Ten Songs Colder Than Old Man Winter

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While the Snowpocalypse largely missed the St. Louis metro area, the aftermath of the sleet-storm lingers, in the form of frigid temperatures, bitter wind chills and icy roads and pavement. This is the perfect time of year for hot tea, wool blankets -- and cold, cold music. The following ten songs have more atmospheric chill than the outside world. Enjoy. (Special shout-out to my Facebook pals for the excellent suggestions.)

Joy Division, "Shadowplay" Much of Joy Division's catalog sounds entombed in ice, but "Shadowplay" in particular has a hollow dread that really sums up the dark, dreary dregs of the season.

Low, "(That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace" The Duluth, Minnesota, trio knows a little something about wintry hell -- and this seven-minute opus from 2002's Trust pushes forward with the clawing isolation of a blizzard-drowned tundra. Cocteau Twins, "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops" The soundtrack to watching ice droplets accumulate in pretty patterns on tree branches.

Ahab, "The Pacific" Wikipedia describes Ahab as a "German Moby-Dick-themed funeral doom band." This ten-minute-plus epic, from its debut, The Call of the Wretched Sea, sounds like a snow hurricane bearing down on unsuspecting citizens.

Bon Iver, "Skinny Love" Bon Iver's Justin Vernon recorded the album For Emma, Forever Ago in an isolated cabin in Wisconsin. Unsurprisingly, Emma's acoustic-based heartache chills to the bone. Madonna, "Frozen" Madge has never sounded so ice-queen as she did on this 1998 hit.

The Cure, "All Cats are Grey" Although admittedly very similar to Joy Division's oeuvre, "All Cats are Grey" is one of the Cure's finest wintry moments -- the music to trudging through dirty, disgusting slush.

The White Stripes, "In the Cold, Cold Night" The sparsely plucked guitar on this Meg White-sung tune lends a chilly tone. Nada Surf, "Blizzard of '77" The eerie emptiness -- and loneliness -- of the city during a giant snowstorm manifests itself in this pop gem.

OutKast, "ATLiens" Solely for the line, "I'm cooler than a polar bear's toenails."

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