While Memorial Day has come and gone, it’s not too late to prepare music playlists for upcoming summer holidays and events this year. In honor of June’s Black Music Month, and with the double whammy Juneteenth and Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19, here’s a list of a few popular hits that will most likely be played at a Black cookout.
–“Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly & Maze is probably the song that gets everybody up & on the dance floor. This ’80s classic transcends every generation; some consider it the “Black Anthem.”
–“Before I Let Go” by Beyoncé is a more-than-suitable cover of the original, if for some reason the young crowd at the cookout thinks they’re too good for oldies.
–“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire will certainly keep the party going. Grandparents might look for their grandson or daughter to “dance with me baby,” as they would say, while kicking their old-school two-step.
–“Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross is a hit most likely everyone knows the lyrics to — or maybe just the chorus — and will have the whole party chanting, “a thousand kisses from you is never too much.”
–“Candy” by Cameo comes on and the shoutin’ and groovin’ begins. This timeless ’80s classic is as important to the moms & dads as it is to Gen Z’s TikTok-loving kids.
–“The Cupid Shuffle” is probably the #1 line dancing song that leads to folks putting their plates down so they can dance.
–“Do I Do” by Stevie Wonder might bring the romance out of family couples, and have aunts and uncles reminiscing about their love journey.
–“Just Fine” by Mary J. Blige does just what the song says it will, makes you “wanna move,” makes you “wanna have fun.”
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