You should always have backyard BBQ music for guests to enjoy. The music shouldn't be so loud it’s distracting, but enough to make it feel like a party. Set the volume to be loud enough that folks can hear it and recognize the songs the already know, but not loud enough that anyone has to speak up to overcome it. Keeping the music playing through the entirety of the party, dead air can make the atmosphere awkward.
We recommend setting up the music away from the grill, just to avoid any potential damage from heat or smoke to your gear. Find a spot in a corner, near the drinks, perhaps. These days, the easiest route is a Bluetooth speaker playing tunes from your smartphone, tablet, or nearby computer.
We used a Jawbone Jambox, which was plenty loud for our space, but there are several Bluetooth speaker options out there, many under $40. Just find one that uses a rechargeable battery, so you don’t have to deal with any power supplies or extension cords. For tunes, we made a custom playlist through Spotify featuring lots of 60s and 70s R&B (think Motown and Stax records) and then fading into some moody electronic pop as the night wore on. Here are a few free playlists to help give your gathering some energy.
Backyard BBQ Music
- Backyard Beer Tasting Playlist - Indie Pop and Folk
- Calm Down - Mellow tunes for all generations
- Reggae BBQ - enough said
- Tranquility with a Beat - Music doesn’t have to be slow to be relaxing
- Beer and Burgers - Rockabilly and Old School Rock and Roll
- Songs for Sunsets - Relaxed tunes for sitting around with friends
- Weekend Hangouts - Subtle electronic pop for any gathering