The Yacht Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume One)

For the 90th installment of the Ambient DJ wedding cocktail hour playlist series, Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike, shares thirty of his favorite “yacht rock” cuts.  What is yacht rock?  According to Wikipedia,

“In the musical sense, yacht rock refers to the highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California between 1976 and 1984. The term is meant to suggest the kind of smooth, mellow music that early yuppies likely enjoyed while sipping champagne and snorting cocaine on their yachts. Significant “yacht rockers” include Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, and Toto.”

In other words, yacht rock doesn’t necessarily involve nautical themes – although it can – it’s more a musical aesthetic.  Disclaimer:  for the playlist that follows, even though it is for a wedding, we’ve allowed a few songs with bittersweet themes.  Our thinking is that having an authentically feeling yacht rock playlist is more important than maintaining an air of perfect romance.Sex_on_Beach_Project_Cocktail

For a signature drink, Mike has selected “Sex on the Beach” – a nod to the decadence of the yacht rock era.  Learn how to mix one by clicking here.

Immediately after the playlist, listen to Mike’s selected songs on a special Spotify playlist.

The Yacht Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Iron Mike

  1. Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross
  2. What a Fool Believes – The Doobie Brothers
  3. He’s So Shy – The Pointer Sisters
  4. How Much I Feel – Ambrosia
  5. One on One – Hall & Oates
  6. Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  7. Back in the High Life Again – Steve Winwood
  8. Cool Change – Little River Band
  9. Vahevala –  Loggins & Messina
  10. This is It – Kenny Loggins
  11. I.G.Y. – Donald Fagen
  12. Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  13. Waiting for Your Love – Toto
  14. Chuck E’s in Love – Rickie Lee Jones
  15. JoJo – Boz Scaggs
  16. Love X Love – George Benson
  17. You are the Woman – Firefall
  18. Baby Come Back – Player
  19. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  20. Tin Man – America
  21. Moonlight Feels Right – Starbuck
  22. Into the Night – Benny Mardones
  23. My Flame – Bobby Caldwell
  24. We’re In this Love Together – Al Jarreau
  25. The Girl is Mine – Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
  26. You Can’t Change That – Ray Parker Jr.
  27. I Just Wanna Stop – Gino Vanelli
  28. Lotta Love – Nicolette Larson
  29. If I Saw You Again – Pages
  30. All Right – Christopher Cross

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.   To book DJ Iron Mike or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at   Ambient DJ is available for destination weddings.

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 89 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here


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