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46 Songs About Hurricanes

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

When a hurricane threatens to blow in, don't mess around. Rely on this hurricane playlist as you either shelter in place or evacuate to safety. We have a list of pop, rock, and country songs about hurricanes to help you weather the storm.

When a hurricane threatens to blow in, don't mess around. Rely on this hurricane playlist as you either shelter in place or evacuate to safety. We have a list of pop, rock, and country songs about hurricanes to help you weather the storm.

Hurricanes Are a Force to Be Reckoned With

There are few things meaner than the punch packed by a Category 5 hurricane. Winds in excess of 157 mph can cause catastrophic damage, leveling entire communities, placing lives on the line, and sending debris airborne. Poof! Gone. Even Category 1 hurricanes—with wind speeds of 74–95 mph—are a force to be reckoned with, considering that they can cause power outages, fallen trees, and both personal injury and property damage.

If a hurricane is headed your way, take heed of your meteorologist and either shelter in place or evacuate. As you do so, rely on this playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about hurricanes to keep you company.

1. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by Scorpions

You can count on local radio stations to break out this go-to hurricane song before evacuation plans are in full swing with boarding up windows and loading the car. It's a 1984 metal favorite and the signature song of the German band Scorpions.

The lusty lyrics describe a man who is ready for love or anything that resembles it. On the hunt for a sexual partner, he is "ready to make it with someone I choose" and seeks to unleash all his pent-up energy. Because the narrator boasts of being such a virile man he stands prepared to rock his lucky lady "like a hurricane." (Oh, dear God. Run for shelter, girl.)

Sultry lyrics on songs like this prompted Tipper Gore and the other Washington Wives to petition the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to place parental advisory warning labels on music in 1985. The practice continues to this day.

2. "Hurricane" by Luke Combs

Having suffered a bad breakup, the man in this rousing country crossover song from 2016 had to be convinced by his buddies to go out for drinks. He knew that emotionally he was headed for stormy weather when his friends started chatting up his ex's friends.

Then his ex walked in, and he was a disaster:

The moon went hiding
Stars quit shining
Rain was dropping
Thunder 'n lightning
You wrecked my whole world when you came
And hit me like a hurricane
You hit me like a hurricane.

What did he think was going to happen? The weather forecast wasn't exactly sunny, if you know what I mean.

3. "Hurricane" by Thrice

The romance in this 2017 hard rock ditty seems doomed, even as the narrator struggles to hang on to the love that he and his partner share. The overarching tone is ominous as he recalls the early days of their love affair, likening it to her grasping a red rose and cutting her hand on the thorns.

As the dark storm looms overhead, he anticipates additional conflict between them but seeks to give shelter to the good thing they have. Those symbolic hurricane winds, representing the turbulence of their relationship, threaten to forcefully rip their bond apart in "a tidal wave of fear and pain."

4. "Hurricane" by Theory of a Deadman

Divorces, like natural disasters, are supposed to happen to other people. That's what the guy in this 2012 hard rock song thought until he got caught up in the ruins of a marital bust-up that felt like a hurricane had swept through his life. While the fierce winds stole the positive memories of his ex-wife, the lightning strikes of distrust painfully scorched the love they once shared. He's willing to endure additional psychological torment to get to a more positive place in his life.

5. "Hurricane" by The Fray

Some of us find ourselves dangerously attracted to lovers with ferocious energy and power, as if they're angry with the world. The guy in this 2014 alternative rock song is drawn to a small-statured lady who channels hurricane-force dynamism and thunders loudly through life, yelling and invoking fear. For all the issues that that girl must surely have, the narrator assumes he is the one who can fix her or at least be there to clean up her messes. Don't do it, Bud.

6. "Who'll Stop the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

The pouring rain at Woodstock in August 1969 was the inspiration for this 1970 folk-rock tune by CCR. It adopts a weather metaphor to depict the era's political strife:

As long as I remember
The rain's been comin' down
Clouds of mystery pourin'
Confusion on the ground.

In the song, the rain seems non-stop. Hurricanes are often associated with torrential downpours, often 6-12 inches. Storms that are slower moving typically bring more rain. "Who'll Stop the Rain" was highlighted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

7. "Hurricane" by The Band of Heathens

The Gulf Stream winds whip and moan as the Pontchartrain bridge sinks ever lower into the causeway. There's a foreboding tale here in this 2011 bluesy rock cover of "Hurricane," a threatening song that describes the assurance of a New Orleans old-timer. While a man from Chicago insists that The Big Easy will not outlast this storm, the old man boasts that he has survived many hurricanes. The lowest point in the city is approximately eight feet below sea level.

8. "Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season" by Kenny Chesney (Featuring Jimmy Buffett)

Country singer Kenny Chesney dusts off this 1974 Jimmy Buffett ditty for a 2004 duet. The tropical-themed song featured a narrator who drinks his way through hurricane season (technically, June 1 to November 30) doing a whole lotta lounging around. He passes out in his hammock, strolls down to the bar for a break, then watches the developing storm from the beach. Squalls are brewing on the Gulf Stream, there are whitecaps on the ocean waves, and it's nearly time to close the shutters and go inside, undoubtedly to drink some more.

9. "Ridin' the Storm Out" by REO Speedwagon

If you haven't evacuated in time, then there's no choice but to hunker down and ride the hurricane out. This 1973 hard rock song starts with sudden guitars blaring, like the dangerously high winds themselves. However, the storm they're riding out in this song is a harsh winter blizzard in the mountains.

10. "Waiting for the Hurricane" by Chris de Burgh

As a hurricane takes shape, stranded Caribbean tourists grow anxious in this quick tempo 1981 pop song. The sea is roaring, and the lights go down. The fishing boats are safely tied up, and vacationers have their suitcases in hand trying to get off the island, but the last flight out has left. As winds pick up, it's obvious that no one is going anywhere tonight:

'Cause there ain't nowhere to hide,
Waiting for the hurricane.

11. "Hell or High Water" by KISS

In addition to high winds, hurricanes typically whisk in torrential downpours of 6-12 inches of rain. This results in inland flooding that wreaks havoc on the lives of all of those in the way.

The dude in this hard rock tune was left by his lover two days ago and now he feels like he's drowning in tears. The poor guy misses her so badly that he's losing sleep but is determined to win her back come hell or high water.

During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, about 80% of New Orleans was under as much as 20 feet of water. Over 15 million people were impacted in a variety of ways, and 1,833 lives were lost. Even today, 705 people have never been accounted for.

During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, about 80% of New Orleans was under as much as 20 feet of water. Over 15 million people were impacted in a variety of ways, and 1,833 lives were lost. Even today, 705 people have never been accounted for.

12. "The Tide Is High" by Blondie

Hurricane winds send the sea waters cresting to new heights, but that's okay because you're dauntless like the gal in this reggae-infused rock hit from 1980. She covets a man who is inundated with other romantic options. However, instead of giving up she doubles down in perseverance. Leave it to her to be the last girl standing. "The Tide Is High" was one of Blondie's four #1 hits.

13. "Hurricanes" by Dido

After a hiatus from the music industry, Dido reemerged with this electro-tinged pop track in 2018. In the hopeful love song, a woman describes her desire to face all of the "sound and the fury" that life has to offer. Rather than running away from the hurricane-like challenges that threaten to overwhelm the couple, she looks forward to facing life's difficulties and joy together.

14. "Blame It on the Rain" by Milli Vanilli

In the wake of a hurricane, you can blame a good portion of the destruction on the rain, like the sorry sucker who narrates this 1989 pop song. The tune was a #1 for lip-synching German duo Milli Vanilli. That was before they became exposed for not singing on their own records. (Session musicians sang their parts, and they even had their Grammy Award for Best New Artist revoked.)

The song's narrator regrets breaking up with his ex and seeks to win her back. Rather than accepting personal responsibility for letting her get away, however, he blames his bad choices on the rain. What a cop out.

15. "Hello Hurricane" by Switchfoot

This upbeat 2009 alternative rock song was inspired by the moving account of a woman who lost her leg during the Hurricane Katrina evacuation. Exemplifying personal grit, she said that she walked out of her old home and despite the loss of her leg, she was determined to triumphantly walk into her new one.

This song's narrator eyes the blood-red skies and senses there is an oncoming hurricane. With his windows and doors boarded up, he defiantly tells the hurricane that even if everything he owns disappears,

All your dead end fury is
Not enough.
You can't silence my love.

Indeed, hurricanes may splinter our homes. They may ruin our precious belongings. However, they cannot destroy the bonds of love that we share for one another.

16. "Storm Coming" by Gnarls Barkley

A menacing storm is on the horizon in this 2006 R&B/neo-funk number imbued with deep spiritual messages. The song is imparted from the perspective of a songwriter/ narrator who perceives that God speaks through him to powerfully communicate with the masses.

The impending hurricane conveys exciting, frightening, and uncomfortable truths. As such storms thrash about destructively, they draw people together, huddling together for mutual aid and support. The narrator insists that rather than questioning why (because these are unanswerable questions), it's more important to go about the business of life, living and dying.

18. "Here Comes the Rain Again" by Eurythmics

You'll be so tired of rain by the time the storm is over. Even in the absence of flooding, you'll feel waterlogged.

Rain can also symbolize feeling down, just as it does in this 1984 new wave song. A woman laments feeling depressed, confused, and disconnected from someone she had a former relationship with. She's trying to make sense of what's in his heart and mind and whether it's raining there too:

Here comes the rain again
Falling on my head like a memory
Falling on my head like a new emotion
I want to walk in the open wind
I want to talk like lovers do
I want to dive into your ocean
Is it raining with you.

17. "After the Hurricane" by Jazmine Sullivan

Clouds loom large in her lover's eyes and then his tears start flowing like rain. The woman in this 2008 R&B song uses a hurricane as a metaphor for a turbulent breakup. As her lover delivers the bad news, she realizes that her heart is right in the path of destruction.

19. "I Feel Like I'm Drowning" by Two Feet

A hurricane's path is no place to be if you fear drowning because it's the water rather than the wind that presents the primary hazard. According to the National Hurricane Center, storm surge, rainfall flooding, high surf, and deaths just offshore (within 50 nautical miles) accounted for 88% of storm-related casualties over a five-decade period.

The guy in this 2018 alternative rock song fears that he's drowning at the hands of his toxic lover. When she's not around, his life is okay, but she's suspicious, scheming, and holds him down. She's slowly killing him, and he feels like he's drowning.

20. "Help!" by Beatles

Building damage, downed power lines, and toppled trees are just some of the destruction left by a hurricane. Communities will need help rebuilding broken lives, and it won't be easy:

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being 'round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me?
Help me? Help me? Ooh

When John Lennon wrote this 1965 rock song, he was inspired not by weather but by the experience of the band's stressful overnight rise to global fame. The tune became a #1 hit in many countries, and Rolling Stone later honored it as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas and Florida in August 1992. It caused 65 deaths and $26.5 billion in damage. Shown here is a devastated mobile home community.

Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas and Florida in August 1992. It caused 65 deaths and $26.5 billion in damage. Shown here is a devastated mobile home community.

Even More Songs About Hurricanes

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. It's Raining Again



22. Hurricane Drunk

Florence + the Machine


23. Surfing in a Hurricane

Jimmy Buffett


24. Hurricane

Levon Helm


25. Hurricane

Panic! At the Disco


26. Stormy Weather

Lena Horne


27. Hurricane

Bridgit Mendler


28. Like a Hurricane

Neil Young


29. Thunder in the Rain

Kane Brown


30. Two Sparrows in a Hurricane

Tanya Tucker


31. Love Is a Hurricane



32. Butterflies and Hurricanes



33. Storm Warning

Hunter Hayes


34. Thunderstruck



35. Thunder

Imagine Dragons


36. Hurricane



37. The Eye

Brandi Carlile


38. Hurricane



39. When It Rains It Pours

Merle Haggard


40. What Do You Do When It's Raining

Luke Combs


41. Swimming in the Flood

Passion Pit


42. Gust of Wind

Pharrell Williams


43. Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)

The Allman Brothers Band


44. Texas Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan


45. Hurricane



46. Hurricane

Ofenbach and Ella Henderson


© 2020 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 11, 2020:

Audrey - I'm glad you enjoyed this. I hope the tropical storms and hurricanes pass us by this season. We especially don't need the trouble this year! Be safe and happy!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 11, 2020:

bhattuc - Thanks for taking a look.

bhattuc on July 11, 2020:

Excellent compilation.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on July 10, 2020:

As I read this title I thought "No way is she going to find songs about Hurricanes." Boy, was I wrong! How do you do it? This is so good! Great songs and I like "Here Comes the Rain Again".

Another hit by FlourishAnyway!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 09, 2020:

Patricia - I'm glad you were unharmed. Thank you for sharing your memory.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 09, 2020:

Yeah...hurricanes are expected and very much unwanted here in Florida. Although I have memories of them from my youth in quite unpleasant one tore the top off a huge tree, carried it over our house, and most kindly placed it on the ground. We were most thankful for that. Thanks for sharing these tunes...some are favorites of mine. Once again..stay safe and well. Angels are headed your

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 03, 2020:

Bob - It looks like this is the comment that was intended for the other article.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 03, 2020:

Chitrangada - Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 03, 2020:

Mark - Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are doing well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 03, 2020:

Mona - That's wonderful that I introduced you to new music that you enjoyed!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on July 03, 2020:

I've heard most of these songs for the first time because of your article. I must admit though that I really liked the Kenny Chesney song.

Mark Tulin from Long Beach, California on July 02, 2020:

Great list once again, Flourish. I have a Dylan favorite, Hurricane. It’s about Hurricane Carter, the boxer.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 02, 2020:

Another wonderful topic, and a great list of songs. Now, who would have thought, that there were so many songs about Hurricanes.

Excellent work, thanks for sharing.

Robert Sacchi on July 01, 2020:

It was popular when it came out but it seems it wasn't popular with people who appreciated good music.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Shauna - I wish I could add more than 15 or so videos but HP can't handle it technically. That's why I limit it. Thanks for stopping by though. Hope you're doing well.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 01, 2020:

Love Stevie Ray Vaughn! Would you consider adding the video, Flourish?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Heidi - Thank you for this suggestion which I have added. It's been alternately dark and stormy then hot here. I hope you are doing well. I've been staying inside, can't do much outside either way. Stay happy and well!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

MG - You are a brave soul. Much luck to you. I hope we do not face many more as we seem to have enough on our plates right now with this virus right now. Thanks for stopping by!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 01, 2020:

Have gone through quite a few hurricanes as they are common in the Bay of Bengal. Never knew so many songs on hurricanes. Great selection. Thank you, I will sit and listen with a Chivas

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Peg - Thank you for that addition! I included her version. I hope hurricane season gives us a break this year.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Dora - I thought of you with this one! Stay safe this hurricane season. Thanks for stopping by.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 01, 2020:

Had my share of hurricanes. I like the rain, but like some of your singers, only in good measure. It's the wind that scares me. Yes, metaphorical hurricanes can be just as deadly, but they come and we'd better prepare as much as we can.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Liz - You're right. We tend to wax poetic about what we love or hate.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Rajan - I appreciate you. Thanks for visiting.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Bob - Thanks for the kind words. I hope you're doing well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Linda - Weather-related events make you feel so out of control/at the mercy of other factors and it can be frightening, whatever the cause. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Hope you are doing well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

Devika - It's a good thing you don't have them in Croatia. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 30, 2020:

Of course the Scorpions tune immediately came to mind when I saw the title of this playlist!

My add would be Stevie Ray Vaughan "Texas Flood." (And he might also say that he "Couldn't Stand the Weather.")

Hope the weather is beautiful and peaceful where you are. As I'm commenting, we've got some rainy stormy stuff rolling in. Take care!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 29, 2020:

Love this stormy list. We used to live in a hurricane zone in the Keys, Miami and Tampa. Fondly remember many hurricane parties when we had no place else to go. This would have been a great playlist for those gatherings. I may have missed it here but Etta James' Stormy Weather is a good tune.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 29, 2020:

I didn't realise that there were so many songs about hurricanes. But I guess it stands to reason that such a violent force of nature is bound to provoke songs about it.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 29, 2020:

I had no idea there were so many songs about hurricanes. Thanks for sharing this wonderful list.

Robert Sacchi on June 29, 2020:

A great mix of old and new songs. Weather makes a good metaphore for feelings.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 29, 2020:

Good morning Flourish, the thought of a hurricane is terrifying. At least, they come with some warning (not like earthquakes which we are prone to here). We don't get tropical storms here in the Pacific NW but still have had our fair share of windstorms (Google the Columbus Day storm of '62 which I still remember after all these years).

This is a great list. I had no idea that there were so many songs with the same title. I guess that is because they are so upsetting--just like love. I'm glad you included Lena Horne's Stormy Weather.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 29, 2020:

These songs relate to many places of hurricanes. Where I am nothing of that violent weather. I like your ideas for a unique hub.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 29, 2020:

Adrienne - Most folks probably head bobbed their way through that song and didn't pay attention to the lyrics, but they're quite eye-opening! Thanks for reading along.

Adrienne Farricelli on June 29, 2020:

Who would have imagined that hurricanes inspired so many singers to write songs about them! Thanks for taking the time to post the parts of the songs that mention hurricanes. I never really focused on the meaning of the Scorpion's song. Now I know, LOL!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 29, 2020:

Linda - It does defy logic that people would still choose to live in those types of dwellings in hurricane prone places, but I guess when you're poor you have few choices and you never think disaster will actually strike you. Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 29, 2020:

Bill - On top of the virus, a hurricane is all we need. I hope Mother Nature gives us a break this year.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 29, 2020:

James - It's funny that you almost never hear that song except when a hurricane is blowing through. That's the first song radio stations turn to! It's a good thing you don't get hurricanes where you are.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 29, 2020:

Manuela - Thank you for stopping by and for taking a look.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 28, 2020:

I'm glad that I don't experience hurricanes where I live. The picture of the devastated mobile home community is very sad. Thanks for sharing the interesting song descriptions.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on June 28, 2020:

Great list, Flourish, and very appropriate as we head into this year’s hurricane season. I had no idea there were so many artists with a song titled “Hurricane “. Hopefully it’s not a bad year for storms, that’s the last thing we need right now on top of this virus. Have a great week.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on June 28, 2020:

The Scorpions version was the perfect choice I to begin the list. I say that because that's what went through my mind when I saw what the song list was about. Having said that, we don't get hurricanes off of Lake Michigan.

Manuela from Portugal on June 28, 2020:

I had no idea that there are só many songs dedicated to hurricanes. You have a great list here.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2020:

Mary - Thanks for stopping by. I used to live in Louisiana but moved long before Hurricane Katrina pummeled the area. At the time I lived there, they'd have hurricane parties when there were storm warnings. Thanks for reading along. Be well and have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2020:

Peggy - I was surprised that there were this many songs, as the radio stations seem to rely on the same one(s). Maybe with the greater variety during the last few years they'll branch out. I've been thinking about you and your safety down in Texas with the surge in virus activity. Stay safe!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2020:

Eric - There are some good hard rock tunes. Rock on and stay safe!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2020:

Genna - Hello, wonderful lady! Yes, it's been awhile for us since we've been blasted by the remnants of a hurricane but I'm good with that! Some bad ones affected us in the early 2000s and caused significant flooding here but luckily I live on high land. Stay safe! A hurricane is all we need on top of the virus now!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2020:

Pamela - I'm glad you knew some of the songs. Have a wonderful week ahead and stay safe!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 28, 2020:

Hurricanes can cause plenty of damage and an experience nobody forgets. I enjoyed your comments at the end of each introduction to the song.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 28, 2020:

So far, we have been lucky in only suffering power outages in the heat of the summer during hurricanes and tropical storms that have come our way. Many people have lost their homes and possessions. Now that it is the hurricane season, we pay close attention to any warnings that come our way. I'm not surprised that this is a topic for songwriters.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2020:

Shauna - I love introducing people to artists they don't know! Glad to hear that! Stay safe from hurricanes and the virus down in Florida, my friend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2020:

Bill - Hey, thanks for the add. I understand Lots of different people recorded this, and I understand The Allman Brothers have the most popular version. Have a delightful week ahead.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 28, 2020:

What a collection. This was fun reading and listening to. I don't have a fav. as most were new to me.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 28, 2020:

Living in the Atlantic Northeast, we can experience our fair share of hurricanes and tropical storms...and the season is now upon us. I have to say that Credence and Lennon and are my favs in this wonderful collection. As always, thank you for the wonderful music. Happy Sunday. :-)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 28, 2020:

You was familiar always find the most unique topics for your articles. I was family with a bit mroe than half of the songs you listed. I have always like the Creedence song and I guess that says something about my age. LOL I enjoyed all of this music, as per usual. Have a great week, Flourish.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 28, 2020:

I enjoyed this set, Flourish. We're 28 days into hurricane season and have a long stretch ahead of us. September is usually when the destructive hurricanes hit Florida. So far, I've been thru many, including Hurricane Andrew, and have come out unscathed. Thank my lucky stars!

I really enjoyed the song by Band of Heathens. I've not heard of them before but love their sound. So much so, that I've Googled them to see what else they've done. I just may need to add them to my collection.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2020:

You simply must add "Stormy Monday." It has been recorded a number of times. Not sure who recorded it first. Might have been B.B. King, but the version by Lee Michaels is the best I've heard. Easily the best organ rock solo. :)