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Playlist: House Of Yacht

The Have Yachts DJs give us their essential Yacht Rock dancefloor fillers ahead of their new House of Yacht residency, launching in London this month

For over a decade, DJ duo The Have Yachts have been spinning adult-oriented-rock classics from greats including Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and The Doobie Brothers. The pair have performed at Glastonbury Festival and even released their own album of smooth hits. The Have Yachts are launching a new Yacht Rock night called HOUSE OF YACHT, happening in Walthamstow Village’s social club Orford House.

Tickets for the launch night on Friday 28 February are available now through 

Below, they give us their must-have classics for the ultimate Yacht Rock party.

Every Yacht Rock DJ set needs an opening statement

“Yacht Rock can be a confusing and divisive genre, but when it’s done right it can instantly unite the club. That’s why you’ve got to let the crowd know that this is more than just your casual 70s and 80s cheese night right from the start. We always get something in quick by those kings of smooth music Steely Dan.”

Steely Dan – Do It Again

Something for the fan boys

“We’ve always seen Yacht Rock as a broad church, but it’s a very narrow genre to some of its aficionados. To ensure those guys are on side and embracing the dancefloor all night long and all night strong, get something powerfully Yacht Rock away early. Nothing does that quicker than two titans of smooth thrashing it out in one song.”

Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald – This Is It

Something from a movie

“It’s amazing how many times staples of the Yacht Rock DJ set soundtrack pivotal moments in some of Hollywood’s most famous movies. Achieve instant recognition and a surge to the dancefloor with hits like Kenny Loggins’ I’m Alright, the theme from screwball comedy Caddyshack, or Hall & Oates’ gem You Make My Dreams, which appeared in The Wedding Singer. Did we mention yet that having lots of Hall & Oates is a must? Every time you call on John and Daryl they will be there for you as a Yacht Rock DJ.”

Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams

Kenny Loggins – I’m Alright

Something dripping in vocal harmonies

“Yacht Rock is nothing without its harmonies. It doesn’t matter if it’s smooth or if it’s heavy, angelic falsetto harmonies can take the night to an extra level.”

Boston – More Than A Feeling

The Eagles – Hotel California

Guaranteed floor-fillers

“The dancefloors moving, the sailors are grooving. It’s time to bring out some absolute guaranteed crowd-pleasers of the genre.” 

Toto – Africa

Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

It’s OK to go country

“Yacht Rock has a foot firmly in country music, there’s nothing wrong with embracing it. As the Bellamy Brothers put it so well, just let your love flow…”

Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow

Be romantic

“Before dating apps, romantic suiters used to meet each other under the disco ball. It was the DJs’ moral duty to the species to slow things down and give nature a chance to do its thing. Nothing speaks to dancing lovers better than REO Speedwagon’s I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore, it’s pure sonic love in a bottle. If the mood moves you, why not go all the way and play Peter Cetera’s Glory of Love, officially the most romantic song of all time, which also doubles as the soundtrack of The Karate Kid.”

REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore

Peter Cetera – Glory of Love

The Hip Hop segue

“No Yacht Rock set would be complete without a spin of Michael McDonald’s I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near), but give the crowd what they really want by tearing straight into Warren G’s Regulate, which samples the iconic record midway through. Regulaters…MOUNT UP!!!” 

Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’

Warren G – Regulate

A big crowd-pleasing finisher

“You’re done, you’ve steered your ship home and your devoted crew of revellers are in a state of smooth rapture. It’s time to end on a massive high. We’ve always turned to stadium hits like Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. It was epic enough to finish The Sopranos and it’s a great sing-along of an air-puncher to crown any Yacht Rock night.”

Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

Tickets for House Of Yacht at Orford House, Walthamstow Village are available now through 

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