Boating Music.

boaty music

Warm summers day, waves lapping on the hull, music playing in the background. Bliss.

Music plays a big part of my life. I use to play piano, the radio is on all day in the background and my iTunes contains over 3000 of my favourite tracks. I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s., just as popular music really took off. As a teenager I was a full card carrying member of the heavy rock head banging scene. Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and Meatloaf all featured highly. I then really went downhill and embraced Punk.

I have mellowed  some what since then, you will be glad to hear. Not sure that Black Sabbath or Guns N’ Roses quite tick the box these days
So what I wanted was some truly great songs to boat by. Obviously the theme music to Titanic was asking for trouble, Handel’s Water Music was a little too baroque for my taste,  and Captain Pugwash  – well its my phones ring tone, so that was out. I discounted Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore as too naff and Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore…..well let’s move on.

I decided to enlist a DJ friend (Tim King) of mine to help. He came up with a huge amount of suggestions and below you will find the definitive playlist I have on my iPod.

Susies Boaty Music Playlist

  • Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin
  • Calypso – Roger Whittaker
  • Come Sail Away – Styx
  • Crusin’ – Smokey Robinson
  • Ferry Cross the Mersey – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  • Harbour Lights – The Platters
  • Hooray Its a holi-holiday – Boney M
  • If I had a Boat – Lyle Lovett
  • In the Navy – Village People
  • Island in the Sun – Harry Belafonte
  • Long Boats – Cat Stevens
  • Messin’ About on the River – Anita Harris
  • Night Boat to Cairo – Madness
  • On the Dock of the Bay – Otis Reading
  • Red Sails in the Sunset – Fats Domino
  • Rock the Boat- Hues Corporation
  • Sail On – The Commodores.
  • Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford
  • Sailing – Christopher Cross
  • Ship to Shore – Chris De Burgh
  • Sailing – Rod Stewart
  • Sink the Bismark – Johnny Horton
  • Sailing Away – Chris De Burgh
  • Sailing Home – Piet Weerman
  • Ships – Barry Manilow
  • Six months in a leaky boat – Split Enz
  • Sloop John B – Beach Boys
  • Summer Breeze – Isley Brothers
  • The Last Farewell – Roger Whittaker
  • The Tide Is High – Blondie
  • When the ship comes in  – Bob Dylan
  • Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot

I am betting that no one of you will have heard of the song listed in red however it’s my favourite so I have uploaded it so you can listen to it.

Before you go into a mad copy and pasting frenzy, don’t worry, there is a downloadable printable  list here Boat Songs

I am sure there are plenty more so please let me know your favourites so I can add them to my playlist.