Discover Boating just released a top 10 list of the best boating songs based on votes on its Facebook page.
I have three on my Ipod, including the top song, Knee Deep by the Zac Brown Band with Jimmy Buffet.
The rest of the top 10 in order were Redneck Yacht Club by Craig Morgan; Pontoon by Little Big Town; Come Sail Away by Styx; Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash;
A Pirate Looks at Forty by Jimmy Buffett (which last year was voted the best boating song); Son of a Son of Sailor, also by the king Parrothead; Sailing by Christopher Cross; Water by Brad Paisley; and Soul of a Sailor by Kenny Chesney.
I blog about this because it also gives me the opportunity to rehash one of my favorite columns from years ago, my top 10 fishing songs. The column was published four years ago but I still get an occasional email from a reader suggesting a tune that I should have included.
At the time my top 10 was this:
1. The Five Pound Bass by Robert Earl Keen
2. I’m Going to Miss Her by Brad Paisley
3. Fishin’ Blues by Taj Mahal
4. The Crawdad Song (numerous artists but I like the Burl Ives version)
5. The Fishing Hole: Theme to the Andy Griffith Show by Andy Griffith
6. Fisherman by Casey Ashley
7. Gone Fishing, duet by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong
8. Beer, Bait and Ammo by Kevin Fowler
9. Fishing in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
10. Catfish John by Alison Kraus
Since then, I would revise my top 10 to include Trace Adkins’ “Just Fishin’’ and a song I heard recently on Outlaw Country’s satellite radio. It’s called “Big Whiskers” by Otis Gibbs. It’s about a giant flathead catfish “that ate 10-pound bass and gobbled ducks down.” I would like to see someone try to noodle that fish.