A slight edge was granted to songs about actual rivers, instead of those that used them only as a poetic device. Songs about canals were included as being somehow riverlike.
1. The Pogues, The Broad Majestic Shannon (A magical song, one of my absolute favorites.)
2. Woody Guthrie, The Grand Coulee Dam (Columbia River)
3. Johnny Cash, Big River (Mississippi River) Beating out Proud Mary and god knows how many others...
4. The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset (Thames River)
5. Brendan Behan, The Banks of the Royal Canal Discovered through Dylan's beautiful cover on the Basement Tapes.
6. Traditional, I Am a Pilgrim (Jordan River)
7. Sufjan Stevens, Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother! (Sangamon River)
8. Thomas Allen, Erie Canal
9. Traditional, Shenandoah (Missouri River)
10. Muddy Waters, Rollin' and Tumblin' (If the river was whiskey... Here we enter the realm of the poetic device - although maybe not.)
11. Radiohead, How to Disappear Completely (Liffey River)
12. Nick Drake, River Man
13. The Standells, Dirty Water (Charles River) One of the least convincing badboy anthems every recorded, making it the perfect song for Boston.
14. REM, Find the River (No actual river, but it deserves credit for mentioning more plants than any other song in recorded history.)
15. Ron Sexsmith, Riverbed (One of the world's greatest songwriters, and still rather underappreciated.)