Songs About Boats Ships & Sailing

sailboats-bright-color-sailsThe smell of the ocean breeze reflecting off the waves, the wind feathering through your hair, the sails flapping in the wind – All reminiscent of a great way to spend a laid-back day cooling down and mellowing out – Be it on a sailboat or a houseboat. Sound like a plan? How ’bout some tunes to complement the feeling.cruise_ship

Maybe your plans are a little more formal and you’re heading out on a week or longer cruise to the islands or up to Alaska or Canada. Or for the real adventurer, even to the Caribbean or Mediterranean for an elite getaway.

In any event, music always helps make for a smoother journey. Here you will find songs from all eras and genres that mention boats, ships, cruises, sails, sailing, yachting, etc. in the title or prominently throughout the lyrics. This should help you build a pretty decent playlist for your mp3 or burn for your cd to take with you. And hey, if all else fails, at least you can put on tropical theme at your next pool party or get together on the beach, and let the music take you on a “mental journey” away from it all.

Enjoy! – Bon Voyage! 🙂


Songs About Boats Ships & Sailing

  1. Banana Boat (Day-O) – Harry Belafontehouseboat
  2. Big Boat – Peter Paul & Mary
  3. Boat Drinks – Jimmy Buffett
  4. Boats Against The Current – Eric Carmen
  5. Boats To Build – Guy Clark
  6. Boats To Build – Alan Jackson
  7. Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
  8. Brandy – The Looking Glass
  9. Calypso – John Denver
  10. Closer To Home/I’m You’re Captain – Grand Funk Railroad
  11. Come On Down To My Boat – Every Mother’s Son
  12. Come Sail Away – Styx
  13. Crystal Ship – The Doors
  14. Dock of The Bay – Otis Redding
  15. Downeaster Alexa – Billy Joel
  16. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson
  17. Dreamboat Annie – Heart
  18. Ghosts of Cape Horn – Gordon Lightfoot
  19. Gilligan’s Island Theme – TV Theme
  20. Harbor Lights – Sammy Kaye & His Orchestraviking-ship2
  21. Harbor Lights – Bing Crosby
  22. Harbor Lights – The Platters
  23. If I Had A Boat – Lyle Lovett
  24. I’m On A Boat – Lonely Island
  25. Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  26. The Last Farewell – Roger Whittaker
  27. Longer Boats – Cat Stevens
  28. Lost Sailor – Grateful Dead
  29. Love Boat – TV Theme
  30. Michael (Row Your Boat Ashore) – Highwaymen
  31. Night Boat To Cairo – Madness
  32. On A Slow Boat To China – Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
  33. On The Good Ship Lollipop – Shirley Temple
  34. One Particular Harbor – Jimmy Buffett
  35. Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) – Enya
  36. Pirate Looks At Forty – Jimmy Buffett
  37. PT 109 – Jimmy Deanyacht-002
  38. The River – Garth Brooks
  39. Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation
  40. Red Sails In The Sunset – Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
  41. Red Sails In The Sunset – Bing Crosby
  42. Red Sails In The Sunset – The Platters
  43. Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan
  44. Ride Captain Ride – Blues Image
  45. Row Row Row Your Boat – (traditional folk song)
  46. Sail Along Silvery Moon – Bing Crosby
  47. Sail Along Silvery Moon – Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra
  48. Sail Away – Randy Newman
  49. Sail Away – Oak Ridge Boys
  50. Sail Boat In The Sky – Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
  51. Delta-Queen-ship

  52. Sail On – The Commodores
  53. Sail On – Tom Grant
  54. Sail On Sailor – Beach Boys
  55. Sailboat In The Moonlight – Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
  56. Sailboat In The Moonlight – Billie Holiday
  57. Sailin’ Around – John Prine
  58. Sailin’ Away On The Henry Clay – American QuartetSchooner
  59. Sailin’ Shoes – Little Feat
  60. Sailing – Rod Stewart
  61. Sailing – Christopher Cross
  62. Sailing Away – Chris DeBurgh
  63. Sailing Down The Chesapeake Bay – Henry Burr & Albert Campbell
  64. Sailing On The Robert E. Lee – Ray Noble
  65. Sailing On The Seven Seas – Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark (OMD)
  66. Sailing To Paradise – Pablo Cruise
  67. Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea) – Lolita
  68. Sailor Man – Johnnie & Jack
  69. Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford
  70. Ship In The Bottle – Stonewall Jackson
  71. Ship of Fools – The Doors
  72. Ship of Fools – Robert Plantsailing_under_golden_gate
  73. Ship of Fools – Erasure
  74. Ship of Fools (Save Me From Tomorrow) – World Party
  75. Ship To Shore – Chris DeBurgh
  76. Ship Without A Sail – Ella Fitzgerald
  77. Shipbuilding – Elvis Costello
  78. Ships – Barry Manilow
  79. Ships That Don’t Come In – Joe Diffie
  80. Sink The Bismarck – Johnny Horton
  81. Sinking of The Reuben James – Woodie Guthrie
  82. Sinking of The Reuben James – Kingston Trio
  83. Six Months In A Leaky Boat – Split Enz
  84. Shrimp Boats – Jo Stafford
  85. Sloop John B – Beach Boys
  86. Sloop John B – Kingston Trio
  87. Smooth Sailin’ – TG Sheppardsport-fishing-boat-super-yacht
  88. Son of A Son of A Sailor – Jimmy Buffett
  89. Southern Cross – Crosby Stills & Nash
  90. Trains & Boats & Planes – Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
  91. Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
  92. When My Dreamboat Comes Home – Fats Domino
  93. When My Ship Comes In – Clint Black
  94. When The Ship Comes In – Bob Dylan
  95. When The Ship Hit The Sand – Little Jimmie Dickens
  96. Wooden Ships – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  97. Wooden Ships – Jefferson Airplane
  98. Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
  99. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles


Here are a few more song posts with related travel themes on this site:

Islands In The Sun – Songs With A Tropical Theme

Songs About Airplanes & Flying

Songs About Trains – All Aboard!

Songs About Sun & Sunshine

8 Responses

  1. I know of the Queen Anne’s Revenge by Flogging Molly and The Good Ship Lifestyle by Chumbawamba.

  2. Here a few other songs…Like The Sea by Alicia Keys, Ship Ahoy by the Ojays, Rock the Boat by Aaliyah, The Sea by Corinne Bailey Rae, The Captain of Her Heart by Double, Love Overboard by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Voyage to Atlantis by The Isley Brothers, Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside,

  3. […] Songs About Boats Ships & Sailing « Reflections of Pop Culture …Aug 29, 2009 … The smell of the ocean breeze reflecting off the waves, the wind feathering through your hair, the sails flapping in the wind – All reminiscent of a … […]

  4. ocean gypsy by rennaisance

  5. You left out the great Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers with “The Bluenose”, “The Jeannie C” and the classic “The last of Barretts Privateers

  6. A Ship Arriving too Late, to Save a Drowning Witch…Frank Zappa!!!! Was Puff up there? That was a nice list. I also thought oif Kansas Point of No Return

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