And to round off this small series on the hibernal theme, one of my all-time favourite songs. The fragile ballad Winter from her phenomenal album Little Earthquakes is one of the best Tori Amos ever recorded. In this song she goes back to her childhood days, and her relationship with her father, dealing with growing up and getting sufficient self-esteem, knowing her father will not always be there to support her. The lyrics are poetic and extraordinarily image provoking ("Skating around the truth who I am, but I know Dad, the ice is getting thin"), climaxing in the recurring image of the wild horses. The beautiful piano work that drifts through the song couldn't have been more effective and mood setting. The video is a tasteful collection of winter photographs to accompany the music.
Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time)