What the hell is Yacht Rock anyway?

By on May 15, 2018

Single-handedly responsible for the population explosion between 1974 and 1984, Yacht Rock has stood the test of time. Although hidden in the shadows of neon, digitalized, push button, loop every progression, autotune, me me me bubblegum pop music, it’s still here.

After spending years on life support, provided by the Time-Life love songs and soft rock music collections, Yacht Rock is coming back. Those of us born in and around the 70’s are now watching our growing children enjoying some of the worst music ever created. We are now dusting off those old tapes and records, remembering when songs were not too slow, not too loud, not too fast, not so repetitive, way too long, and were all about love and stuff.

For years, Yacht Rock has been bullied by other genres of music for being the “soft rock” in the room made only for ship owning girly men and high maintenance women. But now, being typecast and labeled “soft rock” does not have the power it once did. There is a new generation along with the old faithful who are coming together, who need to hear more instruments, ridiculous arrangements with huge harmonies and completely unnecessary orchestral breaks. You know, music with some passion, baby making music.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yacht rock (originally known as the West Coast Soul or adult-oriented rock) is a broad music style and aesthetic identified with soft rock. Yacht rock was one of the commercially successful genres of its era, existing between the late 1970s and early 1980s. Drawing on sources such as smooth soul, smooth jazz, R&B, funk, and disco, common stylistic traits include high-quality production, clean vocals, and a focus on light, catchy melodies. Initially used pejoratively, its name was derived from its association with the popular Southern Californian leisure activity of sailing.


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