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The Ultimate Top 25 Boating Playlist by Riviera Boat

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.


  1. “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.

  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.

  1. “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?

  1. “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.

  1. 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.


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


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