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Four Yacht Rock songs by solo Beatles for your playlist


Summer has officially arrived, or so the calendar tells us. It's June 21, the Summer Solstice has occurred, and with the arrival of summer comes the resurgence of a musical genre known as "Yacht Rock." Yes, this is actually a thing, believe me: Sirius XM flipped the switch today and now Channel 13 is 24/7 Yacht Rock until the end of the season.

If you're already aware of the ever-increasingly popular genre, then I don't need to explain it to you. If you're not aware of the genre, then I don't know how to explain it to you. It's music for your yacht, it's easy listening, it's often heavily synthesized, and it includes songs like "Eye in the Sky" (The Alan Parsons Project), "You Are the Woman" (Firefall), and "Sister Golden Hair" (America).

Like I said, hard to explain. Maybe a playlist would help:


I have yet to find a playlist, however, that includes these four songs recorded by the four Beatles in their solo careers, and that's a shame. These four songs are absolutely Yacht Rock, and they should be inserted into your "YR" rotation as soon as possible.

John Lennon: Bless You

From John's 1974 Walls and Bridges release, "Bless You" has that essential Yacht Rock feel and slow, swirling rhythm. The unusual usage of chromatically descending minor-seventh chords certainly doesn't hurt the case either. Turn it on, relax, and float downstream.

Ringo Starr: No No Song

I know, it's not actually Ringo's song, someone else wrote it. But it was included on his Goodnight Vienna album, and released as a single in the US in 1975, where it went all the way to the number three slot on the charts. If songs like Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" and The Beach Boys' "Kokomo" belong on a standard Yacht Rock playlist, then so does the "No No Song," with its island groove and references to places like Majorca, Spain.

Paul McCartney: So Bad

This tune from Macca's 1983 Pipes of Peace album, later included again on 1984's Give My Regards to Broad Street, has what you need to fill a Yacht Rock order. It's slow, the drums have a kind of rolling-ocean-wave groove, it's got plenty of synth, it's based around a major-seven chord, and the sparkly-clean electric guitar background is the cherry on top.

George Harrison: Love Comes to Everyone

The opening track to George's 1979 George Harrison release, "Love Comes to Everyone" is quintessential Yacht Rock. It's right on the border of the 70's and 80's, it was written in Hawaii, it's got extra chorus effect on the guitar, and there's plenty of synthesizer to keep this slow-jog of a song firmly in the "YR" genre. It belongs on your playlist.

Enjoy your summer, everyone!

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