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It is heartening to see many people visiting Marine Café Blog for its repository of downloadable sea songs and shanties. I hope to add more musical files to the database. In the meantime, here’s a list of the most downloaded songs to date in ascending order (click on the song titles to play and download)

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds,
And as the mind is pitched the ear is pleased
With melting airs or martial, brisk or grave;
Some chord in unison with what we hear
Is touched within us, and the heart replies.

— William Cowper,  from ‘The Task and Other Poems’ (1899)

No. 10

Great Open Sea

by the Wellington Sea Shanty Society 

No. 9

Whiskey Johnny

by Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie and Leighton Robinson

No. 8

Drunken Sailor

by Albert Octave

No. 7

Away Rio

by Roger McGuinn

No. 6

Spanish Ladies

by Roger McGuinn

No. 5

Rolling Home

by Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur and Leighton McKenzie

No. 4

Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmate

by Roger McGuinn

No. 3

Leave Her, Johnny

by Roger McGuinn

No. 2

Drunken Sailor

by the Irish Rovers

No. 1

Banana Boat (Day-o)

by Harry Belafonte

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