By: Concert Vault
A few years ago, a web-based video series called "Yacht Rock" presented fictionalized stories behind the songwriting of Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Hall and Oates, Christopher Cross, the Eagles, Steely Dan, Toto and more. In the process, the creators (J. D. Ryznar, Hunter D. Stair and Lane Farnham) re-kindled some interest in those smooth soft rock chart-busters and helped define a genre that outlasted disco by a few years.
As a definition, here's what the all-knowing Wikipedia says:
"[Yacht Rock is] the soft rock format that peaked in popularity between the years of 1975 and 1984. In the musical sense, yacht rock refers to the highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California during the late 1970s and early 1980s. In part, the term relates to the stereotype of the yuppie yacht owner, enjoying smooth music while out for a sail. Additionally, since sailing was a popular leisure activity in Southern California, many "yacht rockers" made nautical references in their lyrics, videos, and album artwork, particularly the anthemic track "Sailing" by Christopher Cross."
So picture yourself on a boat, or just open your eyes if you're streaming this playlist from the open seas, and enjoy!
And here's Episode 1 of "Yacht Rock" on YouTube: