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Okay, you have the insurance, the water toys, the best food, fav beverages of choice, life jackets, full tank of gas… something is missing…  let me think… OH, OF COURSE – MUSIC!

Cannot enjoy a day on the water without the tunes to go along with it, right?

But what are the best tunes for boating?

So here are some, in no particular order, that I enjoy when I am sizzling in the sun on the boat:

  • Jimmy Buffett – absolutely anything but especially with Alan Jackson “5 O’clock Somewhere” and Zac Brown Band “Knee Deep”
  • Beach Boys – anything really
  • Craig Morgan – “Redneck Yacht Club” – was there any doubt this would not belong in this list?
  • Duran Duran – “Rio” – maybe I just love this song and video, not sure on that
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Southern Cross” – always a good one
  • The Hues Corporation – “Don’t Rock the Boat,” don’t tip the boat over – yay disco!
  • Kenny Chesney has a couple – “When the Sun Goes Down” and “Boats”
  • Kid Rock – “All Summer Long,”
  • Little River Band – “Cool Change”
  • Gordon Lightfoot – “Edmund Fitzgerald”
  • Billy Ocean – Carribean Queen
  • Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – “Over the Rainbow” – awesome
  • Phish – “Wading in the Velvet Sea”
  • Styx – “Come Sail Away”

Let’s not forget the ladies

  • Sheryl Crow – “Soak up the Sun”
  • Bobbie Gentry – “Ode to Billie Joe” – I cannot explain this one, just the rhythm is cool on the boat – easy to sing along with
  • Katrina & The Waves – “Walkin’ on Sunshine”
  • The Go-Go’s – “Vacation”
  • Bananarama – “Cruel Summer”
  • Joan Jett – “I Love Rock N’ Roll”
  • Blondie – “Tide is High” – yeah there are guys in there, too; but it is her voice I am singing along with
  • Janis Joplin – “Mercedes Benz”

I could go on and on.  Now that I think about it, there are a LOT of good boating songs out there from every era.  I am sure every boater has their favorites.

You know, the USCG does not care what music you listen to – just keep the decibels at a level you can still practice boating safety – so you won’t have to tell your boat insurance company what songs you were listening to when you call to make a claim… okay – biting my tongue.

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