Local Storm remembers ten songs with lightning bolts in their titles
When the storm hit the other night, I was lucky to have my mp3 player handy. The sound through my headphones was drowned out several times, especially when a large tree in the street was struck by lightning.
After calming my nerves, I thought how ironic it would be if a song about lightning appeared on my mp3 player. Although that melody did not play, I thought of ten possibilities.
Excluding three songs called “Lightning Strikes” by Lou Christie, Aerosmith and The Clash, here are the ten titles that contain the word lightning.
Riding on Lightning by Warren Zevon
Among a slew of folk tracks featuring the young artist with just an acoustic guitar, this melody’s rocky characteristics certainly make it stand out on the Wanted Dead Or Alive album.
Thunder and Lightning by Chi Coltrane
His powerful voice helped make this hit Top Twenty in 1974.
Lightning Bar Blues by Arlo Guthrie
Many who bought the Hobo’s Lullaby album because of “The City of New Orleans” had to be pleasantly surprised to hear Woody’s boy in this version of Hoyt Axton’s classic.
John Travolta’s Oiled Thunderbolt
“You’re the One That I Want” and “Summer Nights” were much bigger hits, but this track could be the highlight of the soundtrack to the Grease musical that ruled the late 1970s.
George Jones White Lightning
The aptly nicknamed Old Possum admitted to knowing a lot about the theme of this song, which is faster than some of his previous hits like “The Grand Tour” and “The Closing of the Door.”
Flash Lightning by Tom Verlaine
After his excellent separation from the band Television, this leader did several solo works, and this single is quite representative of that exit.
Ride the Lightning by Metallica
This example provides one of the few occasions where lightning and metal make a good combination.
The Girl with Lightning by Nancy Sinatra
Frank’s Girl covered this hit between the two popular albums she made with folk singer Lee Hazelwood.
Lightning storm whipping Molly
Strong accents on old Anglo-Saxon instruments and electric guitars characterize the band’s sound, which is well represented by this melody.
Lightning in the Sky by Santana
Black magic and the forms of evil were already popular themes for the band, so a storm fits perfectly into their vast discography.