Odes to Rain

It’s been raining and freezing here in San Francisco, and that got me thinking about the emotional effects weather can have on people. Some feel refreshed and invigorated after running in the rain, some curl up by the fireplace and read a book, some whine about bad drivers and wet socks…


Weather – and rain specifically – has surely inspired more than a few artists to write music. Let’s get nostalgic and take a look at some odes to rain from years gone by.

Gene Kelly – “Singin’ in the Rain”

Beatles – “Rain”

Dinah Washington – “September in the Rain”

CCR – “Who’ll Stop the Rain”

Led Zeppelin  – “The Rain Song”

Milli Vanilli – “Blame it on the Rain”

Madonna – “Rain”

Missy Elliot – “The Rain”

Blind Melon = “No Rain”

And of course, one of YouTube’s own celebrities…

Tay Zonday – “Chocolate Rain”

Got any others? Leave a comment.


8 Responses to “Odes to Rain”

  1. 1 Bev Barnett December 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Good Summer Rain, Erica Wheeler

  2. 2 Social Sound System December 16, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Props on “The Rain Song.” When I learned to play that song it blew my gourd! Don’t forget “Fool in the Rain” too (aka pretty much the only good song on that album).

    Offhand I think you forgot “Riders on the Storm,” “Fixing a Hole,” “November Rain,” “Love Reign O’er Me,” “Purple Rain,” “Rainy Day Women,” “The Sky is Crying”… That’s all I got…

  3. 3 Ric December 16, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    a month too late:

  4. 4 Social Sound System December 16, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Ahh yes, and with regards to Gene Kelly… Who could forget that original rendition in A Clockwork Orange.

  5. 5 Ric December 16, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Photek – The Rain [MET008]

    Photek – The Rain (Photek Rmx) [RAZORS001]

  6. 6 Ric December 16, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    LTJ Bukem – Sunrain

    lush downbeat for those rare rainbow sunrains – catch the pot ol’ gold

  7. 7 Jesse Holm December 17, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    I actually created a rain themed mix tape one rainy day long long ago. On it were most already listed, as well as:

    Garbage – I’m only happy when it rains
    Prince – 17 days (chorus of “so let the rain come down, the rain come down, let the rain come down now.”
    Elvis – Kentucky Rain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAetaE-MzDs

  8. 8 coffee January 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    i nominate Chocolate rain as the #1 most likely song to get stuck in a person’s head

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