After looking over the list of most popular boating songs compiled by the Discover Boating, an outreach arm of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, I can't believe what I'm seeing.
There's enough holes in the list to sink it to the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. I know I'm an old fart, but geez.
Where's Sloop John B? The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald? Anchors Aweigh?
The Banana Boat Song? A Pirate Looks at Forty? Sail on Sailor? Sail Away?
The Discover Boating list was compiled after it "surveyed a network of boating experts and people who love life on the water to select some of the most popular songs about—and best enjoyed while—boating," according to the press release.
Here's the list:Boats by Kenny Chesney
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass
Come Sail Away by Styx
If I Had a Boat by Lyle Lovett
Into the Mystic by Van Morrison
Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Redneck Yacht Club by Craig Morgan
(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
Son of a Son of a Sailor by Jimmy Buffett
Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash
Dock of the Bay is a great song. Otis Redding died too young. I could listen to Steve "Soul Man" Cropper play all day. But a boating tune? Really? What part of sitting on a dock is boating?
Have you ever tried to SING Brandy? That chorus sure goes down smooth, eh?
Reading the list again only raises more songs.
Vahevala by Loggins and (Jim not Mike) Messina; Come on Down to my Boat Baby by Every Mother Son; Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Sail On by The Commodores.
I'm sure there are lots of others. What tune floats your boat?