Top 9 Songs About Snow and Being Cold

Brrrr! It's cold in here... And we already have the heater on blaring, five blankets wrapped around our legs and copious mugs of hot chocolate to hand. The cats are even acting as makeshift slippers. With every picturesque scene of snow blanketing your garden comes a blustery chill that'll make the use of your fridge freezer redundant, and the first thing you think when your boss lets you drive home early is, "The gas bill is going to be extortionate this month..."

How else to warm up? With the perfect playlist, of course! These cosy indie ballads are everything you need to warm the cockles of your heart and soul, if not your toes. Tell your boss you're working from home, put the kettle on, and tuck in.

Pixies, "Winterlong"


From a band so embedded in indie rock history it's hard to believe this established track was only released in 2004; Pixies "Winterlong" matches a healthy slice of seasonal charm with the quartet's comfortably familiar, buzzed out melody. What more do you want?

Wolf Parade, "California Dreamer"


Taken from Wolf Parade's 2008 sophomore album, At Mount Zoomer, "California Dreamer" takes a cue from The Mamas and the Papas song "California Dreamin'". The Montreal four-piece may be singing about a different kind of snow here, who knows. What is for sure is that they're making a mighty fine racket. None of that schmoozy Christmas rubbish...

Laura Marling, "Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)"


That's not to say ballads about snow are destined to be schmoozy. Fast-becoming iconic singer-songwriter Laura Marling successfully tested the (frozen) waters in 2009 with "Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)". It's taken from her lauded and BRIT Award-winning album I Speak Because I Can and featuring backing vocals from Marcus Mumford.

Regina Spektor, "20 Years of Snow"


Regina Spektor at her best and from 2006's Begin to Hope, "20 Years of Snow" is apt because by the time this week is through it may feel to some that there have been 20 years of snow. But it's only been 5 days. Ah, to be British.

Weezer, "Undone (The Sweater Song)"


Is a bird, is it a plane, is it a train conductor? No, it's the cold, destroying your damn sweater. Thanks for the memories, Weezer. This 1994 track is taken from their self-titled debut (aka The Blue Album).

Bon Iver, "Blindsided"


Often considered to be one of the best snow songs around, performed by one of the best Americana acts around, Bon Iver's "Blindsided" is a welcome reminder of the band's soul-warming achievements, and is taken from their 2007 debut album For Emma, Forever Ago. (It also featured in an episode of One Tree Hill, but that's past the point).

Elliott Smith, "Angel in the Snow"


You don't need an excuse to listen to Elliott Smith, but if ever there was one... High on our snow song list comes "Angel in the Snow", a track that could be left on repeat for the entire day without growing old. Unreleased, it was included on the posthumous compilation New Moon released via Kill Rock Stars in 2007.

Tori Amos, "Winter"


Never mind songs about masturbating with an icicle: "Winter" is the reigning track supreme when it comes to Tori Amos' penchant for singing about the snow and being cold if you ask us, which in reading this article, you are.

The Decemberists, "January Hymn"


A flip side to "June Hymn" (which featured on our Valentine's Day playlist and is also an excellent soundtrack for a summer's eve) - "January Hymn" is all about the snow, cold, and being in a bad mood. Just how we like The Decemberists! It features on the band's 2011 album The King Is Dead.

The Dismemberment Plan, "The Ice of Boston"


"HEY! THE ICE OF BOSTON IS MUDDY!!!" We're not in Boston, it's not New Year, and we're not anywhere near as cool as The Dismemberment Plan. Put that to the back of your mind, and enjoy this American punk classic in all of its finery.

Think we're missing something from this snow song playlist? Let us know in the comments!


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