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Sand tunes: 7 songs for a relaxing day by the water

It’s time to crank up these beach-themed favorites.

Woman listening to music on the beach.Woman listening to music on the beach.Some music just sounds better when you're letting loose on the beach. (Photo: Maridav / Shutterstock)

Sun, surf, sand – and great music. The summertime just makes you feel good! So here is a compilation of our favorite sunshine songs. Grab your towel and some sunscreen, and let’s hit the beach!

1. 'Under the Boardwalk' by The Drifters

Recorded in the 1960s, this song has been a beachtime staple for half a century. Originally performed by The Drifters, "Under the Boardwalk" has been covered by numerous artists including John Mellencamp, Bette Midler, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. The above video features a young Bruce Willis singing this easy-listening classic.


2. 'Surfin USA' by the Beach Boys

Another beach hit from the 1960s, this was the No. 2 song of 1963. As part of the Beach Boys' "Surfin' USA" album, this upbeat tune was just meant for a beach playlist. This classic American rock band has a series of hits that are perfect for hitting the sand.


3. 'Go to the River' by Yael Naim

Take a break from the beach and head to the river with Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naim. Known for her Billboard hit "New Soul," Naim’s soothing voice will reassure you with this song – “When you’re feeling sad, go to the river.” The water will solve all of your problems!


4. 'Sunshine' by Jonathan Edwards

This catchy song was released in 1971, and quickly reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since then, it made its mark on both the "Friends" and "Anchorman" soundtracks. Check out this live performance by Minnesota native Jonathan Edwards – it will make you wish for some sunshine.


5. 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves

And don’t it feel good! This classic beach tune from British rock band Katrina and the Waves has made a splash over the last 30 years. It has been covered by Dolly Parton and Disney duo Aly & AJ, and has appeared in movies like "Ella Enchanted," "Look Who’s Talking," "Daddy Day Care," and as a Beyonce-themed mashup of the TV show "Glee."


6. 'Summertime' by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

This song is one of Will Smith’s earliest hits – as part of the hip-hop Philadelphia duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It was released in 1991, and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It perfectly describes life in the summertime – hot weather, barbecues and hanging out with your friends.


7. "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield

British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield landed her most popular single with this hit. This bright summer song is about escaping from everyday troubles with your “pocketful of sunshine.” It makes you want to forget about your day job and go outside to soak up the sun!

What are your favorite summertime songs? Tell us your favorite beach music in the comments below.

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