The Ten Best Kenny Chesney Songs For Your Beach Bar Playlist

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Picking ten Kenny Chesney songs for a beach bar playlist isn’t easy. The country music superstar has made entire albums dedicated to living the laid back island vibe life of a beach bar bum. Someone has to do it, however, and I’m feeling up to it. So here you are – the ten must have Kenny Chesney songs for your beach bar playlist. Let me know what you think in the comments. If you would have added another song, which one would you remove and why?

10. “Marley” – How can I leave a song entitled “Marley” off this list? The answer? I can’t. Kenny discusses life getting in the way and his desire to get away to the sea with “me and Marley.”

9. “When I See This Bar” – When Kenny visits his favorite watering holes, memories that are attached to them come rushing back, the same reaction any beach bar bum would have to his favorite beach bar.

8. “When the Sun Goes Down” – Because that’s when the true memory making starts! Plus, I love Uncle Kracker and think he sounds great on this song. An unlikely duet that worked out in the end.

7. “Guitars and Tiki Bars” – Guitars and tiki bars and a whole lotta love where mangoes and Marley fit Kenny like a glove. If there was a song specifically written as an ode to beach bars, this would be it.

6. “Old Blue Chair” – A longtime favorite of mine with a permanent spot on my “Beach” playlist on my ipod. It’s the perfect song for drinks at sunset when we’re reminded of just how good life can be.

5. “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” – It was filmed at a beach bar and signs with these words are ubiquitous at beach bars. A no-brainer.

4. “Island Boy” – An ode to all of us who daydream daily about chucking it all and moving to the islands and then eventually do it. Oh to live the life of a Kenny Chesney song.

3. “Somewhere in the Sun” – “Oh I wish I was there tonight on Jost Van Dyke, sipping on some Foxy’s firewater rum.” Enough said.

2. “Sherry’s Living in Paradise” – I love the story the lyrics convey in this song. While it may be a surprise at number 2, the story of Sherry and the salt air soothing her soul and making her whole sung over the barely there backdrop of steel pan drums makes it an easy choice for me. By the end of the song, Sherry’s your new BFF.

1. “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” – The only thing I dislike about this song is that it comes to an end. Far and away my favorite Kenny Chesney tune, I would put it on repeat at my beach bar if it was up to me. The video couldn’t be more appropriate and the steel pan drums …. What can I say – I’m a sucker for steel pan!

Author: Tom W.

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  1. Thanks for the list I really enjoyed it! My husband and I having been going to St.John for the last four years and I look forward to it all year. We take the ferry to spend the day on Jost. When I am there I can hear these songs playing in my head. It’s hard to keep myself from smiling the whole time. Thanks again!

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    • Thank you for the kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the list and I hope they provide a suitable soundtrack for your future travels!

      I’ve actually been thinking of staying in St. John on our next trip just so I can day trip to Jost and Tortola!

      Hope to see you at a beach bar some day!


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  2. You did am awesome job. My husband and I go to antigua every spring and I always take kenny’s music with us. It makes it more special hearing his songs. Thank you Kenny

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    • Thank you, Lyn! It was hard picking a top 10 – there are so many that could make the list. By the way, I love Antigua! We’ve had the good luck to vacation there twice and loved it both times. Cheers!

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      • No top 10 will ever be everyone’s perfect fit, but it is solid enough that I listen to it often. My beach destination, All over the Gulf around the Pensacola area. Flounders is my “When I see this bar location”.

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        • Thanks for the feedback, Steve! Flounders sounds like a place I need to check out. Cheers!

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  3. Gotta add ‘Bucket List’!!

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    • Great choice, Kathy. Thanks!

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  4. Kenny is my favorite ❤ he helped me fall in love with my favorite place ever..JVD. I would add In this boat alone. Great song

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  5. A couple of my favorites, “Key’s in the Conch Shell” and “Pirate Flag”

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    • Great suggestions, Jim! Thanks!

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