There are a lot of different factors in play when it comes to executing a successful tailgate. Alcohol, food, location, invite list, and plenty of other variables all play a role.
However, it is my opinion that the most important aspect of any great tailgate is the music selection. At the same time, it’s probably the trickiest part of planning as everyone has different tastes in music. Having taken this into consideration, I’ve compiled a short list of Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to your game day music selection.
DO add “Baba O’Riley” by The Who. This is a no brainer, and if you really need to ask why then you just shouldn’t be in charge of your tailgate’s playlist. Sorry not sorry.
DON’T play overly vulgar music if there are kids at or around the tailgate. I love Lil Wayne as much as the next guy, but playing “Drop the World” while there are toddlers running around is just obnoxious. Don’t be that guy.
DO throw some old Munson calls on there. Hearing “Hobnail Boot” come over the speakers without warning will undoubtedly give everyone at your tailgate immediate goosebumps. We had a playlist submitted to us the other day by Joe Sisson that features a lot of Larry Munson, check it out here: https://www.jsdesignsinc.com/uga-tailgate-playlist.
DON’T play the same artist or genre on repeat the whole time. The key to a really good playlist is diversity, so go ahead and throw in some James Brown, Allman Brothers Band, Post Malone, or whatever your heart desires. Keep your audience guessing.
DO let your fellow tailgaters queue up some of their music when they ask. No one likes the aux chord Nazi…sharing is caring.
DON’T play Florida/Georgia Line. Just don’t do it. They are the Ed Hardy of country music and the bane of my existence. Yeah, I get it. They’re technically “popular”, but most pop-country nowadays is absolute garbage. This doesn’t mean you can’t play any country, it just means you have to choose carefully. My suggestions would be Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, early Zac Brown Band, or any outlaw artist. Remember, everyone likes Willie Nelson.
If you follow these simple rules, your tailgate is guaranteed to be an absolute banger.
God, I can’t wait for football season, it’s been too long. Go Dawgs.