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What is “Yacht Rock”?

I have no idea what this means.

by Anonymousreply 176Last Thursday at 5:28 AM

It's terrible pop music old people listened to in 1982.

by Anonymousreply 107/13/2021

Slickly produced AOR stuff that yuppies and boomers would presumably listen to on their yacht...Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, etc.

by Anonymousreply 207/13/2021

It SiriusXM’s answer to what they believe middle class people might listen to if they were sitting on a yacht. Basically soft rock from the 70’s and 80’s. Think Christopher Cross, Toto, Hall and Oates. It mind numbing and sad.

by Anonymousreply 307/13/2021

Doesn’t rock the boat indeed.

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by Anonymousreply 407/13/2021

Music from about 1972-85. They need to add to their playlist but there’s some good ear worms that are fun to listen to.

by Anonymousreply 507/13/2021

One of those things that is better in theory than reality. Especially when the Steely Dan comes in.

by Anonymousreply 607/13/2021

Never knew love like this before - Stephanie Mills

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by Anonymousreply 707/13/2021

If you leave me now - Chicago

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by Anonymousreply 807/13/2021

Carly Simon. “You walked into the party, like you were walking onto a yacht....”

by Anonymousreply 907/13/2021

For a few of us, that music is the soundtrack of our lives.

by Anonymousreply 1007/13/2021

Just sit back and relax.🌊⚓️🚤⛵️🛥⛴

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by Anonymousreply 1107/13/2021

Year of the cat - Al Stewart

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by Anonymousreply 1207/13/2021

I wonder what the Steely Dan feels like when it comes in.

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by Anonymousreply 1307/13/2021

How Long - Ace

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by Anonymousreply 1407/13/2021

Nice, R13

by Anonymousreply 1507/13/2021

Brandy you're a fine girl, what a good wife you would be, but my life, my lover, my lady is the sea.

by Anonymousreply 1607/13/2021

Christopher Cross, Sailing

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by Anonymousreply 1707/13/2021

This sounds real groovy! ✌️

by Anonymousreply 1807/13/2021

My favourite Sirius station during the summers!

by Anonymousreply 1907/13/2021

Thunder Island - Jay Ferguson

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by Anonymousreply 2007/13/2021

Lake Shore Drive - Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah

This a deeper cut for yacht rock. But I am into it.

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by Anonymousreply 2107/13/2021

Yes, this was a choice on the SiriusXM playlist. I appreciate you all letting me know what this is but honestly it sounds identical to 11 other channel choices.

I love Steely Dan.

I do not own a yacht.

by Anonymousreply 2207/13/2021

I fucking love yacht rock.

by Anonymousreply 2307/13/2021

Joy to the world - Three Dog Night

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by Anonymousreply 2407/13/2021

Half the way - Crystal Gayle

My definition of “yacht rock” is basically anything I was made to listen to on my way into school in the late 70s and early 80s.

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by Anonymousreply 2507/13/2021

This is the music you listen to when you're considering suicide and need encouragement. Exception with "Joy to the World" which is a fun song.

by Anonymousreply 2607/13/2021

R14, that is the great Paul Carrack there in Ace, who has been in several groups and really shows his vocal stuff here in Mike and the Mechanics. Don’t know if this qualifies as Yacht Rock?

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by Anonymousreply 2707/13/2021

Stuff like this:

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by Anonymousreply 2807/13/2021

Yacht Rock LOVES Mr. Christopher Cross! They play practically every song he’s sung.

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by Anonymousreply 2907/13/2021

This pretty awesome web series on the subject actually coined the term:

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by Anonymousreply 3007/13/2021

R17's pick is the apotheosis of Yacht Rock.

by Anonymousreply 3107/13/2021

God, I have some sociable neighbors that like to do summer cookouts by their pool. They always have yacht rock going.

by Anonymousreply 3207/13/2021

The Steve Miller Band is transitional.

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by Anonymousreply 3307/13/2021

Cool Change will always be the ultimate Yacht Rock song to me. They also used to play it all the time at the pool at the rec center I went to as a kid, so when I hear it in my head it is echoey, bouncing off water and cement

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by Anonymousreply 3407/13/2021

OP, if only there were somehow a system of tubes that would allow you to type in that question and then have the answer appear!

by Anonymousreply 3507/13/2021

There are a lot of Yacht Rock bands - Yachtley Crew is a good one - that play at some pretty decent sized venues.

It's a lot of fun - no really.

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by Anonymousreply 3607/13/2021

R36 played in our backyard pre covid .

by Anonymousreply 3707/13/2021

I love Little River Band...this entire album, actually. I'm not sure if this is the actual album I had (because it seems there were several variations on some of the songs, depending in what country they sold the album).

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by Anonymousreply 3807/13/2021

Atlanta Rhythm Section's version of Spooky

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by Anonymousreply 3907/13/2021

Soft rock.

by Anonymousreply 4007/14/2021

To all the haters, if you were on a yacht, would you rather listen to Steely Dan or Joy Division?

by Anonymousreply 4107/14/2021

If I had a yacht, I'd play Herb Alpert all the time and have a crew of chiseled, brunette, depressed men mourning untold losses.

I'd also have weed, cheap white wine, and scoglio. Do baguettes keep on a yacht?

Anyway, I'd wear Ocean Pacific knockoffs and the crew would be stuck in tight black Theory. They'd have to save whales or pick up garbage or something.

by Anonymousreply 4207/14/2021

Nobody mentioned Baker Street yet? It's in heavy rotation. Also, Michael McDonald is the singer of 20% of all Yacht Rock songs.

by Anonymousreply 4307/14/2021

There's a Teitter account dedicated to Yacht Rock.

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by Anonymousreply 4407/14/2021

This guy was Yacht Rock personified: the sound, the beard, the awful, schlub-next-door wardrobe, and the complete lack of stage presence.

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by Anonymousreply 4507/14/2021

Yacht rock is produced in a cocaine dense environment and the crunchy sparkle of booger sugar clings to all aspects of its consumption.

by Anonymousreply 4607/14/2021

So into you - Atlanta rhythm section.

by Anonymousreply 4707/14/2021

Pablo Cruise 🚢

by Anonymousreply 4807/14/2021

Mr. Mister

by Anonymousreply 4907/14/2021

r47 Imaginary Lover, and (the best version of) Spooky (as said upthread) too. Also Do it or Die was a special kind of cheesy yacht music.

by Anonymousreply 5007/14/2021

Also, i wouldn't exactly classify this as yacht rock, but it was that time period. And i love that it has the prelude to the actual song.

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by Anonymousreply 5107/14/2021

Think Wildfire would count by Michael Martin Murphey?

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by Anonymousreply 5207/14/2021

I consider yacht rock to be closer to blue-eyed soul or soft rock with a jazzy influence...less country or folk. More coke, less weed.

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by Anonymousreply 5607/14/2021

Easy listening music of the late 60s and early 70s was even more relaxing.

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by Anonymousreply 5707/14/2021

Ha, R55 - my ex-husband used to call us on our wedding anniversary (June 21st) for the first 15 years of us splitting up and singing this to me. Happily, he has stopped this nonsense.

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by Anonymousreply 6107/14/2021

Summer Breeze trumps all of these songs. I'll love it forever!

by Anonymousreply 6207/14/2021
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by Anonymousreply 6307/14/2021

A lot of Todd Rundgren’s music was also yacht-rockish.

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by Anonymousreply 6407/14/2021

"It was cartoons on Saturday morning that taught about government with a catchy songs. We watched it every Saturday morning back in St.Olaf"

"Learned a lot, Rose? That was Schoolhouse Rock you idiot!"

by Anonymousreply 6507/14/2021

OP is also asking, "What is a Google search?"

by Anonymousreply 6607/14/2021

A lot of overlap with "Frat Rock"--think Doobies, Huey Lewis--a driving beat but not much else.

Steely Dan and Rundgren are too musically complicated to really fit the genre and horrible soft rock like "Wildfire" is another genre entirely. Christopher Cross was too am radio.

by Anonymousreply 6707/14/2021

I read this recently and had to look it up, it is what I would call “soft rock”

by Anonymousreply 6807/14/2021

OP here R66. Google is not nearly as fun and nuanced as DL. Thanks for playing.

by Anonymousreply 6907/14/2021

Featuring Kenny Loggins AND Michael McDonald!

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by Anonymousreply 7007/14/2021

The sound of ex-hippie, proto-yuppies snorting coke on a yacht.

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by Anonymousreply 7107/14/2021

My dad is 67 but was a music snob back in the day.

I asked him about "Yacht Rock" and his response was something to the effect that it was "the crap that all the people who weren't listening to the music on [Sirius XM's] First Wave were listening to."

From scanning this thread, that seems about accurate.

by Anonymousreply 7207/14/2021

It’s basically Christopher Cross “Sailing”.

by Anonymousreply 7307/14/2021

R72 - no - First Wave's stuff doesn't have a ton of late 70's stuff - it's more 80's. And that music was not easy to find on the radio. If it was played, it was on one smaller station with lower power. WLIR comes to mind - you had to twist your antenna around to try and get that station sometimes.

Your dad sounds a bit old to be into First Wave - his teenage years were late 60's / early 70's. But good for him if he loves it.

by Anonymousreply 7407/14/2021

Webster’s Dictionary defines Yacht Rock as “…any song created or recreated between 1975 and 1983* with Michael McDonald singing lead (including the Doobie Brothers), singing back up (excluding the Doobie Brothers), or having had his name listed anywhere in the song credits”.

You’re welcome.

by Anonymousreply 7507/14/2021

R75 here again. Ignore the asterisk.

by Anonymousreply 7607/14/2021

Chop me a line, pour some Cristal, apply Bain de Soleil for the San Tropez tan...

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by Anonymousreply 7707/14/2021

Not yacht rock, r61, sorry (not "smyooth" enough).

This is:

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by Anonymousreply 7807/14/2021

r54 Captain Of Her Heart came out too late to be considered Yacht Rock, but it is part of Yacht Rock's close cousin, Sophisti-Pop - music that emerged during the mid-1980s in the UK which incorporated elements of new wave, jazz, soul, and pop.

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by Anonymousreply 7907/14/2021

LIke all other SIRIUS music channels, the playlist appears to be limited to about 50 songs.

by Anonymousreply 8007/14/2021

Pablo Cruise, "A Place In The Sun".

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by Anonymousreply 8107/14/2021

[quote]LIke all other SIRIUS music channels, the playlist appears to be limited to about 50 songs.

And 25 of them are Christopher Cross.

by Anonymousreply 8207/14/2021

Rupert Holmes is best remembered for the Pina Colada song, but he had a much better, now-forgotten hit

Rupert Holmes - Him

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by Anonymousreply 8307/14/2021

Peg - Steely Dan with Michael McDonald

I Really Don't Know Anymore & Ride Like The Wind - Christopher Cross with Michael McDonald

Minute By Minute & What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald

I'll Be Over You - Toto with Michael McDonald

I Gotta Try, I Keep Forgetting & Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald

This Is It - Kenny Loggins with Michael McDonald

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by Anonymousreply 8407/14/2021

Dan Fogelberg - Same Old Lang Syne

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by Anonymousreply 8507/14/2021

We had a radio station in Southern California dedicated to this. 94.7 "The Wave". And yes, we had a yacht. And yes, this was the music my parents played. And yes, I hated it.

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by Anonymousreply 8607/14/2021

Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love

This is not the original release, but it's a cool remix that doesn't totally change the song

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Starbuck - Moonlight Feels Right

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by Anonymousreply 8807/14/2021

Rick Moranis as Michael McDonald....

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Sanford-Townsend Band - Smoke From A Distant Fire

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by Anonymousreply 9007/14/2021

Ambrosia - Biggest Part Of Me

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by Anonymousreply 9107/14/2021

Ambrosia's lead singer was the incredible David Pack, who later also produced work by singers such as Patti Austin ad Barbra Streisand.

Here is a great (GREAT) Yacht Rock song with David Pack, Michael McDonald (but of course!), and the late, great James Ingram.

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by Anonymousreply 9207/14/2021

Michael Jackson -- "Human Nature"

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by Anonymousreply 9307/14/2021

I actually dig that song R88. The marimba break was wonderfully creative in my view and whoever sang that song did so in a tongue and cheek manner which was mildly predatory what for the lyrics.

All y'all forgot "Key Largo." I thought it was called "Bogie and Bacall" so it took me a hot minute to find the original cheesy video. So cheesy, so yacht rocky. I feel that the very video itself encapsulates the yacht rock era in a way few videos did back then and a minimum of five lines of cocaine play a supporting role in the video as well. What's not to love?

Christopher Cross is the Patron Saint of yacht rock. Love him or hate him. He owned that dayum era. Owned it. He has a gorgeous high tenor and can sing the Beach Boys songbook live and pro tool free. Poor thing, though, I hope his continued Covid-19 recovery is going well.

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by Anonymousreply 9407/14/2021

I posted Key Largo upthread

by Anonymousreply 9507/14/2021

I'm sorry for having quite inadvertently missing that R95. No harm meant.

by Anonymousreply 9607/14/2021

I don't think yacht rock would exist without the King of Yacht Rock. His voice is pure gold and he writes good tunes.

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by Anonymousreply 9707/14/2021

Two words: Kenny Loggins

by Anonymousreply 9807/14/2021

Yacht rock playlist

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by Anonymousreply 9907/14/2021

I noticed they took Dan fogelberg out of their playlist this year and he’s been pretty prominent in years before.

Some songs that should be there-

AlSmokey Robinson’s crusin and being with you

Kim carnes more love

bee gees love you inside and spirits having flown

Andy gibbs love is thicker than water and desire

Paul Davis sweet life and 65 love affair

Bobby Goldsboro summer the first time

by Anonymousreply 10007/14/2021

People - has nobody brought up THIS classic featuring the ubiquitous Michael McDonald?

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by Anonymousreply 10107/14/2021

REO Speedwagon

by Anonymousreply 10207/14/2021

[quote]and the late, great James Ingram.

Wait. James Ingram is dead??

by Anonymousreply 10307/14/2021

Hearts by Marty Balin

Shannon that song about a dog.

Chevy Van

Gold by John Stewart and DL icon Stevie Nicks

Eye in the Sky by the Alan Parson Project

I’d Really Love to See You Tonight by England Dan and John Ford Coley

Miracles, Ride the Tiger, Count on Me, Runaway and Find Your Way Back all by Jefferson Starship.

Hotel California by Eagles

Anything ever done by Air Supply.

by Anonymousreply 10407/14/2021

I love Eye in the Sky/Alan Parsons Pretty much all by England Dan/John For Coley Hearts by Marty Balin (Is everything alright?)

Air Supply sucks ass.

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Sorry, ^^formatting issues.

Eye in the Sky/Alan Parsons

England Dan/John Ford Coley

Hearts/Marty Balin (is everything alright?)

Air Supply sucks. Seriously. Ok, Lost in Love is pretty good. That's about it.

Africa! (I bless the rains!)

by Anonymousreply 10607/14/2021

Yawn rock

by Anonymousreply 10707/14/2021

Kenny Loggins AND Stevie Nicks herself!

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by Anonymousreply 10807/15/2021

Gotta be smooth!

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Carly Simon - You Belong to Me.

Yacht Rock

by Anonymousreply 11007/15/2021

All of this music is what you hear in a waiting room or elevator. Seriously?

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Yes. Ingram died of brain cancer on January 29, 2019, at the age of 66.

One of the greats.

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by Anonymousreply 11207/15/2021

R111 That’s better than Cardi B’s stuff, which only gets played in waiting rooms of STD clinics.

by Anonymousreply 11307/15/2021

Yacht Rock was a series of children’s animated shorts from the early 70s shown on Saturday morning, using hijinks, fun and music to explain yacht design and ownership.

by Anonymousreply 11407/15/2021

This is the kind of thread where people post without reading what has already been posted. So tedious.

by Anonymousreply 11507/15/2021

R1 must have premature hearing loss in addition to being an ageist prick.

by Anonymousreply 11607/15/2021

The Babys - Every Time I Think Of You

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Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right

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Atlanta Rhythm Section - So Into You

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by Anonymousreply 11907/15/2021

Lots of love here for the Kings of Yacht Rock, but as usual, the Queens get overlooked

Linda Ronstadt - Blue Bayou

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Jennifer Warnes - Right Time Of The Night

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by Anonymousreply 12107/15/2021

Most of this is just dreadful late 70s and early 80s stuff. And, no, almost none of it is on my Itunes.

by Anonymousreply 12207/15/2021

What’s an “Itunes”

by Anonymousreply 12307/15/2021

As a child of the 70s I have warm memories of a lot of these songs. Special credit must be given to the artistry of the composers, singers, producers and instrumentalists who made memorable songs without help from computers. I don't find any of it "dreadful" but I guess it's cool to say that. I will say I am tired of many of the songs by now, and Yacht Rock on Sirius/XM is an embarrassment considering how limited the playlist appears to be ("Year of the Cat" every 6 hours).

by Anonymousreply 12407/15/2021

Totally agree about the repetitiveness of the songs. I love the station and listen to it regularly during the summer months, but I do tire of the same songs all the time.

by Anonymousreply 12507/15/2021

Other songs they omitted/won’t play

Stephen bishop on and on

Andrew gold lonely boy

The floaters float on

Chris rea fool if you think it’s over

Toby beau my angel baby

Pointer sisters slow hand

Robert John sad eyes

Johnny rivers swayin to the music

by Anonymousreply 12607/15/2021

You can’t have a yacht without a captain.

And a Tennille!

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Baby come to me

Patti Austin + James Ingram

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by Anonymousreply 12807/15/2021

The Pointer Sisters are R&B, not yacht rock.

by Anonymousreply 12907/15/2021

"Reminiscing" -- Little River Band

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by Anonymousreply 13007/15/2021

Their songs He’s So Shy, Fire, Slow Hand can fit into the Yacht box.

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[quote] —The cuervo gold...the fine Columbian...


by Anonymousreply 13207/15/2021

The guys who made the "Yacht Rock" video series and coined the term "Yacht Rock" have a website and a podcast, "Beyond Yacht Rock".

They have very stringent guidelines on what constitutes "Yacht Rock". One of the features of their podcast is a segment called "Yacht or Nacht?", where they listen to a song, and determine whether or not it belongs in the Yacht Rock canon.

Check out their "Beyond Yacht Rock Certified Playlist" on Spotify if you want a good idea of what "Yacht Rock" is.

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by Anonymousreply 13307/15/2021

This thread has taught me that Yacht Rock includes a SHIT TON of really really good songs.

It's really bizarre that people make fun of it.

by Anonymousreply 13407/15/2021

They don’t make fun of it everywhere. It’s popular otherwise it wouldn’t be a genera.

by Anonymousreply 13507/15/2021

It's one of my favorite music jandras

by Anonymousreply 13607/15/2021

They're list is pretty inconsistent. Steely Dan had a different and more idiosyncratic fan base than most of the other performers, as well as more complex music. There's also the issue of Dolly Parton (not rock), Johnny Mathis (not rock and really a 50s performer) and people who are well into R&B. They also seem not to have a lot of the late stage California crap like the Eagles (except for the awful Hotel California), although they have soft rock that is "adjacent" to that.

The hard core seems to be soft jazz (George Benson, et al.), watered down R&B, pop vocalists like Dionne Warwick (maybe that's why Dolly is here), soft--latter day--folk rock, lots of Michael McDonald (maybe its his association with Steely Dan that brings them in), rock bands that were considered lame (like Toto) and some Frat Rock (Doobies). It doesn't include those horrible 70s, last gasp of AM Top 40 songs that people keep nominating, but it's still stuff that's mostly fluff and forgettable.

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"Sarah, Sarah" -- Jonathan Butler

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[quote] It’s popular otherwise it wouldn’t be a genera.

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 13907/15/2021

[quote] They're list is pretty inconsistent.

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 14007/15/2021

Ari and moi j'adore yacht rock.

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R133 This yacht rock playlist is terrible.

by Anonymousreply 14207/15/2021

I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vannelli is Yacht Rock.

by Anonymousreply 14307/15/2021

I would add

Earth Wind and Fire’s after the love is gone and fantasy

Charlie dore pilot of the airwaves

Eddie rabbit suspicions

Seals and Crofts we may never pass this way again

Ray Parker jr you can’t change that/ I still can’t get over loving you

by Anonymousreply 14407/15/2021

A DL two-fer: a Yacht Rock Peter Allen cover:

Pablo Cruise - I Go To Rio

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by Anonymousreply 14507/16/2021

Yes I agree that Spotify list is bizarre. I am in my late 50s and am pretty well-versed in music up to the end of last century and I don't recognize a lot of the artists let alone the individual songs.

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Paul Simon - "Jonah"

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by Anonymousreply 14707/16/2021

They invented this so people in yachts could listen to rock music without scaring the fish away.

by Anonymousreply 14807/17/2021

It’s weird that people on this site, who mostly seem to listen to light popular music such as Dance-Pop, K-Pop and Divas like Mariah and Whitney, think something like Yacht-Rock is not edgy enough for them.

by Anonymousreply 14907/17/2021

It was too edgy for Lawrence Welk but not edgy enough for MTV.

by Anonymousreply 15007/17/2021

Just because MTV played it or it scares away fishes does not make it good music

by Anonymousreply 15107/17/2021

R149, reminds me of the people who say "Disco Sucks" but listen to Rihanna all day

by Anonymousreply 15207/17/2021

The Boomers who hated disco were no better than their parents who hated rock 'n' roll, and they failed to recognize the hypocrisy.

by Anonymousreply 15307/17/2021

Yacht Rock was so popular that Country artists started producing their songs in that style

Terri Gibbs - Somebody's Knocking

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2 more Country artists who jumped on board

Kenny Rogers & Dottie West - What Are We Doing In Love

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dottie west died 30 years ago? who knew? she seems like she would be a DL fave

by Anonymousreply 15607/17/2021

Dottie's life certainly had a lot of ingredients for DL Icon status - drinking and money problems, multiple husbands, flashy dresser well past her age, cheesy movie where she was portrayed by Michelle Lee, tragic early death, etc.

by Anonymousreply 15707/17/2021

This is a pretty damn good playlist.

by Anonymousreply 158Last Monday at 7:40 PM

Dan Seals without John Ford Coley or the false claim that he was from England:

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by Anonymousreply 159Last Monday at 7:42 PM

My Tidy Bowl Man sings Yacht Rock.

by Anonymousreply 160Last Monday at 7:43 PM

I don't quite get where you draw the line.

by Anonymousreply 161Last Monday at 7:51 PM

Isn’t it Phil Collins or Huey Lewis?

by Anonymousreply 162Last Monday at 8:07 PM

I always imagine people who own yachts to be secretly sad. Like that old guy in Cocktail who shot himself after Tom Cruise pestered him.

by Anonymousreply 163Last Monday at 8:10 PM

Amazon Alexa has a Yacht Rock station too! I just said "Alexa, play Yacht Rock" and boom... Michael McDonald is singing What a Fool Believes!

by Anonymousreply 164Last Monday at 8:22 PM

Thank you! I lived an worked in Chicago for around seven years. Lots of fond memories

by Anonymousreply 165Last Monday at 11:42 PM

Christopher Cross' Sailing gets a lot of praise as a top Yacht Rock song, but John Denver took that voyage before him:

John Denver - Calypso

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by Anonymousreply 166Last Tuesday at 5:18 AM

I tried to read the whole list of replies, honest, but the flashbacks were about to kill me and I had to stop around No. 100. Has NO ONE yet mentioned the Complete Works of the Captain and Tennille? He was a FUCKING *CAPTAIN*, for God's sake!!

by Anonymousreply 167Last Tuesday at 12:07 PM

You can see from all this mainstream, canned garbage where the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, et al. came from.

by Anonymousreply 168Last Tuesday at 12:10 PM

Yeah, because Blondie never had any "mainstream" success

by Anonymousreply 169Last Tuesday at 12:30 PM

"Countrypolitan" was the country music equivalent to Yacht Rock. Crystal Gayle was its mistress.

Yacht Rock was basically a Carter-era phenomenon, like punk and disco. I'd chart its beginning somewhere around 1976, when Boz Scaggs released Silk Degrees and Michael McDonald joined the Doobie Bros. There was heavy overlap with the more commercial jazz fusion of the time, and they often utilized the same top drawer studio musicians - Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon, Lee Ritenour, Steve Gadd, etc. It lasted a few years into the 80s, but by the time MTV was huge it was more or less over. Producing records became more about mastering the latest technology and making an eye-catching video than immaculate studio craftsmanship.

by Anonymousreply 170Last Tuesday at 12:52 PM

Christopher Cross, quintessential.

by Anonymousreply 171Last Tuesday at 1:31 PM

Like like a lot of musicians of the era, Crystal Gayle could go full Yacht Rock when she wanted

Crystal Gayle - Half The Way

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by Anonymousreply 172Last Tuesday at 1:55 PM

Q: What does it take to make your blue eyes turn brown, ahem? Ans: When you fill up with shit.

by Anonymousreply 173Last Tuesday at 5:36 PM

Basically, it seems to be the AM radio play list from the late 70s/very beginning of the 80s, without too much rhyme or reason, with some watered down jazz and country tossed-in. It reminds me that I was stuck with AM in the car for awhile then.

by Anonymousreply 174Last Tuesday at 6:14 PM

There should be a category where it's just the sound of a younger Michael McDonald pounding my hole while reading a mexican takeout menu.

by Anonymousreply 175Last Tuesday at 8:49 PM

I started listening to “forbidden” 70s rock like Steely Dan, because all the people from the punk/new wave generation hated it.

by Anonymousreply 176Last Thursday at 5:28 AM
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