maybe,” and it holds up on repeated listens (a must for any mixtape track).


Bruno Mars, ‘Locked Out of Heaven’


Bruno Mars‘ ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ quickly became one of Mars’ most critically and commercially well-received singles. The 2012 hit was heavily influenced by the new wave era of the ’80s and drew comparisons with the Police. Mars sings “‘Cause your sex takes me to paradise” repeatedly to the new wave and reggae pop tune, making it a feel good, sing-along beach song.

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Katy Perry, ‘California Gurls’


Katy Perry embodies the spirit of what it’s like to be a SoCal girl in ‘California Gurls,’ the first single off her 2010 album ‘Teenage Dream.’ The lyrics “Daisy Dukes / Bikinis on top / Sun-kissed skin / So hot / We’ll melt your popsicle” evoke images of summer girls in California. The jovial nature of the tune makes it a perfect beach playlist addition.

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Rihanna, ‘You Da One’


Rihanna‘s ‘You Da One’ is off the ‘Talk That Talk’ album in 2011. A mixture of dancehall and reggae, the song has a Caribbean tone which is representative of Rihanna’s Barbados background. The singer repeats, “My love is your love / Your love is my love,” making it a positive, cheery song to lay by the ocean to.


Beyonce, “Standing On the Sun” (Mr. Vegas Remix)


“Standing On the Sun” first surfaced in Beyonce‘s Pepsi campaign back in 2013, and it got an album release on Beyonce: Platinum Edition. The remix, featuring dancehall legend Mr. Vegas, will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation even if you’re just sunbathing on the patio.


Cody Simpson, ‘Surfboard’


Australian teen sensation Cody Simpson is no stranger to singing about good summer times, and ‘Surfboard’ is another one of Simpson’s paradise-themed hits. “So come on / Let the ocean take us away / ‘Til we see the daylight,” he sings. There haven’t been many songs about surfing since the Beach Boys days, so thanks to Cody, the musical spirit of the the beach’s best pastime is still alive.

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Sean Paul, ‘Temperature’


A beach songs playlist wouldn’t be complete without at least one song by Sean Paul. The Jamaican rapper brought the dancehall genre to the mainstream with early hits ‘Gimmie the Light,’ ‘Get Busy’ and this 2006 track ‘Temperature.’ The deep, booming bass sounds make it a great party song, but the rhythmic dancehall flavor makes it an even better summer beach song.

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Yellowcard, ‘Ocean Avenue’


‘Ocean Avenue,’ from pop punk group Yellowcard, was an enormous hit in 2003. Based on a street in Jacksonville, Fla., where the band originated from, the song is an ode to their former town with lyrical references to the beach, such as, “If I could find you now things would get better / We could leave this town and run forever / Let your waves crash down on me / And take me away.”


Sugar Ray, ‘Fly’


Sugar Ray’s ‘Fly’ was one of the most memorable hits of the summer of 1997. The midtempo pop song featured reggae elements and painted an audio picture of chilling by the beach. Since ‘Fly’ had a distinctly different sound compared to the rest of the ‘Floored’ album, Sugar Ray was initially labeled a possible one-hit wonder. But their next album, ’14:59,’ spawned such hits as ‘Every Morning’ and ‘Someday’ (also mellow, chillout pop tunes), which showed their critics that they weren’t ready to disappear just yet.

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Pitbull, ‘Don’t Stop the Party’


When it comes to party songs, Pitbull has become the go to guy for his uproarious over-the-top club tunes. The Cuban rapper had another hit in ‘Don’t Stop the Party,’ the 2012 hit off the album ‘Global Warming.’ The song is a redo of TJR’s ‘Funky Vodka,’ which borrowed a sample from the 1973 Jamaican Reggae song, ‘Funky Kingston.’ “Yeah, yeah, yeah / Que no pare la fiesta / Don’t stop the party” proclaims Pitbull. It’s a beach tune that will get any party going for hours through the night.


Calvin Harris, ‘Summer’


Calvin Harris‘ ‘Summer’ is a dance-pop track off his 2014 album. It’s Harris’ first song since ‘Feel So Close’ that he lends his own vocals to, in addition to producing the music for the track. The lyrics “When I met you in the summer / To my heartbeat sound / We fell in love / As the leaves turned brown” paint a picture of summer love. The laid back, electric love song makes it a great song to listen to while laying down on the beach.

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