It was 80 degrees outside today, so I’m not sure that this playlist actually compliments the climate I’m in, but for those who are already experiencing snow or want to pretend you are, here is a playlist for you.
Some of these songs don’t include any references to snow or wintertime (and I promise- very few references to Christmas), but it’s a nice collection of melancholy and delicate. A few of the music videos for the tunes also align with the theme.
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1. “Immigrant Song”- Led Zeppelin
That infamous “Ahhaahhhhh…ah!” gives this such a primal feel, it belongs to scenes of hunting in the fierce winter winds of… England?
Also, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Karen O did a fantastic cover version for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack.
2. “In the Cold, Cold, Night”- White Stripes
Before Jack White was in a gazillion other bands
Megan White was never the focus of the band, so it’s nice to see her take the spotlight and sing this simple, slightly bluesy track.
3. ”Let Me Sleep”- Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder has a great voice and all, but he must be one boring Christmas buddy. Anyways, here’s a rarity from their Lost Dogs two-disc collection.
4. “Glósóli”- Sigur Rós
It is just such a beautiful, breathtaking song. Sigur Rós are one of those bands that make mesmerizing music videos that compliment the music- “Glósóli” included.
5. “Untitled”- Interpol
I always imagine a visual of New York City on a chilly evening when “Untitled” is playing, or maybe just a crowded subway and people pushing each other during rush hour.
6. “White Winter Hymnal”- Fleet Foxes
The whole debut album by Fleet Foxes could be applied as sounds for winter. However, this one doesn’t just mention the season in the title, it also perfectly fits the mood of wintertime forests and cabins.
7. “A Hazy Shade of Winter”- Simon & Garfunkel
They probably wouldn’t get away with those hairdos in the music industry now.
Leave to Simon & Garfunkel to create an upbeat tune about dreary winter weather. However, it is a beautiful song, and shows off their famed songwriting prowess.
8. “Violet Hill”- Coldplay
Go ahead haters, hate away. I like this album and I shall listen to it anyway.
9. “This Ship Was Built to Last”- The Duke Spirit
The Duke Spirit are an underrated British band led by the smoky vocals of Liela Moss. They even opened for Jane’s Addiction this year.
10. “Breaking Down”- Florence + the Machine
A beautifully arranged song about gradually losing sanity. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Florence Welch.
11. “Farewell to the Fairground”- White Lies
Happy times with White Lies
There’s a U2-ish quality to this building track, whose video perfectly correlates with the theme.
Are there any other songs I should add? Just let me know!