PLAYLIST: This Is Your Official #AutoBabeBQ Mix

It’s almost Autostraddle’s own Babe-B-Q weekend! We’ll be hanging out with each other August 15 and 16 to grill up a storm, and everyone’s invited! We’ll also be guiding you through the process of grilling up said storm and getting prepared for the big event all week. You can view all Babe-B-Q posts here.


It’s almost time, y’all! Pretty soon you’ll all be gathered ’round the flames of some variation of a grill situation chowing down on some veggie burgers and literally basking in the glow of one another’s faces, and I for one and psyched as fuck about it. In honor of the occasion, I have put together a playlist that spans genres but never stops screaming “BBQ, Y’ALL!” Which is key, I think.

This Is Your Official #AutoBabeBQ Mix

With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker
Everyday Is A Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
Honey, I’m Good. – Andy Grammer
Down The Road – C2C
I Knew That – Snoop Dogg
AM // Radio – Earl Sweatshirt;Wiki
Underneath It All – No Doubt;Lady Saw
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – STRFKR
Celebration – Kanye West
Higher (feat. B.o.B) – Classified;B.o.B
Try Me (feat. Jennifer Lopez & Matoma) – Jason Derulo;Matoma;Jennifer Lopez
Badfish – Sublime
Primetime (feat. Miguel) – Janelle Monáe;Miguel
Don’t Worry – Madcon;Ray Dalton
Old Thing Back (feat. Ja Rule and Ralph Tresvant) – Matoma;The Notorious B.I.G.;Ralph Tresvant;Ja Rule
Ghetto Supastar (That is What You Are) – Pras;Ol’ Dirty Bastard;Mya
Otis – JAY Z;Kanye West;Otis Redding
i – Kendrick Lamar
Santeria – Sublime
Officer – Slightly Stoopid
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Take It Easy – Eagles
Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
I’m Goin’ Down – Bruce Springsteen
Africa – Toto
Right Here Right Now – Jesus Jones
Got ‘Til It’s Gone – Janet Jackson feat Q-Tip;Joni Mitchell
2am – Slightly Stoopid
Love Is Free – Sheryl Crow
FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna;Kanye West;Paul McCartney
Selfish – Slum Village feat Kanye West;John Legend
Huey – Earl Sweatshirt
These Walls – Kendrick Lamar;Bilal;Anna Wise;Thundercat
The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars
Saturday In The Park – Remastered Version – Chicago
Golden Years – David Bowie
Black Water (45 Version) – The Doobie Brothers
Whiskey River – Live – Willie Nelson
Panama Red – New Riders Of The Purple Sage
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Sunday Morning – No Doubt
Honey & I – HAIM
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Everything Is Embarrassing – Sky Ferreira
The Good Times Are Killing Me – Modest Mouse
It’s Too Late – Carole King
Crazy Love – Van Morrison

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. I have to agree with the President on this one, if I have to choose a Van Morrison song for the summertime it would be Moondance. I think it just works well, specially at night when the fire is lit and food is cooking. But, thank you for this list.

  2. Holy shit this is amazing. I’m using it. Playing it now. Preparing for Babe-B-Q at my place and this is purrrrfect. <3 <3 <3 <3

  3. Great list, but any lady-lovin’ playlist is incomplete without some Tegan and Sara on it. I’m pretty sure that’s in the lady-lovin’ bylaws.

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