21 Best Songs to Celebrate the Joy of Spring

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Spring heralds the awakening of the world from its winter sleep. It is the season that promises new beginnings, reawakening, and growth.

For this reason, spring has long been a source of inspiration for artists and musicians.

Today, we are celebrating the joy that this season brings through a collection of the best songs about spring. These songs come from different genres.

Each track pays homage to what springtime represents. Through each song, we witness how spring transforms the world—and us—upon its arrival.

We also gain insight into human emotions, considering that many of the songs also serve as a metaphor for resilience.

If you’re ready, let’s check out songs that celebrate spring.

1. Spring (Among the Living), My Morning Jacket

Among the living, among the living again. Out in the light of day's warm embrace again. What a gift!

Who’s ready for spring?

Here’s a joyous tribute to the season that brings rebirth. This song expresses how wonderful it is to be able to see the seasons change and still be among the living.

2. Southland in the Springtime, The Indigo Girls

And there's something 'bout the Southland in the springtime, where the waters flow with confidence and reason. Though I miss her when I'm gone, it won't ever be too long 'til I'm home again to spend my favorite season.

This song vividly describes the landscape of the South as spring arrives, touching on places with cultural significance.

It is also a song about nostalgia for the past, including a loved one the narrator has not seen in a long time.

3. Spring Is Here, Nina Simone

Spring is here. Why doesn't the breeze delight me? Stars appear. Why doesn't the night invite me? But maybe it's because nobody loves me.

In contrast to most of the lively songs featured here, this track from Nina Simone depicts the longing and loneliness felt by the narrator.

Spring has arrived, heralding growth and new life. However, the narrator remains locked in the past, with the memories of a failed love affair.

Because of her sorrow, she cannot appreciate the beauty of spring.

4. I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash

I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It's gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day.

Spring is often a welcome contrast to the darkness of winter. Darkness is often a metaphor for difficult times, whereas light and brightness usually symbolize hope.

This song makes use of these metaphors. It’s about hope and the promise of good things to come after experiencing difficulties in one’s life.

5. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, Norah Jones

Morning's kiss wakes trees and flowers. And to them I'd like to drink a toast. I walk in the park just to kill lonely hours. Spring can really hang you up the most.

In this song, the beauty of spring is described vividly. A woman walks alone, lost in reverie and melancholy, while spring blossoms in front of her.

Sadly, she fails to appreciate the beauty around her. Her grief over a failed relationship lies heavy in her heart.

6. Can’t Stop the Spring, Flaming Lips

You can crush the flowers but you can't stop the spring no matter what you say.

Spring represents resilience. Here’s a song that reminds listeners that spring is an unstoppable force.

Metaphorically, this song is about the refusal to give in to sadness.

7. Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield

Staring at the blank page before you Open up the dirty window. Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find.

This song is about letting the rain cleanse your dark thoughts. It reminds listeners to allow the sun to shine through and illuminate the goodness you have within.

8. Pocketful of Sunshine, Natasha Bedingfield

The sun is on my side and takes me for a ride. I smile up to the sky. I know I'll be alright.

Often, you can’t control what’s going on around you. However, this song tells listeners that you will be alright as long as you remember that you have the ability to create and find your own happiness.

9. Dandelion, Audioslave

Little dandelion, let your heart keep time. Now the clouds are gone, all of your tomorrows shine. Oh-oh-oh-oh…

The dandelion is known to be a resilient plant. It is featured in this song to remind listeners of their own strength and resilience in the face of adversity.

10. Spring Vacation, The Beach Boys

Spring vacation. Good vibration. Summer weather. We're back together.

This song captures the carefree vibe of spring break. It highlights time spent with friends during the holidays, doing fun and exciting things together under the sun.

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11. When It’s Springtime in Alaska, Johnny Cash

When it’s springtime in Alaska, it’s 40 below.

This song was originally sung by country singer Johnny Horton, who passed way in the 1960. Johnny Cash dedicated his cover of the song to Horton.

It is a tragic song about a prospector who decided to visit a saloon in Fairbanks, Alaska, one day in spring.

12. Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun. And I say, it's alright.

Spring heralds the arrival of longer days. This song highlights the excitement and optimism when the sun finally appears after a long winter.

13. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year, Carly Simon

Spring will be a little late this year. A little late arriving in my lonely world over here.

This song is a lament about a love affair that’s over. However, although the narrator feels heartbroken, she doesn’t dwell too much in her sorrow.

For her, springtime will just be a bit delayed. She understands the healing power of time.

Overall, this song carries a message of hope that things will turn out okay if we give the situation time to resolve itself.

14. The Lullaby of Spring, Donovan

So begins another spring, green leaves and of berries. Chiff-chaff eggs are painted by mother bird eating cherries.

Here’s a wonderful tribute to spring’s arrival. In this song, Donovan paints a vivid picture of how delightful the world can be when spring is upon the land.

15. Springtime, Ian Tyson

Bald eagles back in the cottonwood tree. The old brown hills are just about bare. Springtime sighing all along the creek. Magpies ganging up everywhere.

This song vividly describes the arrival of spring in the area in Canada where Ian Tyson grew up. What does springtime look like in your area?

16. Spring, Ed Sheeran

I'm holdin' out for spring. We can't let winter win.

This song symbolizes optimism and resilience in the midst of adversity. It’s about waiting for the change and growth promised by the coming of spring in one’s life.

17. First Rose of Spring, Willie Nelson

The first time that he saw her, he knew everything had changed. Overnight, love started blooming like the first rose of spring.

This song is the story of how a couple met, and of their relationship through the years. The first rose of spring symbolizes their love for each other.

18. Song for Spring, Canyon City

The moment that the cold meets orange sky reminds to write new chapters. The winter leaves some ghosts in coats of white, but the river's running faster. I wonder if it's safe to hold you tight if nothing is forever. I hold on to my faith that every night has a place that comes together next to light.

This song describes the thawing of the land when the seasons change. It is a hopeful song about wishing some things could remain the same.

19. You Must Believe in Spring, Estelle Perrault

Just as a tree is sure its leaves will reappear. It knows its emptiness is just a time of year. The frozen mountain's dreams of April's melting streams. How crystal clear it seems. You must believe in spring.

There are a few constant things in life, and two of them are love and change. This song encourages listeners to trust that change brings good things.

20. Tip Toe Thru’ the Tulips With Me, Tiny Tim

Come, tip toe through the tulips with me.

Need a cheerful song for this season? Here’s one from Tiny Tim, in which he invites you to a romp through the flowers of spring.

21. When It’s Springtime in the Rockies, Gene Autry

I fancy, it is springtime in the Rockies. The flowers with their colors are aflame. And though I long to be back in the Rockies, I'll wait until the springtime comes again.

This sentimental song paints a vivid description of the landscape in the Rockies during spring. It also highlights the longing to be back in a place dear to one’s heart.

Final Thoughts on Songs About Spring

There you have it—a collection of songs about spring to celebrate the joy brought by this season.

Hopefully, you’ve found several favorites among the songs featured in today’s collection.

May you feel inspired to create positive changes in your life as the days become warmer and brighter.

If you’re looking for more song collections on specific topics, you might want to check out these posts:

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