Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday in May, is an opportunity to relax with family and friends while remembering all of the veterans who died serving our great nation. Before you fire up the grill and crack a cold one, take a moment to remember why Memorial Day is observed every year and be sure to thank those you know who serve or have served in our military.
Once you fire up the grill and crack a cold one, turn on those tunes and celebrate the beginning of the summer season. We asked a handful of our favorite country stars to help us create a Memorial Day playlist—songs from any artist or genre that they like to hear while relaxing outside—and here’s what they had to say.
“Summertime” by Kenny Chesney
“Kenny has a bunch of great songs, but ‘Summertime’ is a perfect way to kick off the summer. I know when I am at the beach this weekend, it will definitely be on my playlist. Some of my favorite things about summer are being at the beach, being with friends, watching baseball and just having a great relaxed time. Kenny’s song sums the season up perfectly.”
“Riding With Private Malone” by David Ball
“‘Private Malone’ is a great song for Memorial Day because it reminds us about all who have served so we can enjoy freedom. I’m grateful every day that I get to make music because I’m free to do so. Thanks to all who fought and continue to fight for our country.”
“The Fighting Side of Me” by Merle Haggard
“There’s not a better song that represents how I feel about our military. We are all here doing what we love because of those who died for our freedom. And if Haggard says it, it’s true!”
“Day Drinking” by Little Big Town
“It’s like a choir of angels whenever Little Big Town sings. ‘Day Drinking’ is a great tune to play while you’re sitting outside and enjoying the day.”
“Pancho & Lefty” by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
“I feel like I’d put on some Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. They’ve got so many good ones, it’s hard to pick. Those are my summertime jams, getting into some rebel country, and ‘Pancho & Lefty’ is a classic.”
“Ride” by Twenty One Pilots
“Memorial Day screams ‘summer is finally here!’ This song’s the perfect blend of lawn-chair chill and cannon-ball crazy.”