Sail Away with Discover Boating’s On-Water Playlist

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Boating Enthusiasts Nationwide Rank Favorite Boating Tunes

Nothing beats the right playlist when you’re on the water with friends and family.

With an estimated 83 million Americans taking to the water this year, Discover Boating has once again compiled their ultimate boating playlist to keep the party rocking this summer. After polling Discover Boating’s 500,000 Facebook fans for their favorite on-the-water songs, here are the top ten boating songs, with Zac Brown Band’s Knee Deep taking the top spot.

“Nothing beats the right playlist when you’re on the water with friends and family,” says Ellen Hopkins, Discover Boating lifestyle expert and Chicago boater. “Whether you’re fishing, sailing, wakeboarding or just cruising – boating lets you disconnect from the daily grind and adding the perfect soundtrack enhances the fun and enjoyment of any boating experience.”

Ranked below are the top boating songs in order of 1,106 votes received from Discover Boating Facebook fans:

1.    Knee Deep (Zac Brown Band)                 
2.    Redneck Yacht Club (Craig Morgan)             
3.    Pontoon (Little Big Town)
4.    Come Sail Away (Styx)    
5.    Southern Cross (Crosby, Stills & Nash)                            
6.    A Pirate Looks at Forty (Jimmy Buffett)             
7.    Son of a Son of a Sailor (Jimmy Buffett)        
8.    Sailing (Christopher Cross)
9.    Water (Brad Paisley)
10.    Soul of a Sailor (Kenny Chesney)

Take a look at what boaters are saying about boating and music on Discover Boating’s Facebook page.

With the perfect playlist ready, nautical novices can find ways to get from the dock to the boat deck on Whether looking to rent, charter or buy a boat, Discover Boating is a one-stop resource to access the fun and excitement of life on the water.

About Discover Boating
Discover Boating is a national awareness campaign developed by the North American recreational boating industry and managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Discover Boating programs focus on improving the boating experience and building interest in recreational boating by providing a resource for Americans to explore the benefits, affordability and accessibility of the boating lifestyle. To find out more, visit

Media Contact: Colleen Richardson, Discover Boating crichardson(at)nmma(dot)org, 312.946.6201

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