"You're The Biggest Part Of Me" | Ambrosia
Released as a single in 1980 by this band from Southern California, it reached Number 3 on the Billboard chart and became a mainstay on adult contemporary radio stations in the 1980s.
"Sailing" | Christopher Cross
It wouldn't be "yacht rock" without a song about being on a boat. :) You could not turn the radio on in 1980 without hearing Christopher Cross. This song hit Number 1 at the end of the summer in 1980.
"What A Fool Believes" | Doobie Brothers
One of the biggest hits from their album "Minute By Minute", which was actually released in 1978. I can vaguely remember this song ruling the radio in 1979 as I was getting ready to turn 6 years old. It won song of the year and will sound awesome on your Yacht Rock playlist.
"New Kid In Town" | The Eagles
The first track to be released off their mega album "Hotel California" in late 1976. Just a chill vibe to this song from another great southern California band.
"Take The Long Way Home" | Supertramp
One of my personal favorites off their huge release "Breakfast In America". Supertramp had a unique sound with Roger Hodgson on vocals.
"Sweet Freedom" | Michael McDonald
Solo Michael McDonald after his exit from The Doobie Brothers has that distinct "Yacht rock" sound, especially this track off the soundtrack to the 80s movie "Running Scared"
"You Make Loving Fun" | Fleetwood Mac
We could put this entire record, Rumors (one of the biggest selling of all time) on this playlist, but we'll start with this one and maybe get together an "Fleetwood Mac" wedding cocktail hour playlist in the coming weeks
"Reminiscing" | Little River Band
Peaking at number 3 in 1978 in the United States, it was this Australian bands biggest song in America, and perfect for this Yacht rock playlist.
"Hey Nineteen" | Steely Dan
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen ruled the 70s with their distinct, but by 1980, they were ready for a break. Before their break, they released the album "Gaucho", which had this Yacht Rock classic on it.
"Cool Night" | Paul Davis
The late Paul Davis also had a soft rock hit in 1977 called "I Go Crazy", and as we turned over to a new decade, the early 80s saw Paul with more hits like this on adult contemporary, soft rock radio.
"IGY - (What A Beautiful World) | Donald Fagen
After the break-up of Steely Dan in 1980 or 1981, Donald Fagen went on to release quite the masterpiece "The Nightfly" in 1982. Check it out and add this to your Yacht Rock cocktail hour playlist over at the Daniel Island Club.
"You're The Inspiration" | Chicago
Chicago ruled the radio through the 1970s and as the 80s rolled on, they produced several soft rock hits like this, that is also commonly used for the first dance song.
"Steal Away" | Robbie Dupree
One of the biggest songs in the summer of 1980. VH1 also put this on their list of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time. Why don't we steal away into the night........
"Rosanna" | Toto
Quintessential yacht rock right here ladies and gentlemen. Released in 1982 off Toto IV, this is definitely one to add to the Yacht Rock cocktail hour over at Kiawah Island Resort.
"I'm Alright" | Kenny Loggins
How could Bill Murray and Yacht Rock have anything in common? This classic by Kenny Loggins was in the 1980 movie classic "CaddyShack" which starred Chevy Chase and Bill Murray, just to name a few.
"You've Lost That Loving Feeling" | Hall & Oates
An excellent of the classic Righteous Brothers tune, it was released in the fall of 1980 on their album "Voices". Also check out "Kiss On My List" and "You Make My Dreams" on this record as well.
"Break My Stride" | Matthew Wilder
Just a happy-go-lucky song for this Yacht Rock playlist for your wedding cocktail hour. One of the greatest one-hit wonders of the early 80s too.
"Just Remember I Love You" | Firefall
Released in 1977, it spent 2 weeks on the Easy Listening chart and a perfect addition to the chill, laid back of this cocktail playlist. Check it out below.
"Southern Cross" | Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash is not widely known as a "yacht rock" artist, but the content of this song and vibe fit this playlist, so I thought I would add it in. Take a listen below.
"More Than This" | Roxy Music
From their incredible album "Avalon" in 1982, it was the band's biggest song in America.
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This should be a good start for you in creating your perfect Yacht Rock playlist for your upcoming Charleston wedding. There are so many songs that I am leaving out that could be included, but it's only really supposed to be for an "hour", so this is an excellent representation. I really enjoy making these compilations for my prospective brides and grooms and I hope that they give you some great ideas when you sit down to start brainstorming how you want the music to be like for your upcoming Charleston wedding. If you'd like to go grab coffee and talk music, click HERE.