Are you creating your sea song playlist? If so, visualize the ocean as you choose from this unique list of the best songs about the sea. There’s a reason there are massive amounts of ocean lovers.
And to set the tone of this article, we chose a crossover of music genres for you to relax to. Our favorite music categories include Alternative, Classic Rock, Country Rock, Christian, Progressive Jazz, Hip-Hop, R & B, Country Pop-Rock, and plain ol’ Country).
Without further adieu, let’s get into the list:
1. Across The Sea – Weezer
From the Pinkerton album, this is one of Weezer’s best tunes. This pop grunge group starts this unique list of songs and has earned its place. The lyrics are quite personal and contain powerful imagery which make Rivers Cuomo, the songwriter, very proud. Did you know frontman Rivers Cuomo was bullied in high school and later sought advice from a zen master? Totally Weezer…
2. Come Sail Away – Styx
From The Styx Anthology and The best of Styx, this song came ASAP to our Styx-loving minds. Singer-songwriter Dennis DeYoung from this progressive rock band hails one of our all-time favorite rock songs. This may age me but we remember when this song first came out.
3. Sail on Sailor – The Beach Boys
With its complicated lyrics, decide for yourself what this song means to you “Sail On, Sailor” is a song written mainly by Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson. This American rock band, the Beach Boys from their 1973 album Holland, proves yet again they are a legend in the music industry.
4. Ocean Eyes – Billie Eilish
Considered Pop dream-pop synth-pop indie-pop & R&B, this tune is about a toxic relationship written and produced by Eilish’s brother, Finneas O’Connell. 14-year-old Eilish’s first song, rose her to the top of the charts. This was a song written for her dance teacher and wasn’t expected to be heard anywhere else.
5. Orinoco flow – Sail Away (The Music of Enya)
Listen to the very best of Enya and the unique lyrics of Orinoco flow. We have to admit, we love Enya but we had never heard this song. We love it! By the way, the Orinoco is a river in the Amazon jungle, and its name means “the place to swim” since there are no native reptiles or sea life such as piranhas or crocs near its ocean shore or in the waters.
6. Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
Genre: Big Band A 1950’s remake popularized by Bobby Darin. This is an English version of the song “La Mer’ originally written by Charles Trenet. More trivia? “Beyond the Sea” was featured on season one X-files (1994) playing as a tribute to Scully’s father. Listen to this song if you are a true fan of the classics.
7. Under The Sea – “The Little Mermaid” A Disney production
We might be your elder, but we are lover of of this children’s and grandchildren’s favorite movie, “The Little Mermaid.” Having watched this catchy cartoon tune at least 100 times over the years this jolly sound, like no other beat, has stuck with us over the years like glue. Every now and again we find ourselves belting the lyrics at a moment’s notice. Chances are you’ve already heard this song, so no need to include any more information on it!
8. Barefootin’ – Scotty McCreery
Let’s take a moment to meditate on Scotty’s fun-loving song that rose to the top of the charts the week of September, 5th, 2018 remaining #1 on the top 40 songs by a country artist.
9. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
If you haven’t heard this song you might be adulting on Mars. This song’s artist is famous and the song is cool for its hip vibe transporting you to another place and time, and remember it’s still 5-o’clock somewhere.
10. Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Winning a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group made 1992 a memorable year for Will Smith and the boys. The audience-pleasing, Hip-hop genre-beat, produced by Hula and K. Fingers from Chicago transports you to summertime vibes. After listening to this song for the first time, we found myself appreciating the rap performance and style of these famous artists, and it’s only grown over time.
11. Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
When we think of Sheryl Crow, her sultry self and raspy voice make us go goo-goo. One of our favorite female artists in the pop-soul genre, this tune from the album C’mon, C’mon is also a music video filmed in Hawaii, written alongside her co-worker Jeff Trott.
12. Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
This is a feel-good Garth Brooks song, perfect for a beach-drinking playlist. Brooks’ top country artist hit, was a hit the minute it was released. In this now-classic song, a heartbroken man drives all the way to the beach after hearing about the healing qualities of the sea. Once there he finds two Pina Coladas do the trick.
13. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
This song is a legend in the good-vibe song club. Taking the beat to an all-time slow and steady, this island lover song is hip. Whenever we think of this song, much less hearing it, we are happy and not worried (smiling again).
13. All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Inspired by “Night Moves” by Bob Seger, released on April 5, 2008, by the Atlantic label, the esteemed list of songwriters include Ronnie Van Zant, Leroy Marinell, Robert Ritchie, Gary Rossington, and Edward King along with others this Kid Rock favorite hit that rocked the airwaves.
15. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
Released September 18 2015, often interpreted to refer to the shimmering sexy cocktail “Sex on the Beach”, produced by Mattman and Robin this song has always been a favorite the minute it hits the waves. One of the most popular hits of the 2010s, for sure.
16. Somewhere On The Beach – Dierks Bentley
Here is a serious song for you. Not! Here is a tune that will have you cheering for the main man, who found another girl while on the beach. It is a Recorded for digital download on January 19, 2016, by American country music artist Dierks Bentley and his 14th No. 1 single. The story behind this song is that it will have you longing for the sun and surf this and every summer.
17. Ocean Drive – Duke Dumont
An electronic experience hits it big with a spicy and naughty lyric. Along Miami’s famed South Beach coastal waters strip, Duke Dumont’s ode to this famous hot spot is definitely one you won’t want to miss.
18. Wipeout – by Surfaris
What a great song to sing and dance to. And, really who hasn’t pumped up or danced to this song? We can get toned for the beach with this surf-loving love song. A popular workout as well and a pop-culture dance. Waaaaaaa-hah-hah-hah-wipeout!
19. Some Beach – Blake Shelton
Okay, well, hmm. I admit it. we’re in love with Blake Shelton. This song is one of our favorites for sure. We can imagine him relaxing on a beach with his new bride, creating more songs like this one. Listen to this song if you need a smile.
20. Down at the Lah De Dah – Jimmy Buffett
Getting the band back together was a blast. Also a charming video this tune taps out beach vibes, like the sands of the sea. Lah De Dah hit debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart. Jimmy Buffett holds his own on the beach lover’s playlists, holding several top positions.
21. Written in the Sand – Old Dominion
Released on September 18 2007, the country songs label RCA Nashville, produced by Shane McAnally, is all about a relationship being questioned and being ‘written in the sand”. We don’t want to give away the song too much. Rest assured, as usual, Old Dominion always satisfies country-loving fans.
We’re sure this list will help you to absorb your own ocean energy in or outdoors. Songs about the sea will forever be a great celebration of so many things. This list doesn’t have to end here. What are some of your own favorite songs about the sea?
Create your own a-list and turn it up. Crashing wave sounds are nice, but these songs have more than an ocean vibe. Remember the beach or a song about the sea’s primary purpose is to relax right? With that being said, you can relax now and enjoy the rest of your day.
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