BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Rhythm Of The Rain,” International Division

You’re probably thinking, “But John, you’ve already done ‘Rhythm of the Rain’!” and yes, in fact I have, in June of 2015. This battle is different, because the two contestants are doing non-English versions of the song.

CONTESTANT #1: Sylvie Vartan, “En écoutant la pluie” Sylvie recorded this French version in 1963, and it topped the chart in France.

CONTESTANT #2: Rob de Nijs, “Ritme van de regen” Dutch teen idol de Nijs recorded this as a B side, and it became popular anyway.

So, which of these do you like better? Listen to both, decide which is more pleasing to your ears, and vote for it by leaving me a comment below. If you want to expound on why you like that one better, feel free! Then, how’s about visiting the other BotB participants and voting in their battles, too?

I’ll announce the winner of this week’s contest next Monday, April 8, so be sure and get your vote to me by then.

The lines are now open. Bonne chance, Sylvie! Veel succes, Rob!

9 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Rhythm Of The Rain,” International Division

  1. Definitely prefer the Dutch boy–better pacing of the song. Extra points for a weird performance presentation. For some reason a lot of times I am somewhat annoyed with hearing French–not to say there are some outstanding songs in French.

    A vote for Rob.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. It’s a nice little ditty, and both of these versions were pretty good, JOHN. But I’m going to give my vote to Sylvie. Somehow, the female voice singing about pinging raindrops seemed more in-sync for me.

    ~ D-FensDogG


  3. John,

    Did you borrow from the 4M theme for today’s battle? Cool idea if you did. I’m giving my vote to Rob. His vocals reminded me a bit of Ricky Nelson. 🙂 Sylvie’s voice was just too deep to suit my taste. Thanks for voting in my showdown. Have a bandtastic week, my friend!


  4. This is a tough one but I am goi g with Sylvie. She has that different voice that seems to give something more to the song while Rob, who is great, gave it a more “bubblegum” feel. Sylvie gets my vore


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