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Genre: shanty

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Parent Genre: World/Traditional

Shanty music is a traditional style of music that originated from the sea shanties sung by sailors during long voyages. It typically features strong vocal harmonies, simple instrumentation, and lyrics that tell stories of life at sea. The genre has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, with modern artists incorporating elements of shanty music into their work. This includes the use of traditional instruments like the accordion and fiddle, as well as modern production techniques. Shanty music has been featured in popular media, including video games and television shows, and has become a beloved genre for fans of folk and sea music alike.


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Most popular shanty albums

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Polka's Not Dead
2011
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Celtic Collection, the Next Thirty Years
1995
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Cures What Ails Ya
2020
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The Wellermen
2023
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Rove and Go
2016
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Keep Hauling (Music From The Movie)
2019
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Don't Trad On Me
2022
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Irelands Favourites
2010
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In Concert
1995
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Easter Rising
2022
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Heave A Pawl
2016
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A Drop of Nelson`s Blood
2012
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Sea Songs and Shanties
2018
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Staggers and Jags
2012
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Distant Shores
2021

shanty music by decade

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List of shanty artists

Here is a list of shanty artists on Spotify, ranked based on popularity, who exemplifies the shanty genre. You can find out what shanty genre sounds like where you can preview artists or sort them the way you want, just click the headers to sort.

#namepopularityfollowers
1 47 127708
2 42 42911
3 53 118063
4 49 162575
5 52 230147
6 50 91729
7 48 1977
8 48 21065
9 48 3079
10 35 20769
11 43 13465
12 30 5126
13 30 5394
14 41 75387
15 40 22242
16 36 18355
17 25 7197
18 35 29815
19 23 6271
20 34 594
21 34 280
22 21 4458
23 33 281
24 20 846
25 29 18677
26 31 2528
27 31 358
28 29 691
29 17 2948
30 29 13245
31 28 6085
32 27 9801
33 25 5207
34 22 2260
35 24 12083
36 24 4720
37 24 3966
38 21 2769
39 22 288
40 21 1952
41 19 1523
42 17 3483
43 20 1442
44 18 1120
45 20 76
46 20 1145
47 19 246
48 18 4825
49 17 2544
50 17 3930
51 17 896
52 16 2185
53 16 813
54 15 167
55 14 1277
56 10 1427
57 1 614
58 13 2057
59 13 2363
60 13 190
61 13 1708
62 1 740
63 12 1003
64 12 798
65 12 280
66 12 193
67 12 190
68 11 504
69 11 1843
70 9 255
71 10 662
72 10 1202
73 10 1564
74 10 650
75 9 582
76 9 338
77 9 1670
78 9 800
79 8 1140
80 8 458
81 7 479
82 7 1364
83 7 505
84 6 423
85 6 287
86 6 723
87 5 370
88 5 886
89 4 357
90 4 393
91 3 317
92 4 410
93 3 789
94 3 347
95 2 301
96 2 175
97 2 254
98 2 85
99 2 265
100 1 670

shanty playlist created by Chosic

Enjoy this playlist of popular shanty music. We made this playlist using an algorithm created by our team.