Readers' Favorite Island Songs

Ten classic tunes to take you to the islands―all recommended by you!

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“Your House,” Steel Pulse

This reggae band, originally from England, makes you thirst for a rum runner every time you listen.

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“Sitting On the Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding

The first three notes on his bass guitar transport you poolside.

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“One Particular Harbour,” Jimmy Buffett

A less familiar but just as hum-worthy ballad from the father of beach music

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“On the Beach,” Chris Rea

A swaying melody that captures the sensuality of a hot summer night

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“Island Girl,” Elton John

A breezy evening beat for barefoot dancing
 

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“Blister in the Sun,” Violent Femmes

One to roll down the windows and shamelessly sing at the top of your lungs

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“Island Life,” Michael Franks

A blend of funk and jazz for the hip island lover

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“Feeling Hot Hot Hot,” Bad Influence

For the ultimate conga line with a line of margarita-happy strangers

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“Kokomo,” The Beach Boys

If the smell of Banana Boat suntan lotion were a song, this would be it.

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“No Woman, No Cry,” Bob Marley & The Wailers

An island classic that epitomizes the very essence of reggae

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