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Videos: 14 Songs To Help You Rock Out This Frankenstorm

Let's get things started off right—The Boss wrote this as "a goodbye to my adopted hometown and the life I'd lived there before I recorded." It's a romantic way to ease into stormier things.


At first, you try to greet the coming storm with the appropriate vibe—that of a boozy, mid-40s party, via Earl Bostic's "Hurricane Blues."


Oh sure, Etta James is upset in "Stormy Weather" because her man is gone. But "don't know why / There's no sun up in the sky"? Maybe that's because the clouds have covered it up...and a freak hurricane is officially on its way.



Things are getting mighty eerie out there. The wind is blowing, and you think you can hear Jimi Hendrix's classic "The Wind Cried Mary" in the distance. Either that, or a Queen is weeping.


There's no need to go looking for "Big Sandy," Bobby Roberts—she's going to tear this town apart looking for you.


Soon the rain will start, which means that the background rain in The Doors' "Riders On The Storm" will blend into the scene. And the keyboards are the sound of garbage cans being tossed around your block.



t's starting to get ridiculous outside. What better time to put on (the rocking, live version of) Bob Dylan's classic "Shelter From The Storm?" (Which, for the record is much more appropriate for this weather than his factually-questionable "Hurricane"). Extra points if you have something to drape over your head like Dylan.


At this point, you're just pleading with Sandy to give you a break: "O-O-Oh Sandy/ you laugh and run away/ You just don't care."


But the storm won't let up—and now we've got a wobble in our walk.


And all of a sudden, here it is: you just realized you're in the middle of a freakin' hurricane. Cue Neil Young's unmistakable feedback and guitar storm, "Like A Hurricane," immediately.


"A storm is threatening my very life today." This is going to last awhile—so you listen to the unreleased extended version of the Rolling Stones's immortal "Gimme Shelter."


Here's the flipside of James' song from earlier in the mix: The Pixies's manic "Stormy Weather."



You've lost track of time. You don't know how long the storm has been going on, and you're starting to feel downright depressed. But don't worry: "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. is here to cheer you up! After all, isn't it about time you had some time alone?


And then BOOM. Congratulations: you've survived this freak storm! Let "It's Not The End Of The World" by the Super Furry Animals usher you back into civilization—you've still got problems, but at least you weren't washed to sea.