Dig up these downloads for a downpour.
Raindrops and thunder claps may be musical to many folks. Others may fear or dread such wet and noisy weather. A rainstorm may precipitate pleasure or foreboding. Either way, folks might try listening to these particular songs for a rainy day. Arranged alphabetically by title, these rainy day songs include classic rock and pop oldies, country music, show tunes, and other long-time hits.
Following the list of 12 rainy day song picks is a long list of additional long-time and current popular rainy day tunes from multiple musical genres. Perhaps it’s time to load up a rainy day playlist to encourage the rhythmic rain to bring music, along with the seasonal soaking.
12 popular songs for a rainy day
“Ain’t No Sunshine” – Jose Feliciano
“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. / It’s not warm when she’s away. / Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. / And she’s always gone too long anytime she goes away.”
Bill Withers wrote “Ain’t No Sunshine” for his 1971 Just As I Am album. Puerto Rican guitarist and singer Jose Feliciano recorded a cover version of the song the following year. “Ain’t No Sunshine” was also recorded by American Idol’s Kris Allen, Jeff Beck, Michael Bolton, Joe Cocker, Elvis Costello, Fall Out Boy, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Aaron Neville, Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers, Sting, Joss Stone, James Taylor and other artists. No matter which artist’s version is selected, “Ain’t No Sunshine” is a super song for a rainy day playlist.
“Come Rain or Come Shine” – Eric Clapton & B. B. King
“I’m gonna love you like nobody’s loved you, / Come rain or come shine. / High as a mountain and deep as a river, / Come rain or come shine / I guess when you met me, / It was just one of those things, / But don’t ever bet me, / ‘Cause I’m gonna be true, if you let me.”
Johnny Mercer’s lyrics for “Come Rain or Come Shine” were set to music by Harold Arlen for the 1946 musical St. Louis Woman. “Come Rain or Come Shine” was also recorded by Ray Charles, June Christy, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Crawford, Ella Fitzgerald, Connie Francis, Judy Garland, Danny Gokey, Don Henley, Billie Holliday, Jack Jones, Oliver Jones, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Barbra Streisand, Margaret Whiting, Woody Herman and other artists. Any of these versions of “Come Rain or Come Shine” might be suitable for a rainy day download list, but the Eric Clapton and B. B. King track may be the most bluesy of all.
“I Love a Rainy Night” – Eddie Rabbit
“Well, I love a rainy night. / I love a rainy night. / I love to hear the thunder, / Watch the lightning / When it lights up the sky. / You know it makes me feel good.”
Country music singer Eddie Rabbitt captured the top spot in the American country and contemporary music charts in 1981 with his hit single, “I Love a Rainy Night.” Written by Eddie Rabbitt, Even Stevens and David Malloy, the song won Rabbit a gold record after selling a million copies. “I Love a Rainy Night” is a sure staple for a rainy day song list, particularly for storm lovers.
“My Favorite Things” – Julie Andrews
(From The Sound of Music)
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, / Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, / Brown paper packages tied up with strings – / These are a few of my favorite things.
“My Favorite Things” may be the classic show tune of all time. Penned by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for their smash hit musical The Sound of Music (1959), “My Favorite Things” put a positive spin on everyday living. Julie Andrews trilled the tune as the leading lady in the film production.
“My Favorite Things” has also been recorded by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Lennon Sisters, Mary Martin, Lorrie Morgan, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, The Supremes, Tanya Tucker, Luther Vandross, Sarah Vaughan, Andy Williams and other artists. According to popular music legend, “My Favorite Things” was the favorite song of Michael Jackson, the self-tagged King of Pop. Although each version of “My Favorite Things” may offer highlights for individual listeners, the original Julie Andrews version is the ultimate classic for a rainy day playlist.
“Not Just Any Other Day” – John Elefante
“And I wish that I could have felt that rain on me. / I wish that I could have felt that rain. / I would have heard with my own ears / As You shouted out in fear and said, / ‘Father, why have You forsaken Me?’“
Many music lovers may remember American contemporary Christian singer and songwriter John Elefante for his tenure with the rock band Kansas. During his subsequent solo career, however, Elefante has made his own mark on the music world with spiritually significant songs, such as “Not Just Any Other Day.” Describing the vicarious death of Christ and the likely reactions of the eyewitnesses and locals to the event, Elefante penned the lines of this song. What would it have felt like to witness Jesus’ death and experience the storm that followed? A single listen to “Not Just Any Other Day” reveals why this song is appropriate for a rainy day download list.
“Rain” – The Beatles
“If the rain comes they run and hide their heads. / They might as well be dead. / If the rain comes, / If the rain comes.”
“Rain” first appeared as the flip side of the Beatles’ 1966 hit single “Paperback Writer.” Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, “Rain” was perhaps the first song to contain backwards vocals from the Beatles. The rhythmic moods of “Rain” echo a rainstorm, making this song ideal for a stormy day’s playlist.
“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” – B.J. Thomas
(From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
“Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head, /But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red. / Cryin’s not for me, / ‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’ / Because I’m free. / Nothin’s worryin’ me.”
Songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David created “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” for the motion picture Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The song, performed by B. J. Thomas, won an Academy Award and topped the American popular music charts in 1970. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” was also recorded by Perry Como, The Four Tops, John Farnham, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick and other artists. No rainy day song collection is complete without “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”
“Rainy Days and Mondays” – The Carpenters
“Hangin’ around – / Nothing to do but frown. /Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down.”
The Carpenters (Richard Carpenter and Karen Carpenter) earned a gold record for their 1971 hit single, “Rainy Days and Mondays.” Written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams, “Rainy Days and Mondays” became an anthem for pensive ponderings on downpours and daily discouragements or drudgery. “Rainy Days and Mondays” was also recorded by Paul Brooks, Olivia Newton-John, Freda Payne, Dusty Springfield, Sarah Vaughan, Paul Williams, Roger Williams and other artists. Still, the original version, recorded by The Carpenters, a brother-sister duo, is probably the most popular pick for a rainy day playlist.
“Rainy Night in Georgia” – Conway Twitty and Sam Moore
“A rainy night in Georgia, / A rainy night in Georgia / It seems like it’s rainin’ all over the world. / I feel like it’s rainin’ all over the world.”
Written in 1962 by Tony Joe White, “A Rainy Night in Georgia” became a hit in 1970 for R&B singer Brook Benton. The classic version of the bluesy song, however, is likely the duet recorded by country singer Conway Twitty and R&B singer Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave). “Rainy Night in Georgia appeared on a 1993 duet collection, Rhythm Country and Blues. “Rainy Night in Georgia” was also recorded by Ray Charles, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Shelby Lynne, Aaron Neville, Otis Rush, Hank Williams, Jr., and other artists. Any rainy day music download list ought to include “Rainy Night in Georgia.”
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Judy Garland
(From The Wizard of Oz)
“Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high. / There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby. / Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue. / And the dreams that you dare to dream / Really do come true.”
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was written by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Hamburg for the 1939 motion picture The Wizard of Oz. A young Judy Garland, starring as Dorothy Gale, sang the tune. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was also recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Connie Francis, Image, The Imperials, Little Anthony, Olivia Newton-John, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and other artists. A dreamy classic and perennial karaoke pick, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is ideal for a rainy day song collection.
“Stormy Weather” – Lena Horne
(From Stormy Weather)
“Don’t know why / There’s no sun up in the sky, / Stormy weather. / Since my man and I ain’t together, / Keeps rainin’ all the time.”
Originally performed by Ethel Waters at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club in 1933, “Stormy Weather” became even more popular in the 1943 film Stormy Weather. In the movie, Lena Horne performed the number. “Stormy Weather” was also recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and other artists. This classic tune is a prerequisite for a stormy day’s playlist.
“Who’ll Stop the Rain?” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Long as I remember the rain been comin’ down, /Clouds of myst’ry pourin’ confusion on the ground. / Good men through the ages, tryin’ to find the sun – / And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain.”
Rocker John Fogerty wrote “Who’ll Stop the Rain” for Cosmo’s Factory, the 1970 album from Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song still stands as a classic rock number. Was “Who’ll Stop the Rain” about the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair (An Aquarian Exposition) summer music festival? (Creedence Clearwater Revival performed at the event.) Did the song protest the Vietnam War? Or did “Who’ll Stop the Rain” simply symbolize life? Either way, the song is super for a rainy day download collection.
Additional favorite rainy day songs
Rainy weather has precipitated many performers to record songs about stormy climates and tumultuous personal experiences. Certainly, the rain may prove symbolic of relationships, careers and other life experiences. Here are sixty additional favorite rainy day songs, ideal for a stormy songlist.
- “Africa” – Toto
- “After the Rain Has Fallen” – Sting
- “April Showers” – Al Jolson
- “Baby, the Rain Must Fall” – Glenn Yarbrough
- “Bad Rain” – The Allman Brothers Band
- “Blinded by Rainbows” – The Rolling Stones
- “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” – Emmylou Harris & Roy Acuff
- “Both Sides Now” – Judy Collins
- “Bring on the Rain” – Tim McGraw
- “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
- “Buckets of Rain” – Bob Dylan
- “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain” – Gary Allan
- “Every Time It Rains” – Ace of Base
- “Fire and Rain” – James Taylor
- “Flower in the Rain” – Jaci Velasquez
- “Georgia Rain” – Trisha Yearwood
- “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” – Bob Dylan
- “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” – CCR – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- “Here Comes the Rain Again” – Eurythmics
- “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles
- “A Horse with No Name” – America
- “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? – The Bee Gees
- “How Many Teardrops” – Lou Christie
- “I Can See Clearly Now” – Johnny Nash
- “I Can’t Stand the Rain” – Joe Cocker
- “I Made It Through the Rain” – Barry Manilow
- “If Not for You” – George Harrison
- “In the Early Morning Rain” – Gordon Lightfoot
- “It Feels Like Rain” – Aaron Neville
- “It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls
- “I Wish It Would Rain” – The Temptations
- “Just Like Strange Rain” – Elton John
- “Kentucky Rain” – Elvis Presley
- “Kiss Me in the Rain” – Barbra Streisand
- “Laughter in the Rain” – Neil Sedaka
- “Let It Rain” – Derek and the Dominoes / Eric Clapton
- “Like the Rain” – Clint Black
- “Looks Like Rain” – The Grateful Dead
- “Louisiana Rain” – Tom Petty
- “MacArthur Park” – Richard Harris
- “Mandolin Rain” – Bruce Hornsby
- “No More Rainy Days” – Destiny’s Child
- “November Rain” – Guns ‘n Roses
- “One Rainy Wish” – Jimi Hendrix
- “Penny Lane” – The Beatles
- “People Are Strange” – The Doors
- “Pray for Rain” – PFR
- “Puff, The Magic Dragon” – Peter, Paul and Mary
- “Purple Rain” – Prince
- “Rain Love” – Al Denson
- “Rain on the Roof” – The Lovin’ Spoonful
- “Rain Your Love Down” – Stevie Wonder
- “Rainbow Connection” – Kermit the Frog and the Muppets
- “Rain Is a Good Thing” – Luke Bryan
- “Rainy Day” – Coldplay
- “Rainy Day People” – Gordon Lightfoot
- “Rainy Days” – Mary J. Blige
- “Rainy Day Song” – Neil Diamond
- “Reign on Me” – Michele Pillar
- “Rhythm of the Falling Rain” – The Cascades
- “Rider in the Rain” – Randy Newman
- “Riders on the Storm” – The Doors
- “Rose Garden” – Lynn Anderson
- “Set Fire to the Rain” – Adele
- “Singin’ in the Rain” – Gene Kelly
- “Taxi” – Harry Chapin
- “Tell It to the Rain” – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
- “That Rainy Day Feeling” – The Fortunes
- “The Rain Song” – Led Zeppelin
- “Waiting for the Rain to Fall” – Chris Isaak
Many of these rain songs have been covered by multiple artists. “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” was also recorded by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (as a duet), Olivia Newton John, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and other artists. “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” was also performed by Joan Baez, Edie Brickell, Bryan Ferry, Melanie (Melanie Saka Schekerijk), Pete Seeger, Cheryl Wheeler and other artists. Bob Marley recorded “I Can See Clearly Now,” and Donna Summer did “MacArthur Park.”
Is a downpour daunting or delightful?
Perhaps our perception of precipitation depends upon our outlook on the weather. A little rainy day music may brighten anyone’s day.