If you're reading our list of the Top 10 Winter Blizzard Songs, odds are your hometown is currently buried in snow and ice at this very moment. Look at the bright side: At least you've got some form of electricity. How else could you be on the internet, right? So, stay warm, admire the beautiful view from your window (or laugh at your neighbor's feeble attempts to stay ahead of the snowfall) and enjoy our list of the top 10 songs about freezing-cold weather ...
From: 'Foreigner' (1977)
This is one of the best winter blizzard songs to play after you've been dumped. Let's face it, relationships sour and it sucks when you're the one that gets left behind. It's that melody of revenge – "someday you'll pay the price" – that turns these freezing lyrics into rays of sunshine for the broken-hearted.
From: 'For Those About To Rock We Salute You' (1981)
Blizzards and winter songs probably aren't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of AC/DC's Australian homeland. Quick research shows they do get some snow, enough at the very least to field their own Olympic ski team. Singer Brian Johnson seems to be more concerned with getting ripped off or wrongly accused than he is with the weather on this track, but anyone who gets stuck shoveling all day can probably relate to the anger he expresses here. (And yes, we've seen Clerks; get your head out of the gutter.)
From: 'Vol. 4' (1972)
This winter song is far removed from the crystal-like snow that falls from the sky, but it's still finding a place on our list. Coming from Ozzy Osbourne, it's hard to act surprised about this. "Feeling happy in my pain / Icicles within my brain," he sings, followed by that whispered keyword: "Cocaine." The band apparently thanked the COKE-cola Company in the liner notes, which most agree is an added drug reference.
From: 'Bookends' (1968)
Originally released and recorded in 1966, this song really connected with people in 1968 when it reappeared on the Bookends album and peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard chart. This title is like a mini-novella where "The seasons change with the scenery" and the time is determined by the color of the sky. The blend of their vocal harmonies and guitars can warm a room instantly.
From: 'Waiting For the Sun' (1968)
One of the best aspects of winter blizzards is the thought of keeping warm by means of the human touch. Jim Morrison taps straight into that idea with "Wintertime Love," a Top 10 winter blizzard song that practically veers into waltz mode, thanks to Ray Manzarek's keyboard lead. So, if you have a wintertime love, hold 'em tight and dance to some Doors on the next cold, windy night.
From: 'Ace Frehley' (1978)
A spaceman is destined to wander, and in the case of "Snow Blind" it sounds as if "Spaceman" Ace Frehley may feel a bit guilty for doing so. This particular song about winter may or may not be drug related, but while constantly on the move it sounds more like he's wishing he had the lady (or at least a familiar face) that he's left behind, and he's telling his girl the hard "snow blind" truth that he's getting in trouble without her. Now, that's cold.
From: 'Ride the Lightning' (1984)
There seems to be a lot of debate about the true meaning behind this song, but the majority agree that it's simply about being trapped with no escape. Clearly, one thing that people find scarier than getting buried alive is the thought of getting buried alive under ice. The lyrics "Freezing /Can't move at all / Screaming / Can't hear my call" definitely make for a shivering thought.
From: 'Billion Dollar Babies' (1973)
Just ahead of the horror of being trapped under ice comes the sinister thought of being alone, raped and freezing in the cold Mexican desert. If you've ever been in the desert at night, you know that being stranded there alone is frightful enough. Riding in a car with strangers was more common in the '70s, but there was always that risk of "getting a live one" and on Billion Dollar Babies, Alice Cooper paints a picture of that scary scenario extremely vividly.
From: 'Goats Head Soup' (1973)
"Winter" is a beautiful song that is very melancholy in nature, with Mick Jagger, referencing the "cold, cold winter," the "hard, hard winter," and the "light of love" that is all but burnt out. Jagger's vocals definitely yield to the tone of sadness as he goes to that uneasy place of "sometimes." Hindsight is harder when it's cold outside because, as Jagger sings, "Springtime can tend to take the long way around."
From: 'Made In Heaven' (1995)
Freddie Mercury is singing about the view through the window at Queen's recording studio on Lake Geneva, Switzerland: red skies, smoking chimneys, swans and silky moons are just a few of the images that make up this winter beauty. Mercury recorded his vocals and keyboard parts live in one take just two weeks before his death, and then Queen completed the song, releasing it four years later. The perfectly-timed flanger that the band uses at the end before Mercury's "Oooooh, it's bliss" hints of finality. A peaceful, winter-like, public goodbye.