Is your Memorial Day barbecue meat marinating? Have you cleaned out the pool, decorated the house in patriotic colors, stocked up on sodas, and locked away the “good” stuff from the kids? Just like you, we love a three-day weekend–especially when it’s the unofficial kick-off to summer!
We can’t exactly virtually contribute our famous potato salad to your potlock party, but we can give you a list of Top Ten Mellow Summertime Jams Perfect For A Memorial Day BBQ.
Sara Bareilles’ cute, quirky “Love Song” might be a pseudo-serious lyrical conversation about relationship dynamics, but her pretty voice and piano make us feel full of freedom and glee. We dare you to try to not sing along.
9. “Upside Down”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jack Johnson[/lastfm]
Throw on your bathing suit, blend yourself a pina colada, and go for a cool ocean dip in your mind with the relaxed acoustic guitar playing of Jack Johnson.
8. “Haven’t Met You Yet”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Buble[/lastfm]
The ultimate happy-go-lucky love song, the recently married Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet” isn’t exactly true anymore, but while you are lounging around your friend’s pool, it gives you a little hope that the guy coming in with the 12-pack of beers might be the one.
7. “Pocketful of Sunshine”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Natasha Bedingfield[/lastfm]
It’s been a cold, hard spring for a lot of people around the country. Natasha Bedingfield reminds us why summer is so amazing: You can luxuriate in pockets full of beautiful sunshine.
6. “Sunshine”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Matt Costa[/lastfm]
Speaking of sunshine, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Matt Costa’s song of the same name has a sort of children’s sing-song quality to it, making it the perfect little ditty to summon forth the sun.
5. “Soak Up The Sun”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sheryl Crow[/lastfm]
Once that sun comes out, follow Sheryl Crow’s lead and soak up a little of it. While you’re at it, tell everyone to lighten up. Someone has to.
4. “Bubbly”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Colbie Caillat[/lastfm]
Feel a little “Bubbly” this weekend while listening to Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly” and drinking some much deserved bubbly with your toes dipped in a hot tub full of bubbles. Ahhhh, bubbly bliss.
3. “Your Body Is A Wonderland”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Mayer[/lastfm]
After you’ve relaxed a bit, you can feel comfortable in your own skin for once–not subject to the harsh tug of the daily grind. John Mayer will remind you that you are a beautiful, sensual human being and that “your body is a wonderland.”
2. “The Lazy Song”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruno Mars[/lastfm]
We’re not sure why there is such a huge monkey theme in “relaxing'” vids. Maybe it’s because of that old phrase about “monkeyin’ around?” Bruno Mars takes being lazy to another level with one of our favorite songs (and videos) of the year–“The Lazy Song.”
1. “I’m Yours”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jason Mraz[/lastfm]
“Listen to the music of the moment/people dance and sing/we’re just one big family.” Listening to Jason Mraz’ “I’m Yours” will undoubtedly evoke a feeling of community with you and whomever is loungin’ with you.
Weekends like this are a perfect way to reconvene with the people you love. Like Mraz says, your time is “short.” Use this time while you have it to spread love and happiness this Memorial Day.