Enjoy throwbacks, soundtracks & more with 15 exclusive Memorial Day weekend specials

From classic wartime broadcasts to today’s top hip-hop hits, MDW barbecue spreads have nothing on this selection of cross-genre holiday specials.

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SiriusXM Editor
May 21, 2020

Barbecues and beach days may be off the Memorial Day weekend itinerary for some, but SiriusXM has the best specials and songs to soundtrack the long weekend regardless of how you’re spending it. Take your pick from the list below (we recommend choosing more than one) and be sure to tune in (all times ET)!

Willie Nelson – From His Roadhouse, To Yours

Willie's RoadhouseWhile he just can’t wait to get on the road again, Willie Nelson is getting back to his disc jockey roots in the meantime as he hosts a one-hour Memorial Day weekend DJ special from his Pedernales Recording Studio in Spicewood, TX. Nelson’s hand-picked playlist features 10 of his favorite songs, ranging from Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Leon Russell to Patsy Cline’s iconic version of his composition “Crazy” and his own cover of a Kris Kristofferson classic. Hear Nelson on his exclusive channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59), on Monday, May 25 at 12pm and 10pm.

Ladies’ Night

Transition from Memorial Day into ladies’ night and escape into a laugh-out-loud special hosted by Loni Love. Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio (Ch. 96) will feature a parade of comediennes — including Wanda Sykes, Janelle James, and Mo’Nique — to round out the long weekend when it airs on Monday, May 25 at 7pm ET.

Cycle into Summer Playlist

For those with extra Memorial Day weekend energy to burn off thanks to all this time spent inside, SoulCycle Radio (Ch. 4) is heating things up with a tailored, welcome-to-summer playlist perfect for getting your sweat on. Tap it back as SoulCycle instructor Ariel plays some of his favorite summer jams to get you warmed up for the start of the new season. Feel the burn before the burgers when the special airs on Sunday, May 24 at 6pm ET.

Flavortown Weekend with Guy Fieri

Travel restrictions and social distancing are no match for this trip to Flavortown. This year, the mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri, is stepping away from the grill to serve up some of his favorite jams from the ’90s and 2000s on PopRocks (Ch. 17). Don’t miss Fieri taking over the channel with help from friends Rob Thomas, Kid Rock, Chad Kroeger, Sammy Hagar, and more starting at Friday, May 22 at 12pm until Tuesday, May 26 at 3am.

Old School Indie Memorial Day Weekend

Few things signal holiday relaxation like a musical trip down indie memory lane (underneath the sycamore is more than just a location in this music universe). Bliss out as SiriusXMU (Ch. 35) goes back in time to play classics from Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, PJ Harvey, Pavement, Interpol, and many others from Friday, May 22 at 3pm until Monday, May 25 at 10pm.

Hair Nation Goes to 11

The winner will be able to visit our New York City or Washington, D.C., studios to record a one-hour guest DJ session that will be broadcast on SiriusXM Hair Nation (Ch. 39). Winner (and optional guest) must provide their own transportation to our New York City or D.C. studios at a mutually agreed-upon date and time to receive a studio tour to record the show. While all reasonable freedom will be given to winner's content and song choices, final selections and recorded content are subject to approval by SiriusXM Programming staff. Travel and accommodation not included. Bid here.This year, we’re celebrating Memorial Day weekend all across the Hair Nation (Ch. 39). In honor of the unofficial start of summer, the channel is kicking things off with the 11 biggest songs from their 11 biggest years. Rock out to a countdown of hits from the decade of decadence (1981 to 1991) as the special shakes you all weekend long, starting on Friday, May 22 at 3pm and ending on Tuesday, May 26 at 12am.

Virtual DisDance Festival

For those who would typically be spending the long weekend getting their PLUR on to the tune of their favorite DJs, have no fear — the Virtual DisDance Festival is here to bring the good vibes no matter where you’re tuning in from, no entry wristband required. All weekend long, BPM (Ch. 51) will be airing new, at-home live DJ sets from the biggest artists in dance music, including Above & Beyond, AfrojackAlesso, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, Gryffin, Kaskade, Krewella, Kygo, Love Regenerator, Major LazerMarshmelloMartin GarrixNicky RomeroSteve Aoki, and Tiësto, as well as a special broadcast of an Avicii set from an exclusive 2011 SiriusXM event. Get ready to eat, sleep, (virtually) dance, repeat when the fest kicks off on Friday, May 22 at 4pm and airs through Sunday, May 24 with replays on Monday, May 25. See the schedule here.

On Broadway’s Salute to the Season

The stage lights may be down, but the show must go on! On Broadway (Ch. 72) hosts will be coming together for a Salute to the Season as they pay tribute to this season’s musicals. Don’t miss the theater magic when Seth Rudetsky, Christine Pedi, Julie James, and John Tartaglia perform favorites from Moulin Rouge, Jagged Little Pill, and more on Monday, May 25 at 12pm and 8pm.

Memorial Day Memories

Relive the Summer of Love and take it back to the 1960s with classic Memorial Day hits on ’60s on 6 (Ch. 6). Hear what was trending on the charts (before “trending” meant what it did today) every Memorial Day of the decade — including songs from The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, and more — on Friday, May 22 at 7pm through Tuesday, May 26 at 3am.

‘Best of’ Memorial Day Weekend Home Invasion

Trying to blow off some steam and kick the weekend into high gear? All weekend long, don’t miss the best of Octane’s (Ch. 37) Home DJ Series, Home Invasion, featuring Korn, Motionless In White, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Skillet and more introducing their favorite songs and sharing exclusive stories. Hear it all when it kicks off on Saturday, May 23 at 12am and blazes on until Tuesday, May 26 at 12am.

At-Home Guest DJ Memorial Day Weekend Takeover

“Friday I’m in Love” takes on added meaning this Friday with the start of 1st Wave’s (Ch. 33) Memorial Day weekend celebration. Hear Marky Ramone, Terri Nunn, and more of 1st Wave’s famous musician friends as they host at-home takeovers all MDW long and play your favorite new wave hits for relaxing and reminiscing. The special Guest DJ weekend kicks off on Saturday, May 23 at 9am and runs (so far away) until Tuesday, May 26 at 3am.

Memorial Day Pick-Nic

Bluegrass Junction (Ch. 62) is treating you to a virtual pick-nic in honor of the first holiday weekend of the summer. All Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) long, hear extra helpings of instrumental work by the channel’s favorite musicians as you take in the sound of heartfelt bluegrass tunes perfect for an afternoon in the grass or cozied up on a picnic blanket in the living room (BYOB encouraged).

Memorial MixUp – The First Ladies of The Culture Trap

Another nation ringing in the big day? Hip-Hop Nation (Ch. 44). As the weather heats up, an all-female lineup of DJ Steph Cakes, DJ Lixxer, DJ C-Wade, and DJ Nyla Symone take over the airwaves with mixes of the hottest in hip-hop. Hosted by Swaggy Sie, the Memorial MixUp will feature talent from New York, Detroit, and Dallas representing their hometowns and delivering the Memorial Day weekend party straight to your homes. See the schedule below and catch the show when it airs on Monday, May 25 at 6pm.

6pm: DJ Steph Cakes (NY)

7pm: DJ Lixxer (Detroit)

8pm: DJ C-Wade (Dallas)

9pm: DJ Nyla Symone (NYC/DMV)

Inspiring Speeches and More

Feel inspired and informed with the SiriusXM POTUS (Ch. 124) channel’s holiday programming. After starting the morning off with historic presidential speeches from John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and more, listeners can also catch special book reviews, exclusive interviews with veterans and journalists, and the CBS Memorial Day Special hosted by Gil Gross. Don’t miss this patriotic opportunity to celebrate the day when it starts on Monday, May 25 at 6am through 3pm.

Memorial Day Classics

Trying to take a break from staring at screens? Enjoy a more traditional Memorial Day celebration over the airwaves as Radio Classics (Ch. 148) goes as far back as the 1930s with historic wartime radio shows offering listeners a blast from the past. Hear Bob Hope’s birthday block, Hollywood performers who fought in World War II, and much more when it all kicks off on Monday, May 25 at 6am (see the full day’s schedule here).