yacht rock



A retronym, suggesting the stereotype of a yuppie listening to the music while out sailing.


yacht rock (uncountable)

  1. (music) A smooth, melodic form of soft rock music of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
    Synonyms: West Coast Sound, adult-oriented rock
    Hypernym: soft rock
    • 2012, Jenn Bennett, Summoning the Night: An Arcadia Bell Novel, Simon and Schuster (→ISBN)
      Yacht rock from the 1970s floated over the aisles like a bad storm cloud, dumping torrents of Christopher Cross and of the band that gave me sweaty nightmares, Steely Dan.

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