Yacht Rock has a nice summery feel to warm up the winter months
This list will be slightly different from the rest of my Top 10, looking at a subgenre of music rather than cataloging a group of artists. As always, I’ll try to keep this list pretty fresh and try not to include songs I’ve covered in previous articles.
Yacht Rock is loosely defined as an easy-listening genre of music, songs that would work well on a boat on a nice summer night. While this article may not be very timely with the snow coming, we can all light the fireplace and place a lovely Yacht Rock to remind us of the summer months.
- “How Long” door JD Souther
JD Souther wrote songs with the Eagles in the 70s, and this song was more popularly covered by the legendary band, but I really like Souther’s version of the song. It’s nice and laid back and paints quite a fun picture
- “Sail on Sailor” by The Beach Boys
It’s a much lesser known Beach Boys song, but it’s a really fun song, telling the story of a captain at sea and all the conflict and struggle he has to go through. It’s full of those classic Beach Boys harmonies that made the band famous.
- “I kiss you everywhere” by Exile
This song is classic Yacht Rock. It’s a very stripped down song, with some guitar parts, vocals and a very simple drum track.
The guitar riff on this song is awesome and sounds almost identical to John Mayer’s “All I Want Is To Be With You” (Mayer’s song was released much later than Exile’s song).
- “Lido Shuffle” by Boz Scaggs
“Lido whoaaaaaa…” This song is a classic about a man named Lido robbing a bank, but it’s about the most fun you can have listening to a song about a bank robbery. The groove is just impeccable.
- Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park”
It’s a pretty iconic song, starting with the piano before the legendary Chicago horn section arrives. It’s about someone watching a park on the 4th of July, and overall it’s a really wholesome and enjoyable song.
5 “Arthur’s Theme (The Best You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross
What would you do if you were caught between the moon and New York? Christopher Cross offers a fairly simple solution in this song: fall in love.
It’s a stereotypical Yacht Rock song, heavy on the horn section while telling a love story.
- “Southern Cross” by Crosby, Stills & Nash
This song evokes the feeling of sitting on a beach during the summer and relaxing. Another Yacht song about love, it tells a story that is a very relaxing listen that everyone should hear.
- “Moonlight Feels Good” door Starbuck
This song features some really cool drumming, like a marimba or glockenspiel, which adds a fun tropical feel. It’s a romantic song about dating that special someone under the moonlight.
- “Throughout” by Gerry Rafferty
From the same artist as the legendary “Baker Street”, this song is one of the best Yacht Rock has to offer, with sultry guitar floating in the back of the song.
“Right Down the Line” epitomizes the term “easy listening -” it’s nice and quiet. It’s a really sweet song about confessing your love for someone.
- “I Really Would Like to See You Tonight” by England Dan and John Ford Coley
This song is about rekindling a love from the past, starting with a simple phone call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, and seeing if they would like to get together and take a walk in a park or a car ride on the beach. It also features the coolest lyrics in music history: “There’s a warm wind blowing on the stars.”