Top Weather Songs of the 21st Century

Anytime weather gets attention, it's often for negative or destructive reasons. But weather can be an inspiration too, like it was for these recording artists when penning the following weather-inspired tunes.

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Olaf the Snowman
Disney's Frozen (2013)

Talk about the ultimate irony—a snowman (Olaf) who dreams of one day experiencing summer! What makes it even more comical? His naiveté about what will happen to him if his wish were to ever come true (as for whether or not Olaf does finally see summer, you'll have to watch the film to find out).

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Little Big Town at the 2015 CMT Music Awards

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Little Big Town
Tornado (2012)

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this song, a woman who has been "played" by an old beau intends to get revenge for his infidelity by unleashing her wrath like a tornado.

I'm gonna lift this house

Turn it all around

Toss it in the air and put it in the ground

Make sure you're never found.

Adele Performing

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Adele
21 (2011)

This song tells the story of a troubled relationship and the frustrations of being in it, but also the lamenting of its end. The opposing themes of fire and water represent this contrast of emotions.

Hunter Hayes Portrait

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Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes (2011)

I'm betting Hunter, a Louisiana native, is no stranger to severe weather warnings. His self-titled debut album also includes another weather-titled song: "Rainy Season."

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Baby Bash

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Baby Bash feat. T-Pain
Cyclone (2007)

The catchy beat and hook of this song not only made it one of the most requested club songs of 2007​ but also had all the ladies wanting to dance and "move their bodies like a cyclone." Careful! It's likely to get stuck in your head (warning: this song is NSFW).

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Rihanna Performing with Dancers Holding Umbrellas

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Rihanna
Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)

This song is about having someone's back, even when it's "raining more than ever" (the rain, of course, representing life's bad times). Who wouldn't want to stand under Rihanna's umbrella-ella-ella eh?

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Norah Jones Performing at a Piano

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Norah Jones
Feels Like Home (2004)

This ​laid-back song begins with a sunrise that cannot coax two lovers out of bed. Before they know it the “afternoon's already come and gone” and it is night again.

 

Nelly

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Nelly
Nellyville (2002)

Not only is "Hot in Herre" another club favorite, but it's hook also makes the perfect summer mantra:

It's getting hot in here

So hot

So take off all your clothes 

(warning: this song is NSFW).

Sheryll Crow Performing with a Guitar

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Sheryll Crow
Soak up the Sun (2002)

On the surface, this song sounds like it’s paying homage to carefree sunny weather. However, the lyrics seem to be a commentary on capitalism and materialism:

I'm gonna soak up the sun

While it's still free

I'm gonna soak up the sun

Before it goes out on me

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U2
Beautiful Day (2001)

This upbeat track is about losing everything but still finding joy in what you have.

 

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