Tailgating season is right around the corner, so why not start gearing up? And why not start with the music? After all, cranking some feel-good tailgate tuneage is one of the best ways to prepare for parking lot parties, BBQpaloozas, and all things football related. And a fun playlist is the key ingredient most people forget when they’re ironing out details for their pre-game bash.
The trick to creating the best tailgate mix tape? Consider nostalgia. A healthy dose of ear worms from football seasons past is sure to make anyone and everyone get ready and get set to go root for their favorite team.
Some football fans tend to pack their playlists heavy — including Sportz Jamz with lots of zs, Eyes of the Tigers, and a samey-samey song list from popular metal bands such as AC/DC, Van Halen, and Led Zepplin. While these are fine, I say one is enough. Go for variety instead and plan to please the masses by simply resurfacing some forgotten gems from the past three or four decades — songs everyone will love and be quick to recognize.
In other words, to prepare you for football season pre-game tunes, here are 5 key ingredients for the perfect tailgating playlist. Here’s what I suggest:
And here’s my tailgate mix tape for the 2013 football season: