The 2013 Florida Summer Playlist – Road Trip Edition

By: Sean Daly

ADD TO FAVORITES

A few months back, my girlfriend Sharona and I road-tripped from St. Petersburg to Atlanta to seek out nerdtastic Walking Dead filming locations.

Despite myriad warnings from friends and Floridians about the intensity of Georgia state troopers – much more fearsome than zombies, they insisted – I moronically mashed the gas anyway… and was busted in Dooly County, Ga. Fine: $460!!! For the rest of our journey, I toodled around Driving Miss Daisy-style, cruising the Peach State at 37 mph.

Long, costly, I’m-an-idiot story short: I’ve never been so happy to come home. Welcome to Florida indeed! In fact, while crossing our glorious state line, blissfully headed south into paradise, I started thinking up fun, fast, festive tracks for my third Summer Playlist for the good folks at VISIT FLORIDA.

A couple years ago, I soundtracked the ideal vacation day in Florida; last year, I time-traveled in my magical jukebox to spin a few Sunshine State oldies.

Now, it’s time for the ultimate Florida road trip, boys and girls.

From Jacksonville to Carol City to Key West, from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Flo Rida to Jimmy Buffett, here are 50 tunes perfect for driving through Vacationland, U.S.A.

Along the way, we’ll share some history, indulge in local pride and share a margarita or three. Some of the music picks are sneaky and cheeky; some are just meant for dancing. This is our most-groovin’ playlist yet, so buckle up, roll down the window and crank that radio!

CROSSING THE GEORGIA-FLORIDA BORDER

1. I Can’t Drive 55, Sammy Hagar

2. Cruise, Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly

3. Are You Ready for the Summer? Lisa Loeb (Yep, the theme from Meatballs.)

4. Holiday Road, Lindsey Buckingham (Yep, the theme from National Lampoon’s Vacation. After all, Clark W. Griswold is the patron saint of this playlist.)

JACKSONVILLE

You know who’s from Jacksonville? All of these knuckly dudes.

5. Ramblin’ Man, the Allman Brothers Band

6. What’s Your Name, Lynyrd Skynyrd

7. Hold On Loosely, .38 Special

8. Flirtin’ With Disaster, Molly Hatchet

9. Take a Look Around, Limp Bizkit

10. C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train), Quad City DJs

Oh, and this guy . . .

11. Wang Dang Taffy Apple Tango (Mambo Cha Cha Cha), Pat Boone

PENSACOLA

12. Corduroy, Pearl Jam (Did you know Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is from Pensacola? Interviewed him a few years back. Swell guy.)

13. Boys ’Round Here, Blake Shelton

TALLAHASSEE

14. Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’), T-Pain (T-Pain, aka Faheem Rasheed Najm, was born here.)

15. I Don’t Believe a Word You Say, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite (This is my thinly veiled nonpartisan political jab, a face-meltingly ferocious cut.)

GAINESVILLE

16. Six Days on the Road, Mudcrutch (Mudcrutch was formed in Gainesville in 1970, just a bunch of young local scruffs who would soon become . . . )

17. Make It Better (Forget About Me), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

DAYTONA

Vroom, vroom.

18. Go Faster, Black Crowes

19. Fastest Girl in Town, Miranda Lambert

CAPE CANAVERAL

20. Looking for Space, John Denver

ORLANDO

Today’s Category: Former Disney Stars, Naughty Division!

21. We Can’t Stop, Miley Cyrus

22. Come & Get It, Selena Gomez

23. Crazy, Britney Spears

24. Candyman, Christina Aguilera

25. SexyBack, Justin Timberlake

26. Pineapple Princess, Annette Funicello (C’mon, those sweaters? Exactly.)

PLANT CITY

27. Walk the Dinosaur, Was Not Was (I really like Dinosaur World)

28. Strawberry Fields Forever, the Beatles

29. Maybe It Was Memphis, Pam Tillis (Pam is from here. Her father, country icon Mel Tillis, was born in Dover, Fla., and attended the University of Florida. Okay, not the most exciting trivia, but your Aunt Shirley will love it.)

TAMPA

30. Girls Girls Girls, Motley Crue

31. Pirate Flag, Kenny Chesney

CLEARWATER

32. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, the Rolling Stones (May 7, 1965. At the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, in the wee small hours of the morning, Keith Richards woke up in a stupor, somnambulantly recorded a riff into a tape machine, then passed out again. Much later, he woke up and presto! What he heard on the tape was none other than the otherworldly beginning of one of the greatest rock songs ever. Cool story, huh?)

33. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Aretha Franklin

34. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Otis Redding

ST. PETE BEACH

Both of these cuts are from the dizzying, downright awesome soundtrack for 2013 college-girls-in-trouble flick Spring Breakers, raucously shot on St. Pete Beach.

35. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, Skrillex

36. Hangin’ With da Dopeboys, James Franco & Dangeruss

ALLIGATOR ALLEY

37. Alley-Gator, ZZ Top

38. Summertime Blues, Alan Jackson (Just because.)

FORT LAUDERDALE

39. American Girl, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (Can’t have enough Petty in Florida.)

40. American Girls, Counting Crows

CAROL CITY

41. Low, Flo Rida (Flo Rida, aka Tramar Lacel Dillard, was born here.)

42. Bugatti, Ace Hood feat. Future & Rick Ross (Rick Ross, aka William Leonard Roberts II, was raised here.)

MIAMI

43. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway), Billy Joel

44. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho), Pitbull

45. Everybody’s Talkin’, Harry Nilsson (Yep, the theme from Midnight Cowboy. Sure, totally depressing Miami connection, but a heartbreaking song. Long live Ratso!)

CRUISING DOWN A1A

46. The entirety of Jimmy Buffet’s 1974 album A1A, perhaps the greatest musical tribute to Florida living and lazing around. Man, I LOVE this record. Wanderlusty ballads don’t get much better than Trying to Reason With the Hurricane Season.

KEY LARGO

47. Key Largo, Bertie Higgins

KEY WEST

48. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First), John Mellencamp

49. Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows, Leslie Gore

50. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald (Before I had ever been to South Florida, I saw 1986 Billy Crystal-Gregory Hines buddy comedy Running Scared. McDonald’s hit plays during a funny-sexy montage of weary Chicago cops getting away, and getting lucky, in the Conch Republic. I became obsessed with the state – probably because I was watching the movie whilst snowbound and freezing my tuchus off in sub-zero Syracuse, N.Y. Even though I live here now, I’m still obsessed with Florida, top to bottom and all rockin’ cities in between. Happy Summer, everybody!)

Sean Daly is the pop music critic for the Tampa Bay Times.



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Where was the picture taken?? The one on first page of The Summer Playlist. It's a long bridge/road. Thanks
what a versatile list! I think people that have a great variety of music know more than those that only have one channel. My Pensacola list would be different than yours, because I would have to play all my local artists stuff, But great list.
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Why don't you provide the downloads of these songs right here next to the pics? or at least play snippets of them while displaying the pictures? Sure would be nice.