The sun is the most important energy source on Earth, powering almost all life. It’s also a star that shows no mercy, burning at thousands of degrees and blasting ultraviolet radiation into space. The relationship between this fiery ball in the sky and humans plays out metaphorically throughout literature and pop culture. Writers use it to symbolize intensity, purification, purity, life, and death. Therefore it is not surprising that many songs deal with or celebrate the sun’s influence on our lives. Here are ten great examples:
10. Saturday Sun by Vance Joy
Saturday Sun is a song by Australian alternative rock musician Vance Joy. A new version was released as the third single from his second studio album “Nation of Two” on January 18, 2018. The song’s lyrics center on a love interest who has been away from home for some time, during which the singer has constantly been thinking about them and waiting for their return. Vance Joy explained: “It’s about the fact that someone is finally coming back, and it’s not just another human—it’s a Sun because we’re always waiting for the return of the sun after winter.”
9. I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
I Can See Clearly Now is a 1972 song written by Johnny Nash. It was originally recorded and released by Nash in 1972 on his album of the same name, “I Can See Clearly Now.” Johnny Nash’s version peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in November 1972, number four on the R&B chart, and number eight in the U.K. It went to #1 in Canada and New Zealand and has become a standard often covered by reggae musicians such as Maxi Priest and Jeff Beck. The song was produced by Johnny Nash’s friend and roommate Jimmy Cliff (who appears in the album’s title track).
8. Brighter Than the Sun by Colbie Callait
Brighter Than the Sun is a song written by Colbie Callait and Jason Reeves. Her second studio album, All of You (2011), was included. The song was produced by Mikal Blue and was released as the album’s second single in April 2011 by the Universal Republic. The song is about finding inner peace, which the band achieves by finding what makes them happy and building on it. For Keyshia Cole, happiness means spending time with her husband Daniel Gibson; for Mia Rose (of the Pussycat Dolls), it means being a mother to her daughter Willow.
7. Sunshine Song by Jason Mraz
Sunshine Song is the song by American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. It was released as the first single from his live album “Jason Mraz’s Beautiful Mess: Live on Earth.” The single was released worldwide on April 12, 2009. The song was written in the key of G major and set in common time to an “easy listening” tempo of 84 BPM. It follows a chord progression of Em–D/F♯–Gmaj7–Cm7, and Mraz’s vocals span from A3 to D5.
6. Trip Around the Sun by Kenny Chesney
The song’s lyrics are about the singer enjoying life while he still can because “the trip around the sun is shorter than it seems.” He lists all of the things that make him happy, including his lover and family. He also sings about how he wants to live in Mexico near a beach. According to his label, Blue Chair Records, Chesney wrote the song during a trip to Mexico.
5. The Sound of Sunshine by Spearhead & Michael Franti
“Sound of Sunshine” is the title track to Michael Franti & Spearhead’s 2010 album. It was released as a single in April 2011. The song has received highly positive reviews, with many critics noting its un-militaristic sounding message and peace-loving lyrics. Two official music videos have been made for this song – one directed by Jason Whitcomb the other directed by Mateo Stankovic.
4. Seasons in the Sun by Westlife
“Seasons in the Sun” (originally released as “Le Moribund”) is a song that was written by Canadian singer-songwriter Terry Jacks and recorded by his band The Poppy Family. It became a worldwide hit in 1974. It is a ballad about the thoughts and feelings of a dying man as he lies on his deathbed. Westlife covered this song in 2006, which was produced by Steve Mac for their album Allow Us, to Be Frank. It was released as a single on September 28, 2006, with 2 B-side tracks: “You Raise Me” (a Josh Groban cover) and “When You Tell Me That You Love Me.”
3. Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone by Bill Withers
“Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” is a song written by Bill Withers. It was the third single from his 1971 album Just As I Am, produced by Booker T. Jones. The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 1971 and #12 on Billboard’s “Black Singles” chart. The song was a hit again in 1992, as remixed by house-music artist William DeVaughn. “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” was covered on the album Come on Over by Bonnie Raitt, released in November 1971, and reached #83 on the Billboard charts with the title “Sunshine Of My Life.”
2. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and The Waves
“Walking on Sunshine” is originally performed by the German band “Katrina and The Waves.” It was written and produced by Kimberley Rew, who also played guitar. It appeared on their 1983 E.P. (Extended Play) Waves and their album Walkin’ on Sunshine. In 1985 it became a worldwide hit, well known for its catchy tune and rhythm and its video, which included a sandcastle dream sequence. In the original Waves version of the song, Kimberley Rew sings both lead vocals and guitar. Still, Katrina Leskanich was given vocal credit after joining the band just before the song’s release.
1. Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield
“Pocketful of Sunshine” is a song by English singer Natasha Bedingfield. It was released on April 17, 2007, as the second single from her second studio album, N.B. (2007). The song peaked at number five on the U.K. Singles Chart and was used as the lead single from the soundtrack to Happy Feet. “Pocketful of Sunshine” was released as the lead single from Natalie’s second studio album N.B. The song debuted on the U.K. Singles Chart at number 43 based on downloads alone. After being released as a physical CD single, it jumped to its peak position of five, where it would ultimately remain for three weeks.
All the above songs talk about the sun. Some of them talked about how important and valuable it is, while others talked about good things that happened to people when they saw the sunlight, but either way, all songs mentioned above were singing about sunshine, and we love it. We hope you loved the songs too.