Hi! This post is a year old. If you want an updated version, head over to my summer 2014 version! b_IMG_7536 The perfect pool party or beach playlist takes a special music sauce. It must be upbeat, yet laid back. I should give guests lounging around the pool the sense that "It doesn't get better than this." It must sound good when backed by the percussion of cold beers being cracked open, and inspire listeners to tilt their heads back and close their eyes with pleasure as the sun bathes their bronze faces. Ideally, you would have a DJ friend show up with a mixer (placed far away from the water) who could do all this for you. But if you don't, you can still send your guests away with the sense that something epic happened that day by the blue waters of the pool or ocean. I whipped up a nine-hour long playlist for my sister's birthday exactly a year ago, and since then I just keep adding to it! So here is the updated version for 2013, with 179 tracks. It starts with classic rock favorites, then goes into some fun 80s rock tracks, then a few nostalgic 90s songs and old school hip-hop interspersed with 2011 and 2012 mashups, before dropping into current indie hits, then fading into some beachy chillwave right around dusk before jumping into disco house and--around when everyone is ten beers deep--into cheesy pop hits that everyone loves to sing along to, before finally ending in excellent and exuberant dance music. And remember, it's your playlist. So listen, consider, and edit it to suit you and your friends' tastes. At the very least, it's an excellent starting point. I've shared the list on Spotify here: However, there are a bunch of more obscure tracks you can't find on Spotify and have to download. Plus, not everyone has Spotify. So I've listed all the tracks for you below. If the song title is linked, you need to listen to it/download it from SoundCloud to experience it. It's worth it, I promise. The rest are available on Spotify and probably iTunes.

Classic Rock

Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane Joy to the World - Three Dog Night Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd I Get Around - The Beach Boys California Girls - The Beach Boys Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones Take on Me - a-ha Paradise City - Guns n Roses American Girl - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Ramble On - Led Zeppelin Song of the South - Alabama Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen Your Love - The Outfield Centerfold - J. Geils Band Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

80s Pop

Jump in the Line - Harry Belafonte Maneater - Daryl Hall & John Oates Black or White - Michael Jackson Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle Young Turks - Rod Stewart Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

90s Nostalgia

Walking on Broken Glass - Annie Lennox Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind Lovefool - The Cardigans Summertime - Sublime Summer Girls - LFO Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow Miami - Will Smith Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera Cold Beverage - G. Love & Special Sauce

Feel-Good Hip Hop and Mashups

Feels So Good - Mase Keepin' the Faith - De La Soul Body Movin' - Beastie Boys Dutchie Courage - Star Slinger Sunshine - Atmosphere The Good Life - Chiddy Bang Summertime - Will Smith The Way You Move - Outkast Candyman - Cornershop GETO BOYS - G/L/A/S/S/C/A/N/D/Y Crime - Chip Tha Ripper Still Strugglin' - Raekwon The Recipe - Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre Machine Gun Funk (Woody Remix) - Notorious B.I.G.  Party at the Crib - Bei Maejor  Let's Ride - Bon Thugs-N-Harmony Lady Killers - G-Eazy, Hoodie Allen Grown Up - Danny Brown My Type of Party (Dom Kennedy feat. Tyga & Juicy J) - OPM Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty By Nature Hypnotize - The Notorious B.I.G. Tupac - Do for Love - Vodka & Milk  Runnin (Philippians RMX) - The Pharcyde History Town - Mos Dub Midnight Life - The White Panda Dancing With the DJ (Chiddy Bang) - The Knocks God of Joy (Dionysus) - Anthem Dear Professor - The Dean's List Foreign Exchange Student - XV  Stage Dive - Sol

Indie Hits and Songs That Should Be Hits

Shove It - Santogold New in Town - Little Boots Around the Bend - The Asteroids Galaxy Tour Kids - MGMT Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros East Coast Girl - Cayucas Now We Can See - The Thermals Daylight - Matt & Kim Lisztomania - Phoenix Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club Punching in a Dream - The Naked and the Famous Palomino - Mates of State Learn to Fly - The Knocks Hollywood featuring Penguin Prison (The Magician Remix) - RAC  City of Lovers - Baby Monster Burn It All Down - VHS or Beta Houdini - Foster the People Don't Stop - Foster the People Bombay - El Guincho Rain of Gold - Young Empires Nobody Lost, Nobody Found - Cut Copy Show Me - Mint Royale Lights & Music - Cut Copy Pumped up Kicks - Foster the People Hearts on Fire - Cut Copy Living in America - Dom

Remixes and Mashups

Flowers - Teeth Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix) - Whitest Boy Alive  Sunshine (Justin Faust Remix) - Picture Book Polish Girl - Neon Indian Passion Pit - Sleepyhead Remix - Streetlab Diet Mtn. Dew [the original, not album version] - Lana Del Rey Breathe - Capital Cities ft Tupac Shakur

Chill(ish) Wave (Like, Not Strictly but Close)

Brooklyn Sunburn - Teen Daze  Just Another Day - Stori  License to Drive - Work Drugs Lovers Carvings (Bruno Be & Eddie M Remix) - Bibio Myth - Beachhouse Everything Is Embarrassing - Sky Ferreira Under the Kicks - Ellie Goulding vs Foster the People I Wanna Go - Summer Heart Fifteen - Goldroom Luv Deluxe - Cinnamon Chasers All Eyes on You - St. Lucia New Theory (RAC Mix) - Washed Out Sweetness Alive (Bufi Remix) - Goldroom Sonnentanz - Klangkarussell Lime - Koi You Make Me Feel Good - Satin Jackets Summerlong - Xylos Le Sable - Sunrom Paradise - Wild Nothing All Eyes on You - St. Lucia

Palm Tree-Summer-Disco-House

Get Lucky - Daft Punk City Girls - Goldroom Paris (Aeroplane Remix) - Friendly Fires You Take Me There (Rodriguez Jr. Remix) - Pedro Mercado & Karada feat. Zoe Xenia All Day All Night - DJ Romain Trans.Pacific Summer Blues - Illich Mujica  Need U - Duke Dumont, A*M*E Inspector Norse - Todd Terje Street Talk - Inland Knights Set Me Free - Dato Sun - Kenton Slash Demon Let's Have a Kiki - Scissor Sisters Bonafied Lovin (RAC Mix) - Chromeo Que Veux-Tu (Madeon Extended Remix) - Yelle Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake Remix) - Azari & III, Tensnake You [Ha Ha Ha] (Goldroom Remix) - Charli XCX Tongue Tied (Gigamesh Remix) Grouplove KDC Scion Mix - Kaviar Disco Club Heatwave - Fabian U Got Me - Lee Foss High - Sun City Slow Down - Poolside Romeo (Monitor 66 Remix) - Tempogeist  Ragysh - Todd Terje How Do You Do? (Todd Terje Remix) - Hot Chip  Today - Daniel Dexter Friends (Plastic Plates Remix) - Sneak Sound System  Satellite - Rodriguez Jr. Your Body - Gigamesh Those Days (Viceroy Remix) - Amtrac Midi Matilda (MyKill Remix) - Day Dreams  Move in the Right Direction (Classixx Remix) - Gossip Cold Nights - Chordashian Summertime Sadness (Marcapasos Remix) - Lana Del Rey You Don't Know Me - U-Tern  In My Arms - Mylo

Cheesy, Delicious Pop

Hits Me Like a Rock (Dillon Francis Remix) - CSS Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell  Paper Planes - M.I.A. Gucci Gucci - Kreayshawn We Found Love - Rihanna, Calvin Harris Bad Girls - M.I.A. I Love It - Icona Pop I'm on a Boat - The Lonely Island Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding Super Bass - Nicki Minaj TiK ToK - Ke$ha Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO Scream & Shout - will.i.am, Britney Spears Memories - David Guetta, Kid Cudi Like a G6 - Far East Movement Gagnam Style - Psy We R Who We R - Ke$ha

Exuberant Dance Songs

Call me Skrillex J. Robinson - The Jane Doze Call on Me - Eric Prydz On the Beach (Andy Duguid Remix) - Above & Beyond Collide - Leona Lewis / Avicii Let's Go - Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Vocal Down Mix) - Lana Del Rey Silhouettes - Avicii