Music Mama: “Life’s a Beach” Playlist


By Jackie Helton, the Music Mama

If you’re still waiting for your vacation to begin (or bummed out because it’s already over), then this is the playlist for you. Go to your favorite online music store (like iTunes) and download these songs because they are going to put you on the beach — even if it’s only in your mind. I love the laid-back beach tempo in these tunes… makes me want to sleep in the sun and order a drink with a little umbrella in it.

This is also a great playlist to use when you’re having a backyard pool or patio party, if you want to create a fun, summery mood that doesn’t interfere with party conversations. Enjoy, and happy summer!

I’m Yours, by Jason Mraz (Click here to see the music video. LOVE this song.)

One Love, by Bob Marley

Coconut, by Harry Nilsson

Kokomo, by The Beach Boys

Don’t Worry, Be Happy, by Bobby McFerrin

Blue Hawaii, by Elvis Presley

Tiny Bubbles, by Don Ho

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Volcano, by Jimmy Buffett

Two Hearts, by Chris Isaak

The Tide Is High, by Blondie

Red, Red Wine, by UB40

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, by Alan Jackson

The Music Mama is back on the first of each month with a new playlist for your listening pleasure. Have an idea for a new list? E-mail us at