It’s that time of year again! With Memorial Day weekend upon us, BBQ season has officially begun. Let me break it to you: There’s no cookout quite like the one thrown by Black folks. The music that will be played will be just as important as who mans the grill and the celebration that occurs when multiple generations of families gather.
Music selection can be tricky when you’ve gathered old and young folks. Other than the Black classics that are played at nearly every function—cue anything by Michael Jackson or Frankie Beverly and Maze—here’s a list of other songs to add to the mix as the ribs marinate and the punch flows. Just be sure to look out for that White woman with the cellphone who just might call the cops, thus ruining your barbecue vibes.
EBONY’s list of 25 songs, old and new, that should be the background music at the coolest cookouts:
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.