Wow. It’s been cold lately. REALLY cold. I woke up Saturday morning and my phone informed me that it was well below zero. This is the kind of cold that is downright traumatic. It’s the kind of cold that has my pooch Odie doing his business in record time. And it’s the kind of cold that, of course, makes me think about cold, winter and snow related songs.
So I rounded some up for your listening pleasure because while it may be too cold to go outside, it’s never too cold to listen to some good tunes. Right?
We’ll start with the obvious one because it’s Annie Lennox’s world…we’re just living in it. Here’s a really great live version of “Cold”
“Winter” by Tori Amos is a song that’s been killing me since 1992. Here’s a live version performed with a orchestra at Royal Albert Hall.
Up next is the title track from the 2011 Kate Bush album “50 Words for Snow”
Any excuse to use a Simon and Garfunkel song works for me. That said, here’s “A Hazy Shade of Winter”
From “Goat’s Head Soup” (1973) I give you “Winter” by The Rolling Stones
It doesn’t get much prettier -or emotional- than this one by Sarah McLachlan. Here’s “Wintersong”
In fact, let’s do a Sarah McLachlan doubleshot. Here’s “Song for a Winter’s Night”
Speaking of incredible Canadian singer-songwriters, here’s “Hockey” by the one and only Jane Siberry. This is a personal favorite of mine because Jane’s songwriting is brilliant.
I see no reason to leave hockey or for that matter Canada because that’s where Kathleen Edwards lives. Here’s “Hockey Skates”
That brings us to “Winter Winds” by Mumford and Sons. I still remember seeing them on Portland’s Eastern prom on a warm summer day.
“Ray of Light” (1998) was the album that made me an official Madonna fan. Here’s “Frozen”
David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” was released in 1970. Here’s “She Shook Me Cold”
“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” is an iconic song recorded by the likes of Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald among others. Here’s a fun version by Doris Day.
A lesser known yet fantastic song by U2. Here’s “Winter”
I’ll end this list with Joni Mitchell. Because. Well. It’s Joni Mitchell. Here’s “Winter Lady”