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

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Octopus's Garden The Beatles

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106 73
Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Yellow Submarine The Beatles

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The River Bruce Springsteen

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Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin

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52 15
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Tom Islava added Purple Rain

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111 63
Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Under the Sea Howard Ashman, Alan Menken - Little Mermaid

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Esavi added Big River Johnny Cash

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

14 Famous People Who Have PhDs

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Black Water The Doobie Brothers

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68 33
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RobLein added Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly

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Moon River Frank Sinatra

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60 31
Splish Splash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Splish Splash Bobby Darin

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Blue Bayou Linda Ronstadt

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Cry Me a River Justin Timberlake

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55 35
The Ocean is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Water
The Ocean Led Zeppelin

The Best Frank Sinatra Songs of All Time

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Rain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Rain The Beatles

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Down by the River Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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OddBean14 added Born On The Bayou Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Down by the Seaside Led Zeppelin

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45 33
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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Lilytabby added Orinoco Flow Celtic Woman - Enya

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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Moon River Andy Williams

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OddBean14 added The River of Dreams Billy Joel

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RobLein added Ferry Cross the Mersey Gerry and the Pacemakers

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Old Man River Count Basie

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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

The Qualities of a Good Teacher

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Leah A. Graves added Into the Mystic Van Morrison

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Many Rivers to Cross Jimmy Cliff

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Oceans Pearl Jam

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Following the River The Rolling Stones

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Shenandoah Harry Belafonte

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24 22
Don't Go Near the Water is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Don't Go Near the Water The Beach Boys

The Best Songs on Charlie Puth's Album Voicenotes

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23 21
Dirty Water is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Water
Dirty Water The Standells

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Dam That River Alice in Chains

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Children of the Sea Black Sabbath

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RobLein added Old Man River William Warfield

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27 28
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Into the Ocean Blue October

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12 10
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egghead added Boat on the River Styx

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RobLein added Orinoco Flow Enya

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