Friday, February 08, 2013

Songs to get you through Winter Storm Nemo

Today we'll be counting down the Top 10 "Snow/Winter Weather Storm Songs" in honor of Winter Storm Nemo. These are winter songs, so tropical/rain songs ("Rock You Like a Hurricane," "Rain," etc.) are not under consideration.

I'm giving bonus points for songs that are actually ABOUT weather. (On Twitter, I also timed this so the songs could be listened to between tweets.)

So let's get started.

10: "It's a Cold Night for Alligators" by Roky Erickson and the Aliens. (And indeed it is).

9. "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner.  (You can opt out of the ad.)  Not necessarily about weather, so classic song drops a bit.

8. "The Weather" by Built to Spill. Great song; we're now moving into ones that are actually more weather-related.  (This is actually from the album Ancient Melodies of the Future, which means our YouTube uploader was very, very lazy.)

7. "Ice Cold Ice" by Hüsker Dü.  It's kind of about the weather, right?  Right?  (You had to know Bob Mould was getting in here somewhere.)

6. "Snow Day" by Fossil. This is so obscure that there's no uploadable content for it. It's all about the joys of a snow day.  Rest assured, it's a great song.  Rest assured.  

5. "Blizzard of 77" by Nada Surf.  A favorite of Scott's, which is good enough for me. We are now fully ensconced in actual weather songs.

4. "Hazy Shade" of Winter by The Bangles.  Sadly, I did not know this was a cover until just now.  Don't look at me like that.  (FWIW, the YouTube clip sounds like it was recorded off a warped vinyl copy.)

3. "Like the Weather" by 10,000 Maniacs.  Ruined  Immortalized forever by my freshman roommate Sean's drunken warbling Bahstahn rendition. It went something like this: "Shiver in me bones just tinking... about the weathaaaah." (And yes, "tinking" is spelled correctly.)

2. "The Sound of Winter" by Bush.  A great song by a band who finally figured it all out 15 years later.

And at #1... drum roll please....

1. "Snow" by jj72.  It's just awesome. Such angst and confusion, it's really quite brilliant.  A long-forgotten Scottish Irish band.

That's my list... so what did I forget?



Anonymous said...

"Snow Blind" by Ace Frehely. What a terrible, terrible song.

Snilch said...

Wow, that IS terrible. I'm going to post the other suggestions I've gotten in various media forms, including two votes for "Informer" by Snow. "Winter Song" by Screaming Trees was suggested by Praire Rose (, which I've never heard before:

Snilch said...

From Tim ( Fountains of Wayne "Valley Winter Song." Holy crap this is totally appropriate. Just read the lyrics!

Snilch said...

From Andrew: "How can you have neglected perhaps the most appropriate, and (I think) one of the best weather related songs.
The great Minneapolis band Trip Shakespeare’s “Snow Days”."

My comment: This and Fountains of Wayne would definitely have made the list. I know nothing of Trip Shakespeare, but this is a perfect Snow/Winer song. Not sold on the Screaming Trees.

Snilch said...

Eric Lax: White Winter Hymnal- Fleet Foxes !!!

My comment: I am not a big Fleet Foxes fan, but this is really cool. Another top 10 song for sure

mwh said...

How could you forget "By-Tor And The Snow Dog"!

Snilch said...

I was unfamiliar with that song... good thought but I think it might not have made the top 10.

Snilch said...

Scott points out that Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out deserved some love here, and he is right. Very well played, Scott.