July is National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberry Month, National Hot Dog Month and National Anti-Boredom Month. Unique holidays that all accommodate the summer weather and activities. But the weather around this time of year is different around the country and even the planet.
To celebrate this variety, The Spec editors have compiled a mix featuring weather-related songs. You know — tracks that are so hot they make you rain dance, songs you spin on the record player like a tornado, beats that boom like thunder, lyrics that strike a chord, or tunes that simply play well in certain weather conditions.
Listen to our picks below and share your favorite weather-related songs, below…
Artist: The Drums | Song: Let’s Go Surfing Every time I hear it, this song makes me want to ditch work and head to the beach. Added bonus that it makes me laugh because the chorus sounds like “Obama, I wanna go surfing.”
Artist: Cut Copy | Song: Strangers in the Wind
Artist: Foals | Song: Spanish Sahara Maybe it’s his voice or the snowy music video, but contradictory to the song’s title, it has always made me want to bundle under covers.
Artist: Bill Withers | Song: Ain’t No Sunshine
Artist: MSMR | Song: Hurricane (CHVRCHES Remix) The original is great, but the remix puts a fun summer edge on the tune.
Artist: Nick Drake | Song: Day is Done This song, really the entire album Five Leaves Left, is perfect for rainy or overcast days.
Artist: Etta James | Song: Stormy Weather
Artist: Kool & the Gang | Song: Too Hot My brother and I used to sing this song all the time. It’s true summer anthem for people living in Phoenix. Of course the song isn’t about the sweltering heat we deem normal in Arizona, but it sure sounds like it, right? “Oh, it’s too hot (too hot) / Too hot, lady (too hot)/ Gotta run for shelter/ Gotta run for shade.”
Artist: Yeasayer | Song: Wait for Wintertime I can’t agree with “Wintertime is a razor blade the devil made / It’s the price we pay for the summertime,” but the title of the song sure resonates. It’s always my summer plan.