Songs for a Rainy Day February 27 2013, 0 Comments

Don't get me wrong, I love a rainy day. It's a perfect time to finish that book you've been reading for the past 6 months, or catch up on recorded TV. But unlike TV, rain that goes on all week long is not as romantic and peaceful as one would like (especially if you have to leave the house). So in order to lift my mood, I've created the perfect playlist for a rainy day - either cuddle up with a magazine, cozy socks and a cup of tea, or plug in your earphones on the way to work and pretend you're going for a romantic reunion with your boyfriend Ryan Gosling. Here are my songs for a rainy day.

1. The Greatest - Cat Power

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I found this song whilst watching one of my favourite Zac Efron movies (come on he is beautiful) 17 Again. Melt away with her soulful melodies.

2. Meeting Place - The Last Shadow Puppets

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My favourite leading man Alex Turner paired up with his buddy Miles Kane to produce an album that makes me wish I was born in the 60's. Such an adorable song about love and chance. Warning: it will make you want to dance in the rain with the closest man you find.

3. Two Fingers - Jake Bugg

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Just discovered this musical prodigy. At only 18 years old, he sounds like this generation's Bob Dylan. Don't let the start of the song fool you, the chorus is easy to get lost in. Perfect addition to the rain hitting your window.

4. Sophia - Laura Marling

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Ahh Laura, such a soft, subtle voice. Sounding a little more country, this tune will start slow but build up so that you can power through that rain like the strong woman you are!

5. This Old love - Lior

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One of my favourites from high school. I mean just imagining a boy singing "We'll grow old together" is good enough to brighten any day.

6. No Buses, The Bakery or Baby I'm Yours - Arctic Monkey's

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Sorry I'm just a huge Arctic Monkey's fan. Although they have a lot of upbeat rock 'n' roll tunes, these boys from Sheffield know how to write a love song when need be. These are just a few of my favourites, and the latter is a cover of a Barbara Lewis song from 1965...ahh such cuties.

7. Noones Gonna Love You or The Funeral - Band of Horses

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I discovered Band of Horses through one of my favourite high school dramas One Tree Hill, in which their songs were used countlessly to aid in romantic declarations and kisses in the rain. Their music is a blend of comforting, woodsy, alternative rock; and their entire Cease to Being album alone is perfect for a rainy day.

8. Zebra - Beach House

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So, again, Beach House's whole album Teen Dream is perfect for a rainy day - its all mellow, psychedelic dreamy music. Really its perfect for any relaxing weather - hot or cold, sunny or rainy. Just lovely.

9. Poison & Wine - The Civil Wars

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Such an emotional song - if you need a good cry (and a rainy day is the perfect time to do it) then this song will do the trick. So tortured, so beautiful.

10. Home - The Foo Fighters

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One of the few slower, piano based songs that the amazing mind of Dave Grohl came up with. So calming and simple, a perfect soundtrack to this sad weather.

11. Dream a Little Dream of Me - The Mamas & The Papas

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And just because it's one of my favourite oldies, this song is the epitome of romance, a sweet lullaby for the soul.