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Sea shanties (singular "shanty", also spelled "chantey"; derived from the French word "chanter", 'to sing') were shipboard working songs. Some speculate that shanties may have been sung as early as the 15th century though there is little evidence to support this claim. The shanties that survived to be collected and preserved date from the 19th century through the days of steam ships in the first half of the 20th century.

In the days when human muscles were the only power source available aboard ship, sea shanties served a practical purpose: the rhythm of the song served to synchronize the movements of the sailors as they toiled at repetitive tasks. They also served a social purpose: singing and listening to songs is pleasant; it alleviates boredom and lightens the burden of hard work, of which there was no shortage on long voyages in those days.




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SONG ARTIST CATALOG ID GENRE SUBGENRE TEMPO BPM VOCAL DURATION
Irish Sea Captain Jig - Full
Paul Gelsomine Paul Gelsomine 659721 Folk Sea Shanties Medium 110 Instrumental 1:33
The Homeward Hornpipe
Audiverse Audiverse 366062 Folk Sea Shanties Med Slow 101 Instrumental 1:59
Tee Tie Toe Tum
Masterwerk Masterwerk 341809 Folk Sea Shanties Slow 72 Male Vocals 1:51
Lovers Waltz
Pete Bax Pete Bax 776224 Folk Sea Shanties Medium 106 Instrumental 2:34
Northern Lights
RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees 247785 Folk Sea Shanties Medium 127 Male Vocals 4:00
Carry Me
Shanghai Lily Dublin Shanghai Lily Dublin 390241 Folk Sea Shanties Slow 62 Female Vocals 4:52
To the Sea in Ships!
Audiverse Audiverse 375052 Folk Sea Shanties Medium 105 Instrumental 1:47
Let the Bulgine Run
Bernard Wrigley Bernard Wrigley 469637 Folk Sea Shanties Fast 160 Male Vocals 2:00
Amazing Grace
Pete Bax Pete Bax 378945 Folk Sea Shanties Medium 120 Instrumental 1:37
The Gunners Hornpipe
Audiverse Audiverse 366074 Folk Sea Shanties Med Slow 91 Instrumental 2:13
Go to Sea No More
Really Free Music Really Free Music 339621 Folk Sea Shanties Med Slow 86 Male Vocals 4:23
The Whitby Smugglers Song By Ocean's 5. Popeye!
Colin Tench Colin Tench 558727 Folk Sea Shanties Med Fast 142 Male Vocals 4:50
Winds of Time
Mark S. Crocker Mark S. Crocker 614454 Folk Sea Shanties Medium 106 Instrumental 3:52
Donkey Riding
Bernard Wrigley Bernard Wrigley 469666 Folk Sea Shanties Med Slow 92 Male Vocals 1:54
What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?
Annie McGee Annie McGee 369107 Folk Sea Shanties Med Slow 83 Instrumental 1:25
I Saw Three Ships (Main Mix)
Alec Makinson Alec Makinson 442028 Folk Sea Shanties Medium 125 Instrumental 2:00
Trumpet Hornpipe (Main Mix)
Alec Makinson Alec Makinson 706592 Folk Sea Shanties Med Fast 144 Instrumental 1:22
When the Boat Comes in (Main Mix With FX
Alec Makinson Alec Makinson 422259 Folk Sea Shanties Med Slow 102 Instrumental 1:35
Sweet Home Wangerooge
Hanjo Gabler Hanjo Gabler 641016 Folk Sea Shanties Slow 0 Instrumental 2:20
May I Play
Hanjo Gabler Hanjo Gabler 665861 Folk Sea Shanties Medium 111 Instrumental 1:38
Lost at Sea
RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees 452160 Folk Sea Shanties Fast 166 Male Vocals 4:53
Tee Tie Toe Tum
Masterwerk Masterwerk 332568 Folk Sea Shanties Slow 75 Instrumental 1:27
The Sailors Waltz
Audiverse Audiverse 375051 Folk Sea Shanties Medium 106 Instrumental 2:17

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