For Midwestern folks like me no part of the local newscast is as anticipated as the weather forecast, but it usually ends up being the most unsatisfying segment as well. Even though they always greet us with smiling faces, seldom do the meteorologists offer us mild temperatures with clear skies.
Instead of the smiling weather experts, the forecast would be more palatable if the news stations chose music to represent the weather conditions. There are a multitude of songs that represent the different types of climates, such as “Mr. Blue Sky” by the Electric Light Orchestra for the beautiful days that are so rare in the Midwest.
Here are ten other popular songs that could be used to represent the weather forecasts.
Cloudy by Simon and Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is the album that spawned this laid back classic, which leaves one with the feeling that Paul Simon wrote it while lying on his back in the middle of a big green field.
Stormy by the Classics IV
Its beautiful melody belies the adjective that serves as the title, undoubtedly the most recognizable in the pop band’s catalogue.
Sunny by Bobby Hebb
Back in 1966 this hit was ubiquitous, and amid that tumultuous time its message of gratitude and joy was likely most welcome.
Cold As Ice by Foreigner
One of many gems from the self-titled debut album, this monster hit describes a girl but could very well work for a January weather forecast.
Heat Wave by Martha and the Van Dells
Passion is the cause of the rising temperature in this doo-wop tune, which could also be the name of a mid-August trend in the atmosphere.
Misty by Johnny Mathis
Most likely, this pop standard would be used for a morning edition of the local news.
Windy by the Association
This hit might suffice for a breezy afternoon, yet it could also leave you with a craving for a double cheeseburger and a thick chocolate shake.
Rain by The Beatles
John Lennon penned this hit around the time of Revolver, only to see it carried on the compilation album called Hey Jude.
Snow by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
The alternate rockers scored a hit with this wintry track from Stadium Arcadium.
White Out Conditions by the New Pornographers
A.C. Newman and Neko Case share the vocals on this title track from the indie band’s latest album.