A list of weather-related songs ranked by the order we'd want to experience the conditions described
Everyone knows what people say about the weather in Ohio: If you don't like it, just wait a minute and it'll change. Fortunately, there's a song for every season. With Cloud Nothings and Atmosphere both descending on Columbus this week, we decided to rank songs about weather in the order we'd want to experience the conditions described.
13. (tie) James Taylor: “Fire and Rain”; Adele: “Set Fire to the Rain”
Fire and water shouldn't mix anywhere outside of that classic death-defying stunt where a diver plunges into a ring of fire set ablaze on top of the pool/lake/whatever below.
12. John Fogerty: “A Hundred and Ten in the Shade”
Kill me now.
11. Kylie Minogue: “100 Degrees”
Magazine staffers were complaining about the cold when the temperature dipped below 20 earlier this week, but I'll take the dead of winter over stifling August heat any day.
10. Anohni: “4 Degrees”
Then again even I have my limits.
9. Chance the Rapper: “Acid Rain”
Easily the worst kind of rain, though the Chicago MC clearly has a different experience in mind: “Kicked off my shoes, tripped acid in the rain.”
8. Bob Dylan: “A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall”
Dylan's hard-edged acoustic folk song evokes deep feelings of dread with its lines about dead oceans, burning bodies and “damp dirty prison[s],” but all pale in comparison to getting trapped in a downpour while walking the four blocks from the parking garage to the office. (Side note: Has any artist written more weather-related references than would-be forecaster Dylan? “Idiot Wind,” “Blowin' in the Wind,” “Hurricane” and on and on and on.)
7. Guns N' Roses: “November Rain”
Nothing lasts forever, sure, but cold November rain certainly feels as if it could (ditto Catholic weddings).
6. Prince: “Purple Rain”
If it has to rain, why not do so with some flair?
5. Bruce Springsteen: “Thunder Road”
Thunder is pretty great because it sounds both awesome and ominous and it gives you a heads up that it's time to duck inside.
4. Bill Withers: “Ain't No Sunshine”
Still better than rain.
3. The Beatles: “Good Day Sunshine”
2. The Orb: “Little Fluffy Clouds”
“The most beautiful skies, as a matter of fact.”
1. Joe Nichols: “Sunny and 75”
Quite possibly the perfect day, though I could argue “Sunny and 72” would be even better.