“Saturday Night At Sea” from the book “Songs, Naval and National” If you are active on TikTok, or social media in general, you may have noticed a marked increase in rhythmic chanting on your feeds lately. Seems the young kids have adopted a new craze, and it is complex remixes of old time-y sea shanties. According to KnowYourMeme, the trend has been ramping up since the summer , and it crossed over onto Twitter a few weeks ago when clips of various and increasingly complex versions of the song “Wellerman” began to go viral. (If you need yet more proof this isn’t just a one-off, here is a fun thread of other recent examples of the meme.) We here at Lifehacker were way ahead of the TikTok trend, however: We first published the sea shanty explainer/playlist below back in 2018. “Sea chanteys are work songs, so they’re designed to coordinate effort between a group of people doing physical labor,” says video producer Jamison Hermann , who sang them while working on ships at the Mystic Seaport maritime museum. “The saying in maritime historical circles is that a good chanteyman is worth ten sailors on a line”—because he helps everyone pull the rope at once. Hermann put over 60 sea songs—just the pure a cappella stuff—into a collaborative Spotify playlist, Music for Seaports . It’s classic productivity music, good for physical work. And for those of us who work at desks, it’s an excellent morning pick-me-up. Hermann inherited his love […]