What is yacht rock? First, let’s give credit where credit is due: the term “yacht rock” was coined around 15 years ago by writer-actor J.D. Ryznar, who co-created a web show of the same name shortly after. The Yacht Rock series was a fictitious and hilarious Behind The Music spoof focused on a handful of smooth rockers of the '70s and '80s. Earlier in his life during the early 2000s, Ryznar had become enamored with the velvety baritone of singer Michael McDonald and scoured dollar bins for vinyl records on which McDonald had done background vocals, amassing LPs from smooth rock stalwarts such as Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins and Toto.