The month of March is full of contrasts. Some days it’s rainy and gloomy; on others, it feels like summer is just around the corner. It’s no surprise that musicians have used the subject of March for writing material for many decades and across multiple genres.
Can you think of any right away? Read on for our list of 13 of the best songs about March. You might discover one you particularly like and want to add to your seasonal playlist. Enjoy!
1. “March” By Jack Hartmann
We begin with a very quintessential song about March by Jack Hartmann. Released in his album Calendar Songs Through the Year, “March” (also known as “The Month of March”) is the only song on this list that specifically talks about the month itself.
The album was made to help children remember the months of the year. Through the upbeat, catchy song “March,” Hartmann tells listeners the number of days of the month, how to spell it, what (US) holidays are in March, and what season the month is in.
Hartmann is known for his children’s songs; he has a number of them on his YouTube channel to help kids learn. “March” is just one great way to quickly learn about the month.
2. “The Waters Of March” By Art Garfunkel
Originally called “Aguas De Marco,” “The Waters of March” had Portuguese lyrics composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, who was one of the foundational musicians of bossa in his native country of Brazil.
The song has been translated into English and other languages and has become a staple of the bossa nova genre. Art Garfunkel recorded his version in 1975 for his album Breakaway.
The lyrics are rife with imagery of nature. Wind, sky, river, trees, and brush come together for an image of March—of spring—outdoors. Animals such as foxes and birds make their appearance too. The vocal pattern is quick and complex yet catchy.
3. “Melancholy March” By Julie London
The golden age of big-band swing and jazz lends itself perfectly to sentimental messages. Julie London croons in her iconic sultry vocals of the gloomy gray skies and cold winds in the song “Melancholy March.”
Not quite pleasant weather, and still holding a chill in the air, the March weather makes her want to withdraw and wallow in her sorrowful feelings. We can assume she refers to a lost romance, though it could also be general late-winter ennui.
The sound of a slow percussive rhythm, bold brass, and a moody clarinet support London’s vocals as she reminisces over better rays. For sure, this song will also have you thinking the same.
4. “Winds Of March” By Journey
The rock sphere offers songs about March just as folk and other softer genres do. Hard-rock champions Journey recorded “Winds of March” on their 1978 album Infinity, giving a romantic comparison between a lover’s attention and the spring weather during the month of March.
The lyrics are a bit cryptic and can be interpreted in many ways. But for us, it appears that the narrator is speaking of his child and how they have stolen his heart so quickly, like a breeze in the third month of the year. He wishes to keep them safe and protected and make their life a joy.
5. “A Song Of The Weather” By Flanders And Swann
The comedy duo of Flanders and Swann originated at Westminster School in London. They wrote over a hundred songs together during their run of entertainment in the 1940s and 1950s. “A Song of the Weather” is typical of their fare, alternating amusing lyrics with musical riffs performed on piano.
In this cheery tune, they sing a few lines of each month in the year. The ode to nature’s cruelty goes in rhyming couplets, with the first line paying homage to a given month’s uniqueness and the second line dropping a punchline about how awful its weather is.
Naturally, March isn’t a favorite of the duo, being wet and still wintry so early in the year. You can hear the audience in the background reacting with glee to the performers’ successful jokes.
6. “March Madness” By Future
With a repetitive melody, American rapper Future sings to us “March Madness,” the lead single of his album 56 Nights. The instrumentals of the song create an ominous atmosphere that matches Future’s lyrics about his experiences growing up in poverty and his rise to fame and wealth.
The song touches on themes of hustling, success, and the pressure that comes with fame. Future raps about the sacrifices he had to make to get where he is today and how he will never forget where he came from.
The song’s title, “March Madness,” is not related to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament that happens during March and April. Rather it is a metaphor for the cutthroat competition of the sporting event that also happens in the rap industry and the constant struggle to stay on top.
7. “Late March, Death March” By Frightened Rabbit
One of the more somber-themed songs on this list, “Late March, Death March,” is by the Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit. It was released on their fourth studio album, Pedestrian Verse, in 2013.
From the title, one can tell what the song is about. It speaks of mortality and how the narrator feels he “went too far,” and this is the end for him. “Sorry, cannot save [him] now,” so there’s no turning back.
The song’s title refers to the idea that the month of March is often associated with death and mourning, as it is the end of winter and the beginning of spring, a time of transition and change.
8. “March Winds Gonna Blow My Blues All Away” By The Carter Family
American folk music group the Carter Family was active from 1927 to 1943, and during that time, they recorded countless country classics. One of them is a hopeful song called “March Winds Gonna Blow My Blues All Away.”
The song features the signature sound of the Carter Family, which includes tight harmonies and simple instrumentation. It talks about the narrator’s troubles and worries, including being “downhearted and worried” and “longing for someone to love.”
However, the narrator also expresses confidence that the coming of spring will bring a change in their fortunes, with the “march winds” blowing away their “blues” and bringing new life and joy.
9. “March Winds And April Showers” By Ruth Etting
Our next song has “March” in the title and speaks of the season during that month and in the month that follows. Recorded by Ruth Etting in 1935, “March Winds and April Showers” has become a classic song that likens spring to blossoming love.
The narrator begins the song by stating that “March winds and April showers” will bring “sweet May flowers.” All these will make way for what she’s truly waiting for her beloved. She goes on to say that it’s her favorite month of the year because, during that time, love is just blossoming and is tender and sweet.
10. “March 23” By Confession
Australian metalcore band Confession released the song “March 23” in 2014. It’s the sixth track of their third and last album, Life and Death.
Featuring their signature metal sound, the song does not specifically speak of “March” in the lyrics. Instead, the title refers to a date that means a lot to the band’s founder and frontman, Michael Crafter.
The song speaks of bonds of love and holding on to it forever. Crafter has stated that “March 23” is written for his daughter. Incidentally, the band also gave a surprise concert in their hometown on March 23, 2019.
11. “The Fifth Day Of March” By Novembers Doom
Released in 2009 in their album Into Night’s Requiem Infernal, “The Fifth Day of March” is November’s Doom‘s heartbreaking song of loss and dealing with it.
The track begins with a slow and atmospheric guitar riff, creating a sense of foreboding and unease. The vocals of lead singer Paul Kuhr enter soon after, singing how he’s “lived the darkest day on that fifth day of March” when he lost somebody dear to him.
“The Fifth Day of March” is a standout track in Novembers Doom’s discography, showcasing the band’s ability to create deeply emotional and atmospheric music while still delivering the crushing heaviness that fans of extreme metal crave.
12. “(March 19th 1983) It Was Probably Green” By Carissa’s Wierd
American indie rock band Carissa’s Wierd also had a heartbreaking song about March. Similar to “The Fifth Day Of March,” the band’s “(March 19th, 1983) It Was Probably Green” talks of loss that happened on a specific day of March.
The song is a slow and melancholic ballad featuring delicate organ and piano chords and the haunting vocals of Matt Brooke. He speaks of his thoughts on the day his friend passed, including the person’s favorite color, which was “probably green.”
Carissa’s Wierd’s music is often characterized by its raw and emotional quality, with lyrics that explore themes of heartbreak, loneliness, and the struggles of everyday life. “(March 19th, 1983) It Was Probably Green” is a prime example of the band’s style.
13. “SoulJah” By Fab Futur3 Ft. Aby Fab
Ending our list of songs about March is Fab Futur3‘s “SoulJah,” which is a wordplay on “Soldier.” Featuring the skillful vocals of Aby Fab, the song is a protest against the constant wars in South Africa.
The narrator is a soldier, and he wonders throughout the song “when this war is going to end” so he can see his friends. In the Zulu language, he goes on to describe the days that pass and the uncertainty of his life, yet he marches on because it is his duty as a soldier.
Starting with January, the lyrics mention March as one of the months the narrator continues his work on the frontlines: “January, February, March nje nge soldier!”
A blend of English and Zulu, “SoulJah” captures the heart of a soldier’s feelings and thoughts while fighting for his people. The rhythmic rapping and beats add to its poignancy.
Summing Up Our List Of Songs About The Month Of March
There aren’t as many songs about March as there are about other months, but the ones that do exist paint a vivid portrait. It’s common for the chilly and wet weather to be a symbol of frustration, hopelessness, or lost love.
A few, however, liken it to renewal, especially with the spring season that comes at the end of March. With this, we are reminded that there is still hope even when things seem bleak.
We hope you have enjoyed our list of March songs. If we have missed one that should be here, let us know, and we’ll add it for you!