, Spotify Playlist – BBQ

The right BBQ playlist serves as a background moodsetter while also conjuring up a nostalgic mood that works its way between the hiss of the barbeque, friendly chatter and blue skies. I kept this one old school. Combine with m recent Summer Jams playlist and an extra dollop of ketchup.

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The tracks

Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together?

As heard in a mix by DJ maestro Jamie xx, this 1972 song uses a Hammond organ and a sparse drum machine beat to create something warm and soulful.

The Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’

A 1973 song everyone knows even if they don’t know that until it’s played.

Marcia Aitken – I’m Still In Love With You

Only one reggae song is allowed on a BBQ playlist and this lovers rock Alton Ellis cover is one of the sweetest.

Jimi Hendrix – Long Hot Summer Night

From the 1968 classic Electric Ladyland. ”Where are you on this hot cold summer?”

Quincy Jones – Summer In The City

A 1973 laidback groove to watch the city go by. As sampled by Massive Attack and The Pharcyde.

David Bowie – Sound And Vision

A largely-instrumental track from his 1977 album Low, this went to the top of the charts thanks to BBC using it as a soundtrack on their programmes.

Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic

A lumbering blues-rock rhythm is central to the appeal of this track from the American band’s 1974 third album of the same name.

Brigitte Bardot – Contact

A French language curveball from the actress’ 1968 album. Allez retro-futuristic space-pop!

Serge Gainsbourg – En Melody

Continuing our stay in France, Gainsbourg didn’t just make creep pop, occasionally he made really effective funk-rock jams.

Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness

Probably more well-known now as the source of the Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince song Summertime.

Plus 16 more tracks in the playlist from Sly & The Family Stone, Aretha, Rolling Stones, Talk Talk, Stevie Wonder, ESG and more.

Listen to the Spotify playlist with 26 songs:

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