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Memorial Day Playlist


This Memorial Day Playlist is just right for mellow barbecues, beach bonfires and relaxed get-togethers with friends and family. If you’re hosting a holiday party this year, this is the music you need.

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The perfect Memorial Day party playlist.

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This Memorial Day music is upbeat, pop-y, easy to listen to and I think it will appeal to everyone.

Memorial Day parties tend to happen outside to celebrate the start of grilling and pool season. These songs are designed to be in the background and provide a jovial atmosphere.

Related: My Favorite Summer Music Playlist

While your guests might not know all of these songs, they are all pretty pop-forward and have a sound that will be familiar to them. 

Warm weather usually makes me want to play only classic rock, but since Memorial Day can sometimes be pretty gloomy, these songs really do help lift the mood. 

What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May and honors the women and men who have died while serving in the military. It is sometimes commemorated with city-wide parades, and visits to loved ones resting peacefully at the cemetery.

Although it’s easy to forget to stop and take a moment, I like to have a chat with my kids about what the day means for our country and for the families who have lost loved ones. 

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate as long as you take a second to teach your kids the importance of our military bodies and why our freedom is so important. 

But, just like what happens with most holidays, you will mostly hear about super sales at the local malls and be invited to or host a big party. 

Of course, it’s way more than that but sometimes a good party is the best way to remind your community what a holiday stands for.

Memorial Day Playlist

Use this link to find the playlist on Spotify:

Click here: Memorial Day Playlist

This playlist for Memorial Day has over 2 hours of music on it to help you kick off your party. But let me be clear. When I say the word “party” in my head it’s very mellow. There are no beer bongs. There are kids running around. No one is drinking sloppily. 

I’ve included some of my favorite upbeat songs like My Type by Saint Motel and Dreaming by Smallpools. But I’ve also included some newer stuff that I can’t get enough of like Boyfriend by Broken Social Scene and When Am I Going to Lose You by Local Natives. 

If you need an even longer playlist that you can put on and not think about, use my Beach at Sunset Playlist. It’s over 10 hours and has chill vibes that will make you chair dance and is pretty great for people with a mix of musical tastes.

This Memorial Day Playlist is the perfect background music to your party. Just remember to take some time during the day to think about the brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for the country that we love. 

Memorial Day party ideas

In case you need cocktails to serve at your party, these recipes of perfect cocktails to make at home will have you covered! Or peruse these Smirnoff Sorbet Light Cocktails for people who prefer something lower calorie. 

My two top dessert recipes are perfect for parties or potlucks (if you aren’t hosting this year!). Try this no-bake Strawberry Jello Angel Food Cake Dessert and my Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

And for sure I’m making this delicious Rose and Pink Peppercorn Goat Cheese Log and these Roasted Cherry Tomatoes over Burrata

Looking for Songs that are More Patriotic? 

While my Memorial Day Playlist is more of an overall vibe for your get-together, use the links below to check out playlists that other people have created with more of a patriotic feeling.

More playlists for your party

  • Yacht Rock Playlist | This smooth sailing pop-rock will have you wishing you were sipping a wine spritzer aboard a yacht in the harbor.
  • 90’s Alternative Playlist | The 90’s are so big right now. Why should your ears be left out? These alt-rock songs will make you so nostalgic for your Doc’s and sunflower print dress. 
  • Cleaning Playlist | This playlist will have you excited to clean your house leading up to the party. And again once all those messy party people leave…
  • The Best Road Trip Playlist | It’s classic and fun and a great way to pass the time in the car no matter where you’re going.
  • 80’s Inspired Playlist | If you like the sounds of the 80’s you’ll love this playlist with modern music that has flashback vibes.

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