21 Of The Best Songs About April

Written by Dan Farrant
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When you hear “April,” the first thing that you will probably think of is something positive. Mainly because April is the peak of spring, and we know spring bodes well. As such, April is synonymous with spring flowers, new love, and rain showers.

April is a dreamy month that we often associate with new beginnings and productivity. No wonder it has inspired its fair share of songs.

Our list of 21 of the best songs about April will show you what songwriters think of this particular month. Have fun reading!

1. “April In Paris” By Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong

If we’re talking about songs with “April” in the title, we should include this rendition by jazz duo Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. In “April in Paris,” spring and Paris seem to be the perfect combination.

In the lyrics, the singer had seen what spring is like where she came from. Perhaps there’s nothing special about it. It just comes and goes without much fanfare.

But all that paled in comparison to spring in Paris. There, holiday tables are set under the trees, and we can imagine lovers taking their dates here. And the chestnut blossoms add to the charm of the season.

Related: Check out our best songs about Paris post here.

2. “April Come She Will” By Simon & Garfunkel

From famed folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, we have “April Come She Will.” It debuted in 1966 on their most famous album, Sounds of Silence.

In true poetic fashion, the song mentions “April” and other months metaphorically. They seem to perfectly symbolize female emotions that change as gradually or abruptly as the seasons themselves.

For instance, the song says that in April, she comes “when streams are ripe and swelled with rain.” This period alludes to a good time in the couple’s lives. In May, she stays with him. In June, she becomes restless. In July, she leaves. In August, their love dies. In September, he only has memories to remember.

3. “April Fools” By Aretha Franklin

From the Queen of Soul herself, “April Fools” debuted on Aretha Franklin’s album Young, Gifted, and Black in 1972. The album was one of her most popular compilations, even if “April Fools” isn’t the most famous single on the album.

If you live in the US, you’re aware of April Fools. This is the first day in April dedicated to silly pranks and blatant lying followed by a joking admission. Franklin uses April Fools to express skepticism about whether love will last.

But sometimes love beats all odds and blossoms into a long-lasting relationship. In the song, the singer is happy to say that she has found true love.

4. “April Again” By Dean Martin

Up next is another song with “April” in the lyrics. “April Again” is a lesser-known single from the King of Cool Dean Martin. It debuted in 1968 as another dreamy pop song for fans to swoon over.

For the singer, April holds a special place in his heart. From what we can glean from the lyrics, he memorializes a past love that has given him happy April memories. He remembers her in the rain falling on his window and the flowers they pressed inside the pages of a book.

He wishes he could return to that particular April. But for now, he can only reflect on the happy days at the beginning of their relationship.

Related: Click here for more songs about the rain.

5. “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” By Sublime

Our next song, “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” by Sublime, is not about a date that’s special for just one person. This song documents the riots that ensued after the brutal beating of Rodney King, a black man, by white policemen the previous year.

The verdict came out on April 29, 1992, acquitting the officers. Hours later, angry protests broke out in the black regions of Los Angeles, leading to riots and looting.

The riots lasted six days, leading to 63 deaths and thousands of injured people. The song mentions other places across the United States where riots also occurred.

6. “April Fool” By Patti Smith

American singer-songwriter Patti Smith is a female icon in the history of punk rock. Not only is she a gritty and edgy New York punk, but her lyrics are the height of poetic literature. “April Fool” is proof of that.

“April Fool” is a playful song about getting into good trouble with your favorite person. It’s an invitation to a significant other or best friend to go on an adventure and live by the seat of your pants.

April Fools is a day of mischief. But Smith argues it’s also a fun-loving state of mind that deserves more than one day a year.

7. “April Skies” By The Jesus And Mary Chain

Next, we have “April Skies,” one of the best songs from The Jesus and Mary Chain‘s Darklands album. The song was released in 1987 and peaked at #8 on the UK Single Chart.

“April Skies” is basically either of two things. One, it’s a breakup song. Two, it’s about walking away from a toxic person or relationship. In the first verse, the singer says, “Don’t you walk away, And the world comes tumbling down.” This alludes to the idea that if the other person leaves him, her world will fall apart.

We can say that April skies are a metaphor for a broken relationship. The line “Sun grows cold, sky gets black” tells as much.

8. “April 8th” By Neutral Milk Hotel

We can only guess what happened on “April 8th,” a song by indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel. But what we know is that it is a perfect example of the sound they’re famous for.

Neutral Milk Hotel is also known for depressing themes, and that manifests in the song. “April 8th” speaks of loneliness. It hints at watching one’s life pass him by without anyone to share it with.

The singer shows his vulnerability by remembering memories with a past lover. He imagines all the good times they have and being safe in the warmth of a blanket.

Related: Click here for more songs about loneliness and isolation.

9. “Pieces Of April” By Three Dog Night

Sometimes we can best describe things by comparing them to months of the year. In “Pieces of April,” Three Dog Night looks at a relationship like April, the peak of spring.

The song recounts the singer’s love story as promising as April. During spring, plants grow, the rivers and creeks swell with water and fish, and the weather is good. The singer uses these as a metaphor for the status of their relationship.

And even when it rains, it doesn’t matter because spring does not have space for sadness. The lines “I’ve got pieces of April, It’s a mornin’ in May” tell us that their relationship is still going strong.

10. “April Fools” By Rufus Wainwright

While Rufus Wainwright explains that “April Fools” is a love song, it also touches on the foolishness that can sometimes accompany it. It is not directly related to the month of April or April Fools’ Day itself.

Rather, the song is about the emotional rollercoaster of being in love. It includes the joy, vulnerability, and the occasional pain it brings. That’s much like how April Fools’ Day can involve surprises that stir a range of emotions.

“April Fools” uses love to show how people can be tricked by their own feelings. On the other hand, it also embraces this with a sense of acceptance and even celebration.

11. “April Love” By Pat Boone

Some songs use April to capture young love during the springtime, particularly in the month of April. This is exactly what Pat Boone achieves in his 1957 song “April Love.”

April is a time of renewal, growth, and the blossoming of nature. It mirrors the fresh and hopeful feelings associated with new love. The narrator also likens love to the promising first days of spring, suggesting that love found in April carries magic and wonder.

However, the narrator warns that an April love can easily “slip right through your fingers.” Thus, one should never let their loved one go away and lose them.

12. “April Showers” By ProleteR

Springtime symbolizes new beginnings. It’s about starting fresh. ProleteR‘s “April Showers” features an instrumental base that creates a unique and engaging sound. It contributes to the song’s lively atmosphere, fitting the theme of new beginnings associated with the month of April.

The repeated lyrics reflect optimism and renewal. They mention the “March winds and April showers” that bring life and color to the world after the cold months of winter.

And just as April showers bring forth the flowers in May, romance blossoms for the narrator and his beloved. With springtime, they have “an outdoor paradise for two.”

13. “April Sun In Cuba” By Dragon

Apparently, some places become more enticing during the month of April. In “April Sun in Cuba,” the rock band Dragon sings about escape and adventure.

The narrator longs to break free from the monotony of his city life. He wants to find excitement someplace else, and he believes that Cuba will give him the experience he’s looking for.

The mention of April suggests a specific time of year when he feels this urge to escape most strongly. It’s likely because April is the perfect time for starting fresh adventures.

14. “April” By Deep Purple

The month of April is the perfect backdrop for the narrative in Deep Purple‘s “April.” It’s about loss, longing, and the emotions that arise from a breakup.

For the narrator, April is “a cruel time.” Spring may be beautiful with its shining sun, but this imagery contrasts with the pain and sorrow he goes through. This juxtaposition reflects his inner turmoil against the backdrop of a world coming to life after winter.

It’s like April is a metaphorical representation of his situation in general. The line “Still falls the April rain” suggests that despite growth and renewal, there is a sadness that persists.

15. “Soft Rains Of April” By A-ha

April is often associated with rain. In a-ha‘s “Soft Rains of April,” it’s a metaphor for renewal and reflection.

In the lyrics, the narrator longs for home and familiarity. He laments his separation from the people he loves and yearns to go back to a place that’s special to him.

The repeated mention of April’s soft rains symbolizes the bittersweet nature of memories and the passage of time. While it stirs melancholy, it’s also intertwined with hope.

16. “April 2031” By Warrant

Up next, we have a song that paints a dystopian picture of the future. As the title suggests, “April 2031” by Warrant focuses on the month of April in the distant year of 2031.

The lyrics describe a world where the things we enjoy now have become a thing of the past. There are no longer blue skies, “cotton candy clouds,” birds, and fresh air. They are replaced by a landscape that is unrecognizable and possibly caused by environmental degradation.

April is a traditional symbol of renewal and rebirth. But in the song, this month presents a future where these concepts are lost.

17. “Do Away With April” By Sarah Vaughan

April carries with it positive connotations that have to do with beginnings and renewal. But in “Do Away With April,” Sarah Vaughan expresses her distaste for this particular month.

The lyrics explain why. This month brings painful memories that the narrator wishes to forget. In fact, she wants to eliminate April entirely so that she can move past her heartache. She likes the idea of making March “twice as long” to skip April.

Vaughan is able to bring to life the sorrow embedded in the lyrics. Wishing that April is something that one can do away with reflects the universal desire to bypass certain periods marred by sadness or regret.

18. “I’ll Remember April” By Frank Sinatra

In contrast to the previous song, Frank Sinatra talks about why he loves the month of April. In “I’ll Remember April,” he reminisces on a past love that has since faded away.

In the lyrics, the narrator likens his past romance to the fleeting beauty of spring. He reflects on the passionate moments of the relationship, happy at the thought that “[she] once loved [him] in April.”

But just like April, those moments were temporary and have already passed. Nevertheless, when autumn comes, he draws strength from his memories of April.

19. “April Showers” By Sugarland

The month of April is known for its rain that leads to spring growth. Sugarland‘s song, “April Showers,” uses this as a backdrop to explore themes of hope and renewal.

In the lyrics, the narrator is going through a journey, seeking direction and purpose. With the use of the imagery of April showers, the song suggests that periods of difficulty can lead to new beginnings. This mirrors the cycle of renewal that April represents.

“April Showers” speaks to the universal experience of navigating life’s ups and downs. Just as April rain is followed by the blooming of flowers in May, trials can lead to happiness and fulfillment.

20. “October & April” By The Rasmus Ft. Anette Olzon

In “October & April,” The Rasmus, featuring Anette Olzon, sings about the dynamics of a romantic relationship. It features a narrative where the couple is as opposite as the months of April and October.

The lyrics liken the girl to an April sky. She is described as a “child of light” and a “shining star.” With her energetic disposition, she can brighten the day and melt the snow. The guy, on the other hand, is portrayed as a “frozen sky in October night.” He seems to be a cold person, with the “darkest cloud / endless storm / raining from his heart.”

The juxtaposition of April and October highlights the cyclical nature of relationships. It moves from the euphoria of beginnings in April to the difficult times symbolized by October.

21. “April” By Beach Bunny

Last but certainly not least, we have “April” by Beach Bunny. This is a melancholy song about the mourning period after a breakup.

The month of April marks the end of the relationship in the song. April showers mirror the tears the singer sheds as she faces life without her ex.

His absence in her life makes her yearn for somebody to love her. She wants him back, that’s clear in the lyrics. But it appears he doesn’t. She hasn’t been able to get a hold of him for more than a year. She finally realizes that they’re just memories.

Summing Up Our List Of April Songs

April is special for many people for different reasons. As the songs above showed, April stood for something that had an impact on the singers’ lives. Whether it’s happy or sad, April will always have a place in their hearts.

If April is special for you, too, then we hope you’ve found something from our list that speaks to your experience.

For others who are simply looking for some music, there are plenty of songs about April to enjoy.

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Dan Farrant, the founder of Hello Music Theory, has been teaching music for over 15 years, helping hundreds of thousands of students unlock the joy of music. He graduated from The Royal Academy of Music in 2012 and then launched Hello Music Theory in 2014. He plays the guitar, piano, bass guitar and double bass and loves teaching music theory.