- Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
Lost verse must be included.
- Toes – Zac Brown Band
2008 put Zac and his mates on the map. Hit #1 on country charts in 2009, was #29 at year’s end.
- Living the Life Jimmy Buffett Wrote About – Brent Burns
Released in 1999. Witty, classic and oh so true.
- No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem – Kenny Chesney
Released in 2003, written by Casey Beathard
- Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
One hit wonder from the 80s, but tune sticks in your brain.
- The Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte
Released in 1956 and was the first LP to sell 1 million copies in a year.
- Boat In Belize – Kelly McGuire
Album and song of the year in 2008 by Texas Music Association
- The Surfer Girl – “Sunny” Jim White
2010 release that represents the greatness of his songwriting.
- Barefoot’n – Jerry Jeff Walker
The Texas troubadour crones about the finer apparel in life. Who cares if it never charted? We love it!
- Sand In Her Shoe – Thom Shepherd
Since first hearing Thom at the Sixstring Music Fest in New Orleans during our 2007 journey, we knew he had the sound.
- Magic Chair – John Reno & the Half-Fast Creekers
The album cover alone is worth kicking back to.
- I Stole Jimmy Buffett’s TV Guide – Don Middlebrook & Living Soul
A band from Western Michigan makes our list. A long way from Holland, MI.
- Coulda Woulda Shoulda – Greezy Joe & the Cheap and Easy Band
Never look back and forget the daily grind.
- Son of a Son of a Sailor – Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band
Must have Nadir Shakoor’s solo to make this song resonate in every man’s soul (or other body parts).
- Rita’s Going Wild – John Friday
Every guy’s dream, finding the girl who wants to escape.
- Beachcombin’ – KB Moore & Greg ‘Fingers’ Taylor
2007 release that still gets ready for the surf and sun days!
- Senoritas and Margaritas – Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band
What’s not to like about this combo (the band) and yes, the drink and lady.
- Life on the Gulf – Jake and the Half Conched Band
We debated “Parrot Bay” or this one, guess we ran out of rum and woke up with this one on the list.
- Hang with Jimmy Buffett – Allen Toussaint
Just try and stop dancing. We dare you.
- Carribean Cowboy – Gene Mitchell
Keep “Jamaican Me Crazy”, we’ll take this one to the party and have everyone asking “Who is this?” Plus we give him ten point for the unique album title (Sail-ebration)
- Let’s Talk Dirty In Hawaii – Jim Morris
Admit it, you have the t-shirt and tried the line at the Tiki bar.
- Conch Republic Song – Michael McCloud
Schooner Wharf, Key West. A must see…
- Songs You Know By Heart – PHINS
A collection of misbehavin’ and a catchy riff makes this unforgettable.
- Key Lime Limbo (to a little Sunny Jimbo) – Rob Mehl
Some fine steel drum and the party gets started in a laid back style!
- Living On Key West Time – Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24
The only way to tell time. Yes, we know others rank it tops, we just have our own voting style.
- Sandy Beaches – Delbert McClinton
An unmistakeable vocal rendition that will leave you looking for a rainbow and a woman as you walk down the next beach in life.
- Southern Cross – Eric Stone
While CSNY will always be #1, Eric’s unique stripped down version inspires to sail the world over.
- Tropical Girl – Hanna’s Reef with Jerry Diaz
We gotta show some love to our Texas Tropical sand roots. Who better to support the sand movement than Jerry and the Boys?
- Living Key West – Loren Davidson
Howard Livingston’s influence is evident here, but those of us on the mainland get it too. We’re jealous, Key West!
- Callin’ In Gone – Jim Hoehn
A 2009 classic, the judges argued and eventually the boss won. We all like “Bad Day at the Beach” , but hey, he signs the paychecks.
- I Lobster but Never Flounder – John Reno and the Half-Fast Creekers
The lyrics alone make this a top song for explaining loves many twists and turns. A trop rock love song if there wasn’t already one.
- Why Don’t You Meet Me Down In Corpus – Gary P Nunn
The horns and accordian alone make this worth listening to, but Gary P. getting us to the beach is what it’s still all about.
- Hammock Built For 2 – Donny Brewer
We always vote for “drifting away to the ocean” songs, this one’s got us swaying to the music.
- Too Much Wishing, Not Enough Fishing – Mark Mulligan
This Mexican troubadour had so many great songs, we might do a list of just his and Brent Burns’ greatest songs, but this one tops our list.
- Our Own Adventure – Nicky Fabbz
The tropics version of John Mayer, great steel drum on this island adventure..
- Rum Is a Many Blendered Thing – The Coconut Boat Band
Yes, we’re influenced by the adult beverage, yes we can listen to the song sober and… (don’t tell the wives we came home late).
- Drill Baby, Drill – Jack Mosely
We normally avoid politics, but hey, this guy nailed it.
- Heaven’s Out on the Water – Bob Karwin
Stripped down acoustic always ranks high, this one’s got some great hooks and gets us to the ocean breeze.
- If Jimmy Buffett Ran the World – Leo Dean
At least somebody knows who we need to run the USA!
- Mexico (Things Never Change When You Are There) – Gary Sellers
Tejano meets Tex-Mex mixed with some trop rock and the blender spits this song out.
- Third Coast – Larry Joe Taylor
A songwriter’s song if there ever was one.
- Please Don’t Think – The Barefoot Man
Ok, guys listen to it in the garage, but admit it, you’ve thought about it every time you’re on the boat.
- This Ain’t Duval Street – The Boat Drunks
So we can’t all get drunk in Key West every weekend, but we’d like to try, wouldn’t we?
- It’s 5 ‘o’ Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
If we left this off, you’d all shoot us and think this list was totally made up of our favorites only. Even we appease the listeners every once in awhile.
- Laid-Back and Key Wasted – Jim Morris & The Big Bamboo Band
Been there, sold the t-shirt and still remembered to love “excess in moderation” (our salute to greenparrot.com)
- Thursday Afternoon at the Conch House Lounge – Jim Morris
No, this isn’t a Morris love fest, we just like this songwriter’s style and this speaks to our love of the Conch House and skinny dipping.
- There Ain’t No Kokomo – The Island Fever Band
Quirky, irrelevant and yet so artistically on point.
- If I Had a Boat – Lyle Lovett
Texas Sand at its best, the gulf of Texas (they got the name wrong on the map).
- Blame it on New Orleans – Mac MacAnally
So, a little bluesy, a little jazzy but a lot on point!
- My Retirement Plan – Mike Broward
This one’s a little too close to the bosses reality. Oh well, just know we all like this type of planning.
- Tin Cup Chalice – Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band
You didn’t think we could stop at 50 did you? We couldn’t think of any other way to get Randy Newmann and Ry Cooder mentioned on this list!