Is there a Rhythm Of The Rain? An analysis of weather in popular music

Brown, Sally, Aplin, Karen L., Jenkins, Katie ORCID:, Mander, Sarah, Walsh, Claire and Williams, Paul D. (2015) Is there a Rhythm Of The Rain? An analysis of weather in popular music. Weather, 70 (7). pp. 198-204. ISSN 0043-1656

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Weather is frequently used in music to frame events and emotions, yet quantitative analyses are rare. From a collated base set of 759 weather-related songs, 419 were analysed based on listings from a karaoke database. This article analyses the 20 weather types described, frequency of occurrence, genre, keys, mimicry, lyrics and songwriters. Vocals were the principal means of communicating weather: sunshine was the most common, followed by rain, with weather depictions linked to the emotions of the song. Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the most weather-related songs, partly following their experiences at the time of writing.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 May 2021 00:13
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 02:30
DOI: 10.1002/wea.2464

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