Yacht Rock Songs
Check out the ultimate authority on smooth songs that really rock. Here’s the foremost Top 100 yacht rock songs of all time. In fact, here’s the real deal. More importantly, for you aficionados, these are the songs you’ve been looking for. Finally, we are posting the hilarious list that really helped turn us on to the best in the YR genre. Unbelievably, the commentary on these songs and the pure genius of which songs made the list energized our thirst for the genre. In fact, literally every song we play made the list and certainly some go to the level of yacht-adjacent but we highly recommend perusing this article. Speaking of articles, check out our Florida adventure here.
To top it off, this list provides some videos and the classic moments that go with the song. The comedy is real and the power of those songs is tangible. You won’t find another list of yacht rock songs like out there. The author certainly crafted it with care and accuracy and we really appreciate weaving the music and life together. Honestly, you can’t read through the list without complete amusement, excitement and laughter. It feels so good to walk through these smooth cuts and see the music’s influence on our culture and what interesting stories are told. It’s meaningful. These songs reverberate with the joy that we as a band play these classic vinyl cuts.
Yacht rock playlist
Furthermore, click on this link to find a website that rates the top 100 yacht rock songs of all time. In addition, the commentary is brilliant! Lastly, consider it Anchors AWEIGH and you can thank us later!!!!! In fact, I’m sure many of these amazing tunes will make your new yachty playlist. Interestingly, we discovered this article back in 2014 and clung to the magic of these tunes that make smooth music really tick. Once you begin reading the list, it’ll be hard to put it down. These guys are dead on and the comedy and facts and background make it priceless.
Do yourself a favor and sit down for a deep dive into the genre. Certainly, check out 70’s soft rock and 80’s soft rock as much as they are covered in the list as well. Inasmuch, even if you start at number 100, you’ll surely make it to 50 and 30 and more. Ultimately, you can click the big link or click here to get to numbers 21 through 30 TOP 100 SONG LIST.
Your playlist will seriously benefit from this read. In fact, we haven’t seen a comprehensive look at yacht rock songs like this! And now to get back to our Electronic Press Kit, click on the EPK/MEDIA tab on the website.
Smooth Youtube series
In fact, yacht rock has a distinct criteria that makes it float. In fact, they have a website you can check for the ultimate authority on what’s Yacht or Nyacht. Thus, it is aptly titled, YachtorNyacht.com. More importantly, there are elements that guide the selection of what makes the cut. The originators JD Ryznar, Hollywood Steve, Hunter Stair, and Dave Lyons generally say it’s polished jazzy, R&B music from 1976 to 1984. But let’s dive into the elements that the fellas use to vote on whether a song makes their list of authentic smooth songs.
Additionally, it’s that well produced complicated chord arrangement played by mainly the best session musicians of the time. Moreover, the songs contain crafty and intricate chord changes buoyed by lush harmonies and plenty of electric piano and saxophone. The yacht behind the rock derives from the ubiquitous nautical references in the lyrics and even the album covers. For example, Loggins and Messina at the helm of a sailboat for the album Full Sail. Or, simply the flamingo on the cover of Christopher Cross’ self titled album.
Now, in recent times, we’ve made much about the fact that as a live band, the music still has to groove. In fact, yacht rock songs can be quite mellow so the band does have to keep it poppin for our audiences. Ultimately, Yachty by Nature has found a great balance of those upbeat and mellow songs to keep the party rockin’. Of course, we’ve been so fortunate as a band to have so much with these songs and the great venues and crowds we play to! For your listening pleasure, we always recommend finding a great playlist on Spotify or some Yacht Rock Radio on Sirius/XM. Additionally, our friend Eddie Ganz at YR Radio brings the smooth like none other.
Yachty by Nature is always adding new tunes. In fact, it’s tough to pick the right song to put in the set, but we’re always experimenting. Additionally, we rely on our crowd to guide the choices and we LOVE to hear those thoughts. As you can see, we have a lot of music to cover and every shade of the rainbow within the genre of smooth music. Like captains going from port to port, we dabble into all kinds of waters.
Shades of the Rainbow
Yachty songs occupy these certain elements but it certainly isn’t so linear. First, from soft rock to folk rock, the yacht genre encompasses some of those mellower hits. For example, the song Brandy is accepted by our followers but rejected by the Yacht Rock youtube series guys. But it represents something with yachty references and somewhere in the softer and folksy earlier 70’s. The line is drawn tight that Bread is too soft and Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft may be too early as well. But those songs are certainly adjacent and close to the heart of what we like to do. In fact, some of those artists emerge on the yacht like Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, and Rupert Holmes.
Yacht rock Songs subgenre
Now, there’s what we call Yacht Funk or R&B where we dip into some George Benson, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and even perform Warren G’s Regulate. The Yacht Prog can be seen in Toto, Ambrosia, Alan Parsons and even narrowly Crosby, Stills, and Nash. In fact, Yacht Country makes a splash from time to time. Certainly Islands in the Stream and the crossover country album of Lionel Richie gives you an idea of where it’s at. Jazz makes an appearance or two with George Benson’s Breezin’ and Smooth Operator by Sade which is one saxy mutha.
As you can see, there’s too much to say. One angle begets another and there’s simply a lot to cover. Perhaps we can dive into each of these levels of smooth rock sometime. But for now, check out the Top 100 website, listen to more tunes, and even check out new smooth! And, if you want to focus on the Top 8 yachty songs that Yachty by Nature plays, check out this article Captain Carl published. Until then, Keep it Yachty!
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