You have your grill set up, meat cooking and beverages all ready for your backyard barbecue party, but aren’t you forgetting something? The music, of course! Music can truly make or break an event. It is as much a part of the ambiance as the location and the lighting. The right music at your barbecue can help set the tone for a fun-filled summer party that your guests are sure to remember for a long time. You don’t need to hire a DJ or a live band to have a great time, just your iPod and speakers are enough to set the mood.


The following tips will help you in crafting the perfect playlist for your barbecue:

1. Cater to the Audience

The music should be selected based on the people who would be attending. Is it a family get-together or a bachelor’s bash or maybe an afternoon soiree with just your girlfriends. A younger crowd would prefer peppy dance numbers while older guests would want light music playing in the background. Choose songs that your guests would be familiar with and can sing along with. It is crucial to be mindful of your guests’ preferences while picking out the music.

2. Timing

When your barbecue party is, timing is another major factor to consider while compiling the playlist. If it is a brunch party, you would want to play fun-filled, light music that wouldn’t drown out your guests’ conversations. However, at a BBQ cocktail party in the evening, fast numbers that people can dance to would be a bigger hit. At the beginning, you could start off with mellow songs and as the party picks up steam you would want to include faster numbers.

3. The Venue

If you are having your BBQ bash in your own backyard, in a residential area, you cannot play loud music all through the night. It will probably make you unpopular among your neighbors and it is unfair to them too. Pick the music for your event depending on the surroundings and ambience.

4. Theme

If you have a theme in mind for your BBQ party, make sure to match the music accordingly. If you’re having red meat and whiskey, the music should be low-key and conducive to conversation. If it is cocktails and ribs that you’re having, the music can be fun and peppy.

5. Mix It Up

Sticking to one genre like country or hip-hop is another amateur mistake people make while choosing the music for their barbecue party. Make sure to pick a wide variety of songs from popular pop music to rock and roll. If you have a good mix of different kinds of songs, you are sure to please each and every one of your guests. But be sure to transition gradually between the genres as the party progresses.

6. Don’t Leave It to the Last Minute

Do not underestimate the importance of the ideal playlist. Make sure to have the music ready the night before your barbecue party. You do not want to just plug in your iPod the day of the party and play whatever it is that you have on it. Have a playlist of at least 50 to 100 songs ready to play on the day of your barbecue.

If you keep in mind these tips while planning your next BBQ bash, it is sure to be an unforgettable success among your guests!