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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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101 37
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Tom Islava added Bridge Over Troubled Water Paul Simon

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302 211
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r-gold added River of Dreams Jackie Evancho

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95 53
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Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival

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96 55
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Octopus's Garden The Beatles

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114 75
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Yellow Submarine The Beatles

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102 58
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95 62
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The River Bruce Springsteen

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56 16
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Tom Islava added Purple Rain Prince

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99 65
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Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin

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52 21
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Esavi added Big River Johnny Cash

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113 65
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Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken - Little Mermaid

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63 32
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Black Water The Doobie Brothers

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62 33
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RobLein added Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head B.J. Thomas

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69 34
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RobLein added Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly

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67 49
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Moon River Frank Sinatra

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107 90
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Cry Me a River Justin Timberlake

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69 49
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Blue Bayou Linda Ronstadt

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60 33
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Splish Splash Bobby Darin

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60 35
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The Ocean Led Zeppelin

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61 44
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Rain The Beatles

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28 7
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OddBean14 added Born On The Bayou Creedence Clearwater Revival

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44 33
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Down by the River Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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42 25
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Down by the Seaside Led Zeppelin

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49 34
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Water

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edward1111100 added Madman Across the Water Elton John

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OddBean14 added The River of Dreams Billy Joel

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26 19
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26 23
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Lilytabby added Orinoco Flow Celtic Woman - Enya

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27 25
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RobLein added Ferry Cross the Mersey Gerry and the Pacemakers

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18 9
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Moon River Andy Williams

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22 20
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Leah A. Graves added Into the Mystic Van Morrison

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Sheryl Morris added Cake by the Ocea DNCE

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34 29
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Oceans Pearl Jam

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24 18
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Following the River The Rolling Stones

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26 21
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Dirty Water The Standells

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16 15
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Old Man River Count Basie

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36 34
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Many Rivers to Cross Jimmy Cliff

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26 22
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38 37
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Children of the Sea Black Sabbath

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25 22
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Don't Go Near the Water The Beach Boys

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30 29
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Dam That River Alice in Chains

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19 22
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Shenandoah Harry Belafonte

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12 16
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RobLein added Old Man River William Warfield

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22 27
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AmaryllisG added Cold Water Major Lazer (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ)

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27 28
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Into the Ocean Blue October

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13 10
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egghead added Boat on the River Styx

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12 17
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RobLein added Orinoco Flow Enya