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10 Best Songs About Storms

10 Best Songs About Storms

The storms of life are made of wind and rain and sometimes melancholy feelings that surround us during hard times.

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Musicians know that we can all relate to the turbulence that sometimes upsets our lives, whether it be in the form of disruptive weather or just the hard time we are going through.

Let’s look at the top 10 best songs about storms that remind us that although the tempests may be strong, they always give way to sunnier weather. 

1. Ridin’ Out the Storm by REO Speedwagon

This popular song, recorded originally in the early 1970s, was actually written as a response to the band’s bus being stranded and lost in Colorado during a snowstorm.

As they recalled riding out the treacherous time, this song shot to infamy and became an anthem for getting through difficult times


2. Rock You Like a Hurricane by The Scorpions

The German band members behind the hit Rock You Like a Hurricane admit that their 1984 song is really about relationships but that the comparison to the storms of life is one they knew fans would love.

Now popular as a sports arena anthem as well as with metal and rock fans worldwide, this hurricane-themed song is easily recognizable for its memorable hurricane chorus tagline.


3. Help! by The Beatles

No UK band has made more of an impact on the worldwide music scene than the Beatles and their song Help! rocked the charts like many of their other hit songs.

This tune reminds us that when we are in the middle of the storms life throws at us, we can reach out to our friends to get us through. 

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4. Come Sail Away by Styx 

When the storms and challenges of life get you down, Styx famously suggested that sailing away to a new situation is the best way to cope.

Come Sail Away has inspired listeners to hope for a better tomorrow since its release in 1977. 


5. It’s Raining Again by Supertramp

This melancholy song speaks to those who have lost relationships, comparing the returning storms to the feelings of sadness and loss.

An anthem for anyone who has felt the pain of a relationship ending, Supertramp’s lyrics end with a nod to a childhood song about rain, connecting our whole lives to the feelings of loss we all feel at one time or another. 


6. Who’ll Stop the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Written as a response to being caught in a storm during a concert, CCR’s John Fogerty realized that the show will go on, rain or shine.

His optimistic viewpoint of storms not getting in the way of what we want out of life resonated with fans just as much upon this song’s 1977 release as it does today. 


7. Umbrella by Rihanna

An anthem for those who are looking for protection, Rihanna’s song likens the use of an umbrella as a shield from the storms of life. With its repetitive, catchy hook, Umbrella topped the Billboard charts in the US as well as around the world.

The song’s promise of support resonates with listeners who understand that Rihanna was singing about looking for a reliable respite in life’s storms. 


8. Riders on the Storm by The Doors 

Notable for many reasons, the biggest of which is that it was the last song recorded by iconic singer Jim Morrison before his untimely death.

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He wrote the song during an impromptu jam session, and those close to him revealed that he viewed himself as the rider through the storms of life.

In addition, the rain and stormy sounds on the track were produced by an electric piano adding to the mysterious and melodic sound of this hit song. 


9. Knock on Wood by Amii Stewart 

A classic disco-era tune, the chorus famously compares being in love to being struck with thunder and lightning.

Stewart sings of being caught up in a storm as a parallel to the life-changing love felt in a relationship, an apt comparison that many listeners can relate to.

This 1977 classic song is still championed today as a fun dance tune as well as a memorable feeling that still resonates with decades of listeners.


10. Standing in the Rain by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) 

The genius writing of ELO’s Jeff Lynne combined with a haunting melody brings us one of the most memorable songs about storms.

With a dramatic, stormy entrance, this song hits all the right notes as it entrances listeners during the lyrics that remind us that at one time or another, we are all standing in the rain, enduring a storm.