Songs For Leap Day


Well… it’s that time again… that strange extra day we’re given on the calendar every four years. LEAP DAY happens like clockwork every four years. The month of February gains an extra day at the end of the month, February 29th to be specific, though still remains the shortest month of the year. Those lucky ones (or unlucky ones depending on your outlook) who were born on this date, also known as “leaplings”, theoretically have found the “Fountain of Youth” , so to speak, by aging just a ‘notch’ with a birthday (as far as the calendar shows) once every four years. Some choose to celebrate it on February 28th or March 1st during those ‘in-between’ years.

Another interesting tradition about Leap Year and/or Leap Day, is that women are obliged , according to old Irish or Scottish folklore, to propose to their fiance on February 29th giving a spike in engagements as well as weddings on this date every four years. This particular day is also known and celebrated as “Sadie Hawkins’ Day”, when women may propose to men. Many high schools stage Sadie Hawkins Day School Rallies and Evening Dances on this date where the girl asks the guy to go to the dance.

As far as music goes, there are countless songs themed towards many other holidays and special days such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas, but nothing really comes to mind on Leap Day or during Leap Year. So after some time doing a lot of searching for songs with a LEAP DAY theme, I decided to put together a slightly unusual list of songs with the word ‘leap’ or ‘jump’ in the title as well as a couple of other miscellaneous songs that mention ’29’ or ‘strange day’ in the title. I hope you enjoy the weird compilation mix here and I’ve included audio/videos of some so you can sample them. As in all of my other theme lists, you’ll find a wide genre mix here to hopefully satisfy your taste in music.

Songs For Leap Day

  1. “Leap Year” by Maria Taylor 
  2. “Jump” by Van Halen 
  3. “Leap Year Blues” by Big Bill Broonzy
  4. “Jump Jive An’ Wail” by Brian Setzer Orchestra
  5. “Look Before You Leap” by Suicide Machines 
  6. “Jump” by Madonna  
  7. “One More Day” by Diamond Rio 
  8. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones 
  9. “A Strange Day” by The Cure 
  10. “Jump (For My Love)” by Pointer Sisters 
  11. “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards” by Billy Bragg 
  12. “Get Up & Jump Around” by Red Hot Chili Peppers 
  13. “29” by Ryan Adams
  14. “Jump For Joy” by Duke Ellington 
  15. “Sadie Hawkins Dance” by Relient K 
  16. “Leap of Faith” by Bruce Springsteen 
  17. “Jump Into The Fire” by Harry Nilsson 
  18. “One Leap” by Joshua Radin 
  19. “One O’Clock Jump” by Count Basie & His Orchestra 
  20. “Another Day” by Paul McCartney 
  21. “Leap of Faith” by Lionel Cartwright 
  22. “Jump Around” by House of Pain 
  23. “Leap Day” by Mark Humphreys
  24. “29” by Gin Blossoms 
  25. “Leap” by The Cave Singers 
  26. “Jump On It” by Sir Mix-A-Lot 
  27. “Here Today” by The Beach Boys 
  28. “Jump Into The Fog” by The Wombats 
  29. “Jump” by Girls Aloud  
  30. “Another Day” by Pomplamoose 

5 Responses

  1. Cool list. No Billy Bragg “Waiting for the Great Leap Forward”, though? ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZaYEniPaJg

  2. Looks like you have most of the possibilities covered. Love “One More Day” by Diamond Rio. While I grew up on rock beginning in the late 50’s, I started shifting to country by the late 70’s.

    The only “jump” song I can think of right now is “Jumping Into Spring” by Suzy Bogguss from her album “Swing”.

    I wonder how many songs there are that even mention “February”. Don McLean’s “American Pie” has the line “but February made me shiver, with every paper I’d deliver”. Are there any others?

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