Road trips, barbecues, fireworks and family reunions are essential during the Fourth of July. But similar to adding the right seasoning to your barbecue, choosing the perfect songs during the festivities can make the moment last forever. We have compiled a Fourth of July playlist that will spice up your weekend celebration. –amir shaw

The Road Trip

Cyhi Da Prince: “Right Side of The Bed”

Over a jazzed-up instrumental, Cyhi Da Prince explores the great feeling of having a day when everything seems to go your way. It’s a laid back hip-hop song that should help start things off right as you embark on your journey.

Other choices: “I’m On One” (Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne) and “So In Love” (Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton)

The Cookout

Beyoncé: “Party”

Beyoncé’s “Party” is tailor-made for the moment when barbecue comes off the grill and served. Assisted by Andre 3000 and produced by Kanye West, the song inspires celebration.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: “Summertime”

“Summertime” is hip-hop’s version of Franky Beverly & Maze’s “Before I Let Go.”  No matter how many times you hear it, it sounds as good as the first time. Released 20 years ago, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince paint the perfect picture of summertime in the city.

Other choices: “Before I Let Go” (Franky Beverly & Maze)

The Fireworks

The Weeknd: “High For This”

Once the sun goes down and the fireworks begin, The Weeknd’s “High For This” will set the mood if you happen to be with your significant other.

Other choices: “Good Life” (Kanye West)