Whether you’re cruising, fishing, spending quality time with your family, relaxing or having drinks with friends, a day at the sea just isn’t complete without a stellar playlist to feed the mood.
We’re here to help. And we know that you have your moods, just like the ocean does: That’s why we’ve broken our favorite 25 boating songs that will surely make your boating experience better.
- “Rock the Boat” by the Hues Corporation
Recorded in 1973 and released as not the first or second, but as the third single from an album, this song took a whole year to get any serious radio airplay. Everyone thought it was going to flop—right up until it hit No. 1.
- “Banana Boat (Day-O)” by Harry Belefonte
There are countless covers of this crowd-pleaser, which is based on a Jamaican folk song, but Harry Belefonte’s version from 1956 is the one that still rings true to most fans’ ears.
- “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson
Money can’t buy everything, but it can buy me a boat. Seriously—who doesn’t agree with that sentiment and want to sing along at the top of her lungs?
- “I’m on a Boat” by The Lonely Planet and T-Pain
Hide the kiddos before you crank up the bass on this one, which is a satirical take on all the music videos that show rappers aboard yachts. The language is foul, but the hook is phenomenal earworm.
- Boat Drinks” by Jimmy Buffett
It’s hard to choose just one Jimmy Buffett song for a party, but if you must, then go with “Boat Drinks.” “I’ve got to fly to St. Somewhere” is one of the best lines ever to capture the urge to hit the water.
OUR TOP 20 SONGS
Boats – Kenny Chesney
Wipe Out – The Beach Boys
Toes – Zac Brown Band
Soak up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
Summer – Calvin Harris
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenny Chesney
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
5 o’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson
Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Summertime – Kenny Chesney
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
Feelin’ It – Scotty McCreery
I Wanna Rock N Roll All Night – KISS
Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bob Marley
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band