Various Artists

101 Barbecue Songs

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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier

101 BBQ Songs is a 102-track five-disc compilation of feel-good, fun-spirited pop music from the past several decades, going from the present day all the way back to the 1960s. It would indeed make for a good party soundtrack, be it a barbecue or a pool party. The material is generally quite strong and varied, comprised of hits from both sides of the Atlantic, and each of the five disc has its own vibe. The first disc is the most varied, ranging from the Beach Boys ("Fun, Fun, Fun") to Lily Allen ("Smile"), and includes some songs like Bran Van 3000's "Drinking in L.A." that might be obscure to some listeners. The second disc is oriented toward 1980s pop and includes highlights such as Men at Work's "Down Under," Katrina & the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine," and the Human League's "Don't You Want Me." The third disc is oriented toward dance-pop and includes highlights such as Eric Prydz's "Call on Me," Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever," and Spiller's "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)." The four disc is oriented toward R&B and includes highlights such as R. Kelly's "Ignition," DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince's "Summertime," and Earth, Wind & Fire's "September." The fifth disc is oriented toward classics from yesteryear and includes highlights such as Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons' "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 UB40 02:59 Amazon
2 The Proclaimers 03:35 Amazon
3 Tina Turner 04:06 Amazon
4 Katy Perry 03:40 Amazon
5 Scouting for Girls 03:43 Amazon
6 The Boo Radleys 03:05 Amazon
7 Supergrass 03:00 Amazon
8 The Beach Boys 02:18 Amazon
9 Haircut 100 03:13 Amazon
10 The Kooks 02:48 Amazon
11 Lily Allen 03:15 Amazon
12 Blondie 03:49 Amazon
13
The Piranhas 02:41 Amazon
14 Chumbawamba 03:32 Amazon
15 The Knack 04:00 Amazon
16 Terrorvision 04:07 Amazon
17 Bran Van 3000 03:40 Amazon
18 Len 04:00 Amazon
19 Toploader 03:28 Amazon
20 The Dandy Warhols 03:32 Amazon
21 Martha and the Muffins 03:33 Amazon
22 Europe 03:59 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wham! 04:29 Amazon
2 Men at Work 03:38 Amazon
3 Madness 02:46 Amazon
4 Shakin' Stevens 03:04 Amazon
5 Katrina and the Waves 03:39 Amazon
6 Billy Idol 04:11 Amazon
7 Bangles 03:21 Amazon
8 Kim Wilde 03:23 Amazon
9 Taylor Dayne 03:37 Amazon
10 Billy Ocean 04:02 Amazon
11 Diana Ross 03:46 Amazon
12 The Four Tops 04:31 Amazon
13 The Jacksons 05:59 Amazon
14 Daryl Hall & John Oates 04:14 Amazon
15 David Bowie 04:05 Amazon
16 The Human League 03:57 Amazon
17 Spandau Ballet 03:50 Amazon
18
Rio
Duran Duran 04:44 Amazon
19 Simple Minds 04:19 Amazon
20 Dexys Midnight Runners 03:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Eric Prydz 02:49 Amazon
2 The Egg / David Guetta 03:09 Amazon
3 JXL / Elvis Presley 03:32 Amazon
4
Gipsy Kings 03:23 Amazon
5 Shakira 03:17 Amazon
6 Los del Rio 04:12 Amazon
7 Spagna 04:05 Amazon
8 Sabrina 03:51 Amazon
9 Dr. Alban 04:00 Amazon
10 Lou Bega 03:38 Amazon
11 Rednex 03:11 Amazon
12 Gramophonedzie 02:50 Amazon
13 Groovefinder / Nina Simone 03:20 Amazon
14 Spiller 03:47 Amazon
15 The Shapeshifters 03:26 Amazon
16 Roll Deep 03:43 Amazon
17 Tinie Tempah 03:57 Amazon
18
Naughty Boy 02:27 Amazon
19 Professor Green 03:43 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 R. Kelly 03:04 Amazon
2 TLC 04:17 Amazon
3 DJ Jazzy Jeff / DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince / The Fresh Prince 04:28 Amazon
4 OutKast 03:36 Amazon
5 Kelis 03:02 Amazon
6 Pitbull 03:04 Amazon
7 Shaggy 03:45 Amazon
8 Baha Men 03:17 Amazon
9 Vanilla Ice 03:41 Amazon
10 MC Hammer 04:13 Amazon
11 Jason Nevins / Run-D.M.C. 04:09 Amazon
12
Boney M. 03:26 Amazon
13 KC & the Sunshine Band 03:01 Amazon
14
Dan Hartman 03:39 Amazon
15 Earth, Wind & Fire 03:37 Amazon
16
Labelle 03:55 Amazon
17 Bill Withers 04:03 Amazon
18 The Pointer Sisters 03:28 Amazon
19 The Three Degrees 02:37 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Johnny Cash 02:37 Amazon
2
Andy Williams 02:34 Amazon
3 Roy Orbison 02:58 Amazon
4 Van Morrison 02:59 Amazon
5 Eddie Cochran 01:56 Amazon
6 The Beach Boys 02:07 Amazon
7 Don McLean 04:07 Amazon
8 Jeff Beck 02:52 Amazon
9 The Charlie Daniels Band 03:35 Amazon
10 Manfred Mann 02:22 Amazon
11 Nat King Cole 02:24 Amazon
12 Little Eva 02:23 Amazon
13 Dolly Parton 02:44 Amazon
14 Steve Harley / Cockney Rebel / Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 03:55 Amazon
15 Bryan Ferry 02:56 Amazon
16 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons / The Four Seasons / Frankie Valli 03:28 Amazon
17 The Isley Brothers 06:11 Amazon
18 The Animals 03:12 Amazon
19 The Box Tops 03:02 Amazon
20 The Lovin' Spoonful 02:18 Amazon
21 Lou Reed 03:46 Amazon
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