What does bad weather do to our music taste?

Jan 17, 2015

We matched Met Office extreme weather events with the UK top 10 charts to find out once and for all, the correlation between weather and music

When it's wet, cold and stormy outside, there's something nice about whacking on cheesy comfort music, like Shania Twain, along with our electric blankets. We decided to look at whether this was a UK trend, or whether it's only at Ampp3d that we put on Destiny's Child and jump about when it gets hot.

So naturally we ran an analysis of exactly what was topping the UK charts when extreme weather events hit our shores in the last 2 years.

What Stella says

Stella on music

Being British the weather rules our lives as well as our conversations. That’s why when its terrible so too our music taste deteriorates. Finally research shows the impact of drizzle on our playlists, as the songs that top the charts match the mood of the sky outside. It can be no accident that when pop music goes bland, the clouds gather or that when the songs all sound the same the arctic wind continues to blow- something I have long suspected.

However, despite these revelations, as yet even a polar vortex cannot excuse or explain Coldplay’s popularity. Sadly the mystery of their appeal lingers on.

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Click the song names below to see which chart-topping hits coincided with extreme weather in Britain. 


When it's hot we feel... hot

We found we tend to listen to sexy tunes when it gets hot. In July 2013 there was a hot, dry spell, and we favoured saucy tunes such as 'I Love It', 'Love Me Again', 'Get Lucky' and the controversial 'Blurred Lines'.

The UK also wanted a 'Bad Romance' in the week the drought started in January 2010. This drought lasted two years, but we were ever-optimistic, with both the Glee and the Journey versions of 'Don't Stop Believing' making the Top 10.

We might have 'stopped believin'' in the UK's musical taste…

Hilariously, we loved listening to 'Timber' in extreme storms

There were extreme storms in the last week of January 2014. Trees fell down, and people in the clubs were yelling "Timber!" - Ke$ha's little piece of musical genius made number 2 on the charts that week.

We ere into some pretty upbeat music that week - 'Happy' by Pharrell was number 1, and Avicii's 'Hey Brother' was number 3.

December 2013 was another stormy time. We listened to mainly upbeat music from Pharrell, Martin Garrix, Avicii, One Direction and Eminem. However, the trend was bucked by Lily Allen's John Lewis ad hit 'Somewhere Only We Know.'

Strong winds make us optimistic

Stiff upper lip, innit. We had strong winds at the end of October 2013, in January 2012 and December 2011.

Every week's top 10 included happy, upbeat tunes, with Jessie J's 'Domino' at number 1 in Jan 2012 and 8/10 of the songs being upbeat club tunes.

December 2011 included Flo Rida's 'Good Feeling', and the hopeful, optimistic 'We Found Love' from Rihanna and Calvin Harris.

In October 2013, we loved the dance tunes from Avicii, with 2 in the top 10, and also listened to the optimistic 'Roar' from Katy Perry. Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home' made an appearance. It's a good idea, you should retreat safely into your house when it is really windy. Cheers, Drizzy.

Rainy weather makes us want to call you. Maybe

Every week of the record rainfall during April 2012 had Carly Rae Jepsen's catchy hit, 'Call Me Maybe' at the top of the charts.

Maybe we were all stuck inside, looking gloomily outside, wishing our bae would call us. Or we just really liked Carly Rae. Not a crime.

We listened to other catchy earworms, including 'Starships' by Nicki Minaj and 'We Are Young' by Fun.. But perhaps the rainy weather also made us pensive, causing us to listen to 'Somebody I Used To Know' a substantial amount every week of the drought.

Of course, the saddest thing about this rainfall isn't just that it made Nicki's WORST song really popular - it's that it stranded loads of fish, according to the Met Office

Poor fish.

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[Source: Met Office, Official Charts]

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