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
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.
2) I’m On A Boat
3) Only the Ocean
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.
4) Surfin USA
5) Cold Water
This hit summertime single by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ is all about saving your loved ones.
6) Knee Deep
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)
Oceans (here feet may fail) is a deeply moving song known by many christians. This song speaks of water and oceans with endless love.
2) Living Water
3) Open Heaven (River Wild)
Open Heaven is a worship song about letting the christian holy spirt wash away your sins. Water symbolises restoration and a path to salvation
4) Flow to you
5) Come to the River
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
6) All My fountains
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
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.
2) Ocean Eyes
3) Water Under the Bridge
‘Water under the bridge’ is the expectation. Adelle explores the crippling want of an ex’s love in the end of relationships.
4) Rivers Deep and Mountain High
5) Octopus’s Garden
The Beatles’ renowned song Octopus’s Garden is about trying to be be yourself in an ocean where that’s increasingly more difficult.
6) Cake by the Ocean
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
Blue Ocean Floor is a song that explores the depth of pain beneath loss.
2) Water (Kehlani)
3) Following the River
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.
4) Water Runs Dry
5) Love, Reign o’er Me
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.
6) Lake by the Ocean
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)
In Candy, the drip is synonymous with money, wealth and status. Water’s imagery serves as another desirable quality people yearn for.
3) Deep Water
Deep water is about status, lyrical prowess and knowing when to back down froma fight. Water represented here is status, wealth and knowledge.
5) Walk on Water
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.
6) Jesus Gave me water
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
4) Big River
5) Muckalee Creek Water
VII. Metal Songs About Water
In Metal, water used metaphorically and literally conveys pain, grief and desperation.
1) Red Water (Christmas Mourning)
2) Go Into the water
3) This Water Couldn’t Be Less Appealing
5) Drowning Lessons
6) Dumbest Name Ever for Water
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)
2) Reverie Au Bord De La Mer (Pavel Urbanek)
3) North Sea Pictures Waltz, op. 390
4) The Flying Dutchmen, WWV 63
5) Swan Lake
6) Jeux D’eau
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
2) Rock Me on the water
3) Bridge Over Troubled Water
4) Black Water
5) Madman Across the water
6) Watermelon Sugar
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.