A winter playlist to make it through the storm

Posted on Jan 22 2016 - 8:01pm by
Winter is awful, but there are plenty of cold-weather songs to soothe you through the season.Barry Williams/for New York Daily News

Winter is awful, but there are plenty of cold-weather songs to soothe you through the season.

With predictions of dire weather in the forecast, it’s as good a time as any to throw together a winter playlist.

So look no further if you’re trying to find some cold-weather classics listen to while you’re huddled up under the blankets.

“Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice’s hit briefly topped the charts in 1990, at a time when rap songs weren’t regularly number one.

The rapper — whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle — got his name because he was the only white boy in a breakdancing group. His signature move, according to Fusion, was “The Ice.”

The song features some memorable lyrics and a beat that’s suspiciously close to (read: the same as) the beat of Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure.” More than 25 years later, though, most Gen-Xers can still spit the rhymes of this ostensibly “dope melody.”

“Frozen” by Madonna

Before everyone only remembered “Frozen” as a Disney movie with a torturously overplayed theme song, it was a Madonna song.

This 1998 song isn’t actually about the cold, per se, but it’s about a lover with a frozen heart that Madonna is convinced she can melt (assuming she doesn’t puncture it with her pointy cone bra, also a gem courtesy of the 1990s.)

“Sweater Weather” by The Neighborhood

Although the chorus of this 2013 hit proclaims that “it’s too cold,” it’s also set on a beach in California — so it’s really probably not all that cold.

The Neighborhood is an alt-rock band based out of sunny California, so perhaps they can be forgiven for believing that sweater weather is “too cold” (even though those of us in the northeast know better.)

“The Winter” by Cake

Cake gained popularity in the 1990s with hits like “The Distance,” and “Never There” and an awesome cover of “I Will Survive.”

Their most recent album — “Showroom of Compassion” — was released back in 2011 and it included “The Winter,” as well as “So Sick of You,” which got a bit more radio play.

More sedate than Cake’s better-known numbers, “The Winter” is a haunting song about the dark internal winter that sometimes comes in the aftermath of a breakup.

“Cold Outside” by Ludacris

One of Luda’s lesser-known songs, “Cold Outside” was released on the “Word of Mouf” album in 2001, the same album that featured “Roll Out” and “Area Codes.”

Though “Cold Outside” repeatedly references the cold, wind and snow, it’s really more about selling drugs than it is about the weather. In fact, it’s really not about the weather at all.

“Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Fortunately, this song title is not an actual weather forecast.

More a drug song — or a drug lament — than a reflection on the weather, “Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow” was released in 2001.

The song slowly builds momentum and almost sounds upbeat by the end, but the lyrics belie that notion.

“Winter” by The Rolling Stones

One of the oldest songs on this list, The Rolling Stones’ tune about the dreariest of seasons was released in 1973 on the “Goats Head Soup” album.

“Winter” is a slow-moving song that could be about any number of things and, interestingly, it was recorded without Keith Richards present, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Instead, Mick Taylor played all the guitars on the recording.

“California Dreamin'” by The Mamas and the Papas

A great 60s classic by the short-lived quartet known as The Mamas and the Papas, “California Dreamin'” was released in the winter of 1965.

It’s a subdued, folk pop song with easily recognizable lyrics about “California dreamin’/ on such a winter’s day.”

Although it’s a certain kind of catchy, it sounds very much like a song about the most depressing season.

“Snow” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

In 2006, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released a much-celebrated double album, “Stadium Arcadium” that included hits like “Dani California,” “Tell Me Baby” and “Snow.”

The soft, sweet and deeply introspective song made it to number one on the Billboard charts for a time.

“Snowman” by Barenaked Ladies

If you like the Barenaked Ladies, don’t listen to this – it sounds nothing like the upbeat drinking music the band is known for.

Completely out of character for the “One Week” group, “Snowman” is a slow winter song about love released on the band’s 2004 album, “Barenaked for the Holidays.”


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