There must be something magical about the rain that stirs the artist’s soul and inspires them to write, because there are dozens of wonderful songs about rain from all genres . Some are pensive and some are profound, some are soulful and some are just plain silly. So grab your umbrellas and rain boots and let’s take a rainy day musical stroll.
- Pop Rock – B. J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head
This song was released in the late 60s, and was originally written as the theme song for the hit movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The movie starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the legendary bandits, telling a story of two men who were constantly courting danger but who always devil-may care. The song’s lyrics echo the theme, indicating that even if it is raining constantly, the singer is happy just to be free.
- British Pop – The Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again
This song by the iconic British duo of Annie Lennox and David Stewart has a kicky beat that alternates with a dark melody that perfectly suits the melancholy lyrics. The song predictably compares the rain to the feeling of a newly broken heart, and the pouring down of the raindrops to the desire to be with the ex-love.
- Motown – The Temptations – I Wish it Would Rain
This is a terrific song with a slow, soulful beat, and lyrics that tell the tale of a macho guy with a broken heart. He wants to cry but is locked up inside his room, wishing the sun would go away and it would start raining instead so that he could go out and let the rain mask his tears.
- Musical Theater – Gene Kelly – Singin’ in the Rain
The theme song for the hit movie, “Singin’ in the Rain” is a sunny song about being so blindly and rapturously in love that it doesn’t matter whether it is pouring outside, the singer is deliriously happy.
- Disco – The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Though this song has been critically panned it is still one of the most popular anthems to female power and fantasy ever written, and always a big hit that draws large groups of women to the dance floor. The lyrics tell women that their prayers have been answered and that if they just step outside, they’ll find men of all types raining down upon them. It’s great fun.
- Hard Rock – Creed – Rain
The rain in this song can be interpreted as a bad feeling. Eventually, the singer does feel the sun is going to come out again, or that things will get better.
- Progressive Rock – Dragon – Rain
Probably one of the best known songs about rain, this old classic is a lot of fun to sing along to. Again, the rain can be interpreted as going through hard times with lyrics such as “Ice on the window, Ice in my heart” and “It’s being raining for so long”.
- Soul – Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
Setting fire to the rain is a very deep metaphor to describe how the singer feels in this situation. She has been deeply hurt by the end of a relationship. She is in a lot of pain but she wants to leave it all behind and move on.
- Pop – Bruno Mars – It will Rain
Another song comparing rain to the feelings felt at the end of a relationship.
- Pop – Madonna – Rain
A beautiful ballad of rain and hope. In the chorus of this song, the singer asks the rain to wash away her sorrow and take away her pain. She compares rain to love coming down.
- Pop – Mika – Rain
This song could be interpreted as a metaphor about relationships turning sour. But for anyone who is hating a rainy day, it would indeed seem like sometimes it just “rain and rain and rain and rains” as the chorus lyrics suggest.
- Country Rock – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have you ever seen the rain?
This old classic is another song that can be interpreted in many many different ways. It has been rumored to be about the Vietnam war. But it could easily describe the ups and downs of life.
- Alternative Metal – Breaking Benjamin – Rain
Very reminiscent of the children’s nursery rhyme “rain rain go away come again another day” but with a few changes and definitely a lot more melancholic.