Some songs about the weather

As you know, I write a great deal about weather, and how it affects my life, and my moods, since moving to the countryside. I am not alone in this, and when I recalled the Barry White record about rain recently, it got me thinking about all the other songs that feature references to the weather, in all its forms. Here is a selection, mostly quite old songs, that I can remember. You will have yours in mind, no doubt many of them a great deal more modern. I hope you enjoy them, at least some of them.

Autumn Leaves. Originally a French/Hungarian release from 1945, the English lyrics were added later, by Johnny Mercer. There have been countless versions of this song, made famous by Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole, as well, as a more recent cover from Eva Cassidy. For purely selfish reasons, and as a tribute to the original French song (Dead Leaves) I offer the Edith Piaf version, sung in both English and French. Heartbreak personified.

Rhythm Of The Rain. Once again the subject of many later cover versions, this 1962 song was written and performed by the American vocal group, The Cascades. Here is their original version, now sounding very amateurish to our sophisticated ears!

Windy. Not really about Wind, rather a girl’s name. However, it is quite hard to find songs written about the wind.  (OK I know, Blowing in the Wind- too obvious!) Here is a well-known song from 1967, from US group The Association, who had a much bigger hit with the song ‘Cherish’.

(Call it) Stormy Monday. This song has different versions with the same title. For me, this blues song by T Bone Walker is the one I always think of, so is included here. I have no idea when this live performance was filmed, but the song dates back all the way to 1948.

Good Day Sunshine. This song from The Beatles featured on the 1966 album Revolver. I am not a huge fan of the group, but this song says a lot about being cheerful in the sun.

Walking On Sunshine. Continuing the theme, this massive 1983 hit from Katrina and the Waves, a Canadian band, pours on the feelgood factor.

Ain’t no Sunshine. It might have sunshine in the title, but Bill Withers wasn’t feeling too sunny when he wrote this Grammy Award-winning song, which was a hit in 1971. One of the great love songs, it is still moving more than forty years later, and his voice is simply marvellous.

September In The Rain. I found more than fifty versions of this song, and had a very difficult time choosing a suggestion for this post. Originally written in 1937, it defines the very term ‘Standard’. I have chosen the Dinah Washington version here, but can equally recommend the divine version by Sarah Vaughan.

Stormy Weather. Written in 1933, and first performed at the Cotton Club, this is another song that has seen countless cover versions over the many years since. Billie Holiday’s version is sung from the heart, and you can feel the pain in her voice.

It Might As Well Rain Until September. There must be something about that month. This song from Carole King and Gerry Goffin, written in 1962, is a pop classic of the 1960’s. Despite its sad theme, it has an upbeat feel that never fails to cheer me up. This is Carole’s own version, released as a single. the same year.

Mr Blue Sky. I have featured this 1977 song before, but make no apology for adding it to this list. ELO, an English group, released this in 1977. It is still played all the time in the UK, and is one of my favourite ‘happy’ songs of all time.

Let It Snow. Ending on a seasonal theme, but I just had to. There are many songs about snow, but this cheesy Christmas classic just screamed out to be included. Since it was written in 1945, it has been recorded by almost everyone. Here is the well-known Dean Martin version, the easy-crooning choice. To make it more interesting, I have posted the video showing Disney’s ‘Bambi’ playing in the snow!

It is a big list, twelve songs, but by no means exhaustive. If you have better ‘weather’ songs, please show them in the comments. And I do know that I should have included Crowded House, singing ‘Always Take The Weather With You’ but that would have made it an unlucky thirteen! Best wishes to you all, Pete.

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10 thoughts on “Some songs about the weather

  1. These are such beautiful songs Pete. My husband keeps humming the Autumn Leaves (French version) every year in autumn, and I didn’t even realize that there is an English version!

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  2. Shame you missed out Crowded House – that song will always remind me of Africa and my camping trip in 2000 – I shall be posting about this soon so look out for the reference to it 😀

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    1. I did it for a reason actually, as I was considering something about songs that mean a lot to me on a personal basis, and Crowded House songs ( like Fall at your feet) are some of them.
      Regards as always, Pete. x

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  3. Perhaps the most appropriate one for me is Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage. You have to be pragmatic when you see as much of it as we do up here. Unsurprisingly, there seems to be a massive amount of tracks about rain. I am similarly obsessed with the weather, be it wind speeds, cloud cover, long term, short term forecasts. It impacts on our daily life so much. Living so close to the sea, I have also developed a similar obsession with tides!

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    1. Tides! I will have to get on that one! Nothing like a good obsession to keep things going! Thanks for the song suggestion, I didn’t know that one, so will listen to it. Regards from Norfolk, Pete. x

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