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While 'The Voice' coach's third No. 1 -- which appears on 'Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill' -- isn't exactly about the beach, it starts our countdown on the right foot: reminding us of all the things that send us packing for our favorite vacation destination. Whether you're inflicted with road rage or at the hands of an inept oral surgeon, take comfort in knowing that there's "some beach, somewhere."
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The second single from Frankie's 2011 self-titled debut covers both gender's favorite summer activities. For girls, it's having a good time with their friends in various fun-loving locales. For boys, it's 'A Buncha Girls.' The Michigan native co-penned the tune that makes any girl want to grab her friends and a Jeep and head to the beach for the weekend.
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The stress of packing for the beach can be overwhelming, therefore Phil compiled this lyrical checklist for his 2000 self-titled debut. As you sing along, fill your beach bag with the essentials: "sunblock, a blanket and the best of Jimmy Buffett." The Virginia native didn't forget the cooler and neither should you: "t-bones for the grill, hey ain't it great to rough it?"
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Summer is easily the most spontaneous season. On his 2010 self-titled debut, this Florida boy urges you go with the flow and make it easy on yourself. You don't need a fancy beach resort in Bali to satisfy your whims, just "pick a place on the map we can get two fast, where the white sandy beach meets water like glass."
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What's the best way to mend broken hearts? Garth's song from his 1997 'Sevens' album tells us that they're "healed by the sea." Granted, you may want to start by self-medicating with a double order of a certain Puerto Rican beverage. This song does come with a warning label, though: prolonged exposure to the lifestyle may cause a strong urge to stay, because "this is feeling more and more like home."
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Even on sand, story songs are the solid foundation of country music. Merle penned this compelling tale of a lovable outlaw who finds the freedom he needs and the 'amor' of a gringo-favoring señorita on 'The Seashores of Old Mexico.' The tune was actually first recorded by Hank Snow in 1971, while Merle didn't take a stab at it until 'His 30th Album' in '74. Finally, George Strait covered the track for his 2005 'Somewhere Down in Texas' project, taking the song to the Top 15 on the charts.
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There are two theories on what makes the beach so relaxing. With this song from his 2009 'American Saturday Night' CD, Brad publicly declares his allegiance to water over sand. His defense? It's the only relief "when that summer sun starts beating down." The father of two also reminds us that we can bring the beach to us with an "inflatable pool, full of Dad's hot air."
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Who doesn't dream of just packing up and heading to Mexico for the weekend? These Georgia boys had an instant, Buffett-esque classic when they released the third single from 2008's 'The Foundation.' One spin of this tune and you'll be saying "life is good today."
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This Tennessee native could easily fill his own beach song countdown with tunes from 'No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems' to 'Old Blue Chair,' but the title track from his 2004 four-times-platinum release is a quintessential beach tune. Kenny, with the help of Uncle Kracker, reminds us that there's plenty to do once the 'Sun Goes Down.'
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The granddaddy of the modern beach-plus-drinking song could be written by none other than music's king of calypso poets. The tune, which first appeared on the Alabama native's 1977 'Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,' has been covered by countless artists and has inspired (see No. 1) and been referenced in even more songs. With all its popularity, you'd think that someone would've found that "lost shaker of salt" by now.