Ahoy! Match these Yacht Rock bands to their smooth soft-rock hits

"If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain…"

Even if you have never set foot aboard a yacht, you know Yacht Rock when you hear it. In the late-'70s and early-'80s, many acts had beach on the brain. The sound was defined by gentle grooves that rocked as hard as lagoon water lapping against a hull. Fluffy white clouds of electric piano, breezy harmonies and bongos were other touchstones of this slice of soft rock. Of course, the oft-mustachioed singers crooned about the wind, piña coladas and romance. It was no coincidence that The Love Boat was a huge hit in this same era.

Our MeTV FM stations play Yacht Rock every Saturday evening. The following hit songs can be heard there — and in any self-respecting Yacht Rock playlist. See if you can identify them all!

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  1. Before entering the Danger Zone, he was nabbing Grammys for breezy tunes like "This Is It."
    Image: AP Photo
  2. This critically adored jazz-rock duo, who took their name from a William S. Burroughs novel, cut some yacht-ready gems like "Peg."
    Image: AP Photo / Nick Ut
  3. This group of studio musicians saw their epic song "Africa" hit the pop charts again this year.
    Image: Columbia Records
  4. Once Michael McDonald joined the band, the wind in their sails started blowing with smashes like "What a Fool Believes." They even posed for this photo on a boat.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  5. His self-titled debut album won Album of the Year at the '81 Grammys. Thanks to both "Sailing" and the flamingo on the cover.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  6. This band helped to define Yacht Rock with "Love Will Find a Way" in 1978 — not to mention their palm-tree logo and yachty name.
    Image: A&M Records
  7. His big hit had the boat-appropriate title "Lido Shuffle."
    Image: Columbia Records
  8. This duo pioneered the Yacht Rock seas with relaxed jams like "Summer Breeze" and "You're the Love."
    Image: Warner Bros.
  9. His 1979 romantic classic "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" went all the way to No. 1.
    Image: MCA Records
  10. This band with a sporty name hit No. 1. with "Baby Come Back."
    Image: RSO / Universal
  11. Their smooth groove "Still the One" got toes tapping back in the '70s.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  12. This act sang "make a wish, baby" in their huge "Biggest Part of Me." The wish worked, as it topped charts.
    Image: Warner Bros.
  13. This twosome's sunset-soft ballad "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" reached No. 2.
    Image: Atlantic Records
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DirkHoffman 10 days ago
Love your station. Only a few artists I don't like,but over all a great selection of songs.
anthony 1 month ago
harlow1313 1 month ago
Rupert Holmes also wrote "Timothy," which was a regional hit for The Buoys. As a lad in Pennsylvania, I heard it often. The lyrics clearly describe cannibalism.

Also, due to my rotten nature, I enjoy the dark and sardonic lyrics of Steely Dan.
13/13. I still like "Reelin' In The Years!" Even after hearing it all these years, I'm still not sure what the song's about, the guitar riffs are great!
Another song that was penned by Rupert Holmes was covered by the Partridge Family: "Echo Valley 26809."
FYI..some old guy now named James Patrick Page once considered the licks in "Reelin" some of the greatest virtuoso guitar work in rock history...so even with the invasion of shredding and insanely fast neoclassical speed arpeggios through the 80's...it will always stand the test of time in it's genre...as will "Hocus Pocus" for the pre metalheads !
Barry22 Randall 1 month ago
The lead guitar on RITY was played by a studio musician named Elliot Randall, even then Fagan and Becker were using outside performers. But I saw The Dan in 1973 and Baxter did a good job on it. (Youtube has a video of it when they were on The Midnight Special). And Hocus-Pocus by Focus, incredible guitar playing. (....but I can't quite figure out the lyrics).
Speaking of HP, if you don't know and haven't seen it, there is an interview with the keyboardist/flautist of Focus. He talks about how Focus beat out a song by the Black Eyed Peas to be in a commercial for the World Cup. And, of course the story behind HP.
>I still like "Reelin' In The Years!" Even after hearing it all these years, I'm still not sure what the song's about,<

It's about a man looking back on a relationship that ended when the woman found a new man. He levels a few specific criticisms at the woman. I quite like the lyrics because of the somewhat poetic and specific details.
SheriHeffner 1 month ago
13 out of 13. I loved those songs. Remember when The Doobies guest starred on What's Happening? They were playing in the town that Raj, Dwayne and Rerun lived and someone wanted Rerun to record the concert. It was a funny episode.
CaroleThorpe 1 month ago
You got 13 out of 13
You "rode like the wind" right through that one! Treat yourself to a frozen drink.
cperrynaples 1 month ago
13/13! Fun Fact: Player's Ron Moss spent 25 years as Ridge Forester on "Bold & Beautiful"!
Yes I know. I always thought he was a nice looking man. However; my late father who watched The Bold And The Beautiful sometimes commented him like this, "He looks like a porno star." I a finally used to the new Ridge. Who is five years younger than his onscreen wife BTW.
Yeah, and Ridge isn't supposed to have an accent! I always hated Brooke! She was a "rhymes with witch"!! Fun Fact: Before B&B, Moss did a softcore film called Hard Ticket To Hawaii!
teire 1 month ago
10/13. Never heard the term altho of course I’ve heard the songs. Live and learn.
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