Songs About Cold

Songs About Cold


Posted 2023-12-04 by Steven Gfollow
Where I am, it is the start of what is probably going to be a hot summer, while in the northern hemisphere, they are about to hit the depths of winter. As such, why not a playlist of songs to remind them what they’re going through and remind us what we’re missing. And so, I present to you:

Songs About Cold!

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Cold has a great number of meanings and is used a metaphor for many things in the world of song-writing. It can mean distance, a relationship gone bad, part of a more extended metaphor or saying, all sorts of things. But that does not matter, because here I have collated some songs about “cold”.

Usual rules apply: the word “cold” appears in the title, one song per artist, one version of each song, no live only tracks, I need to like the song. They are listed in chronological order, the date of first release, either as single or the home album. These are not only charting singles, but songs from my collection that fulfill the requirement and that I like. Oh, and I find ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ problematic, and do not like Lennon’s ‘Cold Turkey’… so they will not be here.

Here are Songs About Cold!

Out In The Cold’ by Carole King (1971)

Tapestry was/is simply one of the best albums of the early 70s. it’s one of those collections where every song is good or better, and this certainly fits that bill. King’s song-writing and singing were not matched by another female for a while after this. There is a reason the album is looked upon so fondly.

Cold Gin’ by Kiss (1974)

From Kiss’ debut album, this song has proven a staple of their live set to this day, a rocking song that just pounds its way into your brain. The band showed from the word go just what they were capable of.

Stone Cold Crazy’ by Queen (1974)

Queen rocking out is always a fun time. The live versions of this song are just wild, and this sounds like the band are having a lot of fun, even in the studio. One of the many, many Queen tracks that fall by the wayside because of the sheer volume of greatness in their discography.

Stone Cold Sober’ by Rod Stewart (1975)

Rod Stewart started his main career as a mod rocker in The Jeff Beck Group, which bled into The Faces, and a lot of that sensibility was carried over into his early solo albums. This track is representative of that, and is one of my favourites from Atlantic Crossing.

Cold As Ice’ by Foreigner (1977)

Foreigner, with the distinctive voice of Lou Gramm right there, released some great tracks in the 1970s and 1980s. They may be considered “of their time” nowadays, but I can’t help but sing along to some of their greatest hits. Like this.

She’s So Cold’ by The Rolling Stones (1980)

Some consider Emotional Rescue the last great Stones album, and it is songs like this that have pushed that narrative. There is a definite early 80s sheen about the music, but that is probably why I like it so much.

Cold Shot’ by Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble (1984)

1980s blues music was the style of blues that introduced me to the blues and then took me backwards all the way to Robert Johnson. As such, I do have a soft spot for the blues from this era, and Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of the masters at this time.

Out In The Cold’ by Judas Priest (1986)

Turbo was my introduction to Judas Priest (after Iron Maiden, my mate Chiz decided I needed Priest), and so I have something of a soft spot for the songs on that collection, and this is one that just rocks along so well, building like all good Priest songs do.

So Cold The Night’ by The Communards (1986)

1980s dance pop, a song I remember hearing at Blue Light Discoes “back in the day.” The amazing voice of Jimmy Somerville is really at the fore here (not to take anything away from Richard Coles’ musicianship) and is just a glorious piece of pop.

Funky Cold Medina’ by Tone Loc (1989)

Early rap, 1980s style, the rap I still prefer. The song is just a collection of classic rock samples and some fun lyrics. It’s fun, what can I say?

Out In The Cold’ by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (1991)

A great album cut from Petty’s awesome Into The Great Wide Open, this song is one that could easily have been released as a single, I think. It just rocks hard and is so good. Then again, the whole album is fantastic, so what do you expect?

Hot n Cold’ by Katy Perry (2008)

Yes! Katy Perry! There are only a few of Perry’s songs I like, but this is definitely one of them. It is just a fun little song with a chorus that begs being screamed by a large group of people. No apologies – I like it.

Stone Cold’ by Jimmy Barnes feat. Joe Bonamassa (2014)

In 2014, to celebrate 30 years of solo recording, Barnes released an album where he re-recorded some of his bigger hits in duet with newer people. This track, one of his best solo ballads (I own the cassingle!) was re-recorded with blues virtuoso Joe Bonamassa on guitar and… wow. I had to include that version here.

Cold Blood’ by Apocalyptica (2015)

Some symphonic rock, from one of the best in the business. This a much more straight-forward song than a lot of their output, and that may mean it is more accessible to a wider audience. I just like it. This is better really loud, by the way.

Stone Cold’ by Jared Halley (2020)

This comes from Halley’s album Rise Up , and at the time I said the chorus made this song. Well, I’ve returned to the album recently, and I was wrong back then – this whole song is really good. Maybe it fits my mood a little better now, but this is a great song, and a perfect way to close out this list.

Fifteen songs about “cold”, and with a range of musical styles across the board. There could well be something for almost anyone here. And where else would you hear Judas Priest and Katy Perry in the same place?

So, covering a nice range of decades from the 1970s to 2020s, this is an eclectic list. As such, I hope you enjoy what’s presented here.


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