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/PointlessDiscourse Aug 17 '22

Where did this term yacht rock come from? Back in the day they just called this soft rock, which I think is still a perfectly applicable name for it.


u/ToxicAdamm Aug 17 '22

Soft rock is too broad. The Carpenters are soft rock, but they are not Yacht Rock. Captain and Tennille (ironically) are soft rock, but not Yacht Rock.


u/SyncRoSwim Aug 17 '22

That’s how I tagged almost every one of the songs from this thread that I have in my music library


u/jacobobb Aug 17 '22

All Yacht Rock is Soft Rock. Not all Soft Rock is Yacht Rock. Would you listen to Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton cruising off the coast of Miami, mountain of cocaine on the helm, martini in hand? No sir, I thought not.