Summer is officially here and the 4th Of July is coming up fast, so it's time to get your BBQ playlist together!  If these 10 songs aren't playing across your yard, then it's time to add them.

To me, a little diversity is key because you will have a variety of people over when you BBQ and a playlist featuring only one genre of music won't appeal to everyone.  Of course, you want your favorites on there, but make sure these are mixed in too:

UP DOWN by Morgan Wallen Featuring Florida Georgia Line

I'll start with a newbie that just sounds like summer to me.  Plus, you can have fun explaining to everyone what "BFE" means.

SOMETHING LIKE THAT by Tim McGraw

Everyone knows this fun song and it has the word "barbeque" in the lyrics.  What's not to love?

MAS TEQUILA by Sammy Hagar

I know that people love to grill with a cold beer, but you'll find me with an insulated mug filled with tequila, soda water, a splash of Grand Marnier and a couple lime wedges with plenty of crushed ice.

This is the ultimate summer party song, which will be familiar to most people because it samples "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" by Gary Glitter.  I know Kid Rock's "All Summer Long", which samples "Sweet Home Alabama" is popular, but I'll take "Mas Tequila" over that one every time.

(YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY) by the Beastie Boys

Having a BBQ is all about fun and from the opening guitar riff, this song will make people smile.  Plus, you'll have everyone screaming the chorus for the neighbors to enjoy!

KICK MY ASS by Big & Rich

When Big & Rich hit the scene in 2004 with their album "Horse Of A Different Color", it was unlike anything out at the time.  While "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)" became the standout, I always like this one.  I laughed the first time I heard it and your guests will dig it too, especially with the crazy extended ending.

MARGARITAVILLE by Jimmy Buffett

You can never go wrong pulling out this classic at any summer BBQ or party.  It's certainly been played countless times, but does it really ever get old?  Jimmy Buffett is summer.  Check out this 'live performance of the classic featuring Miranda Lambert:

SUMMERTIME by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Sometimes you just wanna recline back on the deck and chill and this throwback song provides the perfect soundtrack.  You'll also likely have someone at your party who knows all the words to this song and it'll be the person you'd least expect.  I'm looking at you, Grandma.

'TIL SUMMER COMES AROUND by Keith Urban

It's okay to have a slower song on your playlist, especially for later on in the night when everyone is done eating and you're just hanging out and talking around the fire pit.  For my money, this chill song from Keith Urban is a great summer song for the occasion.  I especially like the guitar work and the syncopations in the arrangement of this one.

PARADISE CITY by Guns N' Roses

Sometimes you just gotta rock out and this is not only an awesome song, but it'll be a crowd pleaser at your BBQ.  Watch heads start to bob with the open riff and once that whistle blows, it's game on!

PLAYBOYS OF THE SOUTHWESTERN WORLD by Blake Shelton

Your guests expect to hear "Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton and deservedly so, but why not throw them a curve and play a better song that's even more fun?  Released in 2003, this tune wasn't one of Blake Shelton's biggest hits, but it became a fan favorite and a concert highlight.  Plus, the chorus provides another fun sing along that your neighbors will love!

Let's face it, I could make this list 100 songs long but as you put together your BBQ playlist, add these 10 tunes and you won't regret it.

Happy summer party time!

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