The 10 Best Songs About Myrtle Beach
Songs about Myrtle Beach have been rocking the airwaves—and now streaming devices—since the Grand Strand became a vacation destination. From the earliest days of soulful R&B groups performing for visitors, to the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll, to modern day rock, hip-hop, and electronic tunes, music has been a big part of experiencing Myrtle Beach. Whether the music is pumping out of cars cruising the boulevard or setting the mood at a beachfront bar, you can count on your trip to the Grand Strand to come with a soundtrack all its own.
Themes in Myrtle Beach Song Lyrics
Songs with Myrtle Beach in the lyrics convey the Grand Strand as a casual place to escape to, and over the years we have racked up quite a few admirers singing about our beachy vibes and cool summer nights. You’ll hear songs about Myrtle Beach landmarks, including “Ocean Boulevard,” and mentions of the party atmosphere and endless summer days.
Myrtle Beach Music Scene
The history of Myrtle Beach music includes songs from every genre from southern Gospel, to classic rock, to downhome country, to underground punk rock. As the birthplace of Carolina beach music, our area draws a steady stream of shag dancers looking to turn back time at Fat Harold’s, as well as beachgoers ready to embrace a sound as big as their sun hats.
The Grand Strand music scene is alive and well, and you’ll hear songs about Myrtle Beach at many local establishments. Take a quick stroll down the oceanfront to listen to musicians singing original works or covers of Myrtle Beach songs, and when you visit venues like the House of Blues, The Bowery, and The Boathouse, there’s a good chance you’ll catch bands putting their own twist on famous songs about Myrtle Beach.
These catchy melodies and beach-inspired lyrics have stood the test of time. Here’s a look at our top 10 songs about Myrtle Beach:
10. “Myrtle Beach” Alt Punk Song by Triggerfish
A mix of late 1990s alternative rock and pop rock, the 2006 tune called “Myrtle Beach” recorded by S.C. native Jeremy Scruggs and his now-defunct band Triggerfish is a fun depiction of vacationing here. The Myrtle Beach song lyrics capture both the good and the bad of a trip: It’s infused with a punk rock sensibility that simultaneously laments the boulevard traffic and the static atmosphere while professing “I love Myrtle Beach on a Friday Night!” Overall, this song about Myrtle Beach is a catchy little tune worth checking out.
9. “Carolina Girls” by Chairmen of the Board
If this song were specifically about Myrtle Beach, it may have made the top of our list, but this famous ode to Southern belles in the Carolinas will still get you in the mood for a trip here. Originally recorded as a single by iconic R&B singer General Johnson, the song never topped the charts but has grown in popularity throughout North and South Carolina over the past several decades. Though Johnson passed away in 2010, you can still expect to hear this tune covered by dozens of great bands in Myrtle Beach and at shag clubs across the Grand Strand.
8. “Myrtle Beach” R&B Song by Big G
Sweet, soulful, and full-on beachy fun, this track by Richmond, Virginia singer Big G professes its undying love for the Myrtle Beach area from the start. This Myrtle Beach song is popular with the R&B and Beach Music crowds looking for something upbeat and lively. As the lyrics suggest, this tune about Myrtle Beach is perfect for a night of shag dancing, cruising the strip, or hanging out with your baby.
7. “Down at Myrtle Beach” by J.D. Cash
Released in 2001 on his album Summer Place, this beach music anthem builds slowly, but becomes an upbeat love letter to endless summers at the beach. Crooning lyrics to “Bring Back the Memories/Down at Myrtle Beach,” Cash shows the chops that have made him one of the most enduring stars of the Carolina Beach Music scene over a 50-year career. Even with a strong résumé of regional hits and Beach Music awards, Cash still performs at venues in Myrtle Beach and releases new music.
6. “Myrtle Beach” by J-Sneez
This is one of the few songs that really spreads love to the entire Grand Strand from Conway to Pawleys Island and everywhere in between. Produced by Socastee-bred rapper J-Sneez, this Myrtle Beach song is a hometown anthem that shouts out to everyone in the 843 area code. Listen as J-Sneez celebrates the finer points of laid-back beach life from cruisin’ the boulevard to chillin’ at Broadway at the Beach and beyond. Featuring an awesomely low-budget video shot at some great landmarks around town, this song about Myrtle Beach isn’t well known but is a “must-listen” for sure.
5. “Ocean Boulevard” by Band of Oz
This song about Myrtle Beach pays homage to the Grand Strand’s most famous stretch of road and the tradition of driving along the boulevard. Released in 1995, the throwback sound of the track may strike you as a little dated, but the lyrics are timeless reminders of Myrtle Beach. The Band of Oz paints the picture of happy vacationers and locals meeting, dancing, and having fun.
4. “19 You + Me” by Dan + Shay
This soaring, sweet track features Myrtle Beach, young love, and summer flings in its lyrics. This breakthrough hit for up-and-coming country duo Dan + Shay was released in the fall of 2013 and became one of the most popular debut tracks of the year. The summertime release of this song’s video featured locations around the area including the historic Myrtle Beach train depot, Fun Plaza arcade, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
3. “Shaggin’ on the Boulevard” by Alabama
Once a local bar band, Alabama is one of the most famous musical exports the area has ever seen, and these country music hall-of-famers pay homage to their roots in this song about Myrtle Beach. Alabama’s “Shaggin’ on the Boulevard” song lyrics name-drop a slew of now-defunct area icons. Some are places fans of Myrtle Beach will remember, including the Magic Attic, Mother Fletcher’s, Sloppy Joe’s, and the Sun Fun Festival. This 1993 hit single is the perfect throwback to what many consider the glory days of the Grand Strand. The video not only features some awesome shag dancing and shots of the old Pavilion Amusement Park but also a ton of glorious 90s hairstyles and clothing.
2. “Myrtle Beach” by Sunny Ledfurd
Though the explicit lyrics of this song about Myrtle Beach may be enough to turn some heads, those unphased by the uncensored language are likely to fall in love with this popular beach anthem. Recorded in 2007 by Cramerton, N.C., native Sunny Ledfurd, this track is perhaps the best assessment of what a trip to Myrtle Beach is really like. The lyrics in this song touch on the airbrushed T-shirts, rednecks, late nights, beer, and Calabash-style shrimp found in Myrtle Beach, plus other area spots including Cherry Grove and Murrells Inlet. There are many great lines, but the refrain’s proclamation of “I’m gonna miss the Pavilion when I get there…” makes this song a classic you’ll want to play on repeat.
1. “Myrtle Beach Days” by Fantastic Shakers
This iconic Myrtle Beach tune is one of the most fun and influential Carolina Beach Music songs of all time. Recorded more than three decades ago, the Fantastic Shakers anthem has held up to the test of time. With lyrics about Myrtle Beach activities, including having fun in the waves, enjoying cold drinks, fishing off the pier, and riding coasters, this song captures the spirit of vacationing on the Grand Strand.
Myrtle Beach Song Honorable Mentions
If you haven’t had enough of the beachy tunes, we’ve gathered even more songs with Myrtle Beach in the lyrics for you below. Create the perfect beach playlist for your vacation and to remember your time spent at the beach. Enjoy!
- “Carolina Rain” by Charlie Floyd: This nostalgic tune is about coming home to the Carolinas. Charlie Floyd is a homegrown Myrtle Beach country music talent you can find on Spotify.
- “Carolina Mess” by Ten Toes Up:Listen to this soulful tune about a summer fling gone wrong by local Blues Rock act Ten Toes Up.
- “The Great North Myrtle Beach Pancake Massacre” by Kevin Kinney:Listen to this instrumental blues track with awesome guitar riffs and an even better title.
- “Myrtle Beach Y’all” by Dopplegangsta: Play this amped-up party track by a duo of hip-hoppers out of Knoxville, Tennessee.
- “Old Myrtle Beach Tonight” by 21st Schizoid Man: This hard-edged rock tune features lyrics about a bender and debauchery on the Myrtle Beach strip.
- “Myrtle Beach Bound” by Michael Funderburk: Kitschy little ‘Redneck Rock’ track about cruisin’ down to the beach and the landmarks, with many Myrtle Beach mentions in its lyrics.
“Days Like These” produced by Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce: This horribly catchy—or cheesy—tune was featured in commercials for Myrtle Beach.