25 Winter Songs to Listen to When It's Ridiculously Cold Outside

Starting in November, something happens on radios all across the country: Top 40 hits give way to nostalgic, beloved holiday classics (and more recent, less-beloved pop covers of said holiday classics). Maybe you are firmly Team Christmas Music and love this phenomenon, but maybe you’re…well, not, in which case, you probably feel a swelling of “Oh god, not this again” every time the holiday season rolls around. But, even if you don’t love Christmas-y classics like “Jingle Bells” and you’d rather be decked in the face than listen to another round of “Deck the Halls,” you can still get into the seasonal spirit. What’s more, you might even get away with slyly replacing some holiday playlist airtime with another kind of season-specific music: Winter songs.

“What is a winter song?” you might be wondering. These are songs that make you immediately feel the need to curl up on the couch under a warm, cozy blanket because the weather is straight-up frigid. These are songs that conjure up mental pictures of snow flurries and puffy coats and steaming cups of hot, soul-warming beverages. These are the songs that put you in that winter state of mind. They’re the songs that you can listen to well past December, all the way through the end of February (at least) because they’re about the winter season and not the holiday season. So go make a cup of hot cocoa, slip on your coziest, warmest pair of socks, and prepare for a playlist that sounds like the inside of a snow globe.

“Back to December” by Taylor Swift

“Valley Winter Song” by Fountains of Wayne

“Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

“Coldest Winter” by Kanye West

“A Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon & Garfunkel

“20 Years of Snow” by Regina Spektor

“Winter Things” by Ariana Grande

“The Fox in the Snow” by Belle and Sebastian

“Angel in the Snow” by Elliott Smith

“I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came” by Elivs Costello

“Wintertime Love” by The Doors

“Winter” by Khalid

“Ice Cold” by Lil Tjay

“Winter” by The Rolling Stones

“Winter’s Love” by Animal Collective

“The Winter Is Cold” by Wendy & Bonnie

“While I Shovel the Snow” by The Walkmen

“Snow (Hey Oh)” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Snowman” by XTC

“Winter’s Ballad” by Cuco

“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

“Winter Time Blues” by Big Maceo Merriweather

“Cold Weather Blues” by Muddy Waters

“A Winter’s Tale” by Queen

“Winterlong” by Neil Young

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