Pat & Kim enjoying the open air and seas on board the massive Disney Wonder cruise liner all this week, but for all us land dwellers left behind on shore, we can at least imagine unwinding and being pampered on board a luxurious cruise!

Just listen to these ten songs about sailing on the open seas and let the music do the relaxing!

1. “Sailing” — Christopher Cross

The most obvious sea-tune that comes to mind is Christopher Cross’ No.1 sailing anthem. He told The WAVE about the inspiration behind the song, saying “I use the metaphor, because it’s certainly liquid and a nice metaphor, but I always joke that if these people had taken me bowling, it would have been about bowling. But I think it’s a beautiful metaphor…and if sailors have taken to it as their anthem that’s just fine, because it is a very nice and peaceful thing to do.”

2. “Time and Tide” — Basia

The title track to her 1987 platinum selling album, Basia’s “Time And Tide” wrote this song as a metaphor for everlasting love.

3. “Dock of the Bay”– Otis Redding

Recorded just before Otis’ death in 1967 and released after, this single was the first ever posthumously released song to hit No.1 on the charts and has since always reminds us of young love and long summer nights.

4. “Caribbean Queen” — Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean’s song about an exotic Caribbean beauty reached No.1 on the charts in 1984.

5. “Ships” — Barry Manilow

A song about a distant father and son walking along the beach, Manilow sings, “We’re two ships that pass in the night/We both smile and we say it’s alright/We’re still here/It’s just that we’re out of sight/Like those ships that pass in the night”

6. “The Wild Wild Sea” — Sting

Stings sings about the wild, wild sea.

7. “A Sailboat In The Moonlight” — Billie Holiday

There’s nothing like a classic jazz tune to help relax after a long day.

8. “Sail On” — The Commodores

The ’70s Motown group scored a top ten hit with “Sail On” in 1978!

9. “Banana Boat (Day-O)” — Harry Belafonte

This catchy calypso-style song is impossible to sing along with and is perfect for sailing across the sea.

10. “A Pirate Looks At 40” — Jimmy Buffett

You can’t think of the island life and sailing without thinking of the spokesperson for sipping margaritas on the beach. Much of Buffett’s catalog is about the relaxing tropical lifestyle and makes us think his whole life is just one big vacation!


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