Editors’ Notes Discover more music you’ll like: “Hey Siri, play yacht rock.” In 2005, the actor/screenwriter J.D. Ryznar wrote, directed, and produced a TV series for the Los Angeles short-film festival Channel 101 called Yacht Rock. The idea was to tell comically overblown backstories about the creation of a strain of ultra-smooth music from the late ’70s and early ’80s. Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins—to paraphrase Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s 1964 description of obscenity, you know it when you hear it. As entertainingly corny as some of the tracks here are, they also represent some of the era’s more serious songwriting efforts, exploring themes of longing and regret with a muted tension not even the slickest production could fully smooth over—a sense of contrast and depth the music doesn’t always get due credit for. Interestingly, as mainstream as these tracks were, their richest second life came in the form of 2010s electronic subgenres like vaporwave, which took the soft-focus quality of the music to surreal extremes. For now, though, lock in, settle down, and surrender to the breeze.

SONG
ALBUM
Africa
4:55
 
4:16
 
What a Fool Believes (2016 Remastered)
3:46
 
Aja
4:00
 
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
5:07
 
This Is It
3:56
 
Baby Come Back
4:15
 
Steal Away
3:25
 
I'd Really Love to See You Tonight
2:40
 
Biggest Part of Me
5:24
 
Love Will Find a Way
4:12
 
You Can Do Magic
3:57
 
Just a Song Before I Go
CSN
2:13
 
Kiss You All Over
4:57
 
Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
4:36
 
Lido Shuffle
3:41
 
You're the Love
3:20
 
Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not)
3:14
 
I Go Crazy
3:53
 
I'm Not in Love
6:02
 
Moonlight Feels Right
3:42
 
Key Largo
3:18
 
I Keep Forgettin (Every Time You're Near)
3:42
 
Hey Nineteen
5:07
 
How Much I Feel
4:43
 
New Kid In Town
5:04
 
You Are the Woman
2:43
 
Right Down the Line
4:27
 
Ride Like the Wind
4:32
 
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (Remastered)
3:39
 
How Long
3:24
 
Rosanna
5:30
 
Takin' It To the Streets (2016 Remastered)
3:59
 
We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again
2:52
 
4:10
 
Still the One
3:52
 
All By Myself
7:09
 
Kiss On My List
4:24
 
Save It for a Rainy Day
3:12
 
Dance With Me
3:20
 
Chevy Van
2:59
 
Reminiscing
4:13
 
Just Another Day In Paradise
3:54
 
Lowdown
5:15
 
I.G.Y.
6:04
 
Magnet and Steel
3:24
 
I Just Wanna Stop
3:38
 
Hearts
4:18
 
4:20
 
I Can't Tell You Why
4:55
 
You're the Only Woman (You & I)
4:22
 
Cool Change
5:13
 
Whenever I Call You "Friend"
3:57
 
Southern Cross
4:44
 
Daisy Jane
3:06
 
Lonely Boy
4:24
 
The Things We Do For Love
3:27
 
Margaritaville
4:10
 
Lotta Love
3:11
 
I Gotta Try
3:55
 
Longer
3:15
 
Her Town Too
4:34
 
4:59
 
On and On
3:01
 
4:46
 
Whatcha Gonna Do?
4:20
 
Just Remember I Love You
3:18
 
When I Need You (Remastered)
4:13
 
Sharing the Night Together
2:54
 
Thunder Island
4:00
 
Handy Man
JT
3:18
 
5:21
 
Crazy Love
2:56
 
Get Closer
4:56
 
4:06
 
Let Me Love You Tonight
2:47
 
Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
3:17
 
Love Is Alive
3:50
 
New Frontier
6:22
 
We Just Disagree
2:59
 
6:52
 
When You're in Love With a Beautiful Woman
2:58
 
Where Were You When I Was Falling In Love
3:19
 
Shannon
3:53
 
You Belong to Me
3:52
 
4:11
 
Goodbye Girl
2:48
 
An American Dream (Edit)
3:37
 
Never Gonna Fall in Love Again
3:46
 
Right Time of the Night
2:53
 
I Like Dreamin'
3:32
 
Dancin' Shoes
4:05
 
Time Passages
6:43
 
I Got to Know
3:13
 
Just When I Needed You Most
4:01
 
Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin')
4:03
 
Smoke from a Distant Fire
3:33
 
(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher
4:01
 
A Place In the Sun
4:48
 

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