We’ve been in our new house for almost a year, but we’ve yet to host any backyard shindigs. Well, that’s about to change, and I’ve been spending ridiculous amounts of time trying to get the perfect playlist. While the other playlists I’ve posted had themes, the Summer Backyard Playlist is much looser. I like to mix in current hits with old favorites. I want my guests to tap their toes, nod their heads to the beat, and maybe dance a little. If anyone says, “I love this song!” or “Great playlist!” they get access to my secret stash of goodies.
Here are a few of the songs from my 2012 Summer Backyard Playlist:
~ “Brokenhearted,” by Karmin: This song is so freaking catchy that after hearing it for the first time, I immediately downloaded it then proceeded to play it on a loop for three straight days. I still can’t get enough of it.
~ “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard,” by Paul Simon: Everyone always sings along to the line, “Good-bye to Rosie the Queen of Corona.” I love it.
~ “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” by Greg Laswell: I love throwing covers like this on playlists. Thirty seconds in, everyone starts looking at each other like, “Is this…was that…is this a…Cyndi Lauper song?” Yes, yes it is.
~ “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” by Blue Öyster Cult: Every playlist needs more cowbell.
~ “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” by Eli Young Band: This country sounds like something Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would release. It has a good tempo for a backyard party – it rocks, but not too hard to be distracting.
~ “Stuck In The Middle With You,” by Stealers Wheel: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…sounds like my guest list.
~ “Call Me Maybe,” by Carly Rae Jepson: My daughter would never let me get away with not putting this song on my playlist. Yes…I’m going to blame it on her…
What would you want to hear if you were drinking sangria in my backyard?