Country music is (of course) the best genre to listen to year-round, but there's just something about the summertime that makes the classics even better—especially when you're lounging down on the beach. The warmth of the summer sun, the sound of the ocean waves, the smell of the salt in your hair...few things are as relaxing as a day on the coast. Next time you head out to the shore, or just take your lounge chair to the backyard, queue up these country beach songs. Featuring your favorite artists—including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Dolly Parton—this list will have you moving and grooving on the shoreline. Every tune will make you want to sing louder than the last (except that may not be such a great idea at a public beach!). Here are our 35 top country beach songs to top off a perfect summer day.
You simply can't go wrong with this classic at the top of your beach playlist. Make sure all your friends have poured "somethin' tall an' strong" by the first chorus.
Carrie singing about pontoons and margaritas will have you grabbing your beach bag and heading to the nearest shoreline. The only place to go? Party cove!
If you haven't scheduled your summer vacation, this country beach song will get you planning your getaway ASAP. Obviously, Kenny recommends traveling south of the border.
We all know Jimmy Buffet knows how to do beach hits. (Hello, "!") This collaboration will have you dreaming of your own kind of paradise.
Searching for a ballad to play for that special someone? Brad's sweet tune has you covered.
There's no better scene in the summer than when a beach is to your left and the sea is to your right. Oh, and a tiki bar close by, of course.
Be honest: We all have a pair of pink sunglasses—or something similar—from a shop right on the shore. It's a staple purchase of any beach vacation.
Are you a "sucker for the sand and sea?" If so, crank up Kenny and Willie's duet.
Grab your cocktail of choice and turn up this upbeat song. Everyone will be ready to party the first time Eric sings, "All I want to do is put a drink in my hand."
You just can't help but sing along to Luke's easygoing music. You'll be belting, "Sunrise, sunburn, sunset, repeat," at the top of your lungs.
As Kenny croons, "Summertime is finally here," you'll be ready to celebrate by changing into your shades and cutoffs.
Dolly singing about her summer romance might remind you of your own former fling. You'll be yearning for the days of "running barefoot and feeling free."
We all might be a little to old to sip whiskey out of the bottle and not think about tomorrow, but this rocking medley will bring you back to those days. As soon as the song starts, you'll be daydreaming of past summers.
Lake lovers will instantly relate to Craig's song. You'll be thinking of all the fun times you've had on the water when he sings about rockin' the boat.
The only thing to sip on while listening to Deana's hit? A glass of strawberry wine, of course.
Clint is spot-on when he sings, "Everything's right with the summer comin'." We couldn't agree more!
One of the best parts about the beach is it's always acceptable to have a drink in your hand. You definitely "don't need a reason or a happy hour."
Don't wait on the sun to go down. Queue up Keith's country beach song any time of the day.
The Voice alum sings about a short-lived romance in this love song. It might just take you back to your own teen days.
Once you jam out to this classic Kenny song, you'll also be thinking: "Ain't no better time than now for Mexico!"
It doesn't matter which beach—we just want to be on one!
Turn up this classic and you'll have everyone grooving along.
Grab your cold can koozie and crank up this perfectly named song.
Dierks knows the best way to handle a breakup: By sipping something strong in the sand.
Life is always good when you're jamming to this laid back groove.
Let Faith's smooth hit take you to "good times, sunshine, and summertime."
Need to get out of town but don't have a destination in mind? The seashores of old Mexico are all you'll ever need.
Brad has the complete beach checklist in this number: A pair of shades and an ice-cold beer.
We'll take a one-way ticket to anywhere Carrie is going!