Winter is a beautiful time of the year that evokes a lot of emotion. While there are many activities to engage in, like skiing and festivities, most people prefer to stay indoors in the heat and sip hot cocoa. If this sounds like your scene, you can accompany your warm drink with some great Songs about Winter. Here are the top ten tracks to get you through those cold months.
10. Early Winter by Gwen Stefani
Early Winter by Gwen Stefani opens on soft guitar notes that blend into a synthesizer reminiscent of a beautiful, icy landscape. If you are looking for a song to set the winter mood, this is it. Stefani’s solid but delicate voice will engulf you with a fuzzy and warm feeling right from the first line.
9. Born in Winter by Gojira
French metal band Gojira laid out all their emotions in Born in Winter. There are many ways to interpret this song, but you will love this tune if you love a great beat with hypnotic lyrics. Some of the most notable lyrics go, “and in the winter cold, with opened eyes / You’ll find the strength to fight and stand upright….”
8. A Hazy Shade of Winter by Simon & Garfunkel
Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon open A Hazy Shade of Winter by mourning, “time, time, see what’s become of me.” This 1966 song uses Winter to represent the loss of youth and the promise of a better day. Essentially, Simon and Garfunkel say that while hope is lost during the Winter, the season also signifies spring, the coming of spring, and the renewal of happiness.
7. Valley Winter Song by Fountains of Wayne
Fountains of Wayne member Adam Schlesinger died on April 1, 2020, due to Covid-19 complications. Vox reports that he was 52. This legendary singer was part of the American band that brought us 2003 hit Stacy’s Mom and Valley Winter. Like most of their songs, the latter was about puberty. It tells us about a boy talking with a girl that misses the sun. TheThe boy, who is also suffering from the winter blues, tries to make things brighter for the girl by composing a Valley Winter Song.
6. Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen
Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen was released in 1971 as the sixth track in the Songs of Love and Hate album. Cohen wrote the song in the form of a letter detailing a love triangle between the singer, a woman called Jane, and a male third party. When addressing the other man, the singer refers to him as ‘my brother, my killer.’ Although Cohen was convinced he had not finished the song properly, it became one of his best works. It begins, ‘It’s four in the morning, the end of December. I’m writing you now to see if you’re better.”
5. Winter Now by Broadcast
When the swine flu hit in the Winter of 2009, Broadcast singer-songwriter Trish Keenan had no idea she would contract it. But she did, in 2010, during a tour in Australia. According to BBC News, Keenan died at 42 in January 2011 of pneumonia. She left behind the beautiful Winter Now that tells the story of her lover who is away in the ‘deepest snow’ but for whom she happily ‘waits in winter.’ The backing vocals and synthesizers in this song will melt your heart with joy, putting you in the mood for the season.
4. Cold-Weather Blues by Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters had a characteristic electric blues sound that had cemented his place in the world by 1964. However, in Cold Weather Blues, the singer delivers an acoustic masterpiece of bare, atmospheric sounds that will give you a chill – in a good way. Muddy Waters wishes to travel to ‘where the weather suits my clothes’ because his girl will not come. We never know whether he gets to see his girl, but this song is a musical experience designed for the Winter.
3. Urge for Going by Joni Mitchell
Urge for Going was Joni Mitchell’s first song to gain prominence. Recorded in 1966 by Tom Rush as a single, the song has sad undertones that somewhat tell of Mitchell’s circumstances. She wrote the song during a cold winter in Toronto in 1964, pregnant and away from her boyfriend, who had gone to California. Although she had her baby in February, she did not keep it and gave it up for adoption. Despite this, the song was a hit with lyrics like “I’ll pull the blankets up to my chin, and I’ll bolt my wanderings in,” striking a chord with Mitchell’s fans.
2. Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds release Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow as part of No More Shall We Part – their 2001 album. The song follows Mark, Mathew, Michael, Mary, and Mona, who are out in the winter cold despite a snore covering over 4.572 meters. When the cold begins to settle in, the singer is freezing and cannot feel parts of his body. He sings, “it’s too quiet in here, and I’m beginning to freeze. I’ve got icicles hanging from my knees. Under 15 feet of pure white snow.” It is a catchy tune that will have you singing along and yearning for the warmth of a roaring fire.
1. It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It’s Spring) by Love Unlimited
It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It’s Spring) was co-written by Paul Politi and Barry White. Felice Taylor recorded it in 1967, with her version peaking at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later on, in 1973, Love Unlimited recorded its version, which rose to number 83 on the same chart. This song is the perfect tune for lovers spending the Winter together. One of the sisters croons, “how much joy and pleasure, baby, can one guy bring me.”
There is no shortage of Songs about Winter, some addressing the holidays and others capturing the sensations and emotions conjured by this season. If you plan a stay-cation with nothing but good music and warmth, these ten tunes should serve you well.