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105 Best Songs About Clouds For Your Mood

Clouds may not seem to be the first choice of inspiration for most songwriters. Nevertheless, there have been some great songs and great music written and inspired by them. And we are not just talking about what we might call modern music. The Classical composers had their moments too.

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Clouds have been used by many writers and used as imagery to create a mood. So powerful can be their presence they can illustrate our hopes and fears. There are plenty of songs about clouds.

Let’s start with one of the great cloud songs written by one of my favorite composers. A Canadian singer that typifies the 60s in many ways.

105 Best Songs About Clouds For Your Mood

1 Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

From the album called Clouds and an apt way to start. This was first released in 1968 sung by Judy Collins, which became a big record for her. Joni Mitchell included the song on the Clouds album in 1969. Judy Collins had the single success. But the song introduced us all to the songs of Joni Mitchell, which was no bad thing.

2 Cloudy – Simon and Garfunkel

If anyone is going to write a dreamy song about clouds, then it is going to be Paul Simon. This was a track from their stunning 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

For a lot of us, growing up in the 60s, that was one of the albums that were the soundtrack of our youth. A classical Spanish guitar, typical Simon and Garfunkel harmonies dreamy and gentle, another song indicative of its time. Paul wrote it with one of the Seekers, Bruce Woodley. The Seekers also recorded it, as did several other people.

3 Cloudbusting – Kate Bush

Is there a better female songwriter from the 70s? And is there a better female songwriter than Kate Bush even to this day? Many would say there isn’t. 

She took the inspiration for many of her songs from literature, “Wuthering Heights” is the obvious example. This was written with Peter Reich’s “Book of Dreams” published in 1973 firmly in mind. If you haven’t read it, do so. A tale about a boy’s relationship with his eccentric father. 

A brilliant song and an even more stunning music video considering the year it was made. But then Kate Bush was rather good at making videos that made you think.

4 Above The Clouds – Paul Weller

A committed ‘Mod’ and an admitted “Who-worshipper,” Paul Weller’s first solo album proved he could survive without the Style Council. This was a track from his 1992 album entitled simply Paul Weller. It is a laid-back track that surprises most people with its slow-funk influences.

5 Get Off My Cloud – The Rolling Stones

I wasn’t going to include this cloud song as it is a little bit out of character with the rest of the music we are considering. However, it does mention clouds. Hot on the heels of the Stones’ success with “Satisfaction” came this. It was thrown together quickly to make a follow-up, and it sounds like it. 

Written, we are told because they were fed up with being continuously asked for a follow-up song. I was never sure whether this was a serious attempt at a follow-up. Or maybe someone in the band said, let’s make a bad song and just give it to them to release for a laugh. 

Whatever, it was another big hit for them, so the record companies in the UK and the US were happy.

6 Black Cloud – Morrissey

Never the happiest of songwriters, Morrissey had been the frontman/singer of The Smiths. They were not the happiest of little bunnies most of the time. This song is on the album Years of Refusal and was co-written by Boz Boorer. Jeff Beck played guitar. 

The song talks about unrequited love and how the dark clouds above can influence your thoughts. He emphasizes that it is quite normal for your mood to be down when the skies are grey. He might be right.

7 My Girl – The Temptations

Let’s lighten the mood a little and go back to 1964 for this classic from The Temptations. Co-written by Smokey Robinson about his wife, Claudette. It was also memorably recorded by Otis Redding on his 1965 Otis Blue album.  

The “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day” line is embedded in music history and instantly recognizable. It reflects the opposite mood to Morrisey’s track.

8 Cloud Nine – The Temptations

This is one of those songs that marks a watershed. Not only in the life of a band but also the history of music. I can remember hearing this for the first time and thinking, “wow!”

Funky, psychedelic in some ways, talking about major social problems that were rarely discussed. This song changed the mold. The all sweetness and light of “My Girl” had been swept away. Reality took its place in its descriptions of ghetto life. 

This was followed up years later by Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City,” describing social problems that still exist today. But it was “Cloud Nine” that lifted the lid musically after Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” oratory. It featured David Edwards on a great first lead vocal after he had replaced David Ruffin. 

9 I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash

Nash wrote and recorded this song in the early 70s, and it proved to be a huge success for him. It was later covered by Jimmy Cliff, but it is Johnny Nash’s version most people remember.

A great sentimental song about clouds. It reminds us that no matter how dark the clouds are behind them is always the sun. And when they eventually pass away, we remember the sun has been there all the time.

But writing songs and music about clouds isn’t just the domain of the modern songwriter. The Classical guys got there first.

10 Nuages gris (Gray Clouds) – Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt was known for his virtuoso, frenetic piano playing, but he was also known for deep and dark compositions. This is one of them. 

None of the pretty fluffy things floating across the sky here. This is Liszt. The tone is menacing and dark and portrays wall-to-wall dark clouds. It’s a piece that sounds simple, but it is far from that. This is Liszt. He plays a mind game with tones that leave you unsure of what is coming next. A genius at work.

11 Adelaide Opus 45 – Ludwig Van Beethoven

Unlike some classical composers like Schubert or Mahler, Beethoven didn’t write his music as songs. He just wrote music. Rarely is there a case where he wrote words to go with the music. Even in “Ode To Joy” from his Ninth Symphony, the words were written by Johann Von Schiller.

This short piece was written very early in his life and revised many times. Indicating he didn’t think himself a good songwriter. 

It follows the theme of “I wandered lonely as a cloud.” But he never determines where it is he is going. An interesting piece for those studying music and composition in some depth.

12 Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix

Some consider this to be Jimi Hendrix’s masterclass. Guitarists spend years trying to master the introduction and never quite get it right. The only three guitarists I have ever heard get close are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, and Robin Trower.

Why is it here, is it about clouds? Not really, apart from the opening online, which sets the scene for the song. “Well, she’s walking through the clouds.” That’s a good enough reason to put it in.

13 Far Above The Clouds – Mike Oldfield

This is the final track on the album Tubular Bells III. It was released as a single in 1999. Not everyone’s cup of tea, of course. It may be best described as electronic progressive rock. 

It has an ethereal sound that can spring up images of clouds. Just as in the closing pieces in Tubular Bells and Tubular Bells II, it features not surprisingly tubular bells. On III, they seem a little more dramatic in sound. 

This was probably because on the original two albums, they used real tubular bells. On this track, they combined the real bells with sounds from a Korg M-1. It was featured in the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012. Played in a section designed to honor the NHS. For that role, it was a great choice.

14 With My Head In The Clouds – Glenn Miller

Back in time, a little for this one from Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Orchestra. Extremely popular during the second world war, this track was part of the 1943 “Sustain The Wings” broadcasts.

15 Clouds In My Coffee – Bonnie Tyler

Written by Dieter Bohlen, this was a song included on Bonnie Tyler’s album Lost In Love. Also recorded by Carly Simon, it is a simple message about viewing the end of a relationship. Although, the clouds are in her coffee cup against the sky.

One wonders if the song inspired part of the lyrics for Carly Simon’s big hit “You’re So Vain.” With the line, “I had some dreams there were clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee,” it sure could be.

16 Tell Me What You See – The Beatles

Not one that many would put on a list of songs about clouds. It was essentially a “filler song” for the album Help. Most albums have one. But it makes more than a passing reference to the positive emotions that clouds create in us. 

“Big and black the clouds may be, time will pass away, if you put your trust in me, I’ll make bright your day.” The imagery of dark clouds lifting to reveal happiness is very strong as they ask, ‘Tell me what you see?’

17 Cloudy Water – Laura Marling

18 Cloudy Days – Tove Lo

19 Stormy Clouds – Elton John

20 Cloudy Heart – Tanya Tucker

21 Cloudy Shoes – Damien Jurado

22 Cloudy Days – Alison Krauss

23 Cloudy Skies – Jessica Simpson

24 Dancing in the Clouds of Love – Michael Bolton

25 Beneath the Clouds of Solitude – Enya

26 Chasing Clouds and Dreams – Cody Simpson

27 Lost in the Clouds of Forever – Lana Del Rey

28 Riding on the Wings of Clouds – Owl City

29 Whispering Clouds of Serenity – Enigma

30 Beyond the Clouds of Tomorrow – Imagine Dragons

31 Painting the Sky with Clouds of Joy – Jason Mraz

32 Dancing with Clouds and Rainbows – Selena Gomez

33 Soaring Through the Clouds of Hope – Demi Lovato

34 Running on the Winds of Clouds – Coldplay

35 Embracing the Clouds of Freedom – Beyoncé

36 Serenading the Clouds of Passion – John Legend

37 Dancing with Shadows of Clouds – Sia

38 Drifting Through the Clouds of Euphoria – Ellie Goulding

39 Whispering Secrets to the Clouds – Taylor Swift

40 Riding the Waves of Clouds and Emotion – Shawn Mendes

41 Dancing in the Moonlit Clouds of Love – Justin Bieber

42 Singing Lullabies to the Clouds of Sleep – Adele

43 Captivated by the Beauty of Clouds – Sam Smith

44 Chasing Dreams in the Clouds of Infinity – Imagine Dragons

45 Falling in Love Beneath the Clouds – Maroon 5

46 Breathing in the Aroma of Clouds – Lana Del Rey

47 Serenading the Stars Through the Clouds – Ed Sheeran

More 98 Songs About Clouds

    1. Clouds (The Mixtape) – NF
    2. Cloudy Skies – U2
    3. Cloudy Morning – Sam Cooke
    4. Chasing Rainbows in the Clouds of Time – Ed Sheeran
    5. Drifting into Serenity on Clouds of Harmony – Enya
    6. Dancing with Fireflies in the Clouds of Wonder – Owl City
    7. Chasing Memories in the Clouds of Yesterday – Taylor Swift
    8. Riding the Waves of Clouds to the Horizon – Jason Mraz
    9. Whispering Dreams to the Clouds of Destiny – Coldplay
    10. Lost in the Melodies of Clouds and Love – John Legend
    11. Sailing Through the Clouds of Fantasy – Demi Lovato
    12. Chasing Sunsets in the Clouds of Adventure – Imagine Dragons
    13. Whispering Secrets to the Clouds of Time – Lana Del Rey
    14. Dancing with Angels in the Clouds of Grace – Michael Bolton
    15. Running Through the Clouds of Passion – Shawn Mendes
    16. Lost in the Beauty of Clouds and Stars – Ed Sheeran
    17. Falling in Love Underneath the Clouds – Selena Gomez
    18. Painting the Canvas with Clouds of Dreams – Coldplay
    19. Drifting Through the Clouds of Imagination – Owl City
    20. Captured by the Mystery of Clouds – Sia
    21. Dancing with Raindrops on Clouds of Joy – Justin Bieber
    22. Riding the Winds of Change in the Clouds – Maroon 5
    23. Whispering Whispers to the Clouds of Silence – Lana Del Rey
    24. Chasing Rainbows in the Clouds of Hope – Taylor Swift
    25. Embracing the Beauty of Clouds and Light – Sam Smith
    26. Serenading the Moonlit Clouds of Love – Jason Mraz
    27. Drifting into Serenity on Clouds of Peace – Enya
    28. Lost in the Dreams of Clouds and Stars – John Legend
    29. Singing Melodies to the Clouds of Serenity – Adele
    30. Running with the Wind in the Clouds of Freedom – Demi Lovato
    31. Dancing Through the Clouds of Inspiration – Imagine Dragons
    32. Falling in Love with Clouds and Rainbows – Selena Gomez
    33. Captivated by the Magic of Clouds and Dreams – Ed Sheeran
    34. Riding the Waves of Clouds and Destiny – Justin Bieber
    35. Whispering Whispers to the Clouds of Serenity – Taylor Swift
    36. Chasing Memories in the Clouds of Yesterday – Maroon 5
    37. Dancing with Fireflies on Clouds of Wonder – Owl City
    38. Embracing the Beauty of Clouds and Stars – Coldplay
    39. Lost in the Serenade of Clouds and Love – John Legend
    40. Drifting Through the Clouds of Joy and Laughter – Jason Mraz
    41. Serenading the Moonlit Clouds of Passion – Adele
    42. Whispering Dreams to the Clouds of Destiny – Sam Smith
    43. Running with the Wind on Clouds of Adventure – Shawn Mendes
    44. Falling in Love with the Colors of Clouds – Lana Del Rey
    45. Captured by the Beauty of Clouds and Grace – Michael Bolton
    46. Singing Lullabies to the Clouds of Sleep – Taylor Swift
    47. Dancing Through the Clouds of Infinity – Imagine Dragons
    48. Riding the Waves of Clouds and Emotion – Selena Gomez
    49. Lost in the Magic of Clouds and Dreams – Ed Sheeran
    50. Drifting into Serenity on Clouds of Love – Justin Bieber
    51. Chasing Sunsets in the Clouds of Wonder – Shawn Mendes
    52. Whispering Secrets to the Clouds of Serenity – Lana Del Rey
    53. Embracing the Beauty of Clouds and Lightness – Sam Smith
    54. Captivated by the Serenade of Clouds and Stars – John Legend
    55. Singing Melodies to the Dancing Clouds – Adele
    56. Lost in the Enchantment of Clouds and Dreams – Jason Mraz
    57. Drifting Through the Clouds of Serenity and Grace – Taylor Swift
    58. Whispering Whispers to the Mystical Clouds – Sia

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A Relevant Imagery – Final Thought on Songs About Clouds

Clouds can certainly produce a range of emotions. They are a powerful image at times. We have just seen that in our last example by the Beatles. 

They can also create a mood. Anything from joy to despair and all stops in between. It’s not surprising then that they are used so often to display emotions by songwriters.

So, until next time, happy listening.

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