13 Of The Best Songs About Hurricanes

Written by Dan Farrant
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When you think about hurricanes, surely negative words come to mind. Destructive, powerful, dangerous, violent… No wonder songwriters use the hurricane as a metaphor for feelings, emotions, and love.

So today, we’re going through songs about hurricanes, from classics to more recent hits. Whether you’re looking for a song to help you get pumped up for the storm or one that will help you relax after it’s all over, we’ve got you covered.

Are you ready to get your hurricane party started? Turn up the volume and enjoy our list of 13 of the best songs about hurricanes.

1. “Hurricane” By Luke Combs

This is perhaps the most popular hurricane song of the past few years. Luke Combs‘ “Hurricane” is a perfect storm of catchy melodies and relatable lyrics.

Combs wrote the song about the author’s encounter with an ex-lover. He has tried to stay indoors to avoid her but facing her is inevitable. Here she comes with her “hair in the wind.” Seeing her “had my stomach storming,” and she “hit me like a hurricane.”

Which goes to show that he hasn’t moved on from her yet. We can tell that he was devastated when he thought he had lost her. But there seems to be a happy ending for both of them.

The song is technically about a different kind of storm. But the lyrics perfectly capture the feeling of being caught in the eye of the hurricane.

2. “Rock You Like A Hurricane” By Scorpions

This 1984 classic from Scorpions is the perfect song to get you pumped up for a hurricane party. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was a huge commercial success. It charted in several countries and peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

The song is about the power of love and its ability to sweep you away like a hurricane. The lyrics are written from the perspective of someone madly in love, describing how love has turned their world upside down.

The song is uptempo and packs a lot of energy, making it perfect for dancing or driving with the windows down. It’s no wonder that “Rock You Like A Hurricane” remains one of the Scorpions’ most popular songs. It continues to be a staple of classic rock radio today.

3. “The Hurricane” By Bob Dylan

Up next is a song that mentions “hurricane” to refer to a person. “The Hurricane” is one of Bob Dylan‘s most famous and popular songs.

It was written in response to the wrongful imprisonment of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a middleweight boxer convicted of a triple murder in 1966. His conviction was later overturned after it was found that he had been the victim of racism and prosecutorial misconduct.

The song tells Carter’s story in verse, painting him as a victim of injustice. He never lost hope or gave up fighting for his freedom. Dylan’s song helped to raise awareness of Carter’s case and ultimately led to his exoneration.

4. “Hurricanes” By Dido

Our next song also uses hurricanes as a metaphor for something else. Dido‘s “Hurricanes” is a more mellow option for those who want a hurricane song that they can relax to.

The lyrics are beautiful and poetic, and the song has a very dreamy quality to it. It expresses Dido’s love for her lover and how she would weather any storm for him. A song with “hurricanes” in the lyrics, the word refers to the challenges and difficulties she’s willing and ready to face for their love.

Anyone can relate to the song’s message. When we’re in love, we can do anything. We can make sacrifices and face the strongest hurricanes head-on because of love.

5. “Like A Hurricane” By Neil Young

While many hurricane songs are about the destructive power of the storms, Neil Young‘s “Like A Hurricane” takes a different approach.

The song is about the narrator’s longing for this one girl. The lyrics are evocative and paint a picture of his intense feelings for the girl he is longing for. The singer then likens her to a hurricane and that, “there’s calm in your eye.”

His attraction to her just blows him away, figuratively. Though it feels like a dream to him, and she could be anyone, the reality sets in the “moment you touched my lips.”

6. “Hurricane” By Thrice

A song with “hurricane” in the title, American rock band Thrice released “Hurricane” in 2016. This was the second single from the band’s album, To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere.

“Hurricane” is a powerful track dealing with the end of a relationship. The song starts with a slow intro that gradually intensifies. The chorus kicks in, ending with the question, “How do we find/Heaven from the hurricane.” You can feel from the words the devastation that comes with a breakup.

The song then settles into a more traditional verse/chorus structure. It culminates in a huge guitar solo that signals the start of the healing process. “Hurricane” is a beautifully written song that captures the raw emotions of a breakup.

7. “Hurricane” By The Band Of Heathens

The song “Hurricane” by the Band of Heathens is a fun and energetic rendition of the original song by Levon Helm. They do a great job of capturing the spirit of the original while adding their own unique flavor.

The song tells the story of a man living in the famed French Quarter of New Orleans. He is unfazed when told that a hurricane is about to hit the city.

This confidence ultimately saves him and his home when the hurricane does indeed hit. The song is an excellent example of the resilience of the people of New Orleans, and it’s sure to get your feet tapping.

8. “Hurricane Drunk” By Florence And The Machine

Even if you’re not a big fan of Florence and The Machine, you must admit that “Hurricane Drunk” is a catchy song. The song is about a heartbroken girl drowning her sorrows in alcohol.

The song starts with a description of the physical effects of heartbreak on a person. Not being able to sleep, feeling like going crazy, and wanting to drink until numb. The chorus is infectious, and it’s easy to see why it became a hit.

Who doesn’t relate to the girl’s problems? There are times when we experience something unbearable. We just want to drink our sorrows away, if only to forget them for just one night. And no one can help you because you’re “in the grip of a hurricane.”

9. “Two Sparrows In A Hurricane” By Tanya Tucker

Released in 1993, “Two Sparrows In A Hurricane” was Tanya Tucker‘s first single after signing with Capitol Records. The song talks about the kind of love that weathers the difficulties of life.

From the first verse, we find out that two lovers get married in their teens and weather the storms of life together. They are likened to “two sparrows in a hurricane.” Small and powerless compared to the wrath of a storm.

But their dreams and their love are bigger than any adversity. At the end of the song, the couple is already in their old age, still together. They’re a testimony that even in the darkest of times, love will always find a way to shine through.

10. “Butterflies And Hurricanes” By Muse

Are you familiar with a quote saying that when a butterfly flaps its wings from someplace, it can cause a hurricane to another place? That’s the idea behind Muse‘s “Butterflies and Hurricanes.”

The first verse of the song tells us to “change everything you are” and “you’ve got to be the best.” That is a message of doing something to be the best version of yourself. If there is something in you that needs to be changed, change it. No matter how difficult.

The end part of the song is a call for the listeners to be strong. It says, “You’ve got to change the world.” And it will happen, one changed man at a time.

11. “Hurricane” By Fleurie

There’s something about a hurricane that makes you want to be close to that special person. Maybe it’s the endless crashing of the waves or the howling of the wind. “Hurricane” by Fleurie captures that feeling.

The song is about wanting to be with someone you love but fearing heartbreak. The lyrics compare this feeling to a ship at the mercy of a storm. The metaphor is apt. Being in a relationship can often feel like riding out a hurricane. There are ups and downs, and sometimes it feels like you’re just holding on for dear life.

So if you’re looking for a song to help weather the storm, “Hurricane” by Fleurie is definitely worth a listen.

12. “Love Is A Hurricane” By Boyzone

Known for their ballads, Boyzone took a different approach with “Love is a Hurricane.” The song is about the frenzy of a new relationship and how love can be both exhilarating and terrifying.

The line “‘Cause love is a hurricane” captures the feeling of being caught up in love. It also perfectly describes the rollercoaster ride that is a new relationship. But despite the hurricanes, everything will be all right as long as “you’re mine at the end of the line.”

Musically, the song is a departure from Boyzone’s usual sound. But if you’re a fan of the band or just looking for a fun song about love, try this song.

13. “Hurricane” By Dustin Lynch

Wrapping up our list is “Hurricane” by Dustin Lynch. This country song is a fun, lighthearted tune about a girl who seems to attract trouble.

The lyrics describe her as someone who takes people for a wild ride. While she may not do it on purpose, her chaotic nature tends to result in messy relationships.

The guy in her life is trying to hold on to the ride. Ultimately, the song celebrates chaos and the thrill of the unknown. It’s a perfect anthem for anyone who enjoys living on the edge.

Summing Up Our List Of Hurricane Songs

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most destructive forces. They can cause widespread damage and even loss of life. But as these songs show, hurricanes can also be a source of inspiration and powerful metaphors.

These songs show that even in the darkest of times, hope can always find a way to shine through.

Did we miss any of your favorite songs about hurricanes? We hope not. But we hope you discovered new favorites to add to your playlist.

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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.