Snow Day: The 17 best songs for a blizzard

Jeremy McGee, left, and his mother, Linda, scoop the snow from their drive way back in January. (Photo by Ryan Soderlin/The World-Herald)

It’s snowing outside and, I hate to say it, but it’s going to snow more.

Sometimes, you need some good jams to get you through the winter wonderland (and deathly icy streets) that Omaha shall become.

I combed through some of my favorite winter songs – and utilized some suggestions from friends and readers (including Marq Manner, who inspired the creation of this list) – to come up with the following: 17 great songs to jam to on a snow day. (And those of us that aren’t in school or can’t work from home will just have to kick it in our cubicles.)

Some are perfect for a stormy, gloomy day at home and out of the weather while others will help heat things up whether you’re driving to work or shoveling the walk.

Listen to the entire playlist below or, if you prefer, on Spotify.

“Winter Song” By The Head and the Heart – Snow days are usually mellow. Hanging on the couch, sipping something warm (I prefer coffee, but you might be into cocoa, cider or booze). Indeed, as the song says, “Summer gone, now winter’s on its way/I will miss the days we had.” And as for the snow in February, I think we’d all agree with the line,” it’s too late for this now.”

“Living in Colour” by Frightened Rabbit – “I am weathered by the winter of mixed drinks,” sings Scott Hutchinson. Sometimes a stiff drink is just what you want on a gloomy day (or days). (Or a bright song, which this certainly is, for the most part.)

“Reasons to Be Cheerful, part 3″ by Ian Dury & the Blockheads – It kicks off with the line “why don’t you get back into bed?,” which we all think on a snow day. Why not, eh? But then it lists great stuff like Hammersmith Palais, taking your mom to Paris and the Marx Brothers.

“Snow (Hey Oh)” by Red Hot Chili Peppers – Deep beneath the cover of another perfect wonder/where it’s so white as snow/…and there’s nowhere to go.” Sounds like a snow day to me.

“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol – We’ve all heard the tune a million times, but laying around and forgetting the world is all I want to do when I look out the window and see my car covered in 17 inches of snow. (I don’t have a garage, unfortunately.)

“Snow Outside” by Dave Matthews Band – This tune is definitely on the “never heard of it” side of the DMB catalog, but that can be a good thing. If you’ve never checked out this track, try it out. It’s mellow and features a short, twisting acoustic guitar riff.

“Let It Snow” by Boyz II Men – Bring some smooth R&B (and enough synthesizers to drown a New Wave band) into your gloomy day with Boyz II Men’s version, which is decidedly different than Dean Martin’s.

“Snow Day” by Matt Pond PA – Aptly titled, amiright? Anyway, it’s a tune about snow drifts, footsteps in the flakes and the setting sun over gleaming white hills, but it’s really about spending quiet, cold day alone with someone special. “We’ll wait up to hear closings.”

“Snowstorm” by Galaxie 500 – The TV says there’s gonna be a snowstorm. Time to go home and chill out for the rest of the day and jam to this plodding, oddly pretty tune.

“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes – Want the log cabin, sitting by the fire with hot cocoa feel without leaving the comfort of your apartment. Turn down the lights and turn on “White Winter Hymnal.” You’ll feel like you’re on that one college ski trip all over again.

“Lazy Sunday” by Small Faces – There’s nothing to do on a lazy afternoon that close your eyes and drift away. Sounds good when everything’s dreary. Just watch out for your neighbors. They may stop you from groovin’ and bang on your wall, or so say the Small Faces.

“Cold as Ice” by Foreigner – Cheesy. So cheesy. Still awesome.

“Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – A quick glance may make you think it’s about being snowed in, but Nick Cave isn’t that shallow. No, it’s about oppression, either from governments or religions.

“Trapped Under Ice” by Metallica – Nothing like some speedy metal to get you warmed up for a cold winter’s day.

“Valley Winter Song” by Fountains of Wayne – We can all relate to the fact that “the interstate is choking under salt and dirty sand.” These winter months can bring you down, man.

“Purple Snowflakes” by Marvin Gaye – Nothing like some Marvin Gaye to get you to close the door until summer and create a memorable night as the purple snowflakes fall. How did they become purple? No one knows.

“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – I’m not sure what the song has to do with freezing conditions. In fact, it’s probably not related to any weather situations, but I still like to groove to it. And I think that’s enough.

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2 Responses to Snow Day: The 17 best songs for a blizzard

  1. Rick says:

    How can you not mention “The Blizzard” by Jim Reeves?

  2. Larry says:

    nice list but missing one crucial entry: “Let It Snow” by Emm Gryner.