Joey’s Top 10s: Top 10 Yacht Rock Songs

Yacht Rock has nice, summery feel to warm the winter months



Joey counts down his top ten songs in the niche sub-genre Yacht Rock.


This list will be slightly different from the rest of my Top 10s, examining a sub-genre of music rather than an artist’s band’s catalog. Like always, I will try to keep this list fairly fresh and try to not include songs that I have already touched on in previous articles.

Yacht Rock is loosely defined as an easy-listening genre of music, songs that would work well out on a boat on a nice summer night. While this article might not be super timely with the incoming snow, we can all turn on the fireplace and place some nice Yacht Rock to remind us of the summer months.

  1. “How Long” by JD Souther

JD Souther wrote songs with the Eagles in the 70s, and this song has been more popularly covered by the legendary band, but I really like Souther’s version of the song. It’s nice and laidback and paints a pretty fun picture

  1. “Sail on Sailor” by The Beach Boys

This is a much lesser-known song by The Beach Boys, but it is a really fun song, telling the story of a captain at sea and all the strife and struggles he has to go through. It is chock full of those classic Beach Boys harmonies that made the band famous.

  1. “Kiss You All Over” by Exile

This song is some classic Yacht Rock. It is a very stripped-down song, with a few guitar parts, vocals and a very simple drum track.

The guitar riff on this song is awesome and actually sounds almost identical to John Mayer’s “All I Want Is To Be With You” (Mayer’s song came out much later than Exile’s song).

  1. “Lido Shuffle” by Boz Scaggs

“Lido whoaaaaaa … ” This song is a classic about a man named Lido robbing a bank, but it is just about the most fun you can have listening to a song about a bank robbery. The groove is just impeccable.

  1. “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago

This is a pretty iconic song, starting out with the piano before the legendary Chicago horn section comes in. It is about somebody observing a park on the Fourth of July, and overall is really a wholesome, feel-good song.

5 “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross

What would you do if you got caught between the moon and New York City? Christopher Cross offers a pretty simple solution in this song: fall in love.

This is a stereotypical Yacht Rock song, heavy on the horn section while telling a story about love.

  1. “Southern Cross” by Crosby, Stills & Nash

This song evokes the feeling of sitting on a beach during the summer and just taking it easy. Another Yacht song about love, it tells a story that is a very relaxing listen everyone should hear.

  1. “Moonlight Feels Right” by Starbuck

This song features some really cool percussion, like a marimba or glockenspiel, which adds a fun tropical feel. It is a romantic song about hanging out with someone special under the moonlight.

  1. “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty

From the same artist as the legendary “Baker Street,” this song is one of the best that Yacht Rock has to offer, with a sultry guitar floating around the back of the song.

“Right Down the Line” epitomizes the term “easy listening — ” it is nice and calm. It is a really sweet song about confessing your love for someone.

  1. “I’d Really Love 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 somebody that you have not talked to in a while, and seeing if they would want to get together and take a walk in a park or a drive on the beach. It also has the single coolest lyric in music history: “There’s a warm wind blowing the stars around.”