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Baby, it’s really fucking cold outside: A wintry mix to get you through the polar vortex

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It’s not just cold out there, folks—it’s goddamn freezing. Not only here in the Midwest, but all across North America, flights are grounded, businesses closed, and generally we’re all forced inside for the next 24 hours or so. To help you—and us—get through it, The A.V. Club has compiled a Spotify playlist of winter songs. Most of them specifically mention the weather, while some just evoke it, and sonically they cover psych pop, indie, electronic, folk, R&B, and places in between. It’s three and a half hours and 50 songs in total—one for every negative degree the windchill is projected to hit here in Chicago.

Enjoy and stay warm, y’all.

Tracks In The Snow: A Wintry Mix
Broadcast, “Winter Now”
Claudine Longet, “Snow”
Kate Bush, “Misty”
The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreamin’”
Aretha Franklin, “First Snow In Kokomo”
Beach House, “I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun”
Arcade Fire, “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
Fleet Foxes, “White Winter Hymnal”
Billie Holiday, “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”
Vashti Bunyan, “Coldest Night Of The Year”
The Beach Boys, “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times”
The Replacements, “Skyway”
Lucinda Williams, “Minneapolis”
Muddy Waters, “Cold Weather Blues”
Animal Collective, “Winters Love”
Cocteau Twins, “How To Bring A Blush To The Snow”
My Bloody Valentine, “Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)”
Galaxie 500, “Snowstorm”
Rilo Kiley, “The Good That Won’t Come Out”
Sigur Ros, “Svefn-g-englar”
Fever Ray, “If I Had A Heart”
Bjork, “Aurora”
Parenthetical Girls, “Festive Friends (Forever)”
Mitski, “A Horse Named Cold Air”
Van Morrison, “Snow In San Anselmo”
Belle & Sebastian, “The Fox In The Snow”
Hank Williams, “Faded Love And Winter Roses”
Laura Marling, “Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)
Low, “Last Snowstorm Of The Year”
Nico, “Frozen warnings”
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, “Fifteen feet Of Pure White Snow”
Fruit Bats, “The Little Acorn”
The New Pornographers, “Whiteout Conditions”
The Raveonettes, “The Christmas Song”
Sarah Vaughan, “Snowbound”
Nils Frahm, “Ambre”
Radiohead, “Treefingers”
Madonna, “Frozen”
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, “Traveling Salesman’s Young Wife Home Alone On Christmas In Montpelier, VT”
Eluvium, “New Animals From The Air”
This Mortal Coil, “Fond Affections”
Weyes Bood, “Andromeda”
Townes Van Zandt, “Snow Don’t Fall”
The Decemberists, “January Hymn”
Los Campesinos!, “To Tundra”
Jens Lekman, “The Cold Swedish Winter”
Prince, “Sometimes It Snows In April”
Sufjan Stevens, “Sister Winter”
Slowdive, “Falling Ashes”

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Kelsey J. Waite

Music writer and editor from South Louisiana.