1 - The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzerald by Gordon Lightfoot. Based on the true story of the ship that went down in a storm over the Great Lakes. This song went to #1 in 1976, and was a mainstay of popular radio for the whole decade.
2 - Come Sail Away by Styx. We would expect a good sailing song from a band named after a river. This one hit the Top-20 on the Billboard charts and stayed there forever back in the late 70s. Does anyone not remember this song?
3 - Downeaster Alexa by Billy Joel, about a fisherman's boat; an old song that appeared again in a couple of recent movies.
4 - Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills & Nash … and also recorded by the Jefferson Airplane
5 - The Crystal Ship by the Doors, a smooth sail from the 60s psychedelic era.
6 - Ship of Fools by World Party, a great song from the 80's MTV decade.
7 - Whaler's Dues by Jethro Tull, along with Seal Driver
8 - Sailing by Christopher Cross, a big hit song that reached #1 in 1980.
9 - Point of Know Return by Kansas, from the concept album of the same name, sailing to the point of no return.
10 - Sail Away, Sweet Sister by Queen, from "The Game" album
11 - The Tall Ships by Magnum
12 - Ship to Shore by Chris de Burgh
13 - Longer Boats by Cat Stevens
14 - Ship Ahoy! by the O'Jays
15 - Rowing by Soundgarden
16 - The Wounded Whale by Fairport Convention
17 - Boat Drinks by Jimmy Buffet
18 - Ghost Ship by Blur
19 - Ships by Ian Hunter, the former Mott the Hoople singer
20 - Sail On by the Commodores, a top-20 song before Lionel Ritchie left.
Now set sail on the open seas with your mix tape on deck - no pun intended. Hoist the anchor, play these "ship songs" for the high seas.