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Top 20 Songs About Spring

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Perhaps it's safe to say that spring is the season that most people look forward to. It signals the time when the world breaks free from the cold grasps of winter and welcomes the warm rays of the sun, as if to hit the restart button and live anew. Even the best music artists have used spring as an inspiration for their songs. Here's a list of the best songs about spring and the meaning behind them.

20. "June"

Song artist: Pete Yorn

Song year: 2001

Genre: Rock

It's pretty difficult to decipher this song's lyrics. But in my opinion, it's about the frustrations of someone who waits for another, but that person isn't being clear with her intentions. Despite his feeling being real, he's choosing to grow up and accept the fact that waiting won't do anything.

19. "Cranes in the Sky"

Song artist: Solange

Song year: 2016

Genre: Pop

The world heard this song in 2016, but Solange finished writing it 8 years prior. She explains that the song is about avoiding the elephant in the room. Upon looking out the window in the place in which she finds peace, Solange sees mechanical cranes everywhere, blocking the beautiful scenery. This excessive building, however, is nothing but a cover-up for the real problem in society.

18. "Up With the Birds"

Song artist: Coldplay

Song year: 2011

Genre: Alternative/Indie

This one's a classic song that tells of a love that could never be. Two people are so in love with each other, but certain circumstances push them far apart. The only beacon of hope are the birds who seem to sing about a future that could see them together again.

"A simple plot. But I know one day, good things are coming our way." - Coldplay

"A simple plot. But I know one day, good things are coming our way." - Coldplay

17. “April Come She Will”

Song artist: Simon & Garfunkel

Song year: 1966

Genre: Alternative/Indie

Paul Simon wrote this song in 1964, saying that a girl she met and the nursery rhyme she often heard her sing was the inspiration for the song. The lyrics talk about the changing of the seasons to describe how quickly girls change moods.

"April, come she will. When streams are ripe and swelled with rain. May, she will stay. Resting in my arms again. June, she'll change her tune. In restless walks she'll prowl the night." - Simon & Garfunkel

"April, come she will. When streams are ripe and swelled with rain. May, she will stay. Resting in my arms again. June, she'll change her tune. In restless walks she'll prowl the night." - Simon & Garfunkel

16. "Can't Stop the Spring"

Song artist: The Flaming Lips

Song year: 1987

Genre: Alternative/Indie

This song talks about dealing with the inevitable. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can't change the order of things.

"But the sun is gonna come up the very next day. It's gonna be  so bright it's gonna blow you away." - The Flaming Lips

"But the sun is gonna come up the very next day. It's gonna be so bright it's gonna blow you away." - The Flaming Lips

15. "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most"

Song artist: Better Midler

Song year: 1990

Genre: Pop

It's quite uncommon to find songs about spring that don't have nice things to say about the season. But this song reminds you that spring isn't always about blooming flowers. The first few verses of the song tell the story of someone who's reminded by the sorrows of spring.

"Love came my way. I thought it would last.

We had our day, now it’s all in the past.

Spring came along, a season of song,

Full of sweet promise

But something went wrong."

— Better Midler

14. "The 59th Street Bridge Song”

Song artist: Simon & Garfunkel

Song year: 1966

Genre: Alternative/Indie

If you want a springtime jam that does nothing but give you good vibes, then this is the song for you. It's all about slowing down, living the moment, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. It's easy to get caught up with everything you're doing and before you know it, you're living a routine that doesn't make you happy.

13. “I Can See Clearly Now”

Song artist: Jimmy Cliff

Song year: 1993

Genre: ‎Reggae

In an interview with Johnny Nash, he explains that this song was written in a hospital bed while he was recovering from surgery. This is probably why the song paints a bright picture about the future. It's a feel-good song that would liven up your spring.

12. “Waiting For the Sun”

Song artist: The Doors

Song year: 1968

Genres: ‎Psychedelic rock‎; ‎acid rock

After the song was released, Jim Morrison said that he wanted to create a song unlike anything he had written before, one that was a pure expression of joy. Without question, he did just that.

"Can you feel it? Now that spring has come. That it's time to live in the scattered sun." - The Doors

"Can you feel it? Now that spring has come. That it's time to live in the scattered sun." - The Doors

11. “Keep Your Head Up”

Song artist: Andy Grammer

Song year: 2010

Genre: R&B/Soul

There's an inspirational story behind this song by Grammer. He wrote this song as a pick me up song after failing to sell any of his albums one day. Little did he know that the same song would serve as his stepping stone in the music industry.

10. "Spring Again"

Song artist: Biz Markie

Song year: 1989

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

This song is often forgotten because of the immense popularity of "Just a Friend," but it's well worth listening to. Biz starts out by describing how springtime looks like, and then transitions to the concept of spring when applied to love. Essentially, he wants to say that just as spring marks the time for people to go out and enjoy the beautiful scenery, those who are broken-hearted should also start moving on.

It's spring again

Everybody know it's spring again

To the girls and boys and people above

This is the time to fall in love.

9. "Come In With the Rain"

Song artist: Taylor Swift

Song year: 2008

Genre: Country music, Country Pop

Taylor Swift's fingerprints are all over this song. It's about a girl who keeps her window open for a particular guy, but she grows tired of him. The guy fails to realize that his games end up hurting the girl. But even if she pretends to stop caring, she still longs for the day when the guy comes back to her.

8. "Beautiful Day"

Song artist: U2

Song year: 2000

Genre: Rock

Bono explained what their band wanted to convey in this song. He said that they wanted listeners to understand the importance of appreciating what little they have despite losing everything. Much like a flower blooming even in inhospitable conditions, it's possible for a person to thrive during the darkest of times.

7. “It’s a Beautiful Morning”

Song artist: The Rascals

Song year: 1968

The Rascals wanted to turn things around with their music. This much was clear in the 1960s when America was dealing with social and political issues. This song was a breath of fresh air for listeners, giving them a feel-good tune to weed out the noise of society's problems.

"If the weather's fine and you got the time.

It's your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day."

— The Rascals

6. “It Might as Well Be Spring”

Song artist: Frank Sinatra

Song year: 1962

Genre: Jazz

The restless nature of the song is precisely what makes it memorable. It tells a story of trying to find excitement in one's life, and uses the idea of spring as a symbol of hope and happiness.

"I'm as restless as a willow in a windstorm. I'm as jumpy as puppet on a string. I'd say that I had spring fever. But I know it isn't spring." - Frank Sinatra

"I'm as restless as a willow in a windstorm. I'm as jumpy as puppet on a string. I'd say that I had spring fever. But I know it isn't spring." - Frank Sinatra

5. “Centerfield”

Song artist: John Fogerty

Song year: 1985

Genre: Rock

Centerfield was the name of Fogerty's comeback album. He was inspired to write this song after thinking about his childhood memories of baseball. Fogerty grew up hearing stories about some of the greats from New York Yankees, and he thought of the center field as the center of the universe. He explained that the song is about finding motivation and dealing with the challenge in front of you.

You know I think it's time to give this game a ride

Just to hit the ball and touch 'em all

A moment in the sun

It's a-gone and you can tell that one good-bye.

4. "Spring Vacation"

Song artist: The Beach Boys

Song year: 2012

Genres: Rock, Pop

Mike Love reportedly wrote this song in just 5 minutes. It's amazing to think how he was able to create a masterpiece in such a short amount of time. The song reminds us of the good vibes of spring and why it's important to forget about the troubles of the past.

3. “Daydream”

Song artist: The Lovin' Spoonful

Song year: 1966

Genres: Folk Rock, Rock

If you want a fun song to listen to during a cozy autumn day, "Daydream" is right up your alley. It's just a feel-good song that captures the laziness of springtime.

"I've been havin' a sweet dream. I've been dreamin' since I woke up today." - The Lovin' Spoonful

"I've been havin' a sweet dream. I've been dreamin' since I woke up today." - The Lovin' Spoonful

2. “Mr. Blue Sky”

Song artist: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

Song year: 1977

Genre: Rock

Jeff Lynne told an interesting story behind "Mr. Blue Sky." When he was in a Swiss chalet trying to write a follow-up to "A New World Record," he wasn't able to come up with anything. After two weeks of gloomy weather, the sun shone and gave him inspiration. He then wrote "Mr. Blue Sky" along with 13 other songs in under two weeks.

"Mr. Blue Sky, please tell us why

You had to hide away for so long.

Where did we go wrong?"

— Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

1. “Here Comes the Sun"

Song artist: The Beatles

Song year: 1969

Genres: Pop rock, Rock

"Here Comes the Sun" is about abandoning the dark past and basking in the warm sunlight. There's always a chance to start from scratch, write a new chapter, and live with a new dream.

"Here comes the sun

And I say it's all right."

— The Beatles

Comments

Liz Westwood from UK on April 13, 2020:

This is a lovely positive selection appropriate to this time of the year. Guaranteed to raise the spirits during lockdown.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 13, 2020:

Good compilation. Nice article.

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