What’s Your Dream Beach Playlist?

Currently happening: a Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum and pineapple sits to my right, Chesney’s Anything But Mine is streaming through the speakers, a pirate girl is preparing to raise sail to come see me, and I’m typing this run-on sentence. This grand mood I find myself in is being blown forward by a specially concocted beach playlist.

I’ve said it before, nothing outside of chemicals can alter your mood like music.

Music instantly transports you to a place of fantasy or past memories. I remember dancing to Jake Owen’s Beachin’ on the bow of a catamaran anchored in White Bay JVD, or sailing up to Waterlemon Cay, St. John as Chesney’s Be As You Are flowed through the air. Those experiences are burnt into my salty noodle like a half thought out tattoo.

Every time I hit the beach, whether it be in the Caribbean or here in southwest Florida, there’s a beach playlist ready to lend itself to real-time memory making. My question to you is, what’s on your beach playlist?

The Tortuga Music Festival is just a month away and my excitement level is building like an action movie. Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Jake Own and a host of other bands will being rocking the sand of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Is there a better place to see Chesney and Zac Brown than on a beach? I think the hell not!

So to answer the question I posed to you, here are some of my favorite beach playlist songs. I’m a member of No Shoes Nation so don’t be surprised if a lot of them are KC inspired. There’s 485 songs on my Beach Playlist, the list below is some I just can’t live without.

Beach Playlist

RumShop’s Beach Playlist Favorites:

  • Island Song – Zac Brown Band
  • Gotta Little Crazy Last Night – Kenny Chesney
  • Wet Money – Jake and the Half Conched Band
  • Beachin – Jake Owen (I met the guy and didn’t even now it!)
  • A Pirate Looks at Forty – Jimmy Buffett
  • Soul of a Sailor – Kenny Chesney
  • I’m Alive – Michael Franti
  • Train Again – Mishka
  • Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band feat. J. Buffett
  • Somewhere in the Sun – Kenny Chesney
  • Springsteen – Eric Church
  • Toes – Zac Brown Band
  • Pirate Flag – Kenny Chesney
  • Boats – Kenny Chesney
  • Waterline – Jake and the Half Conched Band
  • Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  • Sunny Day – Joy Williams
  • Stars – Grace Potter
  • Show Love – Pressure
  • Sun Daze – Florida Georgia Line
  • Anything But Mine – Kenny Chesney
  • Don’t It – Kenny Chesney
  • Life on a Rock – Kenny Chesney
  • When I See This Bar – Kenny Chesney

This list could literally go on forever, but these are some of my favorites. Some of which will be played at the Tortuga Music Festival.

Currently happening: my rum and pineapple is empty. I’m inspired to tell you a story about the power of music. The setting, anchored off White Bay in the BVI.

BVI Castaways

Boat music

I think there was about a dozen of us Castaways, maybe more, all sitting on the trampoline of a Lagoon 44 cat. The only light was from the twinkling stars and the swaying mast. Shawn of Coastlines and Tan Lines pulled out his guitar and starting strumming away with When I See This Bar, by Mr. Chesney. We all sat there underneath the Caribbean stars, anchored in a sea of bliss. The group was collectively lost in the music, lost in the surreal nautical atmosphere. You could tell a moment was happening.

“Living like pirates, out amongst the stars.”

We sat there quietly, nodding our heads to the seductive lyrics that fit the beach bar scene we indulged in all day. Then came the climactic ending…

“That’s what I see when I see this bar.”

I sang out those lyrics as the accompaniment goes in the song. Shawn would go, then I would go. Like I said, it was a moment. Neither one of us can really sing, but that didn’t matter. It was all about the music, the island setting, and the feeling…

Magic – Kenny Chesney

Painkillers-and-Guitar-Shawn

Leave a comment below and give me your top 10 Beach Playlist songs. It’s nearly impossible to pick just ten I know, but give it a shot.

Cheers,
RumShopRyan

By | 2016-12-31T11:58:39+00:00 March 11th, 2015|Kenny Chesney, Salt Life Sound (Music)|10 Comments

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10 Comments

  1. Big Kahuna March 11, 2015 at 10:37 am

    im a big fan of more independent and lesser known artists.
    Homemade Wine, Howard Livingston, Callypso Nuts, Jake Owen, Swim Skinny and Matt Hoggatt are all on my beach / boat list.

  2. Justin March 11, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Would you mind making this into a Spotify playlist? It would really help up us stuck up here in the great white north to take a little mental vacation until the snow melts.

  3. PJC March 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Agree with both comments – PLEASE make your list a Spotify list so we can listen and not just read it!

    And much like Big K – I would want a bit more diversity with my beach mix, probably including Jack Johnson, Soja, Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley, Current Swell and Matisyahu.

  4. mm
    RumShopRyan March 11, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I’ll see what I can do on the Spotify list guys. Great idea! Cheers!

  5. Mike McDade March 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Sweet and Dandy- Toots and the Maytals
    Draw Your Brakes-Scotty
    Ketchy Shuby- Peter Tosh
    Toes-Zac Brown
    Brighter than the Sun- Colbie Caillat
    Struggling Man- Jimmy Cliff
    I Can See Clearly Now- Johnny Nash
    Where the Boat Leaves From- Zac Brown
    Sloop John B- The Beach Boys
    Sleepwalk- Santo & Johnny

  6. NancieM March 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    1. Waiting In Vain-Bob Marley
    2. Take Another Road-Jimmy Buffett
    3. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere-Jimmy Buffett
    4. No Shoes, No Shirts, No Problems-Kenny Chesney
    5. Anything by Mishka
    6. The whole “Be As You Are” CD- Kenny Chesney

    I think I’ve gone over 10…but,you know,it’s all good! ūüôā

  7. mm
    RumShopRyan March 12, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Great lists Mike and Nancie!

  8. Joe March 13, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    how about:
    LONG WAY TO GO, ALAN JACKSON
    THIS AIN’T DUVAL STREET, BOAT DRUNKS
    LIVELY UP YOURSELF, BOB MARLEY
    I’VE GOT A BEACH IN MY BACKYARD, BRENT BURNS
    DUVAL CRAWL, CARIBBEAN COWBOYS
    TWO PINA COLADAS, GARTH
    LAID BACK & KEY WASTED, JIM MORRIS
    THE TIKI BAR IS OPEN, JOHN HIATT
    ALWAYS SATURDAY KNIGHT, THOM SHEPHERD
    ONE BRIGHT DAY, ZIGGY MARLEY

  9. Henry March 19, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Island in the sun — Weezer. Great beach tune

  10. Marie June 19, 2015 at 1:13 am

    I love beach music!

    Here is my list:;
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Beach Boys
    Rude – Magic
    Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley
    Selfish – Sunset Daze
    Overdrive – Eraserheads
    Amber – 311
    Happy – Squareheads

    I’m planning to hit the beach very soon… Been working out to be able to wear a bikini! I love the beach!

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