music The Best Songs About Water  

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List Rules Songs with "water," "river," or "sea" in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about water and bodies of water as a subject.

Whether it's rivers, waterfalls or anything else, it's not hard to find music that involves some form of water in the title. Our bodies are mostly made up of water, so why not write beautiful music about it? This is a ranked list of the best songs about water, as voted on by music fans like you. Some of the songs included below may have the words "water" or "river" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about water as a subject or theme. In these songs people play in the water, get wet, swim and much more. Songs like Justin Timberlakes "Cry Me a River" are obvious choices for water music, but what about Jack Johnson's "Drink the Water" where he tells the tale of how he almost drowned? 

Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this music list is a great way to find some solid tracks that are thematically similar. Vote for the bodies of water songs that you enjoy the most, and downvote ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. If one of your top songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. Many genres of music are featured below, including rock, pop, folk, metal, and more.
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Smoke on the Water Deep Purple, Flashback!, Joe Satriani

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Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival

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The River Bruce Springsteen

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Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin

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Octopus's Garden The Beatles

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River of Dreams - Jackie Evancho From the album Prelude to a Dream

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Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Yellow Submarine The Beatles

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Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Under the Sea Little Mermaid

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Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly

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Cry Me a River Justin Timberlake

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The Ocean is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Water
The Ocean Led Zeppelin

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Blue Bayou Linda Ronstadt

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Splish Splash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Splish Splash Bobby Darin

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Moon River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Moon River Frank Sinatra

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Big River Johnny Cash

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Black Water The Doobie Brothers

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Rain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Rain The Beatles

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Many Rivers to Cross Jimmy Cliff

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Down by the River Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Don't Go Near the Water is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Don't Go Near the Water The Beach Boys

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Ferry Cross the Mersey Gerry and the Pacemakers

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Down by the Seaside Led Zeppelin

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Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Water

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Into the Mystic Van Morrison

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Following the River The Rolling Stones

The Greatest Dance Songs by One-Hit Wonders Historic Sporting Events You'd Have to See If You Had a Time Machine

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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About Water

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Oceans Pearl Jam

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Orinoco Flow Celtic Woman - Enya

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Children of the Sea Black Sabbath

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Dam That River Alice in Chains

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Come On Down to My Boat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Come On Down to My Boat Every Mother's Son

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Dirty Water is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Dirty Water The Standells

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Ocean is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Ocean Lou Reed

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Cold Water Major Lazer (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ)

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Shenandoah Harry Belafonte

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Cake by the Ocean Dnce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About Water

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Don't Drink the Water Dave Matthews Band

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Into the Ocean Blue October

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Old Man River Count Basie