Singing in the rain: Weather influences the pop music chart


A recent study by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research looked at how pop music reflects the weather, including through references to specific weather events. 

Sun and rain featured in 37 per cent of the references to weather, with wind in third place.

The researchers found more extreme weather, such as tornados and blizzards, barely feature.

More than 900 songwriters or singers have written or sung about weather, primarily Bob Dylan, followed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Lead author Dr Sally Brown, from the University of Southampton, 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 Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind or The Hollies’ Bus Stop, where a couple fall in love under an umbrella.’

She added: ‘Our study also concluded that references to bad weather in pop songs were statistically more significant in the USA during the more stormy 1950s and 1960s than the quieter periods of 1970s and 1980s.’

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