Ahhh… The Florida Keys, the backdrop to many Trop Rock songs. These 13 songs have a great Florida Keys tropical vibe.
This list is a continuation from last month’s playlist about Key West (here’s the link if you missed it: Key West Playlist).
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Songs About the Florida Keys Playlist:
John Friday: “Beer Pressure”
Lets pub crawl down the Florida Keys and “Hit every bar on US 1 ’till we land on Cayo Hueso”
Amazon: Beer Pressure
Steve Tolliver: “Top Down Kind of a Day”
Take a drive down the Florida Keys stopping at landmarks on the way to Key West.
Amazon: Top Down Kind of a Day
Jim Morris: “Laid Back and Key Wasted”
Escaping the rat race to the Florida Keys and it’s the “Sweetest life he’s ever tasted.”
Amazon: Laid Back and Key Wasted
Howard Livingston & MM24: “Magic in Key West”
Sure, it must have been amazing when Jimmy Buffett & Jerry Jeff were on the island, but as Howard says “There’s still a lot of magic in Key West” today.
Amazon: Magic in Key West
Howard Livingston & MM 24: “Local on the Eights”
Planning your days around the ocean tides. With a forecast for Key West of 84º and sunny (of course).
Amazon: Local On the Eights
Tiki Thom Starkey: “Key West Attitude”
If you live in the colder regions, this song is for you! “In my mind it’s island time, I got to leave this frozen mess.”
Amazon: Key West Attitude
Rob Mehl: “Just Give Me the Keys”
Rob croons “I’m begging you please, just give me the Keys.” Yep, that’s exactly what I’m wishing for too.
Amazon: Just Give Me the Keys
Don Middlebrook: “Hurricane Michelle”
Were you in Key West when Hurricane Michelle came through? What an adventure! This is what it’s like to evacuate the Florida Keys.
Jimmy Parrish: “Island Time”
Take a sail through the Florida Keys down to Key West.
Amazon: Island Time
John Bartus: “The Islands of Marathon”
“It’s the tropical life in the Florida Keys” about the living in Marathon, the “heart of the Florida Keys”
Amazon: The Islands of Marathon
Rick Steffen: “Down at Sloppy Joe’s”
Life happens around Sloppy Joe’s from Hemingway days to today.
Amazon: Down At Sloppy Joes
Latitude: “Weak in the Keys”
Great play on the words! “It’s 9am, I’m late for my plane and I feel a little weak in the keys” and “It’s been a week in the keys, a week of taking it slow.”
Amazon: Weak in the Keys
Latitude: “Latitude Adjustment”
Don’t think it can be said any better than “At the Zero Mile Marker sign, I’m going to find my piece of mind.”
Amazon: Latitude Adjustment
Bertie Higgins: “Key Largo”
THE ultimate Trop Rock song about Key Largo.
Amazon: Key Largo
More Trop Rock Music Playlists to Enjoy:
Key West Playlist: Songs that capture our favorite island.
Beach Songs Playlist: Songs specifically about the beach!
Summer Songs Playlist: Songs about summertime, sun or have that “feel good” summer vibe.
Escape to the Islands: Songs about getting out of reality and escaping to the Islands.
He has some good ones on the CD and on his first CD Sunny Summer Daze. Glad you liked it. His music is my go to CD’s when I am out boating.
Check out Gunther Martin’s song “The Ballad of Jimmy Buffett” from his CD Live a Little
I hadn’t heard of Gunther or this song. It’s a fun one!
Check out Cat. 5 Blues or The Hurricane Song!
Ralph, I don’t mind you promoting your own music, but keep it relevant please. This is a playlist about Florida Keys and Key West. If you’ll notice, the songs actually talk about the Florida Keys and / or Key West. Thanks.
I take that back. I missed Don’t Hurricane Michelle. Great pick!
Bike Ride Around the Island should have also been on the list.
Great thoughts Doug! Totally Agree about Don’s Key West Connection CD, great album. “Bike Ride Around the Island” is also a great song, I thought the song seemed more focused on enjoying time with the one you love than focused on Key West. But, I get where you’re coming from, the backdrop of the song is Key West! So, it probably would have been a good addition. I did put a notation next to that song to think about putting together a Trop Rock playlist of Love Songs :-) Maybe it’ll be on a Valentines Trop Rock playlist? Also, check out our Key West playlist here https://www.troprockin.com/trop-rock/trop-rock-songs-key-west-playlist/ – we did spotlight Don’s song “Everyone Matters” from the Key West Connection CD.
Thanks Doug for participating and pointing out another great song.
Quick note to all our readers: Don’t be shy to tell us what we’ve missed and recommend songs you feel should be part of the playlist. The thousands of people who read this article can get even more out of it with your recommendations too!
No Don Middlebrook? His Key West Connection CD was the only other disc for sale in the Key West Margeritaville other than Jimmy Buffets.
He was also 2nd to Howard Livingston last year in the Trop rock artist of the year. Haven’t heard of many of the others.
Doug, This is a great time to check out the other singer / songwriters you haven’t heard of yet! Steve Tolliver has been nominated 3 or 4 times for a TRMA Award and he won Songwriter of the Year last year. Latitude has won the Duo of the Year award multiple times and Michelle (of Latitude) has won Female Vocalist of the Year 3 or 4 times. John Friday won the Horizon award last year and if Rob Mehl hasn’t won an award yet, that’s a shame (I couldn’t remember if he has!). Jim Morris may very well be the most popular Trop Rock artist on the Florida Gulf Coast probably in a tie with Sunny Jim :-) These are a fine group of Trop Rockers. Check ’em out!
Tammy, love your review of the Trop ROCKIN’ songs! You have a few of my favs listed in there. For another great one, listen to ‘Keys Disease’ by Captn Jac! Another Florida local.
Thanks Ann! I’m adding this link to Catn Jac’s song, so everyone can follow your recommendation: https://www.reverbnation.com/artist/662191/playlist/-4