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49 Songs About Winter and Cold Weather

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Grab a sweater and celebrate winter and cold weather. Create a playlist of pop, rock, country, & R&B songs about the wintry season.

Grab a sweater and celebrate winter and cold weather. Create a playlist of pop, rock, country, & R&B songs about the wintry season.

Days Grow Shorter, Darker and Colder

Autumn's leaves fall to the ground, and the season gives way to the starkness of winter. Days grow shorter, darker, colder. The first snowflakes gather then blanket the earth in frozen stillness.

In both song and literature, winter is often used as a symbol of loneliness, old age, and depression, with cold weather being an opposing force from which to seek shelter. However, if you have the fortitude and stamina to survive the winter you'll be richly rewarded by the bounty of what follows. Create a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs that give a nod to winter and cold weather. We have a long list to start you off!

1. "Colder Weather" by Zac Brown Band

The man in this bittersweet ballad is a wanderer at heart. Although he loves his sweetheart, he values his freedom even more.

Work calls the guy with the gypsy soul away, and temporarily he must leave his lover. Although unable to commit, he's unwilling to let her go, so he strings his love interest along with excuses for why they can't be together. One of those excuses is that he's stuck in colder weather. The 2010 song topped the country charts and crossed over to the mainstream pop chart.

2. "A Long December" by Counting Crows

December has plodded along for the narrator in this 1996 alternative rock song. After his significant other left him, he finds himself faced with the quiet and molasses-slow activity level of winter. All he can do now is look forward with hope that his luck will change. May the blanket of depression lift as the days grow longer.

3. "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" by The Four Seasons

You always remember the details of your first love. Originally, this chart-topping 1975 pop song was written about the end of Prohibition, December 5, 1933. However, Frankie Valli, frontman of The Four Seasons, pressed the songwriter to retool the lyrics. The result was a tune about a young man's memorable first love affair which began in late December 1963 and "ended much too soon." Not a December goes by without her crossing his mind.

4. "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood

"Sweater weather" is that cool, crisp time of year that starts when summer has packed up and left town. Sweaters are thus the hallmark of colder weather.

This 2012 indie rock song is about an ambitious young man who pursues his dreams in a cold world. Separated from a sweetheart he cannot forget, the narrator wants to symbolically protect this cherished confidante and lover by keeping her warm within the sleeves of his sweater.

5. "Wintertime" by Norah Jones

Seasonal depression has a grip on the woman in this angst-filled pop number from 2018. Days are shorter during the winter, and the lady isn't getting enough of the sunlight that her body requires. Feeling helpless, she reaches out to her partner for support:

I know, I know, it's only light
It's only light to you
But there's a thing called the wintertime
I can't make it through.

This lady needs some professional help before her situation takes a bad turn.

6. "Let It Go" by Idina Menzel

In this 2013 power ballad, Elsa, the snow and ice princess from Disney's Frozen embraces her potentially dangerous powers instead of keeping them concealed. "Let It Go" is an anthem of self-acceptance involving Elsa casting aside burdens of being the perfect girl in favor of becoming a stronger more authentic person ("The cold never bothered me anyway"). The song won a Grammy Award as well as an Oscar Award for the Best Original Song.

7. "Winter Sounds" by Of Monsters and Men

Emotional walls close in on the anxiety-plagued narrator in this energetic 2015 pop song. As their voice grows weak and heart races, they cling to a protector's embrace only to feel throttled by it rather than comforted.

This ditty revolves around a co-dependent relationship ("I know that you and I can never be apart") and a cyclical pattern of anxiety and cold comfort. The winter sounds symbolize the constant threat of the narrator's stormy mental health.

8. "If We Make It Through December" by Merle Haggard

It's so hard to find optimism when the wolf is howling outside your door. However, the lonely, desperate man in this country crossover song from 1973 grapples for what little hope he can.

He's been laid off from his factory job in the "coldest time of winter," and Christmas is closing in fast. The narrator shivers from the falling snow and apologizes to his young daughter that he doesn't mean to hate this time of year. As he does so, you must wonder what tough financial choices he's facing. December represents a low point for the family, and he figures that if they can survive the brutally cold month, then a better future awaits.

Considered one of his hallmark songs, "If We Make It Through December" demonstrates Merle Haggard's emotional depth and agility as an artist. While not typically considered a Christmas number, some artists who have covered it have added the melancholy tune to their Christmas albums.

9. "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

This is my winter song
December never felt so wrong
Cause you're not where you belong
Inside my arms.

This delicate 2008 pop song has several important elements of a holiday song—snow, love, and being together those you hold dear. The track mentions winter and December rather than Christmas. The narrator characterizes her winter song as a beacon to summon distant loved ones home. If love is alive, then she believes that they will make the journey. (What pressure!)

10. "February Stars" by Foo Fighters

Perhaps you understand the desperation of wanting to hang on to a fading relationship. If so, you have something in common with the guy in this 1997 rock song who can sense the connection with his love interest weakening. She's the girl who outshines him. He'd do anything for her, but she breaks his heart with aloof disinterest. As a result, he feels alone on a ledge while he watches her flourish.

Among the "February stars floating in the dark" that the narrator refers to is Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. It represents the girl he'll have a hard time getting over. The mesmerized stargazer desperately clings to remnants of what used to be between them.

11. "Looks Like a Cold, Cold Winter" by Ingrid Michaelson

B-r-r-r! Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson goes retro with this classy pop 2018 tune, a revival of Bing Crosby's vintage 1950 song. The songstress announces a long-range forecast of bitter-cold snow and ice outside but reassures her significant other that they will keep the love in their hearts alive.

As winter rages outside, they plan to snuggle together by the fireside and keep one another warm. Although Michaelson includes the song on her holiday album, it actually doesn't mention Christmas.

12. "January Hymn" by The Decemberists

In this 2011 indie rock song, the lonely narrator goes through the motions of shoveling snow from the sidewalk, attempting to distract himself from the sadness of his girlfriend having left him. As he does so, the man ruminates over what he meant to say to make his lover stay (oh, if only he could have found the words!), and he reflects on memories of growing up in a snowy climate.

“Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people’s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.” – Sarah Addison Allen, American author

“Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people’s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.” – Sarah Addison Allen, American author

13. "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran

The woman in this 2010 global pop hit is resigned to the life of a homeless prostitute. Caught in the grips of crack cocaine addiction, deep despair descends upon her. Tonight she doesn't want to go outside in the bitter cold where she will breathe in snowflakes, die by overdose, and fly away like an angel to another world. Ed Sheeran was inspired to pen his debut single after volunteering at a homeless shelter.

14. "The Hounds of Winter" by Sting

Whether by death or divorce, the man in this 1996 rock track faces a cold, dark December alone without his partner by his side. Now he spends his joyless winter days missing her, retreating more into himself emotionally. This is a clear case of depression.

15. "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Frank Sinatra

Outside there may be whiteout conditions with snow up to his patootie. That’s okay! The amorous fella in this 1961 pop is feeling giddy because he has tossed aside his winter coat and gloves and is now feeling ready to cozy up with his honey next to a crackling fire. Until the snowstorm is gone, that's where they'll be for as long as it takes.

While not technically a holiday song, this winter ditty has been used as one throughout the years. A variety of artists have covered it since it was first released in 1937, from Ella Fitzgerald to Rod Stewart and many more.

16. "Winter Winds" by Mumford & Sons

Winter winds represent loneliness in this folk-rock song from 2009, wherein a melancholy man is drawn to a beautiful woman. His heart is still reeling from a former broken relationship, and he is uncertain whether this new love interest is authentically grounded in love or instead based upon his fear of being alone. Torn between his heart and his head, he takes the path of restraint and chooses to go it alone.

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people." - Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach and co-founder, Nike

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people." - Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach and co-founder, Nike

17. "A Hazy Shade of Winter" by Simon & Garfunkel

Looking back upon his life with disillusionment, the man in this 1966 folk-rock tune is a poet with unpublished manuscripts of rhyme but little else to show for his time on this earth. Time has unfortunately passed him by, and winter is close at hand with a patch of snow on the ground. Old age approaches.

Unsure of his achievements in life, the boho guy offers up advice to others. Using the changing seasons to symbolize the life cycle, the narrator implores young whippersnappers not to squander their youth and to make the most of life at every turn.

18. "My December" by Linkin Park

While for many people December is a time of joy and togetherness, for the man in this 2001 alternative metal number the cold weather months emphasize the solitary nature of his existence. He thinks about the choices he's made and what he doesn't have, particularly a welcoming home and a partner to return to.

With regret, the man ponders past words hurled in anger and he'd

Give it all away
Just to have somewhere
To go to
Give it all away
To have someone
To come home to.

19. "Snowbird" by Anne Murray

This perky 1970 crossover country-pop song hit launched Canadian Anne Murray's successful four decade career. The narrator in the tune laments that she is trapped in the cold weather. Having been cheated on by a lover, she wishes she could be more like the snowbird and simply fly away, moving on from the relationship.

20. "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" by Moby (featuring Mimi Goese)

This 1995 electronic-tinged rock song is one of slow surrender. The narrator is frail and faltering in the fog, and she feels her light dimming. Feeling the chill of death, she knows that the end is close and thus expresses that soon her life struggle will be over:

I don't want to swim forever
I don't want to fight the tide
I don't want to swim the ocean
When it's cold I'd like to die.

You never appreciate spring until you've been through a tough winter.

You never appreciate spring until you've been through a tough winter.

Even More Songs About Winter and Cold Weather

Know another song that should be on this list? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. My Love Is Winter

The Smashing Pumpkins

2012

22. Winter Song

Def Leppard

2006

23. Wolves

Garth Brooks

1990

24. December Child

Cyndi Lauper

1998

25. Winter

U2

2009

26. White Winter Hymnal

Fleet Foxes

2008

27. My December

Linkin Park

2001

28. A Winter's Tale

The Moody Blues

2003

29. In the Cold, Cold Night

The White Stripes

2003

30. Colder Than Winter

Sarah Brightman

2008

31. Love Like Winter

AFI

2006

32. Winter Things

Ariana Grande

2015

33. A Winter's Tale

Queen

1995

34. Snow Angel

Tori Amos

2009

35. Cold Cold Ground

Tom Waits

1987

36. Trapped Under Ice

Metallica

1984

37. Winter

Tori Amos

1992

38. Snow

Harry Nilsson

2000

39. Baby, It's Cold Outside

Al Hirt & Ann-Margaret

1964

40. Coldest Winter

Kanye West

2008

41. The Winter

Cake

2015

42. Winter Time

Steve Miller Band

1977

43. Early Winter

Gwen Stefani

2008

44. Coldest Winter

Kanye West

2007

45. Season Suite: Winter

John Denver

1972

46. Winter Song

Chris Rea

1991

47. Winter Marches On

Duran Duran

1986

48. California Dreamin'

The Mamas and The Papas

1965

49. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Frank Sinatra

1950

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2020:

Devika - It looks like we are headed for a long, cold winter, very tough with this pandemic. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you are doing well. Have a good weekend.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 31, 2020:

I like the list of Winter songs. Winter is a comforting time to listen to songs as you have listed here.Enjoyable and so interesting to know of such songs. Most songs I am familiar with

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2020:

Heidi - It's too early for snow, my goodness! Stay warm this weekend. Thanks for the song recommendation. I added it! It doesn't mention a holiday at all.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2020:

Adrienne - Me neither! I used to live in the northeast and have seen snow than I'd ever want in a lifetime. Thanks for the song suggestion. You're right that it doesn't mention the holiday at all. I added it. Happy Halloween!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2020:

Bill - Winter's not my favorite season either, but it sure makes me appreciate the other seasons. Autumn and spring are pretty good, however. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Halloween!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2020:

Dora - You're so sweet. With the changes to HP it's difficult to let others know sometimes that you're still there and reading. I hope you are well and still flourishing, kind lady. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2020:

Bob - Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 30, 2020:

In addition to "Let It Go," maybe "Let It Snow" by Dean Martin or covered by everyone and their brother (or sister).

We had some snow early this Halloween week. So winter is coming!

Great list, as always. Stay warm!

Adrienne Farricelli on October 29, 2020:

I am not a winter person, I feel cold all the time and dread bundling up and going outdoors, but I love the relaxing evenings with loved ones around, preferably eating warm meals in front of a crackling fire. Your list of songs made me think of these times just around the corner. "Let it snow" also comes to mind which was ironically written during a heat wave!

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

Ankita - Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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

Peggy - Thanks for the kind kudos. I hope you are enjoying the weather before winter settles in.

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

Linda - I'm so glad someone else admits to singing "Let It Go" at full blast too! Embrace the ice princess within!

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

Umesh - I appreciate your stopping by. Have a wonderful week.

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

Liz - Unfortunately, I think you are absolutely right. Looking towards the holidays especially, I expect they won't be real merry for many.

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

Chitrangada - I don't mind the snow as long as I can stay inside and I don't have to shovel it. It is very pretty to look at. I used to live in a part of the country where the snow was so plentiful that they didn't know where to put it once bulldozed. It was stacked up on the roadside higher than stop signs by the end of the season and driving was treacherous. Thankfully I don't live there now!

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

Pamela - Thanks for stopping by and listening to a few tunes. Have a great day.

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

Bill - I'm adding that song! Thank you. Have a fantastic fall day. I have my spooky skeletons (some with masks), gravestones with funny sayings and pumpkins in my yard and am loving fall. Hope you are too.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 29, 2020:

Another great list, Flourish. Autumn is winding down here and this playlist is perfect timing for what's coming. Can't say I'm a big fan of winter, but I love some of the songs on the list. Great job, stay safe.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 29, 2020:

I don't always catch your article to comment before it goes to the niche site, but please know that I'm still a dedicated follower. This is the first time I receive notifications saying that some of the videos here cannot be seen in my country. However, I'm listening to Winter Winds as I write. Very interesting titles, will listen to others.

Robert Sacchi on October 29, 2020:

Another great list! Thank you.

Ankita B on October 29, 2020:

Great list of songs about winter. Its always good to read the theme behind a song. It was a nice read.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2020:

Brrrr! I can feel the cold winter coming from all of the songs you featured. Stay warm, and stay safe!

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

Hi Flourish, I'm not a fan of winter (I hate the cold), but I'll have to admit that a snowy evening, watching the firs that surround our home become sparkling Christmas trees is beautiful.

But, for someone who dislikes the season, I sure knew a lot of the songs LOL. Some are sad and wistful (that Foo Fighters one just stabs my heart).

My older daughter and I love to sing "Let It Go" at full volume. What fun, but the cat runs and hides (he's such a music critic). Thanks for a great (and timely) list.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 29, 2020:

Very nice compilation. Winter is a time to wrap up and listen to songs in the cosy warmth. Thanks for the exhaustive list.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 29, 2020:

As I look out on a cold, wet and growing dark early day in the UK, this is a very topical playlist. I fear that, as COVID restrictions increase, it is going to be a long, cold and difficult winter for many.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 29, 2020:

Excellent collection of songs about winter. Winter season is almost here and this is the appropriate time to listen to these selected songs. Some like the season, while others don’t. But, I do like the winter season, especially the snowfall.

I enjoyed some of the videos, shared by you.

Thanks for sharing another wonderful article.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 29, 2020:

I like you first paragraph with the good description of autumn turning into winter. I like several of these songs but I was not familiar with some of them. I always thought Norah Jones had a beautiful voice, although that is not my favorite song of hers. You have a great list and winter is surely on the way, Flourish.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 29, 2020:

I almost drew a blank, but then I thought of "California Dreaming" by the Mamas and Papas....kind of a winter song, right?

Then I saw your list and I was embarrassed by all the songs I didn't think of.

Sigh!

Fun as always! Be well my friend!