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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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Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival

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98 54
Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken - Little Mermaid

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

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The River Bruce Springsteen

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96 67
Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Yellow Submarine The Beatles

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Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin

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Octopus's Garden The Beatles

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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Tom Islava added Purple Rain

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

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54 29
Splish Splash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Splish Splash Bobby Darin

The Best Roger Waters Albums of All Time

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RobLein added Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly

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Esavi added Big River Johnny Cash

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Black Water The Doobie Brothers

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57 43
Moon River is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Moon River Frank Sinatra

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47 30
The Ocean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added The Ocean Led Zeppelin

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Cry Me a River Justin Timberlake

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Blue Bayou Linda Ronstadt

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Down by the River Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Rain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Rain The Beatles

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38 32
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass

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Down by the Seaside Led Zeppelin

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RobLein added Ferry Cross the Mersey Gerry and the Pacemakers

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Don't Go Near the Water is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Don't Go Near the Water The Beach Boys

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Lilytabby added Orinoco Flow Celtic Woman - Enya

The Best Muddy Waters Albums of All Time

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edward1111100 added Madman Across the Water Elton John

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OddBean14 added Born On The Bayou Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Oceans Pearl Jam

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Many Rivers to Cross Jimmy Cliff

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Moon River Andy Williams

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Cake by the Ocean Dnce is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Sheryl Morris added Cake by the Ocean Dnce

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Leah A. Graves added Into the Mystic Van Morrison

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OddBean14 added The River of Dreams Billy Joel

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Old Man River Count Basie

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Dirty Water is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Dirty Water The Standells

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Following the River The Rolling Stones

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Dam That River Alice in Chains

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Shenandoah Harry Belafonte

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Yellow River is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Yellow River Christie

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

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RobLein added Orinoco Flow Enya

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Come On Down to My Boat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Mark Lanzarotta added Come On Down to My Boat Every Mother's Son

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RobLein added Old Man River William Warfield

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Into the Ocean Blue October