Smooth Sailing: Yacht Rocking & Funky Grooving

Picture Joan Smalls by Patrick Demarchelier (Vogue April 2013)

To celebrate the beginning of spring this Friday, I tried to create some kind of soulful yacht rock mix. The closest I can get to a yacht, I suppose… Check out the best 100 yacht rock songs and the yacht rock series at Channel 101 as well, if you like the genre.

Urban Dictionary gives a definition of yacht rock:

“Another name for the adult-contemporary musical movement in the late 1970's and the early 1980's. It was defined mostly by its smooth sound. Popular Yacht Rockers include: Kenny Loggins, the Doobie Brothers, and Steely Dan.”

Thanks to Mr Funk for the inspiraton!


Herb Alpert – Rise (1979)
Joe English – Is There Not One Good Man (1980)
Harvey Scales – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love [Loveboat Caress] (1978)
Peabo Bryson – I’ve Been Down (1981)
Reed Nielsen & Mark Pearson – Got Me Where You Want Me (1983)
Bill LaBounty – Dream On (1982)
Lava – Something (1984)
Frankie Valli – A Tear Can Tell (1978)
McGuinn, Clark & Hillman – Feelin’ Higher (1979)
Sergio Mendes & New Brasil ‘77 – The Real Thing (1977)
Brewer & Shipley – Dreamin’ In The Shade (1968)
Bob James – Westchester Lady (1976)
Captain & Tenille – Do That To Me One More Time (1980)
Barry International FOB – Love A Woman’s Game (2014)
Ben E. King – Smooth Sailing (1976)
Steve Harley – Riding The Waves (For Virginia Woolf) (1978)
Steely Dan ‎– Rikki Don't Lose That Number (1974)
Mayer Hawthorne – Wine Glass Woman (2013)
Congopunq – Shake It All Out (2014)


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