When we think of Spring, we think of flowers, fresh blooms… and sometimes music! Something about the melting snow, more sunlight, warming temperatures, and fresh blooms makes was want to put on our favorite songs, sing and dance. Even the birds are singing outside, so why shouldn't we?
If Springtime and the bright side of life are beginning to reach your area, then here are a few of our favorite songs related to one of the best seasons of the year! Read on for our best songs about spring, spring cleaning, the flowers, and more.
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Song Year: 1987
Spring and Winter are the yin and yang of the calendar year. Spring is the inevitable outcome of Winter. No matter how rough and cold the Winter was and how endless it feels at the moment, we can trust that Spring is just around the corner.
This is a helpful metaphor for the ups and downs of life. Even when we think it cannot get much worse, or when we are positive that no good can come from the current situation, we can remember that there is always a silver lining. And that the Spring will come again
Song Year: 1990
It's not all rainbows and songbirds when it comes to Springtime. Spring is often associated with the positive side of life, but Bette Midler reminds us that it's not all good when it comes to Spring.
At times, life doesn't reach our expectations. We get our hopes up about certain things, and sometimes, are let down by the reality of things.
Song Year: 2000
U2 constantly reminds us that it's possible to find happiness even in the most dire of situations. It is still possible to find joy amongst the wreckage.
The beautiful days that come with Spring, with the fresh flowers and songbird melodies, remind us that it's possible to find the light even in the darkest situations.
Song Year: 2012
“Spring Vacation” is a subtle celebration of the return of the Beach Boys. They use popular imagery related to Spring to sing about how it feels to be back together and do what they do best.
They compare they're reuniting to what it feels like to be on Spring break, with the good weather and good vibes. Life seems lighter and happier in the Spring.
Song Year: 1969
Like most of us, The Beatles were huge fanatics of the Spring. Growing up in the United Kingdom, The Beatles became accustomed to some of the dreariest and wettest winters. As a result, they also felt elated when the sun would come out to melt the ice and warm things up.
“Here Comes the Sun” is a song directed to the feelings of simple happiness they felt when the sun would come out from behind the clouds.
Song Year: 1967
“Lullaby of Spring” is a beautiful and calming song jam-packed with vivid imagery related to the transition from Winter to Spring. Donovan strings together powerful descriptors to help his audience imagine some of his favorite parts of late Winter and Early Spring.
From this song, you can tell that Spring was an important time for Donovan. One that inspired him to write in beautiful poetic ways.
Song Year: 2015
My Morning Jacket compares the Spring to coming back from the dead or waking up from deep hibernation. The flowers and trees are not the only living things that come back to life after dormancy, but also the animals, including us humans.
For many folks, the Winter is a time to slow down, focus on yourself and become a bit of a recluse. On the other hand, Spring is a time for living. For getting back out into the world and enjoying what's to come.
Song Year: 1958
Johnny Horton sings about coming back into town after a couple of years prospecting in the Alaskan wilderness. He heads straight to the local saloon for some social interaction and some entertainment.
Unfortunately, Johnny gets mixed up with the wrong lady at the saloon. As it turns out, she is the fiancé of another man.
If anything, “When It's Springtime in Alaska” is a cautionary tale about the trouble one can get into during the Springtime.
Song Year: 2009
Sometimes in life, we don't know how good we have it, even if it's right in front of us. Taylor Swift sings about this problem concerning the man she has a crush on. He, unfortunately, isn't meeting her halfway when it comes to relationships, and she is tired of putting in more effort than him.
She uses the imagery of rain, a motif for the Spring, to describe how she will be waiting for him to come but is done over extending herself.
Song Year: 1976
“Spring Affair” is a groovy, disco love song about possible love during the Spring. She compares her partner to the sunlight that comes with the Spring. And she refers to her feelings and the status of her relationship with her lover as growing, much like the flowers that come back after the Winter.
Song Year: 2006
Concerning Bob Marley's ‘3 Little Birds', Corinne Bailey Rae reminds us that everything will be alright. “Put Your Records On” is an uplifting song that helps us to remember that nobody is perfect and that growing up takes some time and patience.
This infectious song, in combination with a beautiful Spring day, will have you dancing and singing along like the timeless classic it is.
Song Year: 2012
“A Father's First Spring” is a love song about a man and a woman. The Avett Brothers sing about how the man has to go away and how much he will miss his lover and their daughter Eleanor.
They sing about the power of fatherhood and how becoming a father changes your life forever. Everything changes, and nothing is the same, including even your heartbeat, once you have a child and become a father.
Song Year: 2011
Coldplay uses popular Springtime imagery, like birds, blue skies, and the rain, to sing about how good things are coming. Despite our pessimistic inclinations, we have to remember that good things do come.
The band combines beautiful instrumentals with lyrics about learning to fly to sing about the beauty that comes with the light at the end of the tunnel.
Song Year: 2014
“Happy” is the perfect song to accompany your playlist for sunny Spring days. Its positive lyrics and addictive rhythm get you dancing and clapping along. Clapping for Pharrell is the perfect expression of happiness.
With a song like “Happy” playing in the background, there is very little that brings you down.
Song Year: 1976
Ella Fitzgerald sings about the wonders of Springtime in Paris and how she had never really known Spring until she experienced it in Paris. For her, it's more than just a season. It's also an indescribable feeling.
Spring in other parts of the world will always be compared to what April is like in Paris. Now, if that doesn't make you want to visit Paris during April, then we don't know what will.
Song Year: 1968
Birds singing their songs in the morning is one of the first signs that Spring is on its way. However, “Blackbird” isn't just a song about birds beginning to sing with the coming Spring. It has a much more potent message.
In fact, The Beatles use symbolism to sing about the discrimination of African Americans and how they hope that one day Black, Indigenous, and People of color will be able to learn to fly, and consequently, be free.
Song Year: 2008
Natasha Bedingfield relies on powerful Springtime imagery, like sunshine, rivers, and butterflies, to sing about not being controlled by her lover. She sings about being taken away to a location she describes as a secret and better place.
The Spring is a yearly reminder that things are looking up and that better things are coming. She uses the sun to remind us that everything will be alright and remind us to stay positive.
Song Year: 1993
“I Can See Clearly Now” is an uplifting, feel-good song about breaking out of the clouds and being greeted by the bright sunshine. Jimmy Cliff sings about the transition from stormy weather to sunshine and blue skies to remind his audience that the storm always breaks. The bad times will eventually come to an end.
Sometimes we can't see clearly, and that's okay. We just need to remember that the sun will come again and brighten our lives once again.
Song Year: 2014
“Clean” is a song about getting over a breakup and becoming clean again. It's about cleaning up one's life to get back to normal after a heartbreak. Being heartbroken can feel very debilitating. But with time, and some cleaning, metaphorically speaking, you can get over even the worst breakups.
Song Year: 2013
Luke Bryan sings about creating romance during a Spring Break vacation and then breaking up with his fling. “Spring Break-Up” is a song about the fleeting nature of hookup culture and how it's not supposed to last. For him, it's about having fun and then moving on, back to normal life once Spring break is over.
Song Year: 2015
“Spring Breakdown” is an ode to going on vacation and traveling somewhere to a Spring Break party. Luke Bryan sings about the relationships he has formed with his fans during his travels over Spring Break and how much he will miss the atmosphere.
He uses “Spring Breakdown” as a play on words to describe his emotional reaction to having to go home, missing his spring break parties, and having a breakdown.
Song Year: 1994
“Wildflowers” is a song that utilizes the splendor of Springtime to sing about the relationship between two lovers. Tom Petty uses imagery like wildflowers and sailing off into the sea to sing about a place where two lovers feel free in each other's arms.
Interestingly enough, “Wildflowers” was originally created spontaneously, and Petty liked it so much he didn't change a thing.
Song Year: 2008
Butterflies are one of the most iconic insects of Spring. They symbolize transformation and new life. Jason Mraz sings a love song that compares his lover to a butterfly. He wants to fly away with his lover and sings of better days with his newfound love.
Butterflies of gentle creatures with beautiful shapes and colors and that play an important role in the ecosystem. That is why, for Jason Mraz, that they've got it all.
Song Year: 1990
One of the most iconic images of the Spring is a rainbow. Rainbows symbolize the beauty that can come after a storm. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a feel-good classic that uses vivid Spring imagery to sing about dreams coming true.
Even in the roughest times, the storm clouds will pass, and the trouble will melt away, revealing a beautiful rainbow.
Song Year: 1988
“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” is a metaphor for how even the most beautiful things in life can turn ugly. Roses, and their ability to combine beauty with prickly thorns, are a symbol for the ups and downs of life, especially when it comes to love and breakups.
Creating a beautiful and loving relationship is a wonderful thing, akin to the most beautiful rose in your garden. But love hurts, especially when things go sour.
Song Year: 2009
Growing up is a long process, and The Lumineers know it. They sing about what it takes to grow up, mature, and fall in love. “Flowers In Your Hair” is a nostalgic recounting of their younger selves and forming a crush on the girl with the flowers in her hair.
Song Year: 2011
Much like the Spring, the lotus flower is a powerful symbol of self-regeneration and rebirth. The lotus flower can grow in even the dirtiest places and still produce a beautiful flower.
Radiohead using the lotus flower as a symbol for how relationships between two people slowly unfurl. Like the lotus flower, good things take time and a lot of patience. This is also true for love between two people.
“Roses” by Outkast
Song Year: 2003
This classic song by Outkast is an absolute must-have on your Spring cleaning playlist. This feel-good song pumps you up and is impossible not to sing along with. The lyrics are some of the most addictive and memorable lyrics of the early 2000s.
Put this song on, open up the windows and get to cleaning!
Song Year: 1973
Bachman-Turner Overdrive nailed it with this song. It's the perfect soundtrack for how we wall feel after surviving a long winter and feeling the warmth of Spring once again. We become rejuvenated and ready to take on the world once again.
Spring breathes life back into the earth around us, as well as our day-to-day. It reinvigorates our energy levels and motivates us to take care of some business!
Song Year: 2016
Carrie Underwood sings about one of the most iconic chores…doing your laundry. Except it's a bit more complicated. She uses the imagery of doing laundry to sing about her less-than faithful relationship with her lover. The secrets of their relationship turn out to be the dirty laundry. Underwood wants to dump her lover by taking the laundry out to dry.
She sings about her breakup in a catchy way and with clever lyrics. Multiple plays of words and references to cleaning and doing laundry are used to tell an interesting story.
Song Year: 1982
“Our House” is an iconic British-pop song from the early 90s about family life in working-class London. In the United Kingdom, the band Madness were powerhouses, with over 20 hit songs. However, in the United States, “Our House” was their only song that landed well. And boy, did it make a splash!
It's a catchy tune that easy to sing along with. The idea behind the song was that the lyrics were to be written by each band member based on their own family life. However, it didn't go off that way, and singer-songwriter “Chas Smash” wrong the whole thing.
Spring really is one of the best seasons of the year. Playing music that fits the joyous mood helps to make it even better.
After a cold and harsh Winter, we all deserve a bit of celebration. Good music is the perfect way to get the party started.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the top songs about Spring, flowers, cleaning, and more. Maybe you relived some classics, unearthed a hidden gem, or found a new favorite.