Some songs were inspired by specific climatic events such as the Beatles‘ “Rain” after a downpour in Melbourne, Australia. And George Harrison apparently wrote “Here comes the sun” after he emerged into a sunny spring day after a difficult business meeting.
Researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change at Southampton University, who published a report in the journal Weather, found 759 popular songs referring to the weather.
The most popular references are to the sun and rain with blizzards being the least common.
A song by Scott Walker, “Stormy” probably holds the record for mentioning six types of weather.
The most prolific song-writer to reference weather is Bob Dylan. He has used references to weather in 163 of 542 songs and that doesn’t include “Rainy Day Woman No 12 & 35” and “Idiot Wind“.
Next most prolific weather-referencers are Lennon and McCartney.
900 singers and song-writers have focussed on the weather and it features in 7% of the songs in Rolling Stones’ top 500 greatest songs
Dr Sally Brown said “We were all surprised how often weather is communicated in popular music, whether as a simple analogy or a major theme of a song such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” or the Hollies’ “Bus Stop” where a couple fall in love under an umbrella“.
Bob Dylan aside it’s no surprise to me that British songwriters such as the Beatles and the Hollies reference weather; anyone who as experienced a wet Wednesday in Wigan or was brought up in damp Lancashire learns to respect it.