Readers' Favorite Island Songs
“Your House,” Steel Pulse
This reggae band, originally from England, makes you thirst for a rum runner every time you listen.
“Sitting On the Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding
The first three notes on his bass guitar transport you poolside.
“One Particular Harbour,” Jimmy Buffett
A less familiar but just as hum-worthy ballad from the father of beach music
“On the Beach,” Chris Rea
A swaying melody that captures the sensuality of a hot summer night
“Island Girl,” Elton John
“Blister in the Sun,” Violent Femmes
One to roll down the windows and shamelessly sing at the top of your lungs
“Island Life,” Michael Franks
A blend of funk and jazz for the hip island lover
“Feeling Hot Hot Hot,” Bad Influence
For the ultimate conga line with a line of margarita-happy strangers
“Kokomo,” The Beach Boys
If the smell of Banana Boat suntan lotion were a song, this would be it.