As we get deeper into January, the winter weather is hitting hard all over the country, and we find ourselves sitting around a cozy fire more often, and bundling up when we step outside.

Just this week (1/10), news stories on CNN forecast that another big storm is coming across the country and we can expect snow and ice in some parts.

Country music has been dealing with cold for decades, dating back at least to Hank Williams’ “Cold Cold Heart” in 1950. Of course, “cold” isn’t just an air temperature; it can describe a feeling.

Luke Combs told us a few years back when he was preparing for a new album of songs, “I think there’s a lot of guys specifically my age that have a hard time being emotional, which is… [an] absolutely huge mistake. And I think it leads to a whole lot of problems later on in your life. But I think it’s okay to, when your girlfriend leaves you to be sad about that. It’s okay to cry when your dad passes away, or it’s okay to want to be a sloppy college guy, even though you’re 29 years old, and go out and get drunk and take a cab home like that.”

Combs continued, “There are times when I feel like five different people. I can be a songwriter or be a guy in the grocery store going to get what guys at the grocery store go and get. I think the songs are kind of like that. They’re different, like every day is different for me. I don’t wake up every day and go, ‘I’m a big famous country guy,’ and that’s it. I am who I am, you know, and I get sad about stuff, and I have a good time and, you know, I reminisce on high school even though I’m playing Red Rocks.”

He adds, “As long as you’re doing what makes you happy, I don’t understand why people are so concerned with what other people view them as.”

Gearing up for a cold winter, we gathered what we believe are some of country music’s downright coldest songs.

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  • "Colder Weather" (2010)

    Zac gets right to the point in this song about delaying a love match because of “colder weather.” In the chorus, the lyrics include: “He said, ‘I wanna see you again / But I’m stuck in colder weather / Maybe tomorrow will be better / Can I call you then?’ / She said, ‘You’re a ramblin’ man’ / / And you ain’t ever gonna change / You got a gypsy soul to blame / And you were born for leavin.'”

  • "Cold As You" Taylor Swift (2006)

    Taylor released this song as an album cut on her debut album. The chorus includes the lyrics: “Oh, what a shame / What a rainy ending given to a perfect day / Just walk away / Ain’t no use defending words that you will never say / And now that I’m sittin’ here thinkin’ it through / I’ve never been anywhere cold as you.”

  • "Cold As You" Luke Combs (2021)

    Luke co-wrote this sad song and produced the track. He uploaded an acoustic version of the song to his social media in 2020. The lyrics of the chorus are: “They got ‘Whiskey River’ on a jukebox / A honky tonk sawdust dance floor / A neon, five o’clock, broke clock / And plenty damn many when you want one more / Of this broke heart fool on an old bar stool / Drinkin’ beer almost as cold as you.”

    The music video for the cold song showcases a man through a night after he escapes his ex-girlfriend and her new lover via a secret door in the back of a jukebox in a nostalgic diner. Many of the video’s cast of characters have appeared as characters in other Luke Combs videos.

  • "Cold" Chris Stapleton (2020)

    Chris’ “Cold’ won at the 64th GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Song. He performed the song on both the GRAMMY Awards that year and the CMA Awards in 2021. The icey chorus includes the lyrics: “Oh, why you got to be so cold? / Why you got to go and cut me like a knife / And put our love on ice? / Oh, girl, you know you left this hole / Right here in the middle of my soul / Oh, why you got to be so cold?”

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