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Our cruise is 21 days away and I've been wanting to get in the cruisin' mood... I found this old playlist from 2008 and added a few songs to it - Do you have a favorite that I missed?

Here's a compilation of songs listed so far with a quick and dirty cleanup of the titles and artist to make it easier to locate them on your favortie site. Apologies in advance for any inadvertent mistakes, typos, or omissions.


Hot, Hot, Hot – Buster Poindexter

Jamaica Mistaica – Jimmy Buffett

One Particular Harbor - Jimmy Buffett

Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett

Don't Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Jammin – Bob Marley

One Love – Bob Marley

Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley

Key Lime Pie – Kenny Chesney

Yellow Bird – Instrumental

Sherry's Living in Paradise – Kenny Chesney

Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks

The Ketchup Song – Las Kala

Shift Work – Kenny Chesney/George Strait

Stays in Mexico – Toby Keith

Beer in Mexico – Kenny Chesney

The Seashore of Old Mexico – George Strait

Island In The Sun - Harry Belafonte

Island In the Sun - Weezer

Loco in Acapulco - The Four Tops

Oye Como Va - Santana

Vamos A La Playa (very 80's!) - Righeira

Ritmo De La Noche - Mystic

Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes

Conga - Miami Sound Machine

Rock The Boat - Hues Corporation

Sailing - Christopher Cross

The Pina Colada Song (Escape) – Rupert Holmes

Miami - Will Smith

Red, Red Wine - UB40

Temperature - Sean Paul

Steal Away - Robbie DuPree

Smooth - Rob Thomas/Santana

Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Hips Don't Lie - Shakira

Heaven - Los Loney Boys

Brandy - Looking Glass

Lust for Life - Iggy Pop

Day-O - Harry Belafonte

Cruisin - Gwyneth Paltrow/Huey Lewis

Orinco Flow - Enya

Caribbean Queen - Billy Ocean

Dollar WineDo - Soca Boys

Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darrin

It’s 5 o'clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett

No shirt, No shoes, No problem - Kenny Chesney

When the Sun Goes Down - Kenny Chesney

La Bomba - King Africa

Mambo #5 - Lou Bega

Macarena - Los del Rio

Follow the Leader - Soca Boys

Mexican Wine - Fountains of Wayne

Take You There - Sean Kingston

Summertimes Calling Me - Embers

Carolina Girls - Chairmen of the Board

I Love Beach Music - Embers

Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy - Tams

Kokomo - Beach Boys

Three Little Birds - Bob Marley

Lovely Cruise - Buffet

Key Wasted - Rich Hardesty

Sweat - Inner Circle

Knocking on Heavens Door - (Eric Clapton version)

Sugar Sugar (In My Life) - John Fogarty [not to be confused with

“Sugar, Sugar” by the “Archies]

Rocking All Over the World - John Fogarty

Lust for Life - Iggy Pop

Dollar Wine - Byron Lee

Down With the Sickness - Disturbed

Two Tickets To Paradise – Eddie Money

Big Pimpin’ - Jay Z

NoWoman, No Cry (Everything's Gonna Be Alright) - Bob Marley

Montego Bay - Bobby Bloom

Drift Away - Uncle Kracker version, with Dobey Gray)

Bang on The Drum All Day - Todd Rundgren

Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf

Come Sail Away – Styx

Under the Sea – Samuel E. Wright

Kiss the Girl – Samuel E. Wright

Mas Tequila - Sam Hardy


Acoustic Alchemy - (instrumental group)

“Cocktail” the entire album (soundtrack?)

**added songs

Lime in the Coconut - Harry nilsson

Cruise - Florida Georgia Line

Beat this Summer - Brad Paisley

Drink in my hand - Eric Church

Knee Deep - Zac Brown Band

Toes - Zac Brown Band

Sunny and 75 - Joe Nichols

Beachin' Jake Owen

Out Last Night - Kenny Chesney

Diamonds - Rhianna

Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper

Cupid Shuffle - Cupid

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Some other boat themed things that I think you missed (or I did)


I'm on a boat - Lonely island (its a bit blue mouthed but I like it)


Orinoco flow - Enya (beautiful)


Sail away - Styx


Wont you let me take you on a sea cruise - Frankie Ford


Boat Drinks - Buffet (hes very new to me...this played on our cruise)

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Zac brown island song and Jesse Rice/pirate seasions album has some good songs.

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I thought I was the only one working on a playlist!!! Uhm... I'm kind of weird but my two I added last night was Sea of Love by Cat Power and... Rehab by Amy Winehouse. I am being very serious, no disrespect to the artist... I will be amused listening to his on my iPod with a DOD in hand...


Nice list!!!


Others on my list include:


Dream On by Aerosmith

Sail by Awolnation

Skinny Love by Birdy

No Rain by Blind Melon

Linger by The Cranberries

Seven Nation Army by Jamar Rodgers (Dude from The Voice)

Freak on a Leash by Korn

Hips Don't Lie by Shakira

Breath Me by Sia

Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins




Literally EVERY song ever recorded by Nirvana


They aren't all appropriately themed, but they are all my jams! Glad to know I'm not the only one that puts some work into their tunes... ;)

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Vacation - The Go-Go's

In the Sun - Blondie

Steal My Sunshine - Len

Beautiful Girls - Van Halen

Island in the Sun - Weezer

Dancing in the Streets - Martha & the Vandellas (or David Bowie/Mick Jagger)

Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas

Happy - Pharrell

Good Times - Chic

The Swimming Song - Loudon Wainwright III

The Only Place - Best Coast

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

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Where the Boat Leaves From- Zac Brown Band



My personal favorite cruise-prep song :)



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Those are a lot of good songs. I have a good bit on my list and will have to check out the ones that I do not! Sorry if there are any duplicates, but here is just a little bit from my list.


Will Smith - Miami

Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy With It

Anything by Pitbull

LMFAO - Shots

Toby Keith - Red Solo Cup

Flo Rida - Good Feeling

Flo Rida - Wild Ones

Fun - We are Young

Jamie Foxx - Blame It

Kanye West - Touch the Sky

Kid Rock - All Summer Long

The Ataris - Boys of Summer

Justin Timberlake - Summer Love

The Black Eyed Peas - Rock That Body

Eagle Eyed Cherry - Save Tonight

Chris Brown - Turn up the Music

Simple Plan - Summer Paradise

Sean Paul - Temperature

Sugar Ray - Fly

Ke$ha - Die Young

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OP, outstanding list! I'm gonna have to borrow a few :D


A couple others on my playlist:

Key Largo - Bertie Higgins

Under the boardwalk - Drifters

Livin La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin

Sloop John B - Beach Boys

La Isla Bonita - Madonna




Oh yeah - Wipe Out - Beach Boys version

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A big thank you to everyone who posted!!!


I have helped support Apple and iTunes over the years, and I don't have a lot of these songs...but am going to buy them!! Increasing iTunes purchases cuts into my cruise budget, though (not really)


I then make my own playlists to listen to while I walk on the treadmill.


If anyone wants to contribute a small - or large - treadmill song list, I am all ears :)



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What? No Gordon Lightfoot's seminal The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?


No and no theme from the Poseiden Adventure or Titanic either!




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Maybe I missed it, maybe I am too old, but the best one has been left off...


Love, exciting and new, come aboard we're expecting you...


The original love boat song. I always sing that to myself when embarking.


Google it. They even have the tune. :)

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We all really do have VERY different tastes in music......any list i have better include bands such as Slayer, Iron Maiden, Volbeat, FFDP, etc etc....none of that soft stuff for me. :D

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By itinerary.



Oye como va / Santana (a classic among bands on board)

Walking on Sunshine / Katrina & The Waves (Royal Caribbean TV ad soundtrack)

Let's get it on / The Romans (Royal Caribbean TV ad soundtrack)

Scream & Shout / Will.I.Am - Britney Spears

Un poco de amor / Shakira

Soak up the sun / Sheryl Crow

Soft Light / Miami Horror

Sunrise / Simply Red

Get down tonight / KC & The Sunshine Band

Shake Your Booty / KC & The Sunshine Band

Crockett's Theme (Miami Vice) / Jan Hammer



Adiemus / Enya

Orinoco Flow / Enya

Nessum Dorma / Andrea Bocelli

Latch / Disclosure

Fake / Simply Red

Skin 2 skin / Diane Arkenstone

Crazy / Seal

I Love you always for ever / Donna Lewis

Hey Now / London Grammar

Shipwrecked / Glenn Morrison


EDM (electronic)

Paradise / Coldplay Fedde Le Grand (remix)

Deck 9 / Funkagenda

Summer / Calvin Harris

Prayer in C / Lilly Wood

Man with the Red Face: Mark Knight

Infinity '08 / Guru Josh Project

Wyv Auw Chu / Tom Middleton

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What? No Gordon Lightfoot's seminal The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?


re: Gordon Lightfoot...I can recommend 'Biscuit City':


Oh the water is of emerald

And the beach is white as snow

And everyone's got money

And no place to go

In a land of milk and honey

It can really make you smile

And if I had a ticket

I would stay in Biscuit City for a while


other recommendations:


On An Island - David Gilmour

One Big Holiday - My Morning Jacket

Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze - Neil Young

Rock Me on the Water - Jackson Browne

Haitian Divorce - Steely Dan

Kahuna Sunset - Buffalo Springfield

Black Diamond Bay -Dylan

When The Ship Comes In - Dylan (prefer the Clancy Bros version)...

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What? No Gordon Lightfoot's seminal The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?


Of course, plus the traditional Lake Huron folk song "The Schooner Persia". There are some other really good shipwreck songs, but these two are in a class by themselves. In addition, I knew the Captain of the Fitzgerald.

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