The sound of the wind howling and the rain pounding against the windows is a sight and sound that no one wants to experience.
Yet, hurricanes have been a part of human history for as long as we can remember, causing destruction and devastation in their wake.
But, it’s not just the physical destruction that hurricanes leave behind, they also leave behind an emotional impact that lasts for years.
In this article, we will explore songs that capture the essence of hurricanes, their power, and the emotional toll they take on those who experience them.
From the fear of the unknown to the resilience of the human spirit, these songs capture the essence of what it means to weather the storm, both metaphorically and literally.
So grab your umbrella (or better yet, don’t!), and let’s take a journey through the music of hurricanes.
1. Rock You Like a Hurricane – Scorpions
To begin with, we have a classic rock song that was released in 1984.
Included in the album Love At First Sight, this track features a catchy guitar riff and soaring vocals.
The song is about a passionate and intense love affair, described as a hurricane that will rock the singer’s world.
In this case, the hurricane represents the overwhelming and all-consuming force of love.
2. Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics
This synth-pop ballad released in the 1984 album Touch features Annie Lennox’s powerful vocals and a haunting electronic beat.
The song is about feeling overwhelmed and helpless in the face of emotional pain and heartbreak.
Despite its melancholic tone, the song has become one of the band’s most enduring hits.
3. Hurricanes – Dido
This introspective ballad was released as the first single of the 2019 album Still On My Mind.
The song is about feeling strong and resilient in the face of challenges and difficulties, like a hurricane that can weather any storm.
Like a powerful hurricane, the track represents power and renewal, showcasing Dido’s signature ethereal vocals.
4. The Tide Is High – Blondie
Published in 1980, The Tide Is High was the first single from the group’s fifth studio album, Autoamerican.
In this track, the singer narrates the story of a woman who is determined to win back her man, no matter the challenges and obstacles she might face.
The song was a huge hit for Blondie, reaching the top of the charts in several countries.
5. Hurricane – Bob Dylan
As Dylan has accustomed us to, this is a protest song about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a boxer who was wrongfully convicted of a triple murder in 1966.
Released in 1975 and included in the album Desire, the track remains a powerful reminder of the importance of social justice.
6. Hurricane Drunk – Florence and The Machine
Released in 2009 and included on the album Lungs, this song is about someone who feels lost in their emotions, using the metaphor of a storm to describe the chaos in their mind.
The title of the track represents a complete mess, a state of emotional confusion and turmoil.
Can you imagine what kind of disaster a drunk hurricane might do?
7. Hurricane – Panic! At The Disco
Hurricane by Panic! At The Disco is the third track of the 2011 album Vices & Virtues.
The song features a groundbreaking bass line that conveys an unbreakable power, like a hurricane that can’t be stopped.
In addition, the lyrics of the song represent resilient force.
8. Like A Hurricane – Neil Young
The Canadian songwriter Neil Young released this track in his 1977 studio album American Stars ‘n Bars.
Interestingly, this piece was written in the back of his car, while Young was unable to sing due to an operation on his vocal cords.
In this song, the singer uses the metaphor of a hurricane to represent the stunning force of love.
Through this ballad, he compares a passionate and intense relationship with a storm that has taken over his life.
9. Hurricane – Bridgit Mendler
This track was released in 2013 and takes part in the album Hello My Name Is….
Bridgit Mendler’s pop-influenced sound and catchy melody make this song a standout track from her debut album.
The composition uses the figure of a hurricane as a symbol to describe the transformative power of change.
In it, the singer expresses the desire to escape from her problems and start a new life.
10. Butterflies and Hurricanes – Muse
The 2003 album Absolution brought us wonderful songs and Butterflies and Hurricanes is one of them.
Muse’s unique blend of alternative rock, classical music, and electronic influences made this a memorable song.
In this track, the empowering effect of love is portrayed as a force that brings change and rejuvenation, much like a hurricane.
11. Hurricane – Cannons
One of the most recent songs in the list is Hurricane by Cannons, which was released in the 2022 studio album titled Fever Dream.
This upbeat electronic pop track reflects on the feeling of falling in love and the tumultuous emotions that come with it.
The song compares the experience of falling in love to a natural disaster.
The lyrics express that loving someone is like being caught in the eye of a hurricane.
12. Hurricane Eye – Jazmine Sullivan
Hurricane is a soulful R&B ballad published in 2007 and included in Fearless, Sullivan’s first studio album.
The song alludes to the aftermath of a turbulent and stormy relationship.
The singer’s powerful vocals and emotive lyrics paint a picture of heartbreak and resilience, making the song a moving tribute to the strength of the human spirit.
Besides, uses the analogy of a hurricane to describe the destructive force of a toxic relationship and the journey to heal and move on.
13. Waiting For the Hurricane – Chris de Burgh
14. Hurricane Eye – Paul Simon
15. Hurricane – The Fray
16. Hurricanes – The Script
17. Surfing in a Hurricane – Jimmy Buffett
18. Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season – Kenny Chesney Ft. Jimmy Buffett
19. Hurricane – MS MR
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