List of best boat songs is the worst
August 20th, 2010 at 01:54pm Matt Trowbridge
People love lists. So the media is always coming up with more. Problem is, they almost always get them wrong. The latest example is a list our outdoors writer, Doug Goodman, points out in his Quick Shots in Thursdayís paper: The National Marine
Manufacturerís Association, in its Discover Boating
promotional campaign, named the 10 best boating songs
First of all, several of the songs
arenít even about boats: No. 2 Brandy is about a sailorís girlfriend; No. 8 Dock
of the Bay is about hanging out at the beach and No. 9 Son of a Son of a Sailer is about, well, the son of a son of a sailer.
Second of all, there is no Bob Dylan song on the list. Come on! When the Ship Comes In
should be top three, at least.
Thirdly, No. 6 Proud Mary is an easy, easy No. 1.
Doug complains that Row, Row, Row Your Boat was left out.
Our sports editor, Randy Ruef, wanted the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald included. But thatís a piece of overwrought drivel.
Sports writer Emily Tropp voted for Iím on a Boat, from a Saturday Night Live routine by Andy Samberg.
I would have included When the Ship Comes In, Sloop
John B, Yellow Submarine, Michael Row Your Boat Ashore and Come On Down to My Boat, Baby. And thatís just off the top of my head
Here is the official, much-flawed list:
Boats (Kenny Chesney); Brandy (Looking Glass); Come Sail Away (Styx); If I Had a Boat (Lyle Lovett); Into the Mystic (Van Morrison); Proud Mary (Credence Clearwater Revival); Redneck Yacht Club (Craig Morgan); Dock
of the Bay (Otis Redding); Son of a Son of a Sailor (Jimmy Buffett) and Southern Cross (Crosby, Stills & Nash).
Hey, at least they had the decency to put down the CCR version of Proud Mary instead of the Ike and Tina Turner cover.
If any of you have a different favorite boat song, or want to comment on the list, please add your two cents below and also send any replies to Doug Goodman at email@example.com
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4 Comments Add your own
- <LI class=comment id=comment-1>1. LD | August 20th, 2010 at 2:07 pm
I just want to echo that Sloop John B is a great song.
<LI class=comment id=comment-2>2. Steve Gregg | August 20th, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Couple of popular songs they missed:
Iím Your Captain - Grand Funk
Donít Rock the Boat: The Hues Corp.
Iím a little surprised it took until the third paragraph to mention Dylan. I would have put the over/under at three sentences.
<LI class=comment id=comment-3>3. Matt Trowbridge | August 20th, 2010 at 3:09 pm
I was trying not to be overbearing about Dylan. Thatís also why I didnít lobby him for No. 1. Ö As much as I love Dylan, any reasonable music fan would put Proud Mary at No. 1 as a boat song. Ö I would have also nominated Old Man River from Showboat, but people said it was about the Mississippi, not the boat. I say the whole musical was about a boat, so that should count.
- 4. joe | August 21st, 2010 at 8:14 pm
How about the best boat songs you never heard?
The Marinerís Revenge Song - Decemberlist