From time to time we mention our sailing playlists. Encompassing the entire continuum of smooth music, from canonical Yacht Rock to Daft Punk’s reboot of 70s smooth, our playlists have gone through steady changes over the years. We thought it would be nice to have them in one spot, outside of the flow of the log entries, so that they can be updated as we curate the lists. Drop us a line if we’re missing any smooth classics.

Smooth Sailing

  1. Reminiscing, Little River Band
  2. I Just Wanna Stop, Gino VannelliThis is not “Gino (the Manager)” from the Hall and Oates song.
  3. Baby Come Back, Player
  4. Country Roads, Toots and the Maytals
  5. Moonlight Feels Right, StarbuckAs featured in Heidecker & Wood’s non-canonical 11 favorite Yacht Rock Songs.
  6. Easy, Lionel Richie with Willie Nelson
  7. Down Under, Men At Work
  8. Peg, Steely DanPeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeg
  9. I Love You, The Climax Blues Band
  10. Baby We’ve Got A Date, Bob Marley
  11. Right Down The Line, Gerry Rafferty
  12. How Long, Ace
  13. Biggest Part of Me, Ambrosia
  14. Deacon Blues, Steely Dan
  15. Mother And Child Reunion, Paul SimonDon’t doubt that this is real reggae: he went to Jamaica and recorded it with Jimmy Cliff’s band.
  16. I Go Crazy, Paul Davis
  17. You’re the Only Woman, Ambrosia
  18. Lost In Love, Air Supply
  19. I’d Really Love To See You Tonight, England Dan & John Ford Coley
  20. Lowdown, Boz ScaggsOur version is dubbed from a record that I got for ten cents.
  21. Cool Night, Paul Davis
  22. One Hundred Ways, James Ingram
  23. Rosanna, Toto
  24. Hard To Say, Dan Fogelberg
  25. Do That to Me One More Time, Captain & Tennille
  26. On and On, Stephen Bishop
  27. How Much I Feel, Ambrosia
  28. Three Little Birds, Bob Marley
  29. What A Fool Believes, Michael McDonald
  30. Pressure Drop, Toots and the Maytals
  31. If You Leave Me Now, Chicago
  32. Babylon Sisters, Steely DanI’ve driven west on Sunset to the sea and drank kirschwasser from a shell.
  33. Sara Smile, Hall & Oates
  34. Africa, Toto
  35. Sailing, Christopher CrossObviously.
  36. Summer Breeze, Seals & Crofts
  37. Holding Back The Years, Simply RedFrom the acoustic album Simplified.
  38. Steal Away, Robbie Dupree
  39. I.G.Y., Donald Fagen
  40. Fragments of Time, Daft Punk
  41. It’s Sad To Belong, England Dan & John Ford Coley
  42. Dance with Me, Orleans
  43. Sail On, The Commodores
  44. Escape (The Pina Colada Song), Rupert HolmesThis may be Jen’s favorite song; I’ll tell you for sure after this weekend’s classifieds.
  45. You Belong To Me, Michael McDonald
  46. It Might Be You, Stephen Bishop
  47. Key Largo, Bertie Higgins
  48. Is This Love, Bob Marley
  49. Shining Star, The Manhattans
  50. You Are the Woman, Firefall
  51. Just the Two of Us, Bill Withers with Grover Washington, Jr.


Songs about Sailing

  1. Perswaded to Smuethe Music, Vincent Price
  2. Sailing, Christopher Cross
  3. Wooden Ships, Crosby, Stills & Nash
  4. Come Sail Away, Crew of S/V FortuitousJen can’t handle the Styx version, so I made my own.
  5. Southern Cross, Crosby, Stills & Nash
  6. Sail On, The Commodores
  7. Brandy, Looking GlassRutgers’ finest.
  8. Boat Drinks, Jimmy Buffett
  9. Key Largo, Bertie Higgins
  10. Sails, Orleans
  11. Sloop John B, The Beach BoysI hate this song: “And then he took and he ate up all of my corn” is a real lyric.
  12. Sail Away, Neil Young
  13. Sailin’ Shoes, Little Feat
  14. Cuttyhunk, John Hall
  15. If I Had A Boat, Lyle Lovett
  16. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor, Jimmy Buffett“It’s mellow but not smooth, and kind of shitty.” —James Ingram
  17. Rock the Boat, Inner CircleYes, the same Inner Circle who did “Bad Boys” for the TV Show Cops.
  18. The Mariner’s Revenge Song, The Decemberists
  19. Friggin In The Riggin, The Sex Pistols
  20. Love Boat, Dionne Warwick
  21. We must go to Koko’s boathouse…now, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
  22. I’m on a Boat, The Lonely Island