You could spend hours glued to the feed from Aquarium of the Pacific’s Shark Lagoon, watching as a wide variety of sharks and rays swim through the pool. As you get sucked into the daily lives of sand tiger sharks and freshwater sawfish, you’ll need some tunes. We compiled this playlist to accompany your time watching this cam. Like the residents of the Shark Lagoon, there’s a lot of variety here— from techno to indie rock to R&B– but the songs go together well. We picked songs that evoked the constant movement of the sharks, the soft ripples of the water and general calm of the environment.
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- Drexciya “Soul of the Sea”- A semi-anonymous Detroit techno outfit, Drexciya explored underwater themes in their work. “Soul of the Sea,” captures that vibe with synth sounds that mimic the ripples of water.
- Tying Tiffany “Deep Blue River” – While the species in the Shark Lagoon are at home in salt water, the freshwater sawfish also makes occasional treks into rivers. We picked this song from Tying Tiffany, whose latest album was inspired by life on the Northern Italian cost, to reflect that fact.
- Owl City “The Saltwater Room” – This gem from Owl City’s multi-platinum album Ocean Eyes sweetly plays up on the romance of the seaside as we watch sharks and rays swim through their own “saltwater room.”
- The Ocean Blue “Drifting, Falling” – An alternative radio hit for The Ocean Blue back in 1990, “Drifting, Falling” is the perfect accompaniment for time spent watching sharks and rays move through the water. Sometimes they appear to drift through the water. Other times, they intentionally fall towards the floor.
- Echo and the Bunnymen “Seven Seas” – Taken from Echo and the Bunnymen’s classic album Ocean Rain, this song is a must for the Shark Lagoon, whose residents come from oceans across the globe.
- Surfer Blood “Swim” – You’ll see a lot of swimming in the Shark Lagoon– some species need to move in order to breathe. Surfer Blood’s rockin’ debut single “Swim,” takes on an anthemic quality here.
- Modest Mouse “Ocean Breathes Salty” – Put on your headphones for this one. You have to listen closely to hear the bubbling water noises on this hit from indie rock mainstays Modest Mouse.
- TLC “Waterfalls” – A monumental single for TLC, “Waterfalls” was nearly inescapable when it was released in 1995. Now, it’s your earworm for the Shark Lagoon. You’re welcome.
- Florence and the Machine “What the Water Gave Me”- With Florence Welch’s big vocals and dramatic production, this single from Florence and the Machine’s album, Ceremonials, captures the vastness of the oceans from which the species in the Shark Lagoon hail.
- Justin Timberlake “Blue Ocean Floor” – Long, mellow and a bit melancholy, the final track from part one of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, opens with gentle, beach-y ambience. As the song progresses, you’ll hear rolling waves and little bits of strings and other noises that might remind you of ocean life.