42 Songs About Storms & Thunderstorms (By Genre)

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42 Songs About Storms & Thunderstorms (By Genre)

Storms are a natural occurrence around the world. They can be menacing and violent but still, bring out the beauty in their wakes such as rainbows and clear skies. Storms have become muses to musicians who’ve experienced the literal and metaphoric turmoils can bring.

I. Pop Songs About Storms

Pop has a wide variety of sound and energy. Universally storms are bad omens, but pop flips that idea on its head and creates positivity from storms.

1) Rock You Like a Hurricane

Artist: Scorpions
Album: Comeback
Year: 2011
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2) After The Storm

Artist: Mumford and Sons
Album: Sigh No more
Year: 2009
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Storms of change can bring unsettling uncertainty and leave one crippled. In times of turmoil, as Mumford and Son’s put it with strength, “Dismiss your fears Get over the hill and see”.

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3) The Bitch is Back

Artist: Elton John
Album: Caribou
Year: 1974
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4) Umbrella

Artist: Rihanna
Album: Girl Gone Bad
Year: 2008
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Rihanna’s umbrella remains a pop sensation over a decade later. The storm of a rocky relationship became inspiration for this iconic song.

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5) Rain

Artist: The Script
Album: Freedom Child
Year: 2017
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6) It’s Raining Men

Artist: The Weather Girls
Album: Success
Year: 1982
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II. Songs About Storms at Sea

Storms scare some to their core for others its inspiration. There are many stories about troubled ships that narrowly made it to their destinations through stormy seas.

1) A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall

Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Year: 1963
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2) Riders on the Storm (The Doors)

Artist: The Doors
Album: L.A. Woman
Year: 1971
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3) Captain of a Shipwreck

Artist: Neil Diamond
Album: 12 Songs
Year: 2005
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4) Never Let Go Of Me

Artist: Groupmusic
Album: Favourite Songs From Shipwreckered: Rescued by Jesus
Year: 2018
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III. R&B/Love Songs About Storms

Love and R&B often go hand in hand. After a storm or even during one, love is something many drift to.

1) Here Comes the Sun

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Abbey Road
Year: 1969
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2) Quiet Storm (Young M.A.)

Artist: Young M.A.
Album: Nights like this
Year: 2016
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3) Quiet Storm (Mobb Deep)

Artist: Mobb Deep (ft Lil’ Kim)
Album: Murda Muzik
Year: 1999
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4) Ghost Ship

Artist: Naya Yeira (ft Ivanka)
Album: Ghost Ship
Year: 2021
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IV. Metal Songs About Storms

Often mistaken for rock metal is an honest and brutal expression of life. Storms are a part of life and are used as metaphors for the sometimes rapid and debilitating parts of life.

1) Suicidal Winds

Artist: Celtic Frost
Album: Morbid Tales
Year: n/a
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2) Walker Upon the Wind

Artist: Satyricon
Album: Satyricon
Year: 2013
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3) Bring Down the Rain

Artist: Dio
Album: Strange Highways
Year: 1993
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4) Black Clouds

Artist: Outrage
Album: Black Clouds
Year: 2007

A song with few words still conveys the harsh crippling emotions of life.

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V. Rap/Hip-Hop Songs About Storms

In the wake of the early 2000’s rap became explosive. Suddenly, the idols of today told the stories of how their life was a hurricane of misery.

1) Weather the Storm

Artist: DJ Khaled (ft Meek Mill, Lil Baby)
Album: Father of Asahad
Year: 2019
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2) Tradin War Stories

Artist: 2pac (ft C-BO, CPO, Outlawz, The Storm)
Album: All Eyez On Me
Year: 1996
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3) Run Tha Streetz

Artist: 2pac (ft Michel’le, Storm & Mutah)
Album: All Eyez on Me
Year: 1996
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4) NY Weather report

Artist: Talib Kweli
Album: Eardrum
Year: 2007
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5) Riders on the Storm

Artist: Snoop Dogg (ft The Doors)
Album: Single
Year: 2007
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VI. Rock Songs About Storms

Rock is a genre dedicated to honest commentary. Storms became a frequent metaphor of pain and fighting through lifes hardships.

1) Thunderstruck

Artist: ACDC
Album: The razors Edge
Year: 1990
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ACDC’s Thunderstruck is a metaphor for exbracing the life you have, good and the bad.

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2) Thunder

Artist: Imagine Dragons
Album: Evolve
Year: 2017
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3) The Rain Song

Artist: Led Zepplin
Album: Houses of the Holy
Year: 1973
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4) November Rain

Artist: Guns N’ Roses
Album: Use your Illusion I
Year: 1991
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VII. Storms and Rain Songs

1) Set Fire to the Rain

Artist: Adelle
Album: 21
Year: 2011
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An emotional ballad of expression, beauty and pain. The storm of Adelles relationships became the muse to some of the most beautiful songs of the 2010’s.

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2) The Hurricane

Artist: Kanye West & Weeknd
Album: Single
Year: 2021
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3) Hurricane

Artist: Luke Combs
Album: This One’s For You
Year: 2017
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4) Here Comes the Flood

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Album: Peter Gabriel 1: Car
Year: 1977
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5) Rain Fall Down

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Album: A Bigger Bang
Year: 2005
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6) Hurricane

Artist: Lin-Manuel Miranda & The Origanl Broadway cast of Hamilton
Album: Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Year: 2015
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This was the storm that made Alexander Hamilton. A man who shaped the creation , of the legal system of USA and defended the same liberty against the British.

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VIII. Songs About Thunderstorms

Kids and animals alike fear them, artists embrace them…Thunderstorms. The Muse of many.

1) Thunder and Lightning

Artist: Passenger
Album: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Year: 2017
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2) Shelter from the Storm

Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: Blood On The Tracks
Year: 1975
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3) She’s Thunderstorms

Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Album: Suck It and See
Year: 2011
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IX. Songs with “Storm” in the Title

Pop, Rock, Metal,  R&B, Alternative…these are songs with storm embedded into their name.

1) After the Storm

Artist: Kali Uchis (ft. Tyler the Creator & Bootsy Collins)
Album: Isolation
Year: 2018
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2) Calm Before the Storm

Artist: Fallout Boy
Album: Take this to Your Grave
Year: 2003
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3) Stuck in the Storm

Artist: Afro Social Club
Album: Stuck in the Storm
Year: 2019
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X. Songs with Stormy lyrics

1) Sunday Blues

Artist: Langa Mavuso
Album: Single
Year: 2017
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2) Rolling in the Deep

Artist: Adelle
Album: 21
Year: 2011
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3) Stormy Monday Blues

Artist: Manfred Manne
Album: n/a
Year: 1963
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