Whether you plan on spending your spring bank holiday at a riverside retreat or you're looking forward to enjoying the beach whilst staying in your very own static caravan with Allen's, no holiday adventure is complete without the perfect soundtrack. But where do you start? Do you go for a full on upbeat playlist or do you choose something a little more chilled out? Do you have a mixture of both? So many questions combined with the other one hundred and one things you have to think about when you're going on holiday means the music can often get overlooked. However, we think it's important to have the perfect soundtrack to suit your surroundings and set the tone for the rest of your trip. So, to help get you started here are some of our river and beach holiday-themed suggestions for the perfect holiday playlist:
For A Relaxed Riverside Retreat
Bruce Springsteen The River (1980)
The harmonica opening, Springsteen's distinctive voice and nostalgic lyrics about wandering up and down valleys and enjoying the river make this perfect for a rural, riverside setting. A beautiful song with great imagery and metaphors for youth and optimism.
Justin Timberlake Cry Me A River (2002)
Not directly about a river, this catchy pop song helped to launch Timberlake's solo career. Its recognisable opening chord progression, choral backing and borderline-edgy lyrics are easy and entertaining to listen to whilst the underlying beat will get you nodding along. A piece of early noughties' pop history.
Johnny Cash Big River (1958)
This song is country to the core and it is made all the more enjoyable because it has that unmistakable Cash sound. The song really tells a story and the arrangement is a stroke of musical genius, being subtle and simple but a toe tapper all the same.
Tom Jones Take Me To The River (1998)
With a funky beat, Jones' powerhouse voice and lyrics full of cheeky double entendre all make this song something special. It makes you want to let loose and dance, sing along and simply have fun - all at the same time. It's certain to liven up a quiet afternoon by the river.
Trace Adkins Just Fishin' (2011)
Country music crooner Trace Adkins' Just Fishin' is a heartfelt song about daddy-daughter bonding whilst fishing on the river. The storytelling in this song is fantastic and the music itself has a wonderful, uplifting summer vibe - perfect for a relaxed fishing holiday. Visit our website and view our exclusive range of fishing holidays now!
For The Ultimate Beach Break
Beach Boys Surfin' USA (1963)
When you think of music that embodies the summertime and the beach, you instantly think of the Beach Boys. Whilst you may not catch many waves going on caravan holidays in Wales the Beach Boys' huge summer hit Surfin' USA is the ideal song to enjoy on the beach. It's upbeat, fun and a song entirely about the beach and beach activities - definitely one to get you in the beach holiday mood.
Jo Dee Messina Heads Carolina, Tails California (1996)
This classic 90s country tune is an upbeat toe tapper that you can't help but sing along to. It is all about adventure and deciding which beautiful beach to go and explore - Carolina or California. The music and the lyrics will have you itching for your own beach adventure in no time.
Katy Perry California Gurls (2010)
Katy Perry's summer anthem is a fun, almost bubble gum pop track that makes you want to throw your hands up in the air, sing along and party on the beach. The lyrics are easy to pick up and the tune is infectious. A top tune to play when you want fun in the sun.
Sheryl Crow Soak Up The Sun (2002)
Soak Up The Sun is a typically Californian beach tune. It oozes chilled out summer vibes and lets you imaging yourself catching a few gnarly waves. This song will have you beach ready in no time, just listen to Sheryl's lyrics about lightening up and spending all day soaking up the sun.
Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville (1977)
Buffet's relaxed and iconic beach song is a well-told story from start to finish. Thanks to his wonderful lyrical descriptions and the brilliantly simple musical arrangement, you can actually imagine yourself listening to this summery tune on a Mexican beach near Magaritaville. This is certainly the song to get you in the summer spirit.
So there you have some great ideas to help you start building your perfect holiday playlist. There are lots of themed songs as well as songs with the right tone to suit whatever kind of holiday you're planning, whether you need a soundtrack for your fishing holiday with Allen's Caravans or just something to play in the background at the beach. Music makes a big difference in setting the tone and affecting the mood of things like holidays so make sure you pay attention to your playlist. What suggestions do you have for our water-themed holiday playlist?