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.
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:
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.