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10 tracks to mark... the Winter Olympics

Tomorrow marks the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Hosted in Sochi, the Games will include a variety of events such as curling, luge, speed skating, ice hockey and cross country skiing, with team GB hoping to bring home more than a few medals.

To help you prepare for two weeks of fun and games, here are 10 tracks inspired by winter.

Cold as Ice


Appearing on the band's eponymous 1977 debut album, this track was initially the B-side for some versions of the single 'Feels Like the First Time'. The song was later sampled by Scott Brown and MOP.

Winter Melody

Donna Summer

Released in late 1976, this track is taken from Summer's album Four Seasons of Love. The song represents the winter phase of her concept album and peaked at 27 in the UK charts.

Snow (Hey Oh)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Taken from their album Stadium Arcadium, singer Anthony Kiedis said the track's about "surviving, starting fresh. I've made a mess of everything, but I have a blank slate - a canvas of snow - and I get to start over."

Baby It's Cold Outside

Dean Martin

This track was written by Frank Loesser and premiered at a housewarming party with his wife Lynn Garland in 1944. Garland considered the song theirs and was furious when Loesser sold it to MGM.



This track was released by British folk-rock singer songwriter Passenger, aka Michael David Rosenberg. He supported Ed Sheeran during his 2012 tour and performed the track live with him.

Ice Ice Baby

Vanilla Ice

Written by Vanilla Ice and DJ Earthquake, this track samples the bassline from Queen & David Bowie's Under Pressure. It was initially released as a b-side to the rapper's cover of Play that Funky Music.

Skiing in the Snow

The Invitations

This 1960s track is a northern soul classic. It was also covered by Wigan's Ovation in 1975.

Trains and Winter Rains


Taken from her album And Winter Came..., this track features Agnus Dei, a Christian verse commonly heard in churches. The video for the song shows a boy's journey home on a London train.

Big Freeze


Although this track is about a personal relationship, Matt Bellamy uses a variety of metaphors related to the second law of thermodynamics in it. He said: "The song is about cooling down, fighting for love, all that sort of stuff."

Winter Winds

Mumford and Sons

Taken from the band's debut album Sigh No More, this track reached number 44 in the UK charts. It was written by Winston Marshall and Marcus Mumford says it's his favourite song to sing live.

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