OFFSTAGE: 25 More Summer Songs for People‘s Playlist

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Nice try, People magazine. Your list of summer jams is pretty good. But 18 songs aren’t enough to get me through an hour of summer, let alone a long day at the beach or any kind of patio cocktail party, backyard barbecue or smoky bonfire. So allow me to embellish your list a little by adding old and new carefree country songs that make me think of all things summer and make me want to, as you say, grab a beer and go dancing on the beach.

“Hicktown,” Jason Aldean
“Parking Lot Party,” Lee Brice
“Next to You, Next to Me,” Shenandoah
“Beaches of Cheyenne,” Garth Brooks
“Aw Naw,” Chris Young
“Beer on the Table,” Josh Thompson
“Always the Love Songs,” Eli Young Band
“Adalida,” George Strait
“Way Down Here,” Kenny Chesney
“Mayberry,” Rascal Flatts
“Strawberry Wine,” Deana Carter
“Round Here,” Florida Georgia Line
“Redneck Yacht Club,” Craig Morgan
“Mexicoma,” Tim McGraw
“Damn Thing,” Pistol Annies
“My House,” Kacey Musgraves
“The Sound of a Million Dreams,” David Nail
“Domestic, Light and Cold,” Dierks Bentley
“Little House on the Highway,” Kellie Pickler
“Sober,” Little Big Town
“Sounds So Good,” Ashton Shepherd
“Tacklebox,” Luke Bryan
“Walk Me Down the Middle,” The Band Perry
“22,” Taylor Swift
“All Summer Long,” Kid Rock

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.