20 Seafaring Songs You Should Know

Seafaring Songs You Should KnowAh, the lure of the open sea. The rhythm of the waves, the hum of the breeze, the promise of the unknown just beyond the horizon, not to mention the time-honored appeal of sailors. Of course there’s a downside, and good songs have addressed that, too.

“Beyond the Sea”
— Bobby Darin

“Birds and Ships”
— Woody Guthrie

“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)”
— Looking Glass

“Can’t Get It Out of My Head”
— Electric Light Orchestra

“Come Sail Away”
— Styx

“If I Had a Boat”
— Lyle Lovett

“Michael Row the Boat Ashore”
— The Weavers (- Also recorded as “Michael” by the Highwaymen)

“On a Slow Boat to China”
— Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby

“Proud Mary”
— Creedence Clearwater Revival (Covered by Ike & Tina Turner)

“Rock the Boat”
— Hues Corporation

“Sailing”
— Christopher Cross

“Sea Cruise”
— Frankie Ford

“Sea of Joy”
— Blind Faith

“Sloop John B”
— The Beach Boys

“Southern Cross”
— Crosby, Stills & Nash

“The Tide is High”
— Blondie

“The Wild Wild Sea”
— Sting

“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”
— Gordon Lightfoot

“Too Many Fish in the Sea”
— The Marvelettes

“Undertow”
— R.E.M.

For more on music at sea, see page 18. Special thanks to Dennis “Captain Crunk” McDonough.

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