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25 Essential Songs for Your Fourth of July BBQ: Playlist

Fire up the grill, crack open a cold one and listen to these perfect barbecue jams from Miley Cyrus, Will Smith, Smash Mouth (!) and more

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The Fourth of July is definitely the greatest of the summer holidays, the perfect time to be around loved ones. With the warm weather finally officially here, it's traditional to assemble your crew, fire up the grill and play the best music that will:

A. Appeal to a wide range of music fans
B. Make you want to hug a flag
C. Cause that "Ohhhhh" moment of nostalgia/happiness when the song starts

We've combed our musical brains to come up with 25 classic tracks from Miley CyrusBeyonceDaft Punk and more that hit all of these criteria. Press play and thank us later.

1 / 25

Smash Mouth, "All Star" (1999)

2 / 25

Beyonce, "Party" (2011)

3 / 25

Calvin Harris, "Summer" (2014)

4 / 25

Miley Cyrus, "Party in the U.S.A." (2009)

5 / 25

Tag Team, "Whoomp! (There It Is)" (1993)

6 / 25

Shakira, "Hips Don't Lie" (2006)

7 / 25

Daft Punk, "Get Lucky" (2013)

8 / 25

Nicki Minaj, "Starships" (2012)

9 / 25

Katy Perry, "California Gurls" (2010)

10 / 25

Kid Rock, "All Summer Long" (2008)

11 / 25

Seu Jorge, "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" (2010)

12 / 25

Menahan Street Band, "Make the Road by Walking" (2008)

13 / 25

Zac Brown Band, "Chicken Fried" (2008)

14 / 25

Major Lazer, DJ Snake & MØ, "Lean On" (2015)

15 / 25

Nelly, "Hot In Herre" (2002)

16 / 25

Will Smith, "Miami" (1997)

17 / 25

Daft Punk, "Around the World" (1997)

18 / 25

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, "Summertime" (1991)

19 / 25

Sublime, "What I Got" (1996)

20 / 25

Third Eye Blind, "Semi-Charmed Life" (1997)

21 / 25

Notorious B.I.G., "Juicy" (1994)

22 / 25

Raekwon, "Ice Cream" (1995)

23 / 25

Don Henley, "The Boys of Summer" (1984)

24 / 25

Nu Shooz, "I Can’t Wait" (1984)

25 / 25

Parliament, "Up for the Down Stroke" (1974)

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