97 Top Beach Music Songs

When you travel on vacation or need some on the beach songs do you always make a list of your perfect tunes?

I would guess that you do make music a part of your travels.

Of all the places I go, the beach is the one special location where I really want to listen to music. If you’ve had a cold winter you especially understand.

Planning to vacay somewhere with sand and seagulls?

I’ve got a list of 97 on the beach songs that will be just perfect for any moment in the sun.

This is a variety of songs that include mostly Shagging Music –

Sticking with the genre of songs from the Carolinas and Virginia they’re perfect to put you in a good mood.

You can relax by blue water and palm trees and take the sounds of the summer along.

Here’s how to plan your on the beach songs play list.

I have found a list of 97 songs.

They are compiled by category and there’s such a variety everybody will enjoy at least five or six of these songs.

If you only take a few songs- these are classic-

1. Sixty Minute Man – Dominoes

  2. Carolina Girls – General Johnson & the Chairmen of the Board

  3. I Love Beach The Jackie Gore original Music the anthem of this special style that resonates with thousands of fans and is played at most every shagging occasion.- Embers

  4. Ms. Grace – Tymes

  5. Summertime’s Calling Me – Catalinas

  6. Stay – Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs

  7. My Girl – Temptations

  8. Cool Me Out – Lamont Dozier

  9. Under The Boardwalk – Drifters

10. Myrtle Beach Days – Fantastic Shakers


I have a soft spot for music I grew up with and I’m sure you do too.

Beach Bands

That’s what makes great memories. Especially when you go to the beach and you smell the salt air and hear the seagulls. The waves crashing off in the distance and that summer breeze bring these classic tunes home and they really hit the spot.

My Girl, Get Ready, Brown Eyed Girl, Into the Mystic, Build Me Up Buttercup, Gypsy Woman, Love Potion Number 9, Do You Love Me (from Dirty Dancing.)

11. Brenda – O.C. Smith

12. One Mint Julep – Clovers

13. It Will Stand – Showmen

14. Rainy Day Bells – Globetrotters

15. Lady Soul – Temptations

16. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – Tams A legendary Beach Music group

17. You’re More Than A Number In My Little Red Book – Drifters

18. Hey Baby – Bruce Channel

19. With This Ring – Platters

20. Nip Sip – Clovers

Many Motown songs are reminiscent of Carolina Fun in the Sun and of course Bill Deal and the Rhondels with their fantastic versions of songs like I’ve Been Hurt, May I, and What Kind Of Fool plus songs by the fabulous Tams.

Any Beach playlist needs slow romantic songs to bring back memories of a first kiss. Nothing takes you back like the sound of sea gulls off in the distance and the smell of coca butter suntan lotion. Obviously we’ve got plenty of Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, and the Queen – Aretha Franklin 

Traveler tip- I enjoy making a playlist on my phone and then take along an external speaker (waterproof of course) to play on the beach. Easy to toss in a bag and the sound quality is a lot better.

Upbeat happy songs

21. Party Time Man – Futures

22. Club Savoy – Rockin’ Louie & The Mamma Jammers

23. Thank You John – Willie Tee

24. Think – The “5” Royales

25. (I’m Just Thinking About) Cooling Out – Jerry Butler

26. My Guy – Mary Wells

27. Come Get To This – Marvin Gaye

28. You Bring Out The Boogie In Me – Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

29. Hello Stranger – Barbara Lewis (The Main Event Band covers this masterfully)

30. 39-21-46 – Showmen

31. Green Eyes – Ravens

There’s a place for Soul Classics and there’s a few new songs I like to play as well like Happy and every now and then I’ll throw in a funny song like Elvira. They always lighten the mood.

The following songs get on my list year after year- Miss Grace, Up On the Roof, Under the Boardwalk, So in Love by the Tymes, May I Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, Soul Man Sam & Dave or the great version by The Blues Brothers.

32. It Ain’t No Big Thing – Radiants

33. Work With Me Annie – Midnighters

34. Anna – Arthur Alexander

35. Don’t Drop It – Wilbert Harrison

36. It’s All Right – Impressions

37. Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Four Tops

38. Good Rockin’ Tonight – Wynonie Harris

39. I Got The Fever – Prophets

40. Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody – Louis Prima

41. Safronia B – Calvin Boze

42. Going Back To Louisiana – Delbert McClinton

43. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart – Coasters

44. This Old Heart Of Mine – Isley Brothers

45. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow – Marvin Gaye

46. You’re So Fine – Falcons

47. Searchin’ – Coasters

48. Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee – Stick McGhee

49. The Entertainer – Tony Clarke

50. Lipstick Traces – Benny Spellman

51. She Shot A Hole In My Soul – Clifford Curry

52. Give Me Just A Little More Time – Chairmen Of The Board

There are times when we poke a little fun at country music mostly because we’re big fans of country music especially the Zac Brown Band. Some songs by The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Chesney, lots of Jimmy Buffett, some Willie, and Alabama of course who got their start playing at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach.

53. Just One Look – Doris Troy

54. But It’s Alright – J.J. Jackson

55. What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) – Tams

56. I Need Your Loving – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford

57. Easy Comin’ Out (Hard Goin’ In) – William Bell

58. Girl Watcher – O’Kaysions

59. White Cliffs Of Dover – Checkers

60. Annie Had A Baby – Midnighters

61. I Do Love You – Billy Stewart

62. A Quiet Place – Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters

63. Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies – Drifters

64. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – Four Tops

65. Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On – Gloria Hardiman

66. Something Old, Something New – Fantastics

67. It Started With A Kiss – Hot Chocolate

68. Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison

69. Shakin’ The Shack – Fantastic Shakers

70. I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy – Lamplighters

71. Walking Up A One Way Street – Willie Tee

72. Surely I Love You – Rosco Gordon

73. Kidnapper – Jewell & the Rubies

74. More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Starecase

75. Across The Street – Lenny O’Henry

Soul Classics

If you have never heard Over the Rainbow by Jerry West with the band of Oz grab a copy of that and there’s a few other great rendition Now all you need is a pair of flip-flops sunscreen sunglasses and a hat let us know some of your favorite beach music songs.

 76. Mercy Mr. Percy – Varetta Dillard

77. Jamie – Eddie Holland

78. I Got Loaded – Peppermint Harris

79. Hold Back The Night – Trammps

80. Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love) – Swingin’ Medallions

81. Wee Baby Blues – Joe Turner

82. Lonely Teardrops – Jackie Wilson

83. That’s Summertime To Me – Dale Van Horn

84. Rub A Little Boogie – Champion Jack Dupree

85. Flamingo – Earl Bostic

86. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown

87. Smoky Places – Corsairs

88. Cry To Me – Solomon Burke

89. I Love You 1,000 Times – Platters

90. Searching For My Love – Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces

91. Chicken Shack Boogie – Amos Milburn

92. May I – Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs

93. I Just Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind – Four Tops

94. Would You Believe – Tempests

95. Candy – Astors

96. The Last Of The Good Rocking Men – Four Jacks

97. I’m Gonna Miss You – Artistics

98. Ocean Boulevard – Band Of Oz

Note from the publisher of this original list

Criteria: These songs were ranked based upon their initial and lasting popularity among Beach good timing shagging Music good timing shagging fans, and on their impact and influence on Beach Music and its culture.

Edited By: Frankie C. www.beachmusic45.com

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