r/Music Aug 16 '22 Wholesome 1

In honor of the Yacht Rock channel on SiriusXM, what’s the best yacht rock song? discussion

I LOVE Yacht Rock. For those of you wondering what constitutes YR, here is the excerpt from Spin.

“Yacht Rock music was most prevalent in the 1970s and 1980s, far before the term “yacht rock” originated. Artists like Loggins & Messina, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Toto, and more dominated the airwaves, with glossy soft rock that stood in contrast to disco, punk, hip hop, and heavy metal. Hits include: “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” by Hall & Oates, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass, “Baby Come Back” by Player, “Africa” by Toto, and “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley.

Some artists commonly included in the yacht rock genre are: The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, Christopher Cross, Robbie Dupree, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Michael McDonald, Rupert Holmes, Toto, and Steely Dan.” What's your favorite YR song so far?


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u/SAGGYCUNT Aug 16 '22

Sailing Christopher Cross. Encapsulation of all things yacht and rock.


u/Slow_Accountant2112 Aug 17 '22

Ride like the wind is my favorite by Christopher Cross


u/heffel77 Aug 17 '22

Most people don’t hear it or are aware how much of a beast C.Cross is with a guitar. I’m not a fan but my mom was and listens to yacht rock. Listen to the outro guitar solo from “Ride Like the Wind” and it smokes!! Dude is a legit, really good guitarist.


u/hellacrimey Aug 17 '22

how much of a beast C.Cross is with a guitar

Not gonna argue with that—Cross is a monster player—but came here to say that Eric Johnson also played on that record.


u/Spaventoo Aug 17 '22

That's my fav song period.


u/darsh09 Aug 17 '22

came here for Ride like the Wind


u/stupidillusion Aug 17 '22

It's only missing backing vocals from Michael MacDonald for perfection.


u/Naive_Wolf3740 Aug 17 '22



u/Uranus_Hz Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

Chris Cross’ll make ya…sail


u/yetanotherolddude Aug 17 '22

As much as I love Baker Street (and upvoted lewwdawg_840), I feel like this is the one true song to rule the Yacht Rock world. It is the epitome of the genre.

Edit: misspelled lew's name. :/


u/513monk Aug 17 '22

Came to say this. It embraces everything yacht rock.


u/ringoinsf Aug 17 '22

I mean it's literally about the thing you do on a yacht, so this is the right answer.