Yacht Rock Songs for a Chillin’ Vibes Wedding Playlist

As a reminder: Yacht Rock is a style of music commonly classified as soft rock from the 70s to the mid-80s. You will hear everything from smooth soul, smooth jazz, R&B, and disco.

You can play songs that are the pure definition of yacht rock by artists and musicians like Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, and Kenny Loggins. However, you will also find a few Nyacht songs (songs that have sometimes been classified as yacht rock but do not fit the definition).

It’s up to you as we are trying to set a mood for a great chill playlist for any event or party.

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Yacht Rock Songs for Weddings

Listed alphabetically by artist and then song title.

Ace – How Long
Released in 1975 on the album Five-A-Side

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“And you said you was never intending / To break up our scene this way / But there ain’t any use in pretending / It could happen to us any day”

Al Jarreau – We’re In This Love Together
Released in 1981 on the album Breakin’ Away

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“We got the kind that lasts forever / We’re in this love together / We got a kind that will last forever and evermore”

Ambrosia – Biggest Part Of Me
Released in 1980 on the album One Eighty

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Together) We are gonna stay together / (Forever) For me there’s nothing better / You’re the biggest part of me”

Ambrosia – How Much I Feel
Released in 1978 on the album Life Beyond L.A.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“How’s your life been goin’ on / I’ve got a wife now / Years we’ve been goin’ strong”

Atlantic Rhythm Section – So Into You
Released in 1976 on the album A Rock and Roll Alternative

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“From your head to your toe / Gonna love you all over, over and over / Me into you, you into me, me into you”

Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Released in 1977 on the album Menagerie

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Just one look at you / And I know it’s gonna be / A lovely day”

Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love
Released in 1978 on the album Bobby Caldwell

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“But then I only want the best, it’s true / I can’t believe the things I do for you / What you won’t do, do for love”

Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
Released in 1976 on the album Silk Degrees

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Got to have a Jones for this, Jones for that / This runnin’ with the Joneses, boy, just ain’t where it’s at, no, no”

Captain & Tennille – Love Will Keep Us Together
Released in 1975 on the album Love Will Keep Us Together

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I will be there to share forever / Love will keep us together”

Christopher Cross – Ride Like the Wind
Released in 1980 on the album Christopher Cross

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Lived nine lives / Gunned down ten / Gonna ride like the wind”

Christopher Cross – Sailing
Released in 1980 on the album Christopher Cross

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Sailing / Takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be / Just a dream and the wind to carry me / Soon I will be free”

Daryl Hall & John Oates – Kiss On My List
Released in 1981 on the album Voices

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Because your kiss is on my list of the best things in life / Oh babe, because your kiss, your kiss is on my list”

David Pomeranz – On This Day
Released in 2001 on the album On This Day

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Here I stand, take my hand / And I will honor every word that I say / On this day”

DeBarge – All This Love
Released in 1982 on the album All This Love

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Say you really love me baby / Say you really love me, darlin’ / ‘Cause I really love you, baby”

Donald Fagen – I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)
Released in 1982 on the album The Nightfly

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“What a beautiful world this will be / What a glorious time to be free”

Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes
Released in 1979 on the album Minute by Minute

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“But what a fool believes, he sees / No wise man has the power to reason away / What seems to be”

Dr. Hook – Sexy Eyes
Released in 1979 on the album Sometimes You Win

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Sexy eyes, moving ‘cross the floor, couldn’t want for more, sexy eyes / Sexy eyes, getting down with you, I wanna move with you, sexy eyes”

Earth, Wind & Fire – After the Love Has Gone
Released in 1979 on the album I Am

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“What used to be happy is sad / Somethin’ happened along the way / And yesterday was all we had”

George Benson – Give Me the Night
Released in 1980 on the album Give Me the Night

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“A little late romance / It’s a chain reaction / You’ll see the people of the world / Coming out to dance”

George Benson – Lady Love Me (One More Time)
Released in 1983 on the album In Your Eyes

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Just let me love you one more time / Feel your heartbeat close to mine / Lady, love me all the time”

James Ingram and Michael McDonald – Yah Mo B There
Released in 1983 on the album It’s Your Night

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“‘Cause it’s a long hard road that leads to a brighter day / Don’t let your heart grow cold, just reach out and call His name”

Kenny Loggins – Heart to Heart
Released in 1982 on the album High Adventure

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Now that we’ve grown apart, oh no / Well, the only way to start / Is heart to heart”

Kenny Loggins – This Is It
Released in 1979 on the album Keep the Fire

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Let ’em believe / Leave ’em behind / But keep me near in your heart / Know whatever you do, I’m here by your side”

Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks – Whenever I Call You “Friend”
Released in 1978 on the album Nightwatch

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Whenever I call you friend / I believe I’ve come to understand / Everywhere we are you and I were meant to be / Forever and ever”

Larry Carlton – Room 335
Released in 1978 on the album Larry Carlton

This song is a guitar instrumental.

Lee Ritenour – Is It You
Released in 1981 on the album Rit

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Are you somebody in love? / Show me what you’re doin’ and tell me who you are / Hey, I’m ready for love, for love”

Leon Ware – Slippin Away
Released in 1982 on the album Leon Ware

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You ain’t gonna keep on slippin’ away / Somewhere in your mind, I know / You will see that I am on your side”

Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
Released in 1983 on the album Can’t Slow Down

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“People dancing all in the street / See the rhythm all in their feet / Life is good, wild, and sweet”

Lionel Richie – Running with the Night
Released in 1983 on the album Can’t Slow Down

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“We were running with the night / Playing in the shadows / Just you and I / ‘Til the morning light”

Little River Band – Reminiscing
Released in 1978 on the album Sleeper Catcher

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I said to myself when we’re old / We’ll go dancing in the dark / Walking through the park and reminiscing”

Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Released in 1981 on the album Never Too Much

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Love is a gamble and I’m so glad that I’m winnin’ / We’ve come a long way and yet this is only the beginnin'”

Marc Jordan – Margarita
Released in 1983 on the album A Hole In The Wall

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I step over the borderline / Margarita will you be mine / Oh you think that love’s a game”

Maxus – Keep a Light On
Released in 1981 on the album Maxus

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Please keep a light on for me, yeah / ‘Cause tonight I can’t see / Another place that I’d rather be”

Michael Jackson – Human Nature
Released in 1983 on the album Thriller

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“See that girl / She knows I’m watching / She likes the way I stare”

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney – The Girl Is Mine
Released in 1982 on the album Thriller

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Well I love you endlessly / (Loving we will share) / So come and go with me / Two on the town”

Michael McDonald – I Gotta Try
Released in 1982 on the album If That’s What It Takes

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Maybe there ain’t nothin’ left to say / But if our time’s really runnin’ out / Then this is no time to run away”

Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)
Released in 1982 on the album If That’s What It Takes

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I keep forgettin’ we’re not in love anymore / I keep forgettin’ things will never be the same again”

Michael Miglio – Never Gonna Let You Go
Released in 1980 on the album Everytime It Rains

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Your lovin’ turns me on / My lonely days are gone / That’s why I’m never gonna let you go”

Nicolette Larson – Let Me Go, Love
Released in 1979 on the album In the Nick of Time

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“We shared in the fantasy of / Knowing this love in our lives / Is it ever what it seems to be / Oh and if it’s over / Let me go, love”

Olivia Newton-John – Magic
Released in 1980 on the album Xanadu

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You won’t make a mistake / I’ll be guiding you / You have to believe we are magic”

Pablo Cruise – Love Will Find A Way
Released in 1978 on the album Worlds Away

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You’ll learn to find your love again / So keep your heart open / Cause love will find a way”

Pages – O.C.O.E. (Official Cat of the Eighties)
Released in 1981 on the album Pages

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Rushin’ to the future and runnin’ from the past / Intent on getting higher / So knocked out, so real, a hopeless jag”

Patti Austin and James Ingram – Baby, Come To Me
Released in 1982 on the album Every Home Should Have One

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Let me put my arms around you / This was meant to be / And I’m oh so glad I found you”

Paul Davis – Cool Night
Released in 1981 on the album Cool Night

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“It’s gonna be a cool night / Just let me hold you by the firelight / If it don’t feel right you can go”

Philip Bailey and Phil Collins – Easy Lover
Released in 1984 on the album Chinese Wall

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Easy lover / She’ll get a hold on you believe it / Like no other / Before you know it you’ll be on your knees”

Player – Baby Come Back
Released in 1977 on the album Player

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Baby come back, yeah, any kind of fool could see / There was something in everything about you”

Pointer Sisters – He’s So Shy
Released in 1980 on the album Special Things

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Nothin’ has ever felt so right / And I’m so glad I took the time / That I had to take to make him mine”

Quincy Jones – One Hundred Ways
Released in 1981 on the album The Dude

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Maybe she has it in her mind / That she’s just wasting her time / Ask her to stay / Find one hundred ways”

Ray Parker Jr. – A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)
Released in 1981 on the album A Woman Needs Love

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“So, when you think you’ve fooled her / She just might be fooling you / Remember: if you can do it / She can, too”

Raydio – You Can’t Change That
Released in 1979 on the album Rock On

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You’re the only one I love / And you can’t change that / You’re the only one I need”

Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E’s In Love
Released in 1979 on the album Rock On

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“But that means that Chuck E.’s in love, my, my / Chuck E.’s in love, love, love, love”

Robbie Dupree – Steal Away
Released in 1980 on the album Robbie Dupree

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I caught you glancing my way / And I know what you’re after (no second chances tonight) / Why don’t we steal away”

Roger Voudouris – Get Used To It
Released in 1979 on the album Radio Dream

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Get used to it / ‘Cause I’ll be around / Yeah, ya better get used to / All my love, please”

Sanford-Townsend Band – Smoke From a Distant Fire
Released in 1977 on the album Sanford-Townsend Band

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I know where you goin’ to I knew when you came home last night / ‘Cause your eyes had a mist from the smoke of a distant fire”

Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Released in 1981 on the album Being with You

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I don’t care what they think / If you’re leaving / I’m gonna beg you to stay”

Steely Dan – Hey Nineteen
Released in 1980 on the album Gaucho

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“No, we can’t dance together (We can’t dance together) / No, we can’t talk at all / Please take me along when you slide on down”

Steely Dan – Peg
Released in 1977 on the album Aja

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“It sure looks good on you / And when you smile for the camera / I know I’ll love you better”

Steve Perry – Foolish Heart
Released in 1984 on the album Street Talk

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Foolish heart, heed my warning / You’ve been wrong before / Don’t be wrong anymore”

The Imperials – Living Without Your Love
Released in 1979 on the album One More Song for You

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“‘Cause living without Your love / Was like not ever living or existing”

Timothy B. Schmit – Tell Me What You Dream
Released in 1984 on the album Playin’ It Cool

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Is it someone else’s arms that hold you tight / Or darling, is it me / Tell me what you dream at night”

Toto – Africa
Released in 1982 on the album Toto IV

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you / There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do”

Toto – Georgy Porgy
Released in 1978 on the album Toto

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I’m not the only one that holds you / I never ever should have told you / You’re my only world”

Warren G ft. Nate Dogg – Regulate
Released in 1994 on the album Above the Rim

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“It was a clear black night, a clear white moon / Warren G was on the streets tryin’ to consume / Some skirts for the eve so I can get some funk”

Nyacht Rock Hits for Weddings

These are a list of songs that are commonly thought to be yacht rock songs but technically are not. If you have yacht rock enthusiasts, you may want to skip these. Otherwise, they are still great songs that fit the vibe.

10cc – I’m Not In Love
Released in 1975 on the album The Original Soundtrack

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Don’t make a fuss / Don’t tell your friends about the two of us / I’m not in love”

Al Stewart – Time Passages
Released in 1978 on the album Time Passages

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“There’s something back here that you left behind / Oh time passages / Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight”

America – You Can Do Magic
Released in 1982 on the album View from the Ground

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You can do magic / You can have anything that you desire / Magic, and you know / You’re the one who can put out the fire”

Bertie Higgins – Key Largo
Released in 1981 on the album Just Another Day in Paradise

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“We had it all / Just like Bogie and Bacall / Starring in our old late, late show / Sailing away to Key Largo”

Billy Joel – Just the Way You Are
Released in 1984 on the album The Stranger

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I said I love you, that’s forever / And this I promise from the heart / I couldn’t love you any better / I love you just the way you are”

Billy Ocean- Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
Released in 1977 on the album Suddenly

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Oh girl, oh baby, it takes a little time / Then you can love again / But I ain’t got the time”

Climax Blues Band – Couldn’t Get It Right
Released in 1976 on the album Gold Plated

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“But, I couldn’t see the light, no, I couldn’t see the light / I kept on looking for a way to take me through the night / Couldn’t get it right”

Climax Blues Band – I Love You
Released in 1981 on the album Flying the Flag

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Thank you, babe, for being a friend / And shining your light in my life / ‘Cause, oooh, I need you”

Daryl Hall & John Oates – Rich Girl
Released in 1977 on the album Bigger Than Both of Us

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You’re a rich girl, and you’ve gone too far / ‘Cause you know it don’t matter anyway / You can rely on the old man’s money”

Daryl Hall & John Oates – Sara Smile
Released in 1975 on the album Daryl Hall & John Oates

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“And when you feel you can’t go on, I’ll come and hold you / It’s you and me forever”

Doobie Brothers – Listen to the Music
Released in 1972 on the album Toulouse Street

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Meet me in the country for a day / We’ll be happy, and we’ll dance / Oh, we’re gonna dance our blues away”

Dr. Hook – When You’re In Love with a Beautiful Woman
Released in 1979 on the album Pleasure and Pain

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You want to trust her / Then somebody hangs up when you answer the phone / When you’re in love with a beautiful woman / You go it alone”

England Dan & John Ford Coley – I’d Really Love to See You Tonight
Released in 1976 on the album Nights Are Forever

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“And I don’t wanna change your life / But there’s a warm wind blowing / The stars are out, and I’d really love to see you tonight”

Exile – Kiss You All Over
Released in 1978 on the album Mixed Emotions

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You don’t have to say a thing / Just let me show how much / I love you, need you”

Firefall – You Are the Woman
Released in 1976 on the album Firefall

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You are the woman that I’ve always dreamed of / I knew it from the start / I saw your face and that’s the last I’ve seen of my heart”

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Released in 1977 on the album Rumours

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I keep my visions to myself / But it’s only me who wants to wrap around your dreams, and / Have you any dreams you’d like to sell, dreams of loneliness?”

Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
Released in 1987 on the album Tango in the Night

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“We better make a start / You better make it soon / Before you break my heart”

Gary Wright – Love Is Alive
Released in 1976 on the album The Dream Weaver

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I’ll try to keep it together / ‘Cause what I say may not happen the same way / Now could be forever”

Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
Released in 1978 on the album City to City

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“When you wake up, it’s a new mornin’ / The sun is shinin’, it’s a new mornin’ / You’re goin’, you’re goin’ home”

Gino Vannelli – I Just Wanna Stop
Released in 1978 on the album Brother to Brother

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“The world ain’t right without you, babe / I just gotta stop / For your love”

Grover Washington Jr. & Bill Withers – Just The Two Of Us
Released in 1981 on the album Winelight

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Building castles in the sky / Just the two of us / You and I”

Jackson Browne – Somebody’s Baby
Released in 1982 on the album Fast Times at Ridgemont High Soundtrack

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“She’s gonna be somebody’s only light / Gonna shine tonight / Yeah, she’s gonna be somebody’s baby tonight”

Little River Band – Cool Change
Released in 1979 on the album First Under the Wire

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“If there’s one thing in my life that’s missing / It’s the time that I spend alone / Sailing on the cool and bright clear water”

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded by the Light
Released in 1976 on the album The Roaring Silence

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Blinded by the light / Revved up like a deuce / Another runner in the night”

Melissa Manchester – Whenever I Call You Friend
Released in 1979 on the album Melissa Manchester

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I’ve never seen such a beautiful sight / Sweet love flowing almost every night / I know forever we’ll be doing it right”

Michael Johnson – Bluer Than Blue
Released in 1978 on the album The Dude

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You’re the only light this empty room has ever had / And life without you is gonna be / Bluer than blue”

Orleans – Dance With Me
Released in 1975 on the album Orleans II

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“The music is just starting / Night is calling, and I am falling / Dance with me”

Orleans – Still The One
Released in 1976 on the album Waking and Dreaming

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You’re still the one that I love to touch / Still the one and I can’t get enough / We’re still having fun, and you’re still the one”

Pointer Sisters – Slow Hand
Released in 1981 on the album Black & White

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Baby, believe me I understand / When it comes to love you want a slow hand”

Pure Prairie League – Let Me Love You Tonight
Released in 1980 on the album Firin’ Up

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Let me love you tonight / There’s a million stars in the sky / Let me love you tonight / I’ll make everything alright”

Rufus and Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Released in 1983 on the album Rickie Lee Jones

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“You knew I could not resist / I needed someone / And now we’re flyin’ through the stars / I hope this night will last forever”

Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Released in 1979 on the album Partners in Crime

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“If you like makin’ love at midnight / In the dunes on the cape / Then I’m the love that you’ve looked for / Write to me and escape”

Seals & Crofts – Get Closer
Released in 1976 on the album Seals and Crofts

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Darlin’, if you want me to be closer to you, get closer to me”

Steely Dan – Do It Again
Released in 1972 on the album Can’t Buy a Thrill

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“Then you love a little wild one / And she brings you only sorrow / All the time you know she’s smiling / You’ll be on your knees tomorrow”

Stephen Bishop – On and On
Released in 1976 on the album Careless

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“On and on / He just keeps on trying / And he smiles when he feels like crying”

The Alan Parsons Project – Eye in the Sky
Released in 1982 on the album Eye in the Sky

Lyrics To Inspire You:

“I am the eye in the sky / Looking at you / I can read your mind”

With over 7 hours of yacht rock songs to play, you can have your fill any need for background music. Whether you think the songs are Yacht or Nyacht, the songs will set a chill theme for any party.

Thank you to Camille “Rocky” Bourg, Jr. of Music by Request for helping us distinguish between real Yacht rock songs and Nyacht songs!

Do you have a favorite Yacht rock song? Please share your song below in the comments!

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