There are many songs about clouds – both literal and metaphoric. Most of them sing about important life lessons and are worth listening to. Here is a list of the best songs about clouds:
1. “Cloudy day” by Tones and I
Beautiful things come from a cloudy day, like rainbows that bring comfort and color to a dull day. This song, released in June 2021 by Sony Music Australia, is a gentle reminder to look at the bright side of life. It reached number 35 in the Billboard US Mainstream Top 40.
2. ”Clouds” by Zach Sobiech
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer and with less than a year to live, Sobiech wrote this beautiful song. To say that this track touched the core of my heart is an understatement. Zach expresses his wish to be with his loved ones even after he dies and says a heartfelt goodbye to the world. The song became a hit, reaching number 3 in the Billboard US Hot Rock Songs and winning the Upper Midwest Emmy Nomination for Best Music Composition/Arrangement in 2013.
3. “Thunderclouds” by LSD (Labrinth, Sia, Diplo)
This song by the trio LSD got us up and dancing as soon as we heard it. The upbeat pop track encourages you to take on life’s obstacles and overcome them like the champion you are. “Thunderclouds” was a hit song worldwide, with over 450 million YouTube views and a 2x Platinum certification in Mexico.
4. “Cloudbusting” by Kate Bush
Philosopher and psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich would use a technique called cloudbusting to bring down rain from the clouds for experimental analysis. This touching song uses poetic language to explain Peter Reich and his father’s special moments while growing up in their peaceful countryside home. The song reached number 20 in the UK Single’s Chart in 1985, number 11 in the Dutch Top 40 and number 22 in the US Alternative Digital Song Sales in 2019.
5. “Cloud Nine” by The Temptations
This song was released back in 1969. The band admitted to being a bit reserved about releasing a sound so different from what they were used to. It was a huge hit, and for a good reason. The song reminds you that you can achieve anything you want in life. It has a catchy, upbeat tune which earned it a number 6 spot in the US Pop Chart, number 2 in the US R&B chart and a Gold certification in the US.
6. “Strange Clouds” B.O.B ft. Lil Wayne
This dubstep song featuring iconic American rappers B.o.B and Lil Wayne peaked at number 7 in the US Billboard Top 100. It was certified 2x platinum in the US. Moreover, fellow rappers TI and Young Jeezy released a remix of the song. In “Strange Clouds”, the two rappers encourage their fans to ignore their troubles and believe that everything will work out in time. They deliver cleverly combined lines with an exceptional flow, making this song one of my favorites.
7. “Smoke Clouds” by James Arthur
James Authur sang this song to express that we all have some dark, undesirable traits in our characters, and that’s okay. He comforts the listener by saying you don’t have to be perfect, and in life, there will always be the enemy of self to overcome. What an eye-opening thought! With many millions of views on Youtube, this song can help you get through those bad days we all have once in a while.
8. “Heavy Cloud No Rain” by Sting
Sting takes a more literal approach to this song by singing about his experience of drought while in Ethiopia. He sings about struggling to survive without enough water. In the song, he expresses a desire for rainfall to supply his daily needs. However, he still uses a metaphor to compare clouds with the despairs of real life and encourages the listener to maintain hope amid the crisis.
9. “Black Cloud” by Morrissey
Morrissey wrote the song Black Cloud in 1992 after the death of his mother. Through the emotional lyrics, he says his mother was the only person who really understood him. He believes that his mother is now an angel watching over him. The song is a raw, authentic depiction of the pain and misery of losing a loved one. Truly a piece of art.
10. “Clouds” by New Politics
Getting over a past relationship can be hard. This song by New Politics expresses just that. The singer is haunted by memories of his ex-girlfriend that keep coming back. He says he has been trying to get over her, but the love they shared was too strong to forget. This song from their album, “Lost In Translation”, is about the regret of ending a wonderful relationship.
11. “CLOUDS” by NF
This song was released in February 2021 by American rapper NF. The beautiful song gives you all the feels. He sings about longing to be with his partner and expresses the fear of heartbreak. It was a hit in New Zealand, peaking at number 6 in the New Zealand Hot Singles. In the US, it reached number 53 in the Billboard Top 100.
12. “Cloudy” by Simon & Garfunkel
This song is off the third studio album by American duo Simon and Garfunkel. Considered musical geniuses, the two talk about day-to-day anxieties faced by ordinary people. The song is about having faith and hope despite the challenges of life. We loved the breezy, jazzy musical style the song employs.
13. “Get Off Of My Cloud” by Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones’ song Get Off Of My Cloud was written in 1965, and it’s one of the band’s most popular songs. It uses an upbeat, fast-moving blues tune to present a strong message. The singer expresses that he wants to be left alone to do as he pleases because he is unique and has his own mind. We guess that related to many people because the song topped the charts in Europe, Australia, South Africa and maintained the number 1 position in the US Billboard Top 100 and the US Cash Box Top 100.
14. “Cloudy” by The Average White Band
This beautiful ballad addresses a young woman called Cloudy who passed away. The singer reminisces about the girl who is described as always having her head in the clouds. This song can make you tear up with its soulful and deep lyrics.
15. “Little Fluffy Clouds” by The Orb
This single, released by the British house group The Orb, ranked number 275 in the New Musical Express’ list of 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. If you’re a believer in the positive power of marijuana, you might love this song. The singer expresses how the psychoactive plant helps him see life from a different perspective and has helped him reach a state of happiness. The song peaked at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1990.
16. “Just a Cloud” by Lusine
The EDM tune by musical genius Lucine portrays the story of someone who lives in a desert and receives rain showers after a lengthy drought. The singer is happy and grateful for the refreshing rains. However, there is a plot twist at the end when the rain turns into a storm and destroys the poor guy’s house. It makes you wonder if there is a metaphorical meaning of the song.
17. “From the Clouds” by Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson’s song “From the Clouds” explains how he and his partner are watching the world go by while sitting on the clouds. He ends by encouraging his listener to be optimistic and look up into the clouds for hope and inspiration. The interesting music video features Johnson jumping from a 40-foot diving board into an Olympic sized pool.
18. “Clouds” by Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons released the song Clouds in 2013. The song is about how people handle stress and frustration. Some take out their anger on others, some bottle it up, and some hurt themselves. The lead singer says he wants to release his emotions like a cloud releasing droplets of rain on the earth.
19. “Clouds” by Montgomery Gentry
This song by Montgomery Gentry talks about some harsh realities of life. Many bad things that happen to us are out of our control. The singer heartfully says that he doesn’t want to be a cloud that rains on everyone’s parade, and he just wants to live a simple, happy life. Don’t we all!
20. “Clouds” by Prince
Small acts of love keep a relationship alive. The legendary Prince, featuring British singer Lianne La Havas released this song in 2014, and it was a massive hit. From random kisses to flowers in the shower, Prince expresses that the little things matter and help keep the love fire burning. It peaked in charts worldwide and maintained the number 1 spot in the UK and US R&B charts.
21. “Feet In The Clouds” by Paul McCartney
In this song released in 2007 within the album “Memory Almost Full”, the iconic Paul McCartney narrates his most memorable childhood experiences. Through the vivid lyrics, he remarks his high school teacher thought he always had his head in the clouds.
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