Country music is well-loved for its relatable storytelling about the simple, fun things in life. And who doesn't love a fun story about the beach?
If you're going on a vacation soon, add these top country songs about the beach to your playlist, and prepare for some summer fun!
1. “Somewhere on a Beach” by Dierks Bentley
Song Year: 2016
The song “Somewhere on a Beach” is about Bentley, or the narrator, who is somewhere on a beach after breaking up with an ex.
It seems like it wasn't the healthiest or happiest relationship, as the tone is dismissive of the ex as if the narrator has no friendship or sympathy towards the ex.
Otherwise, he might've loved her but is just happy he's moving on, dating other women, drinking, and having a good time. He wishes it would've worked out, but at least he's on the beach!
2. “Pontoon” by Little Big Town
Song Year: 2012
“Pontoon” is an upbeat, lively song about hanging out on a pontoon. Often, pontoons are near beaches as they're on the sea or a lake, and they offer a more unique, isolated place for people to hang out beside the sand or a normal boat.
In the song, Little Big Town talks about partying with friends on the pontoon, jumping off the pontoon, and simply enjoying the sunshine.
3. “Knee Deep” by Zac Brown Band, Featuring Jimmy Buffett
Song Year: 2011
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett come together for this upbeat, easygoing beach classic that just never gets old.
It's the perfect song to play when you want to feel carefree, happy, and alive. They paint the picture of being knee-deep in warm water, pouring champagne, and feeling the right type of “lost.”
4. “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock
Song Year: 2007
Campfires, sand bars, and other simple things in life are conveyed in this lighthearted country-rock classic called “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock.
Rock also sings about making love, drinking whiskey, smoking, and generally having a good, wild, carefree, youthful time.
It's no wonder that “All Summer Long” is one of Kid Rock's most popular songs, well-loved even by people who don't usually love country music.
5. “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” by Luke Bryan
Song Year: 2017
“Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is a love song, but it's also a catchy, upbeat country song ideal for vacations on the beach where you might comically get a sunburn (no matter how hard you try not to)!
It's perfect for dancing around a beach bonfire during the sunset with your closest pals or enjoying an evening on the beach with your special sunset.
Either way, Like Bryan's “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is an ideal song for June through August, no matter where you are, but especially if you're lucky enough to be by the water.
6. “Some Beach” by Blake Shelton
Song Year: 2004
“Some Beach” is a fun, catchy, and classic country song featuring Blake Shelton's iconic, deep, twangy voice.
“Some Beach,” tells a story of a man who's driving in traffic and gets into annoying circumstances that make him want to escape to the beach, presumably to get rid of his frustrations with normal, everyday life.
He also talks about going to the doctor and getting a painful treatment which, again, makes him daydream about a gorgeous, fun beach vacation. If you've ever been having a miserable day and wanted to run away to the beach, you'll definitely relate to this hit.
7. “Soak Up The Sun” by Sheryl Crow
Song Year: 2002
Sheryl Crow is a country-pop artist that crafted this catchy, lively, upbeat song called “Soak Up The Sun.”
While it's more leaning toward pop than classic country, Crow still has illustrative, storytelling lyrics in the verses that depict the idea of not caring so much about things that don't matter and, instead, enjoying the beauty of life.
It's ideal for road trips, summer beach trips, and any exciting adventure you have coming up. But remember to wear 45, which she mentions in the song, referring to SPF 45 sunscreen!
8. “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” by Kenny Chesney
Song Year: 2003
“No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” is arguably the most charming and happy song to play when you're headed to the beach and are excited to soak up life in the best way!
It's all about the easygoing nature of staying on an island or visiting a beach destination where there's sun, sea, sand, friendly locals, good drinks, and many other things that can make you happy.
Chesney fuses classic country-western sounds with tropical island sounds that instantly make you want to lay back, relax and forget about all of life's worries or troubles.
9. “Redneck Yacht Club” by Craig Morgan
Song Year: 2007
Guitars and violins run the instrumental show in this twangy country hit called ‘Redneck Yacht Club.”
This cheeky song compares fancy “yacht clubs” with the more “lower class” boat communities that Craig Morgan is more familiar with. You don't have to pay high dues or act pretentious at their version of a yacht club.
Although beaches are usually associated with the sea, lakes have beaches too. And this song talks about jumping in the water, watching the sunset, and jamming out over whiskey, just as an “ocean beach” song would.
10. “Beachin'” by Jake Owen
Song Year: 2014
Jake Owen's “Beachin'” is a fun, lively summertime hit that has imagery of a cute woman, cold beer, white sand, and an overall picturesque time on the beach.
And although it's notably different from your classic country tunes, it still maintains the classic nature of storytelling.
For example, Owen describes how a girl sees a reggae band at a bar and gives them a tip so they can play, and she can start dancing to “Don't Worry, Be Happy.”
11. “Toes” by Zac Brown Band
Song Year: 2009
Another popular song about the beach by Zac Brown Band is “Toes.” With images of palm trees, cold beers in your hand, and your toes in the sand and water, it's hard not to fall in love with this song if you're a beach lover.
Zac Brown Band includes Spanish words to depict going down to Mexico or Central America, known for having much better beaches than the United States.
“Toes” is an infectious country song that makes you feel carefree, laid-back, and ready for a stress-free time on the beach where you can enjoy life's simple pleasures.
12. “Vacation” by Thomas Rhett
Song Year: 2015
The country-rock song is a comical, fun hit that compares a cheap weekend holiday to a Motel 6 by the beach to a fancy vacation.
It speaks to the fact that you don't need to go all the way to Turks and Caicos to have a good time. As long as you have toes in the sand, some liquor, and great people around you, you can party like you're on a five-star vacation.
13. “Beat This Summer” by Brad Paisley
Song Year: 2013
“Beat This Summer” is a beach song with upbeat tunes yet somewhat bittersweet lyrics.
Paisley sings about a love interest and the experiences he shares with her during a summer vacation on the beach, but the sad aspect of knowing that the summer will end and they'll have to go their separate ways.
The song at once celebrates the joys of a summer beach destination and making the most of the season while also detailing the complicated feelings of having a summer fling.
14. “Water” by Brad Paisley
Song Year: 2009
“Water,” by Brad Paisley, is a song about just that – water in all of its forms and bodies. It starts by talking about an inflatable pool as a kid, then moves on to rivers, lakes, and oceans.
Water is truly a beautiful thing, and this nostalgic, heartwarming song makes listeners realize how great it is and how many positive associations we all have with it.
Paisley also specifically mentions Daytona Beach and having fun summertime parties there. Overall, “Water” perfectly conveys the beauty of hanging out with any form of water.
15. “Summer” by Cassade Pope
Song Year: 2016
Cascade Pope is an American singer who writes country-pop-rock fusion hits, and “Summer” is one of her most catchy, especially for those who love a good tune about a summer fling.
In this nostalgic song, Pope reminisces about a beach vacation in which she met a gorgeous guy that is essentially the epitome of summer, based on the way he talks, walks, and metaphorically “burns.”
They had to go their separate ways when summer came to an end, but she still vividly remembers the way she felt around him. She also makes many references to the beach, such as the blue skies, tan skin, water, boardwalk, and feet in the sand.
16. “Summer Nights” by Rascal Flatts
Song Year: 2009
Summer Nights are one of the best country songs about beaches of all time because of how it gets people moving, grooving, and feeling like their best selves on the sandy “dance floor”!
It's a high-energy hit that speaks to all the enjoyment you can get from a fun, party-filled summer night on the beach, with imagery of tans, flip-flops, sunsets, bikinis, beer, bonfires, and more.
Rascal Flatts has many country hits, and this isn't necessarily among their most popular, but it should be in our opinion!
17. “Six-Pack Summer” by Phil Vassar
Song Year: 2000
For some people, a six-pack summer means showing off your body with your shirt off on a hot, beautiful summer day. For others, it means bringing a six-pack of ice-cold beer to the beach in a cooler and hanging out with your friends.
Either way, “Six-Pack Summer” is a fantastic country song about the beach that will make everyone listening want to get up and prance around in the sand.
Phil Vassar sings about road trips, sailing, sunblock, and other beach-themed ideas that get listeners pumped for summer.
18. “Seashores of Old Mexico” by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
Song Year: 1987
“Seashores of Old Mexico” is a classic country summer hit that's not necessarily your typical “easygoing” beach jam, but it's about escaping trouble in America (where “New Mexico” is) by running away to the beaches of Mexico (or “Old Mexico”).
Although there's the imagery of running from jail, it has an overall lighthearted and comical tone.
It also tells stories of meeting various locals, such as Mexican farmers that let the narrator hitch a ride down to the shores to meet a beautiful Mexican woman and presumably become a homewrecker because she had a husband, but he didn't care.
19. “Pink Sunglasses” by Miranda Lambert
Song Year: 2016
In “Pink Sunglasses,” Miranda Lambert sings about how she has special pink sunglasses that make the world look and feel better. It's a play on the classic phrase “seeing the world through rose-colored glasses,” which means that you're not looking at it realistically.
Lambert is unashamed of being idealistic because she likes to stay positive about life.
It's a great beach song not only because she mentions taking her pink sunglasses to the beach but also because it's a catchy, country-rock tune that simply makes you feel good!
20. “One Way Ticket,” by Carrie Underwood – 188k no vid
Song Year: 2012
This Carrie Underwood song encourages listeners to turn their frown upside down and go away on vacation if they're feeling down or if life isn't going their way.
A one-way ticket can be to an actual vacation spot, or it can be a metaphor for getting out of your head and “traveling” to a different mindset.
Underwood sings about how life is like sunshine, and it can be a party if you have the right attitude. She also refers to going to a place where the beach doesn't end, which sounds like a dream destination!
21. “Two Piña Coladas,” by Garth Brooks
Song Year: 1997
Heartaches, worries, and troubles can all be healed by going to the beach, setting sail, and drinking under the sun – at least according to Garth Brooks' “Two Piña Coladas.”
The story Brooks tells in this classic, easygoing hit is about a woman with a man who cheated on her. She can get out of her head, forget her worries, and finally say goodbye to her no-good man by heading to the beach and having some tasty rum cocktails.
By the end of the song, Brooks changes the song from saying goodbye to a bad man to saying hello to a good man, presumably one the woman meets at the beach.
22. “Beer In Mexico” by Kenny Chesney
Song Year: 2007
It's no surprise that the same man who made “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” and “Summertime” also has a hit about drinking beer in Mexico on a sunny beach vacation.
This song perfectly depicts going south of the border to the beach to enjoy life to the fullest.
Why waste your life stressing about the small things when you can have an ice-cold beer in the sun and melt your worries away?
23. “Island Song” by Zac Brown Band
Song Year: 2012
“Island Song” has a fusion of twangy country and tropical reggae sounds, making it a perfect fit for listening on the plane or bus ride to your next beach vacation.
He conveys images of partying at tiki bars, smoking, drinking, and unwinding on an island.
He perfectly conveys the feeling like you're in paradise, making it an irresistibly catchy song perfect for a relaxing, cheerful beach getaway.
24. “Coconut Tree,” by Kenny Chesney and Willie Nelson
Song Year: 2013
A year after Zac Brown released “Island Song,” mentioned above, Kenny Chesney and Willie Nelson teamed up for a similarly themed song called “Coconut Tree.”
“Coconut Tree” has a more classic country feel and a slower, more relaxing pace but still carries a tropical “tiki” vibe, which makes it the perfect track to turn on when you're soaking up the sun on the beach.
It's a fun song perfect for a car ride to the beach and, of course, if you're lying under a coconut tree!
25. “Sunshine and Summertime” by Faith Hill
Song Year: 2006
The last song on our list of country songs about the beach is “Sunshine and Summertime” by Faith Hill.
It paints the picture of cold Corona beers, great bodies in bikinis, bright sunshine, and blue skies, making it an easy, fun song to sing and dance to on a beach vacation.
Overall, it's an exciting and relatable summer hit that's excellent to play at a country beach party.
Top Country Songs About the Beach, Final Thoughts
There's nothing like soaking up the sun, feeling the warm breeze, tasting the salt in the air, and having ice-cold drinks with your friends on the beach while listening to happy-go-lucky country jams.
The best country songs about the beach are from various time periods but have all been enjoyed by countless people who love sun-soaked shores and country tunes.