Songs 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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edward1111100 added Smoke on the Water Deep Purple, Flashback!, Joe Satriani

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Tom Islava added Bridge Over Troubled Water Paul Simon

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r-gold added River of Dreams Jackie Evancho

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The River Bruce Springsteen

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Octopus's Garden The Beatles

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Yellow Submarine The Beatles

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Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Black Water The Doobie Brothers

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Tom Islava added Purple Rain Prince

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Esavi added Big River Johnny Cash

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Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin

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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken - Little Mermaid

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RobLein added Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head B.J. Thomas

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RobLein added Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly

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Blue Bayou Linda Ronstadt

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Moon River Frank Sinatra

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Cry Me a River Justin Timberlake

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Rain The Beatles

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Splish Splash Bobby Darin

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The Ocean Led Zeppelin

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OddBean14 added Born On The Bayou Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Down by the River Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Down by the Seaside Led Zeppelin

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OddBean14 added The River of Dreams Billy Joel

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edward1111100 added Madman Across the Water Elton John

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Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Water

The Best Muddy Waters Albums of All Time

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Lilytabby added Orinoco Flow Celtic Woman - Enya

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Leah A. Graves added Into the Mystic Van Morrison

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Moon River Andy Williams

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Sheryl Morris added Cake by the Ocea DNCE

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RobLein added Ferry Cross the Mersey Gerry and the Pacemakers

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Dirty Water The Standells

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Following the River The Rolling Stones

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Oceans Pearl Jam

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Old Man River Count Basie

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Children of the Sea Black Sabbath

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Many Rivers to Cross Jimmy Cliff

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The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Don't Go Near the Water The Beach Boys

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Shenandoah Harry Belafonte

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

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Dam That River Alice in Chains

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egghead added Boat on the River Styx

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RobLein added Old Man River William Warfield

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Into the Ocean Blue October

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RobLein added Orinoco Flow Enya