Carson suffers from a serious case of melophilia. Geeking out on her favorite music artists is her guilty pleasure.
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.
Song artist: Pete Yorn
Song year: 2001
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
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
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.
17. “April Come She Will”
Song artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Song year: 1966
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.
16. "Can't Stop the Spring"
Song artist: The Flaming Lips
Song year: 1987
This song talks about dealing with the inevitable. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can't change the order of things.
15. "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most"
Song artist: Better Midler
Song year: 1990
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
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
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.
11. “Keep Your Head Up”
Song artist: Andy Grammer
Song year: 2010
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
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
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
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.
Song artist: John Fogerty
Song year: 1985
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.
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.
2. “Mr. Blue Sky”
Song artist: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
Song year: 1977
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
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.