A few weeks ago I wrote about three of my favorite international bands (in my case, outside of America). I focused on Sigur Rós from Iceland, Xavier Rudd from Australia and Phoenix from France. This week, I’ve got some songs perfect for rainy days—quiet, soft & uplifting.

Norway

Kings of Convenience, “I’d Rather Dance With You”

Perfect for a rainy day, don’t you think? This band always makes the cut on my winter-themed playlists.

Australia

Youth Group, “Forever Young”

No joke: I listened to this one song on repeat during my 14-hour flight from Sydney to Honolulu. Of course, I think I was asleep most of that flight (there was no time for sleep while I was in Australia—only beer, sun & fun). I think this song got a little cliche once it made the cut onto the TV series The O.C., but whatever, I still like it.

Sweden

Jose González, “Heartbeats”

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Y-qJu20do0o

If this song doesn’t make you melt, then you’ve got a problem. Plus, it’s paired with one of my all-time favorite TV commercials. The images & the sounds just work perfectly together.

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