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44 Songs About Clouds and the Sky

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Some people have their head in the clouds while others' minds are cloudy,  enjoy blue sky thinking, or have pie in the sky ideas. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about clouds and the sky.

Some people have their head in the clouds while others' minds are cloudy, enjoy blue sky thinking, or have pie in the sky ideas. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about clouds and the sky.

Glancing Skyward

What do you see when you cast a glance skyward? The answer may depend on whether you

  • lean creative (e.g., poets, artists)
  • need to make accurate predictions (e.g., meteorologists and astronomers)
  • rely on the skies for your livelihood (e.g., pilots and farmers) and/or
  • how preoccupied you are by your internal thoughts (e.g., lovers, daydreamers, and mourners).

Whereas one person may perceive big lumpy pillows of shapeshifting cotton dotting Earth's azure blanket, the next could take a more scientific approach. Perhaps they see nothing more than water and ice droplets suspended in the atmosphere.

Clouds and the sky have our long captured human attention. Regardless of whether your mind is cloudy, you have pie in the sky ideas, or you have your head in the clouds, celebrate the magic above us with a playlist of pop, rock, and country tunes on the subject. We have a long list to start you out.

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1. "Get Off of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones

The only problem with achieving a chart-topping, worldwide hit single is repeating your success. The pressure can be immense as everyone wants to know what's next.

In June 1965, The Rolling Stones hit it big with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," but instead of being able to take some time to enjoy their first number one chart-topper, the band was hounded with inquiries regarding when they would release follow-up material. Three months later, this song was their response. It's the band's way of flipping off the music establishment, telling those who were pressuring them to give it a rest.

2. "A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay

This 2014 electronic dance hit features a narrator professing unconditional love using the symbolism of an expansive sky. The narrator's sweetheart is a sky full of bright stars. They represent the purity of her spirit, and light his path forward.

3. "Clouds" by Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech was a singer-songwriter from Minnesota who was only 14 years old when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a deadly bone cancer. After living with the disease for several years, doctors informed him when he was a high school senior that his cancer was terminal. He had less than a year to live.

This 2012 indie-pop tune was one of the songs that Sobriech wrote to say farewell to loved ones. It describes how his end is near and soon he'll be watching from the clouds. After going viral on YouTube and entering the Billboard Top 40, "Clouds" inspired a 2020 Disney biographic film of the same name.

4. "Midnight Sky" by Miley Cyrus

Forget that provocateur Miley Cyrus is about as classy as a sewer rat because she just doesn't care. In this globally popular disco-tinged ditty from 2020, the former Disney darling sings about her personal liberation and evolution. Cyrus divorced Australian actor Liam Hemsworth after less than eight months of marriage, although the couple had dated on and off for the better part of a decade.

In the song, Cyrus declares her independence. She doesn't belong to anyone and was born to seek her personal freedom in a lofty, sky-high realm of her own making:

The midnight sky is the road I'm takin'
Head high up in the clouds.

5. "Skyfall" by Adele

Adele released this 2012 pop number as a theme song for the James Bond movie of the same name. Tinged with elements of jazz, her tune describes death and rebirth. The fallen sky signifies that the narrator expects to face any number of situations together with her ally. It is them standing tall against the world. Co-written by Adele, "Skyfall" impressively won her an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and a Grammy Award. This is one more reason why Adele is Wonder Woman.

6. "Just a Cloud" by Lusine

With its recurring lyrics, this 2017 ambient song reflects the anxiety that is rampant in our culture today. One often seeks soothing and solace by disappearing unnoticed into a nebulous background, just as the narrator wishes they could do:

I wish that I was just a cloud
In the sky of the light
I wish that I was just a cloud
Take less shape and disappear.

The song's warped electronica adds successive layers of repetitive elements to its sound: finger snaps, claps, computer blips, and even a laser gun thingy towards the end, before mellowing back down to silence. Perhaps finally the narrator has taken shape as a cloud and evaporated after all?

7. "Dancing in the Sky" by Dani and Lizzy

If you're like me, you probably ponder what your lost loved ones are doing in the great beyond. Have they found peace? Do they know they are loved and missed?

Following the deaths of several people they knew, Canadian twins Dani and Lizzy posted this heartfelt song on YouTube in 2013, and it immediately grew legs, going viral. The song succinctly conveys grief's complicated mixture of loss and hope.

The narrator misses her loved one and asks them a series of rhetorical questions about whether they are happy, free, and devoid of pain and fear in heaven. Knowing that the sun shines gently on their face in heaven brings her comfort, and she hopes that they are dancing in the sky and singing with the angels.

8. "Wake Up in the Sky" by Gucci Mane, Bruno Mars and Kodak Black

Pop superstar Bruno Mars took a more active interest in hip hop a few years ago, and songs like this 2018 collaboration are the result. Now his head is up in the clouds. With a tongue-in-cheek air, the song highlights the playboy lifestyle and having a decadently good time.

What's mostly up in the sky in this ditty are the massive egos of the famous song narrators who identify themselves by name throughout the track. They describe poverty-to-riches success and the love of luxury that they have become accustomed to. Additionally, as the rappers brag about being "super fly," they banter about their fast-paced life that includes performance-enhancing drugs like Adderall, an abundance of booze, and loose women. Bruno, come back down to Earth!

9. "Clouds" by Imagine Dragons

Recurring threads of depression and anxiety appear throughout rock band Imagine Dragons' song catalog, in addition to the theme of rejection and the struggle for personal acceptance. This 2009 song is a vivid example, and they modified the song several times.

Being raised in a strict Mormon environment created lingering issues for the band's lead singer, Dan Reynolds, and it spills over into the song lyrics. The dejected narrator describes a world of missed opportunities, disappointments, and confusion. He looks around him and sees that everyone is making the best they can out of a miserable situation, but really, it's all pointless. The man doesn't know whether he wants to live or die, and as he remarks, "We're sinking to the sky," he isn't certain which way is up or down.

10. "King of the Clouds" by Panic! At the Disco

If you find the meaning of this 2018 alt-rock song to be a little cloudy, there's a good reason for it. The tune was completed on the day the album was due, with lyrics based on a doped-up writing session Brandon Urie had the week before wherein he spouted "verbal vomit" about Carl Sagan, the multiverse, and inter-dimensional travel. Little did Urie know that his songwriting partner was writing down his ramblings while Urie was taking tokes. The completed song describes getting lost high in the clouds where the narrator flies high and blisses out.

11. "Blue Clear Sky" by George Strait

If your quest for a romantic soulmate has left you stubbornly single, perhaps you've considered giving up on love. But wait. Don't give up and start hoarding cats into your old age just yet. According to this 1996 country hit, it's at this low point when a love match often takes place.

Addressing a lonely, love-hungry friend, the song narrator tells him that just as he's about to throw in the towel, a soulmate will surprise him by dropping out of the blue clear sky and into his life. Then he will go from a solitary bachelor to a man shopping for engagement rings. Hope springs eternal! (But there's nothing wrong with cats.)

12. "Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato could easily choose the path of the victim. At such a young age, she has faced sexual assault, mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, an eating disorder, and self-harm (cutting). However, the former Disney princess recenters herself, reaffirming her identity, by claiming this 2011 self-empowerment anthem as her own.

The pop ballad depicts the skies as "crying" as a partner tries to tear her down. However, she is the high-rise building that valiantly fights back, determined to stand her ground. If she is demolished, she is determined to rise again like a bold powerful skyscraper that leaps up towards the clouds.

13. "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra

This effervescent 1978 pop tune exudes pure joy that rain has ended, the sun is out again, and the blue sky has returned overhead. The narrator is so tickled about the change in weather that he addresses the blue sky as if it were a much-loved person, asking where it was hiding and why it stayed gone for so long. The jubilant tune has become a signature song for ELO and has been used in movies, tv shows, and commercials, as well as for major sporting events (e.g., 2012 Summer Olympics).

14. "The Sky Is a Neighborhood" by Foo Fighters

This trippin' rock song from 2017 was inspired by frontman Dave Grohl's hobby of stargazing as well as astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson's video, The Most Astounding Fact. Both Tyson's video and this song are a thinking man's commentary on the interconnected cosmic oneness that humans share with the galaxy.

15. "Scar on the Sky" by Chris Connell

A hazy melancholy clouds the worldview of the narrator in this 2007 rock track that is sheer poetry. Alluding to depression, the sad narrator reaches out to a kindred spirit who understands his loneliness because they experience it too. Together they find a connection in spending time together, with the narrator hoping that his friend might save him. However, ultimately we can only save ourselves. Singer Chris Cornell struggled with his mental health for many years before dying by suicide in 2017.

16. "Amarillo Sky" by Jason Aldean

Between the financial pressures and the long workdays, the farming life isn't easy, so this 2006 country song pays tribute to those who till the fields, harvest the crops, and feed the nation. By day, the nameless Texas farmer in this song works the land that was passed down from his father and grandfather, and each night he prays that his dreams don't run dry underneath an Amarillo sky.

17. "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton

The girl in this curiously chipper 2000 pop song bebops through the crowd downtown, completely zoned out and not paying attention to her surroundings. She dwells on a lost opportunity for love with someone whose memory remains vivid:

If I could fall into the sky
Do you think time would pass me by?
Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you
If I could just hold you tonight.

The singer wrote this song about her own unrequited love experience with a man who is now a famous actor, although she won't reveal who her crush was on.

18. "Sky's the Limit" by American Authors

Count on this energetic 2020 alt-rock tune for encouragement that anything is achievable if you try hard enough. The man in this song recounts his parents' wise counsel to not be afraid of failure because the biggest regret is in not trying at all. They repeatedly inspired the narrator by pushing him forward: "Go live your life because the sky's the limit." Are you allowing something to hold you back?

19. "Airplanes" by B.o.B. (featuring Hayley Williams)

Sometimes fame comes too hard and fast. An artist expresses a desire to return to the anonymous person they previously were, back when they pursued their craft for the sheer passion of it. That's what this 2010 hip-hop/rock track is about.

The guy in the song used to thirst for fame and fortune, but now that he has a taste of success—and the politics that come with it—the singer wishes his life were simpler. He needs a shooting star to make that wish come true. In the absence of a shooting star, however, the man makes do by pretending that an airplane is a star, casting his wish just in case.

Although it's certainly a catchy song, it's ironic that rapper B.o.B. would express the desire to return to his Decatur, Georgia, roots. He dropped out of high school in the ninth grade, obviously in a rush to leave the city of fewer than 25,000 people. Does he know the phrase, "You can never go home again"?

20. "Clouds" by Montgomery Gentry

The grief-stricken man in this poignant 2006 country song is addressing a dead loved one, wondering wistfully if they are resting in the clouds. He imagines that grey clouds are his loved one crying, while on sunny days he can see their face in the billowing pockets of condensation in the sky. It can be comforting to imagine that lost loved ones reside in the clouds.

"Women hold up half the sky" - Mao Zedong, Former President of the People's Republic of China

"Women hold up half the sky" - Mao Zedong, Former President of the People's Republic of China

Even More Songs About Clouds and the Sky

Know a song that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Bullet in a Blue Sky

U2

1987

22. Even the Skies Are Blue

Jamey Johnson

2010

23. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

The Beatles

1967

24. Sky Fits Heaven

Madonna

1998

25. Behind the Clouds

Brad Paisley

2006

26.Touch the Sky

Julie Fowlis

2012

27. Cloud Nine

Evanescence

2006

28. Touch the Sky

Hillsong United

2015

29. Clouds

One Direction

2014

30. Wheel in the Sky

Journey

1978

31. Eye in the Sky

Alan Parsons Project

1982

32. Blue Sky

The Allman Brothers Band

1972

33. To the Sky

Owl City

2010

34. Vanilla Twilight

Owl City

2010

35. Meet Me Half Way

Kenny Loggins

1987

36. When I Look to the Sky

Train

2003

37. Blue Sky

Hale

2005

38. From the Clouds

Jack Johnson

2010

39. Cloud Number 9

Bryan Adams

1998

40. Just a Cloud Away

Pharrell Williams

2013

41. Both Sides, Now

Joni Mitchell

1968

42. The Little White Cloud That Cried

Ray and The Four Lads

1951

43. Touch the Sky

Cedric Gervais (featuring Digital Farm Animals & Dallas Austin)

2017

44. I Can See Clearly Now

Johnny Nash

1972

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 06, 2021:

Mary - Thanks for the kind compliment. I remember identifying the different types of clouds in elementary school and learning what they typified. I had found it interesting. Then they introduced the hybrid types and I found it a bit perplexing at that age with the really long names. I do wonder how much meteorologists truly geek out on this stuff and how much they just rely on computers to do their work. Some of them seek to be all about the weather while others are more like actors or models who present the weather.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 06, 2021:

gyanendra mocktan - How lucky you are to have had those experiences. Thank you for sharing them here. I wish you well. We are all one under this great big sky whether we believe it or not.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 06, 2021:

Adrienne - Bow wow yo yippee yay.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 06, 2021:

It's amazing how you can focus on a word or words and find the best songs on them. I look forward to listening to some of these. I have to be outside looking at the skies, not on my computer.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on May 06, 2021:

FlourishAniway, Your thought from your eyes are so powerful. They help me understand the metophor of the word cloud and sky deeply.

I've been to the base of Mt.Everest several times. I've gazed at night sky many times. In one occasion the whole sky lit up with stars all over my head.

But I 've never been able to describe them in the words. Maybe I've not tried enough. However, my memory is still flooded with those rich visuals of the nights and days.

The lyrists have mastered the craft of words and they could describe the clouds in words and sangs them to add their feeling. Finally share their thoughts with the world.

Thank you

Adrienne Farricelli on May 06, 2021:

Oh how wonderful! I will refer to this list when I organize doggy events and will pass it on to other dog trainers! Have a great weekend too!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 06, 2021:

Adrienne - There is no shortage of topics. It does require a lot of research as well as memory jogging. Here you go on the dog playlist:

https://spinditty.com/playlists/Dog-Lovers-Playlis...

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 06, 2021:

Bill - Happy vacation

Adrienne Farricelli on May 05, 2021:

It's amazing how you are always able to come up with so many compilations of songs covering a specific theme. I am sure this requires lots of research. I couldn't even come up with one song about clouds or the sky on my own, but then as I read through your list, it was a tada! moment. I would love to see a list of songs about dogs, one day!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 05, 2021:

On vacation and not ignoring your article, but I am kind of.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 05, 2021:

Chitrangada - I'm glad you enjoyed this. Whether in poetry or song, clouds and sky are such a great subject. I was impressed at the variety of approaches that artists took in exploring the topic.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 05, 2021:

Bill - Thanks for that suggestion. Forgot about that one! Hope the skies are sunny in your world.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 05, 2021:

Interesting introductory paragraph. Well, I look at the clouds from a writer’s point of view. The clouds always amaze me by their changing shapes and movements.

I have also done a few articles on the clouds and the sky.

Amazing list of songs, related to this theme, and thanks for telling us, that there are so many.

Enjoyed going through the list and reading your article.

Thank you for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 05, 2021:

Linda - Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you find value in reading even though this type of music isn't always your cup of tea.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 05, 2021:

Another great list, Flourish. I love the topic, clouds and the sky. Another one that might make the list is “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash. I always loved that song. Great job as always.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 04, 2021:

I enjoy learning about musicians and their work by reading your articles. Most of the songs that you share are new to me. I appreciate the education!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 04, 2021:

Peggy - For some reason Jimmy is extra hungry lately and has fallen off his schedule. It's impossible to get mad at him. He's old, obese, and is my loyal shadow. Having always been deaf with low vision, Jimmy finds that food is the one thing that really jazzes him, so he's not going to miss an opportunity for early breakfast. Like Dusty, when the tummy get rumbly it needs fixing.

At least these cats are/were polite about waking their people up. I have another cat who bites my toes or runs across my body full force when I'm sleeping. What a way to wake up! That sweet soul spends nights in the garage as a result.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 04, 2021:

Pamela - I'd like to think that Zach is in a content state now as he sings along with the everlasting vibrations of the universe.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 04, 2021:

Liz - Thank you for stopping by. I thought about the Pixar movie, "Up" while writing this and listening to some of the songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 04, 2021:

Devika - I'm glad you've given a thought to them now. Have a bright beautiful day with no clouds in the sky.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 04, 2021:

John - I had never heard of that one. Thanks for the song suggestion which I added. I bet the sky is beautiful down in gorgeous Australia.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2021:

It is amazing all the topics covered differently when thinking of clouds. I had to laugh when I read about your Jimmy. We used to have a cat named Dusty. Toward morning, he would look at my husband's face in bed, and my husband would wake up because Dusty's whiskers ticked his face. Dusty was ready for his breakfast! Haha! My husband nicknamed him "Mr. Whiskers."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 04, 2021:

Linda - Lately my mind has been a bit cloudy too because I'm not sleeping well. I have my sweet old cat, Jimmy, to partially thank for that. He has developed a new habit of pawing softly at my face when he feels I've been resting too long, regardless of the hour.

Thank you for the song recommendation which I added. I understand that it won Judy Collins a Grammy. I hope you are well.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 04, 2021:

This article has such a variety of music types. That is a sad story about Zach Sobiech. I had never head of him. There were a few others that were new to me. I am not a Miley fan. I think I have heard that Rolling Stones song a few hundred times. :) I enjoyed exploring all these singing groups and solo singers also. Thank you, Flourish.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 04, 2021:

The sky and clouds are fascinating. The Beatles song sprang to mind first for me. I also thought of the DreamWorks opening scene of clouds in the sky. This is another great compilation.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 04, 2021:

I haven't given a thought to these songs. I like listening to music and this list of songs sounds good to me. I think you have got a good niche here music is one of my best pastimes.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 04, 2021:

Flourish, this was a wonderful list of songs about clouds and the sky, and most I had surprisingly never heard. One more you may check out is the quite touching song “The Little White Cloud That Cried” originally by Jonnie Ray 1956, and later by Jamie Redfern in 1971.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 04, 2021:

Hi Flourish, I'm the "my mind's a bit cloudy" person on your poll. I always have half a dozen projects going at once, and always planning one more.

This was a fun list--I surprised myself by how many I actually know. But, the first song I thought of when I saw the title isn't in your list. Would you consider "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell?

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