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There's No Crash on the Levee, But Here Come Ten Flood Songs

The Posies Sailed To Success on a Flood Song


Our alphabet's sixth letter has never really enjoyed a positive connotation, and its associations have not improved in recent weeks. Floods and fires continue to beset the United States, so you could justifiably describe our current plight with a versatile but vulgar word that begins with that same sixth letter.

People seeking comfort from the two F plights currently upon us, could normally turn to music. Were fire the only curse we would have an entire factory worth of tunes on the topic, notably hits by the Doors and Billy Joel and the Pointer Sisters and Bruce Springsteen. Unfortunately, few famous songs have been written about a flood, none of which uses it in a favorable light.

Here are ten songs that do include the word flood in the title, and each emits a feeling of being overwhelmed by disaster.

1. Down in the Flood by Bob Dylan

Basement Tapes pals Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson helped out on this blues number, rccorded in 67 but unreleased until the album finally appeared eight years later.

2. Flood of Emotion by the Climax Blues Band

Forty years earlier after looking for a sign in the middle of the night, they got it right and hit the Top Ten. This single emanates from their most recent album, 2019's Hands Of Time.

3. Flood of Sunshine by the Posies

Before he gained notoriety as an associate of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the Minus Five's Scott McCaughey, Ken Stringfellow was making fine records like this single and its Dear 23 album mates.

4. Fire and the Flood by Vance Joy

Indie pop fans felt joy when this single appeared, just one of the great pieces on the debut album Dream Your Life Away.

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5. Open the Floodgates by Radiohead

Had this track from Green Plastic Radiohead maintained its original title, “Porous,” it would not have qualified for this list.

6. Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughn

This old blues number was the title track from the debut record Vaughan made with Double Trouble, which also contained the monster hit “Pride and Joy."

7. After the Flood by Talk Talk

Laughing Stock was the album from whence this tune emerged, but it never reached the popularity of the band's Eighties hits like “It's My Life” and “Such a Shame.”

8. Lost in the Flood by Bruce Springsteen

Struggles about a Vietnam War vet serve as the subject of this single, the first from the Boss's debut album Greetings From Asbury Park, N. J.

9. Wake of the Flood by the Grateful Dead

“Here Comes the Sunshine” is the official name, but this subtitle was so good that it was used for the entire album.

10. Here Comes the Flood by Peter Gabriel

Genesis now in his rear view mirror, Gabriel used this track to close out a self-titled debut highlighted by “Solsbury Hill.”

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