Snow Jamz: A wintry mix

If finals period isn’t enough of a reminder, winter is here—we’ve traded in the cornucopias, foliage, and the three sisters for inflatable Santas, candy canes, and, well, snow this sleet-y excuse for snow in Providence. Here are some of our squad’s favorite melodious slow snow jamz for any snowyish-day mood:

Jamz for cuddling: These songs will make you want to snuggle up with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate, hide under a blanket, and stare out the window as the snow comes down. Curl up under a with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket, and enjoy watching the snow as it falls down.

  • Winter Song — Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson: The “bum bum bum bum, bum bum bum bum bum”s and the bells in this song will definitely put you in the winter mood.

  • Not Too Late — Norah Jones: The easiest and the most relaxing of Norah Jones.
  • All That I Want — The Weepies: With its jingle bells, it couldn’t be more fitting for a snowy day.
  • How Deep Is Your Love — The Bird and The Bee: This cover could be one of the most relaxing songs out there.
  • River – Joni Mitchell: Joni Mitchell needs as many awards as tears that have been shed while listening to this song.
  • Angel in the Snow – Elliott Smith: Our saint of existentialism <3 <3
  • Antarctica – The Weepies: No one is really from Antarctica, silly. You probably mean it in a deep and metaphorical way.
Jamz for playing: These are the bubbly gems that will inspire you to bake some cookies, chill with friends in your room or suite, to play on Wriston, or to just get outside and enjoy Mother Nature.
  • Snow — Red Hot Chili Peppers: Well, yeah.

  • Cocaine Blues — Johnny Cash: Upbeat and fun.
  • Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) — Florence + The Machine: Florence is perfect in any weather, but this song works especially well on days on like these.
  • Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney: Synth never sounds this festive.
  • New Soul — Yael Naïm: It’s a classic.
  • Get Behind Me Santa – Sufjan Stevens – How could he possibly rhyme “Santa Claus” with “breaking into people’s garages.” How.
Jamz for studying (read: wallowing): The unfortunate reality we are forced to deal with as December rolls around: Finals. As you find yourself chained to your carrel in the Rock or SciLi in the coming weeks, indulge in these mellow songs that will bring pleasure and happiness to your dark and dismal corner of the library.
  • Saint Simon — The Shins: This song combines mellow and somewhat upbeat elements to create a relaxing and therapeutic song for your enjoyment.

  • White Winter Hymnal — Fleet FoxesThere’s no song that screams “winter” quite like this one does. So indulgent. (Any other Fleet Foxes song is also fitting.)
  • Troubleman — Electric Guest: It’s long—slow at first, and then more intense toward the end—but it’s oh so relaxing. And jammy.
  • Fools Gold — Katie Herzig: Grey’s Anatomy fans may recognize this track.
  • Spotlight on Christmas – Rufus Wainwright: This is one of the most upbeat songs I’ve ever heard by Rufus Wainwright, and it’s still in the wallowing category.
  • Winter — Joshua Radin: Joshua Radin has the voice of an angel. Also, Scrubs.
  • Winter Valley Song – Fountains of Wayne: Little known fact: Fountains of Wayne (other than Stacy’s Mom) is actually a very enjoyable band.
Jamz in movies: Because that is totally a legit category.
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You — Love Actually: This movie is definitively the greatest

  • Jingle Bell Rock — Mean Girls: I mean, it’s no Kevin G.
  • What’s This — The Nightmare Before Christmas: How am I attracted to him when he’s a claymation skull — we’ll NEVER KNOW.
  • Somewhere in Memory — Home Alone 2Sourced from Gopika Krishna’s ’13 second grade Christmas piano recital. 

Outlier Hanukkah songs:

  • Can I Interest You In Hanukkah — Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart: Stewart tries to convince Colbert to celebrate Hanukkah, but Jesus and “oil that burned quite slowly” are a little unmatched in emotional epic-ness.
  • Candlelight — The Maccabeats: A bunch of Yeshiva (University) boys Hannukah-ize (?) Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” a capella. We flip our latkes in the air sometimes.

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