60 Songs About Water (Pop, Rap, Rock, Classical and More)

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60 Songs About Water (Pop, Rap, Rock, Classical and More)

Water is used frequently in music. Artists use it metaphorically to illustrate emotions. This could be any emotion, the beauty in their lyrics identifies their pain, joy, grief, happiness, and anything in between.

I. Summer Songs About Water

Water is used to describe lust or satisfaction. This can be clear when we see how water is used to describe a quenching thirst and its connection to desire.

1) (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay

Artist: Otis Reading
Album: The Dock of the Bay
Year: 1968
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Sitting on the Dock of the Bay is a somber song. The only release shown is how watching the waves is the only activity where someone doesn’t want something from him.

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2) I’m On A Boat

Artist: The Lonely Island (ft T-Pain)
Album: Incredibad
Year: 2009
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3) Only the Ocean

Artist: Jack Johnson
Album: To the Sea
Year: 2010
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Only the ocean is a beautiful song of finding what makes you happy. In this case it’s surfing and finding your own joy in what you love.

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4) Surfin USA

Artist: Beach Boys
Album: Surfin USA
Year: 1963
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5) Cold Water

Artist: Major Lazer (ft Justin Bieber & MØ)
Album: Single
Year: 2016
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This hit summertime single by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ is all about saving your loved ones.

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6) Knee Deep

Artist: Zac Brown Band (ft Jimmy Buffet)
Album: You Get What You Give
Year: 2010
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II. Spiritual Songs About Water

Spiritual songs about water convey the hope and healing that water can bring into your life.

1) Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Artist: Hillsong UNITED
Album: Zion
Year: 2013
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Oceans (here feet may fail) is a deeply moving song known by many christians. This song speaks of water and oceans with endless love.

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2) Living Water

Artist: Lauren Dunn (Gateway Worship)
Album: Monuments
Year: 2017
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3) Open Heaven (River Wild)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Album: Open Heaven/River Wild
Year: 2015
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Open Heaven is a worship song about letting the christian holy spirt wash away your  sins. Water symbolises restoration and a path to salvation

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4) Flow to you

Artist: Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr
Album: Embracing the Next Dimension
Year: 2008
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5) Come to the River

Artist: Housefires
Album: Housefires II
Year: 2014
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Come to the river is a song about inviting God(Christian) into your life. Water is used as a metaphor for washing away your sins

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6) All My fountains

Artist: Chris Tomlin & Passion Band
Album: Passion: Here for you
Year: 2011
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III. Pop Songs About Water

Pop is a very diverse genre and includes a wide use of different sounds like dance, R&B, Jazz, EDM(Electric Dance Music). The use of water is a symbol or metaphor of release or freedom.

1) Cry Me a River

Artist: Justin Timberlake
Album: Justified
Year: 2002
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The hit Cry me a river is a song about reclaiming power in a toxic relationship. “Cry me a River” is the catching chorus, is an outburst of pent up frustration.

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2) Ocean Eyes

Artist: Billie Elish
Album: dont smile at me
Year: 2017
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3) Water Under the Bridge

Artist: Adelle
Album: 25
Year: 2015
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‘Water under the bridge’ is the expectation. Adelle explores the crippling want of an ex’s love in the end of relationships.

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4) Rivers Deep and Mountain High

Artist: Celine Dion
Album: Falling into You
Year: 1996
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5) Octopus’s Garden

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Abbey Road
Year: 1969
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The Beatles’ renowned song Octopus’s Garden is about trying to be be yourself in an ocean where that’s increasingly more difficult.

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6) Cake by the Ocean

Artist: DNCE
Album: DNCE
Year: 2016
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IV. R&B Songs About Water

R&B is a genre that’s origin is of pain. Hidden beneath its lyrics and smooth sound water is another metaphoric release to to that pain.

1) Blue Ocean Floor

Artist: Justin Timberlake
Album: the 20/20 Experience
Year: 2013
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Blue Ocean Floor is a song that explores the depth of pain beneath loss.

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2) Water (Kehlani)

Artist: Kehlani
Album: It was good until it Wasn’t
Year: 2020
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3) Following the River

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Album: Exile on Main St.
Year: 1972
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The rolling stone are a commonly rock band but following the river has a sombre sound that mirrors R&B. Water(following the river) is a means to finding oneself.

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4) Water Runs Dry

Artist: Boyz II Men
Album: II
Year: 1994
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5) Love, Reign o’er Me

Artist: The Who
Album: Quadrophenia
Year: 1973
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The who’ showcase how people yearn for love. ‘Reign o’er Me’ is a song where rain and love are one in the same, both desired.

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6) Lake by the Ocean

Artist: Maxwell
Album: blackSUMMERS’night
Year: 2016
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V. Rap/Hip-Hop Songs About Water

Rap and Hip-hop have always been about sharing pain, truth and radical ideas. Water is

1) Candy (Drippin’ like Water)

Artist: Snoop Dogg (ft Daz, E-40, Goldie Loc, Kurupt & MC Eiht)
Album: The Blue Carpet Treatment
Year: 2006
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In Candy, the drip is synonymous with money, wealth and status. Water’s imagery serves as another desirable quality people yearn for.

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2) Umbrella

Artist: Rihanna (ft JAY-Z)
Album: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Year: 2008
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3) Deep Water

Artist: Dr. Dre (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak & Justus)
Album: Compton
Year: 2015
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Deep water is about status, lyrical prowess and knowing when to back down froma fight. Water represented here is status, wealth and knowledge.

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4) Water

Artist: Beyonce, Pharrel William & Slantiel
Album: The Lion King: The Gift
Year: 2019
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5) Walk on Water

Artist: Enimem (ft. Beyonce)
Album: Revival
Year: 2017
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Walk on water is a song written by two of arguably the greatest hiphop artists to date. However, this song deals with their struggle to remain the best as if water(greatness) can slip through their fingers.

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6) Jesus Gave me water

Artist: Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers
Album: The 2 Sides of Same Cooke
Year: 1970
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VI. Country Songs About Water

Country music has always had a rhythm and groove to it. In relation to water, country musicians use it metaphorically to convey their hope or disparity.

1) Five Feet and Rising

Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: Songs of Soil
Year: 1959
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2) Toes

Artist: Zac & Brown Band
Album: The Foundation
Year: 2008
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3) Water

Artist: Brad Paisley
Album: American Saturday Night
Year: 2009
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4) Big River

Artist: Johnny Cash and the tennessee two
Album: Single
Year: 1958
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5) Muckalee Creek Water

Artist: Luke Bryan
Album: Tailgates & Tanlines
Year: 2011
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6) Pontoon

Artist: Little Big Town
Album: Tornado
Year: 2013
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VII. Metal Songs About Water

In Metal, water used metaphorically and literally conveys pain, grief and desperation.

1) Red Water (Christmas Mourning)

Artist: Type O Negative
Album: October Rust
Year: 1996
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2) Go Into the water

Artist: Dethklok
Album: The Dethalbum
Year: Metalocalypse: Dethklok
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3) This Water Couldn’t Be Less Appealing

Artist: Liquid Death
Album: Greatest Hates
Year: 2020
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4) Would?

Artist: Alice In Chains
Album: Dirt
Year: 1992
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5) Drowning Lessons

Artist: My Chemical Romance
Album: I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
Year: 2002
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6) Dumbest Name Ever for Water

Artist: TLiquid Death
Album: Greatest Hates
Year: 2020
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VIII. Classical Music Showcasing Water

Water in Classical music is about fluidity, freedom and peace. Music in classical pieces showcases the beauty of water through sound.

1) Reflets Dans l’eau (Jean-Yves Thibaudet)

Artist: Claude Debussy & Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Album: Debussy: Complete Works for solo Piano Vol. 2 – Images Etudes
Year: 2000
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2) Reverie Au Bord De La Mer (Pavel Urbanek)

Artist: Jacques Offenbach, Raphaela Gromes, Julian Riem, Wen-Sinn Yang
Album: Offenbach
Year: 2019
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3) North Sea Pictures Waltz, op. 390

Artist: Johanne Strauss II
Album: N/A
Year: 1879
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4) The Flying Dutchmen, WWV 63

Artist: Richard Wagner
Album: Der Fliegende Hollander (Opera)
Year: 1843
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5) Swan Lake

Artist: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Album: Swan Lake Opera
Year: 1877
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6) Jeux D’eau

Artist: Maurice Ravel
Album: Solo Piece
Year: 1901
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IX. Songs with Water in the Title

Water as a title is used as a stepping stone to the artists music. Water may not be the main theme of the song but is an essential element to the storytelling in the music.

1) Water Fountain

Artist: Alec Benjamin
Album: Narrated For You
Year: 2018
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2) Rock Me on the water

Artist: Jackson Browne
Album: Together Again
Year: 1972
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3) Bridge Over Troubled Water

Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Year: 1970
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4) Black Water

Artist: Of Monsters and Men
Album: Beneath the Skin
Year: 2015
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5) Madman Across the water

Artist: Elton John
Album: Madman Across The Water
Year: 1971
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6) Watermelon Sugar

Artist: Harry Styles
Album: Fine Line
Year: 2020
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X. Disney Songs About Water

Disney Songs always bring joy and magic to the scene, this is no different in their use of water in themes. In the Little mermaid water has duality, its both a prison and the salvation to its protagonist.

1) Under the Sea

Artist: Samuel E. Wright
Album: Little Mermaid
Year: 1991
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2) In Harmony

Artist: Jodi Benosn
Album: Little Mermaid
Year: 1991
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3) Part of the World

Artist: Jodi Benson
Album: Little Mermaid
Year: 1991
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4) If I Were the Ocean

Artist: Mark Mancina
Album: Moana (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 2016
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5) Down to the Sea

Artist: Clancy Brown
Album: The Little Mermaid 2
Year: 2000
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6) The Sea Kingdom

Artist: Jodi Benson
Album: Little Mermaid
Year: 1991
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