Without water, there would be no life. That’s why water is such a popular topic to sing about in music. It can be both peaceful and stormy, evoking the necessary emotions from the listener that the singer wishes to convey.
We have compiled the 10 best songs about water for you to listen to. Some are happy, some are sad, but all of them showcase this essential element that no human can live without. It is an element that is certainly worthy of all the attention it has received in these songs, as well as in countless others over the course of history.
1. Bridge Over Troubled Water
Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Whenever you are in need of comfort and seeking the solace of a friend, this song brings the peace you so desperately need. It shows what real friendship is about- that no matter how troubled the waters may become in your life, the ones who love you will always be there to rescue you.
2. Something in the Water
Artist: Carrie Underwood
If you’re feeling completely lost and in need of direction, Carrie Underwood’s upbeat anthem will give you that motivation you need to turn to a higher power for guidance.
It tells the story of a person who is baptized and experiences the freedom that comes with trusting in something that goes beyond what is here on earth.
3. Water Under the Bridge
Adele’s soulful voice depicts all of the pain and frustration that is experienced with unrequited love. She begs and pleads for the one she loves to either love her back or to let her down gently.
If you’re going through a similar situation, you may find comfort in knowing you aren’t the only one experiencing the discouragement that comes along with loving someone who doesn’t feel the same way.
4. Head Above Water
Artist: Avril Lavigne
Written as a way to cope with her difficult battle with Lyme Disease, Avril Lavigne’s emotional ballad is a relatable song for those going through a tough time.
It’s a plea to God for the strength and courage needed to get through hard times, and it’s a song that can bring comfort to those in the midst of some of the darkest days of their lives.
5. Water Runs Dry
Artist: Boyz II Men
The quintessential R&B breakup song, Boyz II Men perfectly describes the pain experienced when a couple splits and one of the two wants to work things out.
It describes how one minute you go from knowing everything about a person to the next minute not even speaking anymore. The longer you wait to reunite, the harder it gets to reconnect, so don’t wait until it’s too late.
It’s a song we’ve probably all heard at one point, but the meaning behind this catchy tune is actually pretty dark. It’s about self-destruction and getting involved with harmful activities like drug dealing.
It also makes a reference to the AIDS epidemic, something group member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes cared deeply about before her untimely death in 2002.
7. Purple Rain
One of Rolling Stone’s Greatest Songs of All Time, Prince’s powerful ballad describes the feeling of regret towards the love of your life, and how they are the only person you really want with you when the world ends.
Prince himself said that purple rain was a reference to the end of the world and how he believed the sky would be colored purple on Judgement Day.
Artist: Lady A
A song about wanting the person you love to let you in, “Ocean” conveys all of the emotions that are experienced when you feel like you are constantly fighting for someone who doesn’t want to be fought for.
That frustration of knowing that you love someone so deeply, but they are too scared to love you back is expressed beautifully through the lyrics of this song.
9. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
Artist: Otis Redding
This feel-good tune actually has a very tragic story behind it. It was recorded right before Redding’s death from a plane crash in Wisconsin.
The song was written while Redding was in California and chronicles the feelings of a lonely, depressed man who passes his time by watching the boats come and go as he sits and listens to the sound of the waves crashing. The whistling at the end of the song is what sticks with you the most.
Artist: Rihanna featuring JAY-Z
We’ll end this list on a positive note, with Rihanna’s upbeat tune, “Umbrella”. The song talks about being there for the ones you love and protecting them from the storms they may encounter in their lives.
As Rihanna says, “Now that it’s raining more than ever, know that we still have each other, you can stand under my umbrella”. We can all use a little help from our friends now and then to weather the storms life puts us through. This song is a perfect tune to cheer you up and encourage you on those stormy days.