As the saying goes, "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." Not only is it the month in which winter ends and spring starts, but it is also packed full of holidays and celebratory occasions. In turn, it is ripe for having music playing at all times of the day.
If you don’t quite know what to program for a "Best songs about March" playlist, don’t worry as we have you covered. Here's a list of our favorite songs to listen to:
1. Iron Maiden - "The Ides Of March"
A track from 1981's Killers album, "The Ides Of March" is an album-opener paying tribute to March 15, the day in which Julius Caesar was told to beware of. An instrumental track, it clocks in under two minutes in length and leads straight into the Iron Maiden classic "Wrathchild."
2. Silverstein - "Ides Of March"
Similar title to the aforementioned Iron Maiden, but an entirely different song. Silverstein's track was the third track on 2005's Discovering The Waterfront album and features vocals that focus heavily on judgment. The success of this album would lead to Silverstein being nominated for a Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for "Best New Artist."
3. John Mayer - "St. Patrick's Day"
The closer on John Mayer's break-out album, Room For Squares (2001), "St. Patrick's Day" is a similar style to his classic "Daughters." It is relaxed, flowy and with St. Patrick's Day marking the changing of the season, and potentially the change in many relationships coming out of the holidays.
4. Carissa's Wierd - "(March 19th 1983) It Was Probably Green"
An indie-rock band from Seattle which formed in the mid-1990s, Carissa's Wierd disbanding in 2003 led to its members eventually forming Band Of Horses, S, and Grand Archives. Before their break-up, the band released "(March 19 1983) It Was Probably Green," a low-fi, drumless ballad that tells the somber tale of a little girl passing from a fever on March 19.
5. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Johnny Appleseed"
The legendary frontman of the punk pioneers The Clash, Joe Strummer's solo career showed more singer/songwriter and country influences than his work with The Clash. Johnny Appleseed Day, celebrated on March 11, is the center of focus on this Strummer track featuring his backing band, The Mescaleros. The song heavily touches on humanitarian ideals and worker rights.
6. Adult Mom - "First Day Of Spring"
The stage name of New York musician Stevie Knipe, Adult Mom released its first recordings in 2012. The first day of spring, typically marked by the Spring Equinox on March 19, is honored in this moving track in which Knipe is looking past the winter season with some, somewhat darker, melancholic overtones.
7. Noah And The Whale - "The First Days Of Spring"
Noah And The Whale warmly anticipate the start of Spring with their song "The First Days of Spring." The song, off the album of the same name, is a six and a half minute ode to the season and the hopes that a lost love will return with the blooming of the new season.
8. .Sinh & Dontcry - "End Of Winter"
Just 91 seconds "End Of Winter" is a genre-spanning, piano-centric, electronic-friendly instrumental from .Sinh & Dontcry. Both of the artists are known for creating mellow instrumentals, so if you weren't previously familiar with .Sinh & Dontcry consider this track a strong gateway into the discographies of both artists.
9. North - "Nex In March"
An instrumental, metal-centric trio, North honors the month of March with their track "Nex In March." The track features soft guitar swirls which later transitioning into distorted, layered guitars, almost feeling like the season of Spring is taking bloom through the instrumentation.
10. Susannah McCorkle - "The Waters Of March"
A highly-acclaimed vocal jazz artist, Susannah McCorkle started her career in the early 1970s. Her cover of "The Waters Of March" is a multi-lingual effort found on her From Bessie To Brazil album from 1993 and was featured in the end credits of the 2002 documentary "Comedian," featuring Jerry Seinfeld. The song, originally composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, was previously written with English and Portuguese lyrics as on ode to the rainy weather typically experienced in March.
11. Heights - "March 1964"
The debut album from British hardcore punk band, Heights, received a 5/5 rating from Kerrang! beyond other top critical reviews. "March 1964" comes from the second and final Heights full-length and wastes no time getting heavy. The exact meaning of "March 1964" is unclear, with no particular person or event called out, though the narrator is speaking with their Mother and Father, discussing their birth and their place in the world and the desire to "start a revolution."