4th of July playlist, Okayplayer's staff selections
4th of July playlist, Okayplayer's staff selections

4th Of July Playlist: Okayplayer Staff Picks Of Essential Independence Day Picnic Jams

4th of July playlist, Okayplayer's staff selections

Cue the fireworks, the 4th of July is here! And whether you view Independence Day as a moment of patriotic reflection or as yet another triumph of the AmeriKKKan propaganda machine (we know you are both out there in Okayplayerland) it is surely a time to celebrate your liberation from the daily grind, reconnect with family and friends and throw some skrimps on the barbie. At the moment the sun is shining, the mercury's rising, and we've got nothing but picnics, BBQs and music on our mind. Many around the Okayplayer office have been pulling records and prepping playlists for tomorrow's mandatory day off, and it's only right to share some of our go-to jams with you and yours. Here, for your holiday headnodding pleasure is the Okayplayer Staff's Essential Independence Day Picnic Jam playlist. Just a little something to break the monotony.

We did our best to keep things old-school and carefree with cuts from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, Marvin Gaye, The Moments, Erykah Badu and yes, 4th of July is for you too, Montell Jordan. Still, you'll find a few newer selections that have already won a place in both our hearts and ears as well. Below we've made a slick 8tracks mixdown for you, with the tracklist in no particular order (8tracks will shuffle it on your second listen) below.

From all of us to you and yours, have a damn good 4th of July and a sonically superlative 3-kend. Turn up!


A Tribe Called Quest - "We Can Get Down"

Skee-Lo - "I Wish"

Marvin Gaye - "Got to Give it Up (Pt. 1)"

The Meters - "Look-ka Py Py"

Marlena Shaw - "California Soul"

Raphael Saadiq ft. Q-Tip - "Get Involved"

Arrested Development - "People Everyday"

Montell Jordan - "Somethin' 4 da Honeyz"

Outkast - "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik"

Erykah Badu - "Bag Lady"

Stevie Wonder - "I Wish"

The Moments - "Girls"

Jackson 5 - "Dancing Machine"

Rufus - "Tell Me Something Good"

Roy Ayers - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine"

J Dilla - Love ft. "Pharoahe Monch"

The Roots - "Good Music"

Prince - "Just As Long As We're Together"

Curtis Mayfield - "Superfly"

The Very Best - "Kamphopo"

Grace Jones - "My Jamaican Guy"

Blood Orange - "You're Not Good Enough"

Michael Jackson - "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - "Summertime"