REM and Ra Ra Riot - Please recommend songs with swimming
October 18, 2017 8:05 AM   Subscribe

Hi, I am the new owner of a waterproof MP3 player and I want to make a mix of songs about swimming. Recommendations?

So far I have:

Night Swimming - REM
Water - Ra Ra Riot
posted by haunted_pomegranate to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (59 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Swim Good by Frank Ocean
posted by papayaninja at 8:10 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


I Go Swimming - Peter Gabriel
posted by mkb at 8:10 AM on October 18, 2017


Josh Ritter, Change of Time
posted by praemunire at 8:11 AM on October 18, 2017


"all swimmers are brothers" by drop nineteens
posted by noloveforned at 8:14 AM on October 18, 2017


Theme From the Bottom - Phish
posted by bondcliff at 8:16 AM on October 18, 2017


Morphine, Like Swimming
posted by motdiem2 at 8:17 AM on October 18, 2017 [5 favorites]


it's a stretch, but Under the Sea
posted by motdiem2 at 8:18 AM on October 18, 2017


Let's Go Swimming by Arthur Russell.
posted by Frowner at 8:19 AM on October 18, 2017 [2 favorites]


Octopus's Garden?
posted by bluesky78987 at 8:22 AM on October 18, 2017


Learned To Surf - Superchunk
posted by halation at 8:25 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


Citizen Fish, Sink Or Swim.
posted by Frowner at 8:27 AM on October 18, 2017


Sleater-Kinney, "The Swimmer". And uh, Tool's "Ænima", in a way.
posted by neushoorn at 8:29 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


Surfside 6, Cool In The Tube.

I mean technically it's about surfing, but you're not going to get real far surfing if you can't swim.
posted by Frowner at 8:29 AM on October 18, 2017


Weird one, but Shannon by Henry Gross. It's about the death of Beach Boy Carl Wilson's Irish setter Shannon.

Shannon is gone. I hope she's drifting out to sea.
She always loved to swim away.
posted by FencingGal at 8:31 AM on October 18, 2017


The Swimmer by Frank Black
Where Is My Mind by the Pixies
Swimming by Captured By Robots
Rock Lobster by the B-52’s
posted by ejs at 8:32 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


Sunblock by Emmet Swimming, bonus for song about swimming by band with "swimming" in the name!*

*Song is a metaphor and not actually about swimming, but it does mention swimming quite a bit.
posted by juniperesque at 8:32 AM on October 18, 2017


It's about a fish, but The Ol' Diamondback Sturgeon by Primus would work.
posted by bondcliff at 8:34 AM on October 18, 2017


Gob - Soda, usually known by its chorus lyric, "I Want To Jump in a Lake"
posted by Beardman at 8:42 AM on October 18, 2017


Jack's Mannequin, Swim.

You gotta swim/Through nights that won't end/Swim for your family, your lovers/Your sisters and brothers and friends
posted by theatro at 8:43 AM on October 18, 2017


Also, maybe a stretch but it's the apotheosis of music (and after "Nightswimming" represents the other pride of Athens, GA):

B52s - Rock Lobster

Edit: I see I was beat to this. Well, seconded!
posted by Beardman at 8:45 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


I've really liked this song that I came across in my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist: Rivka's "Swim High". Stylistically, it's pretty close to what I'd describe swimming in the ocean at night might feel like, actually!
posted by a good beginning at 8:50 AM on October 18, 2017


Breathe Owl Breathe - Swimming
posted by pipeski at 8:51 AM on October 18, 2017


Wire, Our Swimmer
posted by newmoistness at 8:52 AM on October 18, 2017


Not Without My (Swimmies) - Sleepytime Trio (at 33:22)
posted by saladin at 8:53 AM on October 18, 2017


1977 Swimming Lessons by Amy Kohn (here's a video of a live performance)
posted by moonmilk at 8:54 AM on October 18, 2017


Tracey Thorn: Swimming. (Try to find the original and not the irritating remixes)
posted by mykescipark at 8:54 AM on October 18, 2017


Throwing Muses, Crabtown
posted by newmoistness at 8:56 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


Laura Veirs: Lake Swimming.
posted by mykescipark at 8:56 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


Ra Ra Riot's first album has Ghost Under Rocks, which many journalists erroneously assumed was about the band's drummer, who drowned, but rather, he was one of the contributors of that song, IIRC.

Fountains of Wayne: Sink to the Bottom

Chemical Brothers: The Salmon Dance

TMBG: Underwater Woman and Diving Board
posted by Sunburnt at 8:57 AM on October 18, 2017


More of a stretch:

Let Me Drown - Soundgarden
Whenever I Breathe Out, You Breathe In - Modest Mouse
Up for the Down Stroke - Parliamant
posted by saladin at 8:58 AM on October 18, 2017


Oh jeez, and how could I forget:

Barracuda - Heart
posted by saladin at 9:01 AM on October 18, 2017


Metric, Breathing Underwater
posted by sestaaak at 9:02 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


The Aquabats - Pool Party
posted by ChuraChura at 9:06 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


While the song (Archive, 'You Make Me Feel') in this video isn't explicitly about swimming, once you watch the vid I guarantee you'll think of swimming every time you hear the track.
posted by googly at 9:12 AM on October 18, 2017


Meat Puppets: Swimming Ground
posted by bdk3clash at 9:13 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


Bobby Freeman - C'mon and Swim
posted by hydrophonic at 9:17 AM on October 18, 2017


Fishbone - Swim
posted by horsegnut at 9:27 AM on October 18, 2017


!!! - Even When the Water's Cold
posted by btfreek at 10:20 AM on October 18, 2017


Swimming Song by Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
posted by terretu at 10:24 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


Aqua Profunda by Courtney Barnett!
posted by Ragged Richard at 10:31 AM on October 18, 2017 [1 favorite]


Strong Swimmer by Shelby Earle is beautiful.
posted by fairlynearlyready at 10:43 AM on October 18, 2017


Swimmin’ in the Sea - Gaelic Storm
posted by epj at 11:06 AM on October 18, 2017


Frightened Rabbit- Swim until you can’t see land
Incubus- Earth to Bella part 2 is more of a stretch, contains the lyrics “You're treading water successfully/ But are you really?/Don't you want to see the deep? It's not so hard /Just forgive yourself and feel the water open in”
posted by Champagne Supernova at 11:23 AM on October 18, 2017


Friendly Fires-Jump in the Pool
posted by shortyJBot at 11:31 AM on October 18, 2017


PJ Harvey, Down by the water

Maybe darker than you're looking for but it'd be fun to swim to.
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 11:47 AM on October 18, 2017 [3 favorites]


Tool's Ænema contains the repeated phrase "LEARN TO SWIM"
posted by mkb at 12:30 PM on October 18, 2017


Three Little Fishes
Wade in the Water

and a cautionary Teutonic tale: Tod im Freibad
posted by runincircles at 12:44 PM on October 18, 2017


Do you want creepy 90s songs about water for the B Side? If so, try A Good Idea by Sugar and Down by the Bridge by PJ Harvey. (Ah, I see PJ Harvey was already mentioned.)
posted by salvia at 1:03 PM on October 18, 2017




This is admittedly a pretty literal interpretation of the question, but searching for "swim" on AZLyrics turns up:

Ciara, "Swim"
Chase Atlantic, "Swim"
Lil Mama, "Swim"
Jack's Mannequin, "Swim"
Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"
Josef Salvat, "Night Swim"

and 994 other songs that include the word "swim" at least once and may or may not appeal to you. (I found the six listed here pleasant, and really liked the one by Josef Salvat, who I hadn't heard of before tonight.)
posted by Spathe Cadet at 5:49 PM on October 18, 2017


Saint-Saens - Aquarium (instrumental, but I think it kinda works)
posted by eponym at 6:52 PM on October 18, 2017


Kendrik Lamar - Swimming Pools
posted by seesom at 7:18 PM on October 18, 2017


Ane Brun - Undertow
Emily Warren and Frenship - Capsize
Mason Jennings - If You Ain't Got Love
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 1:37 AM on October 19, 2017


One of my all-time favorite songs is about swimming: 'The Diver' by Gravenhurst.

Also comes to mind:

- 'Great Lake Swimmers' by the band with the same name (can't find a Youtubelink for this one). Other tracks of theirs might also qualify.
- 'Missings Islands' and/or 'An Insular Life' by Shearwater. Not about swimming per se but with references to water, sailing, the sea,...
- 'Seven seas' by Echo & the Bunnymen.

This entry in the Guardian's Readers Recommend-blog might be of interest. RR is an inavlaubale source for other searches for 'songs about x/y/z'.
posted by Desertshore at 7:58 AM on October 19, 2017


Colin Hay - It's a Beautiful World (I like swimming in the Sea).
posted by LauraJ at 10:25 AM on October 19, 2017


One more: Swim Nekkid In The Ocean, by Page Wilson
posted by newmoistness at 1:19 PM on October 19, 2017


William Orbit - Water From A Vine Leaf
posted by prinado at 6:28 PM on October 19, 2017


Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark).
posted by misteraitch at 12:34 AM on October 20, 2017


Holger Czukay (rip :'-/ ) -- "Cool in the Pool"
posted by cluebucket at 7:29 AM on October 24, 2017


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