Salty & Sweet: 100 Songs of Wind & Sea…that you won’t find on every other list out there.

Maritime Musings
As with anything in life, music makes a boat even more enjoyable. Be it at the dock or under sail, having a good mix of songs to spice up the scene is always a good thing. Of course, there is ONE exception as far as I’m concerned – and I know I’ll get some incendiary flack for this…
Sorry Buff-hards - No Jimmy on this list!

Sorry Buff-hards & Parotheads – No Jimmy on this list!

 Seriously people. Your Jimmy Buffett is killing me. I don’t hate the guy or his music per se. I’ve just heard too damn much of it. STOP! To quell the angry mob that will likely be waiting for me dockside to hang me high from my very own mast, I offer up the following list of songs for consideration. All give reference to the wind or sea in some way – in either a literal or figurative sense. If you don’t recognize a few or most of the artists on the list, maybe now is a good time to crawl out from underneath that Jimmy Buffett you’ve been trapped under and listen to some new stuff? Eh? I absolutely welcome any suggestions to add to the list…sans Mr. Buffet.

  1. Lost at Sea (Demo Version) – Guster
  2. The Golden Rose – Tom Petty
  3. I’ll Sail My Ship Alone – Hank Williams
  4. Neptune’s Net – M. Ward
  5. Down By The Seaside – Led Zeppelin
  6. Waltz With Me – Bob Roberts
  7. Helmsman  – Ambulance LTD
  8. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay  – Otis Redding
  9. The Ark – Dr. Dog
  10. La Mar (The Ocean) – The Beautiful Girls
  11. Wild Wind – Black Mountain
  12. Go To Sea No More – The Dubliners
  13. Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
  14. High Tiding – Nick Waterhouse
  15. Louie Louie – The Flamin’ Groovies
  16. Way Of The Ocean – Three Mile Pilot
  17. Ride Captain Ride – Blues Image
  18. Sailing to Nowhere – Broken Bells
  19. Catch the Wind – Donovan
  20. Tales Of Brave Ulysses – Cream
  21. Sea Shanty – The Pogues
  22. Pacific Theme – Broken Social Scene
  23. Will There Be Enough Water – The Dead Weather
  24. Canoe And You – Ray Barbee & The Mattson 2
  25. Sea of Love – Tom Waits
  26. Sea Song – Doves
  27. Tidal Wave – Dick Dale
  28. This Ship Was Built To Last – The Duke Spirit
  29. When The Ship Comes In – The Chieftains
  30. The Captain – Guster
  31. Yourself Unto the Sea – Patch and The Giant
  32. Smooth Sailing – Leon Bridges
  33. Ocean of Noise – Arcade Fire
  34. Big Boat – M. Ward
  35. Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
  36. Tahitian Moon – Porno for Pyros
  37. The Irish Navy – The Dubliners
  38. Seasick On Land – Rogue Wave
  39. Honey Bee – Muddy Waters
  40. Stormy Weather Boys – Bob Roberts
  41. Float On – Modest Mouse
  42. La Mer – Charles Trenet
  43. The Beach – Dr. Dog
  44. On A Ship To Bangladesh – Three Mile Pilot
  45. Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
  46. Maiden Voyage – Ray Barbee & The Mattson 2
  47. Ease Your Feet In The Sea – Belle & Sebastian
  48. Sail Away – David Gray
  49. Pacific Ocean Blues – Dennis Wilson
  50. Spanish Armada – Ratatat
  51. Sand And Foam – Donovan
  52. Drifting Too Far from the Shore – J.Garcia/D. Grisman (Pizza Tapes)
  53. Descent Into The Maelstrom – Radio Birdman
  54. Don’t Rock the Boat – Eddie Floyd
  55. Net Hauling Song – The Dubliners
  56. Never Been A Captain – The Barr Brothers
  57. Pirate Love – Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers
  58. Seasick – Jessie Baylin
  59. Stingray – Link Wray
  60. Windy Old Weather – Bob Roberts
  61. Let the Waters Rise – Justin Townes Earle
  62. A Sailboat In The Moonlight – Billie Holiday & Lester Young
  63. Cortez The Killer – Neil Young
  64. If I Had A Boat – Lyle Lovett
  65. The Irish Rover – The Dubliners/The Pogues
  66. At The Beach – The Avett Brothers
  67. The Breeze – Dr. Dog
  68. All For Me Grog –  The Dubliners
  69. Boatman Dance – Elizabeth Cotten
  70. Chanty – Son Volt
  71. Dead In The Water – Supersuckers
  72. Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & the Shondells
  73. Driftwood – Travis
  74. The Bonny Ship the Diamond – Ian Giles
  75. Of the Sea – A.A. Bondy
  76. Smooth Sailing – Queens of the Stone Age
  77. Moani Ke’ala – Gabby Pahinui & Ry Cooder
  78. Wave – Joe Henry
  79. I’m Sailin’ – Mazzy Star
  80. Shiver Me Timbers – Tom Waits
  81. The Iliad – Tapes n’ Tapes
  82. Four Strong Winds – Neil Young
  83. Salty Dog Blues – Mississippi John Hurt
  84. Sea of Heartbreak – Johnny Cash
  85. Big Boat – Devil In A Woodpile
  86. Sinner in the Sea – Calexico
  87. Sail On – The Commodores
  88. Ship of Fools – Grateful Dead
  89. Night Boat to Cairo – Madness
  90. The Ocean – Ambulance LTD
  91. Sailor Song – Felice Brothers
  92. Backwater Blues – Big Bill Broonzy
  93. The Wind That Blew My Heart Away – Fruit Bats
  94. Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
  95. Mean Monsoon – Dan Auerbach
  96. Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison
  97. Rise to the Sun – Alabama Shakes
  98. The Breeze Always Blows – Dead Meadow
  99. Wave – Antonio Carlos Jobim
  100. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Harry Nilsson
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