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Hurricane Sandy Playlists Flood Social Media

By Carla Zanoni | October 29, 2012 11:43am

NEW YORK CITY — As Hurricane Sandy barreled up the East Coast, New Yorkers flooded social media with playlists of their favorite tracks to ride out the storm.

A turbulent torrent of music started raining down on Twitter early Sunday as New Yorkers prepared for the onslaught of the hurricane.

The hashtags #sandyplaylist and #hurricaneplaylist featured an eclectic mix of classics, indie hits and pop favorites — including Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band's classic "4th of July, Asbury Park," which many simply call "Sandy."

"What if [a] hurricane sharing name with Springsteen song "4th of July, Asbury Park (#Sandy)" makes landfall at Asbury Park?" tweeted @RobertMackey.

As was the case when Hurricane Irene hit last year, "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by Scorpions featured prominently, alongside "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Classics like Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane” was a favorite, with The Carpenter’s "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Like A Hurricane" by Neil Young and “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors.

"So Central Rain" by R.E.M., "Blame it on the Rain" by Milli Vanilli, "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins, and "Rock the Boat" by Aaliyah kept the '80s and '90s high in the storm charts.

Some looked at more recent favorites like "Hurricane Drunk" by Florence and the Machine, "Umbrella" by Rihanna, "Make it Rain," by Fat Joe, “Save Me” by Nicki Minaj and “'Til the World Ends” by Britney Spears.

Yet others took a more old school Indie music route, striking up tunes like "Blue Thunder" by Galaxie 500, “Ocean Rain” by Echo and the Bunnymen, “Like the Weather” by 10,000 Maniacs, and "Blown Away" by the Pixies.

For those whose appetite was only whet by this collection, Spotify user Joanne Jones has created "Hurricane's a Coming," a more than four-hour list of 69 rain, wind and hurricane-inspired songs that should take you through the worst of the storm.

Have more ideas for songs? Tweet them to @DNAinfo or post them on our Facebook page and we might add them to our playlist.