Top 10 Songs With Rain in Them
The current weather hitting the UK has got the Music Eyz team pretty depressed recently. The near monsoon conditions put paid to a few events, including MFest this weekend. The fact our summer this year has totalled one hot and sunny week back in March or April is not really keeping our spirits up. Rihanna‘s amazing performance on the weekend inspired us though.
No point in fighting those cats and dogs that are falling from the sky or moaning about the swamps at festival sites, lets celebrate the Top 10 Songs with rain in the title or associated with rain.
10. Blame it on the Rain – Milli Vanilli
Remember these from the late 80s? The boys who looked like girls who actually were girls, well they weren’t girls but their singles were sung by girls and fronted by men that looked like girls. Still following? Well this one makes the Top 10 for pure cheese reasons. The intro is pure cheese. But the singing at the start is quite deep, so maybe they actually some parts of it.
9. Everyday it Rains – Mary J Blige
Great Mary J track. The track bizarrely was left off the ‘My Life’ album. However it was on the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Show’, genuinely a track that has all the qualities of Mary J and the feel of a Teddy Riley track of the time. This would have been higher if it was an actual track that made the cut. It does capture the British Weather at the moment though.
8. Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics
Annie Lennox really puts across the emotion of our hell from the current weather. The Eurythmics were unmistakably one of the top UK acts of all time, however, Annie does manage to put such emotion and meaning in to the music which is something most mainstream pop acts just can’t do.
7. Rain or Shine – Five Star
Another contender in there purely for the cheese factor. We are actually surprised that there wasn’t even a small Five Star renaissance after the appearance of Denise Pearson on BBC show The Voice. Then again, nobody watched it anyway. This was one of the groups better tunes.
6. I Can’t Stand the Rain – Tina Turner
This song has been covered a few times, but for me the Tina Turner version is the best. The singing is distinctly Tina Turner as she belts out the verses and then makes the chorus her own. The music is unmistakable and you recognise this as a tune the minute it comes on. It just epitomises the current feeling with the rain.
5. Umbrella – Rihanna
This is the track that inspired us to put the list together. It is also the track that propelled the Barbadian Rihanna to the forefront of the modern day music industry and made her a huge star. It would have probably been higher in this list if it hadn’t been for the coincidence with the last really bad summer we had in 2007. The track was brilliant and made even better by the fact it was originally intended for Britney but the singer turned it down. Jay Z dropped a decent verse on there as well.
Its appearance at number one coined the phrase ‘Rihanna Curse’ from memory the day it got knocked off the top spot, the sun came out. Urban Myth?
4. November Rain – Guns and Roses
Guns and Roses, or GnR as they are often known released some real heavy hitting rock tunes. This was one of their softer moments. As a rule I generally hate soft rock music or rock ballads, but this one is an absolute classic. Genuinely a track that helps define GnR as more than just a bunch of guitar bashing loons. The story being told is one of love and triumph over adversity. Musically it has a bit of everything. Classic!
3. Why Does it Always Rain on Me – Travis
The title and chorus of this Travis classic is how must of us are feeling this summer. It also made me try to wrack my brains, “Did I lie when I was seventeen?” This tune is probably the one Travis track everybody knows, but I bet a lot of people don’t even know it was them.
2. Singing in the Rain – Gene Kelly
This is perhaps the most specific song about rain. It isn’t an analogy or inference it is genuinely all about making the most of the rain. The movie has some specific memorable scenes. The one that I can always see is him jumping up in his jacket and swinging round the lamp post. This is perhaps the one we should think of when it next rains heavily. Or its quite likely as you read this it is raining anyway. A remix of the track was also used to lift George Sampson to the crown on Britain’s Got Talent.
1. Purple Rain – Prince
From a personal perspective ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince is one of the greatest songs of all time. The delivery of the song is a masterpiece and really shows off Prince‘s vocal ability to its fullest. The range he shows and some of the raspy elements when delivering is just perfection. Then add to that the killer guitar and this is unmistakably one of the best songs of all time. Yes it isn’t quite as literal as the Gene Kelly track but its sheer quality makes it the number one choice. Anybody that hasn’t heard this before needs to check the end, amazing guitar solo the likes of have never been heard before.
The emotion in Prince‘s voice, both the joy and pain is something I have never and don’t feel will ever experience again. Pure class!
What do you think of the list? Any we missed off that you think are worthy of the Top 10? Is the order wrong? Leave a comment here or MusicEyz.