Who doesn’t love the first days of spring as the sun comes out after a long, stiff, and cold winter? It’s safe to say that birds, animals, and we as humans are all thrilled by the onset of spring.
It’s the perfect time of the year to start a new romance, hit the restart button on our old lives, or just feel alive again!
Pop tunes to Jazz standards to songs for children have all featured songs and accompanying videos about the beginning of springtime.
So let’s put our worries aside and take a listen to some of the best songs about spring that brings hope back into our lives.
1. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
No playlist about spring could begin without this 60’s classic track from the Abbey Road album by The Beatles. This feel-good song welcomes the sun with twangy acoustic guitars and uplifting claps in the background. Could there be a better way for you to start your spring?
2. Mr. Blue Sky – ELO
Imagine running down the streets, with not a cloud in sight. It’s stopped raining and everybody is outdoors ready to play. As you’re running through the city, everybody you see is smiling at you. Sounds like a dream come true? That’s exactly what this song is all about!
And it gets even better. but let’s not spoil the ending for you!
3. Spring Affair – Donna Summer
What better way to welcome the spring than with an affair on a disco dance floor? Donna Summer takes us through the exciting beginnings of a new relationship with a super catchy tune that hit the 70’s by storm! We revisit this classic tune to set the mood for the songs to follow.
4. Up With The Birds – Coldplay
Floating through the clouds, with psychedelic guitars, Coldplay asks us to ‘start again’. With birds singing at the break of day, we wish we could forget the grey past.
Chris Martin sings us a lullaby which ends by saying – ”A simple plot, but one day. Good things are coming our way.”
5. Can’t Stop The Spring – The Flaming Lips
As an unexpected candidate on a list of pleasant spring songs, Can’t Stop The Spring is a 70’s influenced pop-rock song. Written by a self-destructive person, who speaks about how inevitably, good times will come and wash away all your pain.
The catchy hook – “You can crush the flowers, but you can’t stop the spring’ defines it best.
6. Spring Can Hang You Up The Most – Bette Milder
After having many heartbreaks with springtime romances in the past, Bette sadly accepts how she has grown comfortable with the ‘old man winter’ in this song. Singing about the lovely college boys enjoying the spring, Bette quietly mourns as the orchestra welcomes the spring in this song. A highly recommended heartbreak song!
7. The 59th Street Bridge Song – Simon & Garfunkel
This groovy feel-good tune asks us to slow down and take it easy. This catchy tune can make even the stiffest of hips move and groove. Simon & Garfunkel hop along and greet everyone they meet on the road, including a lamp-post! A perfect fun-filled song to get you out of bed on a cold winter morning!
8. Blackbird – The Beatles
How can any spring playlist be complete without this legendary call to the ‘Blackbird’ by the iconic Beatles themselves?
Paul McCartney sings about taking your broken wings and rising again; taking your sunken eyes and learning to see again. This song is a personal call to wake up and claim your freedom. This song has the power to bestow positivity in even the most dejected of hearts!
9. Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer
The music video accompanying this bouncy catchy tune starts as a song about how Andy Grammer, a street musician in Los Angeles couldn’t succeed in selling any of his album copies that day.
This uplifting song was written to raise his spirits after a long day on the streets. Little did he know at the time that this would become his ticket to the pop charts!
10. Beautiful Day – U2
The lyrics were inspired by Bono’s experience with Jubilee 2000, a benefit urging politicians to drop the Third World Debt. Bono describes the song as about “a man who has lost everything, but finds joy in what he still has.”
This hard rock tune gets more and more energetic with every verse, as it uplifts our broken spirits. As a song that addresses global issues, it asks us to look beyond the petty problems of our everyday lives.
11. It Might As Well Be Spring
This 60’s ballad has a unique take on the season, written by a restless man who is daydreaming about spring.
As a man wishing that he were in love, Sinatra tries to tell us about hearing words in his head, from a girl he is yet to meet. Feeling happy and gay, Sinatra tells us that this tune could only be appropriate if it were springtime.
12. Centerfield- John Fogerty
Accompanied by encouraging claps in the background, Fogerty writes his comeback song based on his love for baseball.
Fogerty writes – “It is about baseball, but it is also a metaphor about getting yourself motivated, about facing the challenge of one thing or another at least at the beginning of an endeavor. About getting yourself ready, whatever is necessary for the job.”
13. Spring vacation – The Beach Boys
This feel-good tune, with backing smiling female background singers is a classic spring tune. This cool, catchy tune is all about good vibrations and summer holiday celebrations.
Mike Love, who wrote this song in just 5 minutes, talks about how every night is a special occasion and reminds us of the good vibrations even during tough times.
14. April in Paris – Ella Fitzgerald
Ella sings about the unforgettable experiences she has had during visiting Paris in April. This jazz classic has crowds roaring every time the verse ‘April in Paris’ is played.
Un comparable to visiting any other city in April, Ella makes us imagine how springtime would be in this magical city.
Listening to the M.C shout out ‘One more time!’ during her epic live performance, we wonder how it is to be in Paris in April listening to Ela sing this chart-topping tune!
15. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
“You belong among the wildflowers / You belong on a boat out at sea.” were the first verses written on top of three simple chords by Tom Petty in his backyard home recording room.
He liked them so much that he never changed anything from his initial home recording. He let the song remain the same.
And we’re lucky that he did! Because we would be hard-pressed to find such a perfect spring-themed song!
16. April Come She Will – Simon & Garfunkel
From the chart-topping 1966 album Sounds Of Silence, comes this finger-picked classic folk song. Also known to many from its appearance in the film ‘The Graduate’, this song lays out all the months starting from April.
In less than two minutes, Simon & Garfunkel cycle through all months describing the changing seasons of a love affair. A song about love made for lovers, this classic tune can bring warmth to even the coldest of hearts!
17. Spring Break-Up – Luke Bryan
A spring-themed country chart-topping song which made it to the 10th position in ‘US Top Country Albums (Billboard)’ in 2013.
Luke sings about a springtime fling that was meant to only last that season. Wishing his fling well, Luke waves her goodbye asking her to not host any bad feelings about their fling.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted breakup song, then this surely is the song for you!
18. The Lullaby Of Spring – Donovan
Starting with chirping birds in the background, this spring-themed country tune is sung by Donovan in a highly noticeable thick Scottish accent!
Donovan’s thick accent adds a special flavor to this classic tune describing mother bird-eating cherries and the river that flows through a newborn rabbit’s heart.
A simple and beautiful acoustic guitar accompanies this innocent country lullaby which represents the 60’s feel-good vibes to the fullest!
19. Spring is Here – Nina Simone
This 60’s Jazz chart-topping classic takes us through a slow waltz which gets slower and slower with every verse. Nina immerses us in her waltz with her romantic voice inviting us into her world.
With a melody so sweet and beautiful, little does anybody realize that Nina is complaining about how nobody loves her!
20. You must Believe In Spring – Barbra Streisand
A deeply sad song that seems to have been written in the winter dreams and wishes about the upcoming spring season.
Barbra starts by singing, “When lonely feelings chill the meadows of your mind, just think if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
A song that instills belief and trust in our minds during the most difficult of times. A must-listen classic for someone looking for a ray of hope to get them through tough times in their life.
21. Locket – Kilo Kish
Directed by Phillip T. Annand, the accompanying music video starts with Kilo Kish surrounded by friends at a bright, and warm summertime party.
In the middle of a colorful celebration, the singer-songwriter doesn’t exactly appear overjoyed with the festivities taking place.
Kilo sings, ” I can’t help but think I’m wasting time here. Holding all my thoughts and screams inside this locket.”
She is isolated and sad, and she appears at her most alive in the moments of solitude featured in the video.
It’s a melancholic video for a melancholic production.
22. Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves
This cool tune hit the pop charts with its innocent feel-good chorus ‘You give me butterflies’.
The song speaks about the beauties of the early stages of a blossoming romance. This Grammy-winning country-pop star met a lover who got her out of the rut that she was in. Kacey sings about how her lover has untangled all her strings and even cloud nine now seems within reach!
23. Roses – Outkast
This bouncy, catchy tune which was quite a chart success in the early 2000s is a must-have on your springtime playlist!
The accompanying video has the Outkast performing this song in a high school talent event. Starting as a tune to impress his crush, Caroline, the song takes a detour into chaos as a fight breaks out with the professors trying to stop the mayhem!
24. Dirty Laundry – Carrie Underwood
Hit songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Zach Crowell, and Ashley Gorley penned this chart-topping pop tune for Carrie Underwood. Ashley Gorley came up with the famous line – “All the Ajax in the world ain’t gonna clean your dirty laundry.”
With a personality suited to carry a song based on revenge, Carrie does great justice to these rocking lyrics. The creative vice president at Sony BMG was so impressed with this tune, that he approved it on first listen!
25. Weeds – Marina And The Diamonds
Just like spring symbolizes so many new beginnings, it also asks us to cut off the old unwanted parts of our lives that are holding us down.
In this hit pop tune, the heartbroken Marina sings about an old relationship that has grown sore. Just like cutting off old weeds in a garden, Marina sings about how she should cut off her ex from the roots but is unable to.
Weeds were represented by a ‘Green Apple’ alongside ‘Forget’ on Marina’s website during the release of this song.
26. Daydream – The Lovin’ Spoonful
This 60’s good-time tune is a simple two-minute pop song. The 60’s psychedelic pop band sings about the simple joys of roaming around on the road on a beautiful day. The Lovin’ Spoonful sing about how they enjoy daydreaming about their lover.
An innocent song about getting lost in the sweet thoughts of a loved one on a beautiful warm weathered day is what this tune is all about.
27. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Iz Kamakawiwo’ole
This timeless classic never fails to touch the hearts of new listeners from every era as a new artist covers this feel-good tune. Rainbows symbolize the beginning of spring and the good times that follow after a storm.
This classic covered by Iz, also known as the ‘Hawaiian Suppaman’ has been loved throughout the world with sales of his recording still on the rise, 25 years after its release!
28. When It’s Springtime In Alaska – Johnny Cash
”When it’s springtime in Alaska, it’s forty below!” is how this Johnny Cash classic begins! Very different from the other songs on this list, this song sounds almost gloomy and dark.
Cash describes the strange situation of falling in love with the mysterious red-headed lady who was singing this tune. Little did he know that she was a huge muscular Big Ed’s fiance who gets out his knife for Cash!
29. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
A perfect springtime song by the legendary Johnny Nash which sends out nothing but positive vibes that can uplift even the most depressed of spirits. In a song written after his surgery, Johnny sings about how the can see beyond the physical pain he is feeling.
Looking around, all he can see are blue skies and all obstacles out of his way. A positive uplifting song about the shiny day that awaits us after our pain is a must-listen for anyone low on optimism in their lives!
30. Season Suite – Spring- John Denver
How could a spring playlist ever end without mentioning the king of good times – John Denver? This epic 13-minute season suite covers all the changing colors of the weather.
A simple feel-good tune about opening our hearts to all the joy that we are surrounded by in nature. John sings, “And oh, I love the life around me, a part of everything is here in me.”
A song about merging with nature to bring an end to this beautiful spring season playlist.