Listen to 89 Yacht Rock classics on WXPN’s Spotify playlist
Steely Dan. Michael McDonald and The Doobie Brothers. Toto. Hall & Oates. Kenny Loggins. Boz Scaggs. Christopher Cross. Ambrosia. These and many more artists are being featured on WXPN today for Yacht Rock Day from 10AM-5PM.
For those of you not familiar with the term, “yacht rock” is a genre that’s come to be associated with the smooth, soft rock sounds of artists from the mid-Seventies to the mid-Eighties. With some groove (laid back or driving), cheesy sax solos, almost always some bongos and percussion, warm keyboards, often an anthemic guitar solo, and perhaps a marimba, most of the bands that made music that’s been subjectively tagged as yacht rock were rock or pop bands. However, yacht rock playlists have also come to be known for classics from various other genres like R&B, smooth jazz, and fusion including George Benson, The Commodores, Spyro Gyro, and Bob James.
So, come on deck, and enjoy the smooth sailing sounds of WXPN’s yacht rock playlist.