It’s time for summer cookouts! And no cook-out is complete without music loud enough to make your neighbors complain…. or at least come over and join in the festivities.

Here are ten songs guaranteed to provide the perfect soundtrack to your summer BBQ!

Total “Kissin You / Oh Honey Remix”

Built around a sample of Delegation’s late 70’s classic “Oh Honey,” Kima, Keisha & Pam crafted a great song for a chill afternoon in the sun with a burger fresh off the grill and a good game of dominoes.

Slave “Watching You”

“Walkin’ down the street watchin ladies go by”

Really, as far as summer anthems go, it gets no better than this classic 80’s jam!

DJ Quik “Summer Breeze”

Quik represented for the west coast on this overlooked gem from his 1995 album Safe & Sound which also has the distinction of being one of the few Quik records you can throw on with your grandparents around.

Jay-Z “Dear Summer”

In an effort to get people to buy Memphis Bleek’s 534 album, Jay-Z contributed this ode to the season.

Slum Village “Tell Me” (feat. D’Angelo)

The combination of J Dilla’s swinging drums, D’Angelo’s breezy keys and vocals, and the rest of Slum Village’s rhythmic flows makes this cut from Slum Village’s Fantastic Vol. 2 a great song to throw on at your next BBQ!

The Gap Band “Outstanding”

This is a song that is good for any type of gathering, except maybe a funeral. Someone’s gonna bust out in a two-step with a hot dog in one hand and a beer in the other.  Guaranteed.

Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo”

Sure, they were one-hit-wonders, but what a hit this song was!

Dr. Dre “Nuthin’ But A G Thang”

Blame it on the video.

Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince “Summertime”

It’s an obvious pick, but there’s a reason why this early 90’s classic is always named on these sorts of lists.  It’s just that great!

Luther Vandross “Never Too Much”

The title track from Luther’s first solo album has been a staple of barbecues ever since it dropped in the early ’80s.

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