Last year Unofficial Networks release their Top 5 Ski Songs of All Time. Now, they have followed that up with an additional 5, making a top ten list. We’ve compiled the two for you to bring you Unofficial Networks’ Top 10 Skiing Songs of All Time:

1) Riders on the Storm: The Doors

This Doors classic that put the finishing touches on Jim Morrison’s final album LA Woman is the most fitting tune for private powder days. Mind altering, calming, and Zen-like “Riders” as Morrison called it, captures the ski-bum like a deer in the headlights. When a couple friends drive up a mountain pass to their home ski area or a lone solo-artist rides a double chair alone, they’re thinking of Riders. The song itself captures the escapism that Skiing in its purest form seeks to emulate. Riders is not just a song that resembles skiing, Riders on the Storm is skiing.

2) Jah Houphouët: Alpha Blondy

Before Henrik Harlaut was throwing nose butter, triple cork 1620’s, Greg Stump was filming Scott Kennet with his world famous dog Zudnik shredding the perfect mix of steep Telluride moguls and perfectly spaced glades that provided some of the best shots in ski history (see 3:49 in the clip below). Cheers to one of the best backbeats in reggae history. Jah is pleased with this pick.

The song has since been featured in other ski movies/edits over the years like Nimbus Independent’s Compass (Jump to 10:02)

3) Young Men Dead: The Black Angels

You finally made it to Alaska or AK as your bro’s call it. You find yourself perched on a knife-edge summit, that funnels into a couloir the size or your penis (skinny) and you want to hear music (never mind backcountry etiquette). The helicopter flies in front of your face. What are you going to play? That was an easy one.

4) La Femme de Argent: AIR

The metal heads are going to get all Metallica on me here in a second (get old and suck). This song wins gold as a solo mission beater that takes you into moonscape pow fields that you wish never ended. These Frenchman get weird for seven minutes and it’s as melodic as it is structured like skiing deep pow through aspen groves.

5) Sam and Dave: I’m a Soul Man

This one goes out to the Jackson Hole Tram. If you live in Jackson, you’ve probably heard of the Soul Tram. As a visitor it may make your trip. The Soul Tram rides once each day and the tram operator and soul spiritualist let’s the soul tram ride to a favorite jam. The best song you can get on a soul tram: I’m a Soul Man by Sam and Dave or the Blues Brothers… whatever floats your tram.

6. White Room: Cream

This is just outside the top 5 for who knows what reason. Bottom-line is that this is definitely a candidate for number 1. Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton did most of the composition and although neither were notably avid skiers, they produced an iconic song that matches the ski bum vernacular for the holiest of grails—the white room.

7. Rebel Rebel: David Bowie

Featured in Nimbus Independent’s opening segment for Hunting Yeti, this David Bowie rocker encapsulates the ski bum persona. The riff, which according to the AV Club “Never dies,” is eternal and more importantly is a great sound to hear while snow dumps on the deck.

8. Crazy: Seal

Featured in Greg Stump’s Requiem in the Key of Ski as well as the Bridger Brigade’s Progression in Regression, Seal’s Crazy is one of the most classic ski songs due to its inclusion in multiple ski films. There’s just something about the chorus that makes me want to throw Iron Crosses all day.

9. Baba O’Riley: The Who

Riding up the chair, the staccato kicks in, then the keys, and suddenly Keith Moon drops bombs on the drums. Once the first verse hits—all you want to do is “ski down there and jump off something.” Although the word is entirely over-used, this Who tune is nothing short of epic and it makes all my skiing, no matter how shitty, rock.

10. Angel: Massive Attack

This song served as the soundtrack to Shane McConkey’s first ever ski base off Lover’s Leap in the Tahoe area. The MSP segment featured in the Hit List, may be Shane’s best and it includes powder skiing in Tahoe and the surrounding backcountry, all set to the heavy sound of Massive Attack. This one’s for you Shane.

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8 Comments on The Top 10 Skiing Songs of All Time

  1. Ed
    July 10, 2015 at 8:32 am (7 years ago)

    Mountain song by Jane’s addiction should be on this list

  2. Jeff
    July 10, 2015 at 11:43 am (7 years ago)

    This is the worst song list ever. I’d rather not listen to anything than the songs listed.

    • Keith
      January 4, 2019 at 10:55 pm (4 years ago)

      I couldn’t agree more. This playlist may actually cause me to feel depressed while skiing.

  3. Captain Video
    August 19, 2015 at 4:33 pm (7 years ago)

    John Denver penned several while grounded in Blue River when the heli couldn’t fly. Blue River Blues, Downhill Stuff,

  4. Nancy
    October 29, 2018 at 11:54 am (4 years ago)

    Seriously? No Ted Nugent?

    Uncle Ted’s “Stranglehold” should be at the top of the list.

  5. Skibumwannabe18
    January 5, 2019 at 2:26 am (4 years ago)

    Horneytoad with the song Shiver is one of the few songs ever written about snow riding. That’s all it’s about and should be included in any ski/snowboard top list of songs.

  6. Nathaniel
    January 12, 2019 at 2:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Some of these are good but PALOMA by we are wolves should be top spot

  7. Lawrence Chard
    February 7, 2020 at 9:20 am (3 years ago)

    I often ski to “I can see clearly now”, by Johnny Nash, especially during a white out.
    I actually sing it, rather than listen to it.
    I usually change the words to “I can ski clearly now the rain has gone / snow has come”.
    It appeasl to my sense of humour, and it feels great on or off-piste enjoying fresh powder snow when all the “snowflakes” are back in th hotel / chalet / accomodation, saying they are not going our in this because they can’t see a thing.
    Learn to ski by feel!

    Wipe Out by Sufer Koe and the Surfaris is another favourite. Best sung out loud while heading down a powder field, feeling not quite in complete control.

    When I am Courchevel 1850, I busrt out with Blondie’s “Hanging on the Telephone”, because there is a sign with the word “Telephone” half way down the Creux piste. I still don’t know whether it is a piste name, or just a signpost indicating there is a telephone somewhere. Who cares which, it’s great music!


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