The Friday Five (Plus Five!): Even More Rain Songs

Rain’s been on my mind the last couple of days, especially since last night, when Hermine sent one of her kids to North Georgia to dump lots and lots of water on us. I looked at my “Rain Songs” playlist today, and realized I never acknowledged a couple of additions to it that have been there for a while, and found several more songs to add to it. Eight, to be exact, and I could have added many, many more to it, because rain is a favorite topic of songwriters. So, the list hits thirty with these (I’ll be updating it after I finish this), and, as always, if you don’t see your favorite on the list, leave it in the comments.

Here Comes The Rain Again – Eurythmics This has been on the list for a while, and I forget who recommended it. It’s the Eurythmics’ first single in the US and it reached #4 on the Hot 100 in 1984.

I Love A Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbitt Another that had been on the list for a while, it was a huge crossover hit for Eddie, reaching #1 on the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Country charts in 1981. It replaced Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” atop the Hot 100, the last time that ever happened. Eddie was the author of “Kentucky Rain,” which was on the original list.

Crying In The Rain – The Everly Brothers Howard Greenfield and Carole King wrote this for the Everlys, the only time they collaborated. This reached #6 in 1962, while Don and Phil were in the Marines. The video is from an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot I’m surprised someone (and you know who you are) never suggested this one. It was on his first album, 1966’s Lightfoot!, but was recorded by Ian & Sylvia a year earlier.

I Think It’s Going To Rain Today – Randy Newman From his eponymous 1968 debut album, this song has been covered about a hundred times, including by UB40, one of only two times the song has charted.

Feels Like Rain – John Hiatt This was the last song on Hiatt’s 1988 Slow Turning album. Buddy Guy covered this on his 1993 album of the same name, for which he received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album.

Singin’ In The Rain – Gene Kelly One of my favorite film sequences, the theme song from the 1952 movie starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor.

Raining In My Heart – Buddy Holly The B side of his 1959 single “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.” It was written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, who were profiled during my Songwriting Teams series on Two for Tuesday.

Rainy Day Woman – Waylon Jennings Written by Jennings, this was released in late 1974 and reached #2 on the Billboard Country chart the following year.

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson Written by Fred Rose and originally recorded by Roy Acuff, it was included on Nelson’s 1975 album Red Headed Stranger. The album and single launched Willie’s career, as the Captain and Tennille pointed out.

And that’s the Friday Five (Plus Five) for September 2, 2016.

29 thoughts on “The Friday Five (Plus Five!): Even More Rain Songs

  1. Reading your wrap up for the week another “song” suddenly hit me. Believe it or not I used to listen to this rather frequently along with some of my friends. Mind you we had to be in a certain state of mind to listen–not something you’d just listen to for the musical pleasure.

    Maybe not legitimately a song, but a recording. I had at least two albums by Steve Reich with recordings of this nature.

    pretty weird I guess, but the “composer” is renown in realms of modern music experimentation.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


      1. I wonder why anyone would listen without “alteration”. However, listening to it now I can see that it is somewhat interesting in it’s layering of sounds and sound shifts. It’s kind of cool actually. Not that I’d sit around just listening for listening pleasure. But there is a hypnotic relaxing effect to the looping sounds.

        Arlee Bird
        Tossing It Out


        1. There is. I find it easier to sleep with white noise, and could probably concentrate better with something like this playing quietly in the background.


  2. Hi John – wonderful memories … and of rain – which is life giving .. fantastic range of songs from you and your readers – cheers Hilary


  3. This Lighthead is really more fond of “Looking at the Rain”. He’s changed the words to EMR (that’s the name of his music company) so that drunk is not mentioned. And I can’t remember if I suggested Nanci Griffith’s “I Wish It Would Rain”.

    Funny, I am not really a big fun of Nanci.


  4. I’m sure there are still many more but you covered the rain songs pretty well. I did think of another by a group that I used to listen to a lot a couple decades ago.

    “I Hear the Rain” by the Violent Femmes

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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