What’s it about rain that conjures up pop songwriters? Rain songs are a number of the most memorable and intensely emotional of pop hits. These are 10 of one of the best. They’re after all finest listened to with the patter of raindrops in your window pane.

Eurythmics – “Right here Comes the Rain Once more” (1984)

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The Eurythmics gave us the sound of synthesized rain swirled in with the highly effective emotion of unrequited love. The British Philharmonic Orchestra carried out the string preparations within the music. This was the Eurythmics’ second prime 10 pop hit within the US touchdown at #four in 1984. It additionally reached the highest 10 on each the grownup up to date and dance charts. 

Throughout an in-studio live performance broadcast on the A&E Community within the U.S., the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart defined the origin of “Right here Comes the Rain Once more.” He was writing songs with bandmate Annie Lennox on the Columbus Resort in New York Metropolis. They obtained into an argument, and after the battle ended, Lennox seemed out the window of the lodge and mentioned, “Right here comes the rain once more.”

“Right here comes the rain once more
Falling on my head like a reminiscence
Falling on my head like a brand new emotion
I need to stroll within the open wind
I need to speak like lovers do
I need to dive into your ocean
Is it raining with you?”

Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Who’ll Cease the Rain” (1970)

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Creedence Clearwater Revival makes use of a metaphor of the rain to discuss seemingly limitless instances of confusion and distress. The frustration with rain within the music is a metaphor for anger with the Vietnam Struggle. “Who’ll Cease the Rain” turned the band’s fourth #2 hit single in 1970. The music was used because the theme for the 1978 movie Who’ll Cease the Rain starring Nick Nolte as a Vietnam veteran.

Bruce Springsteen has carried out “Who’ll Cease the Rain” in live performance incessantly. On the 1993 induction of Creedence Clearwater Revival into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, Bruce Springsteen carried out the music dwell with John Fogerty, chief of the band.

“Lengthy as I bear in mind the rain been coming down
Clouds of myst’ry pouring confusion on the bottom
Good males via the ages, looking for the solar
And I’m wondering, nonetheless, I’m wondering, who’ll cease the rain.”

B.J. Thomas – “Raindrops Hold Fallin’ On My Head” (1969)

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Hal David and Burt Bacharach wrote this music for the soundtrack to the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child. In a twist on typical rain songs, it speaks in regards to the incapability of the rain to douse religion within the return of happiness. The music received an Academy Award for Finest Unique Track, and after being launched in late 1969, it opened the 1970s at #1 on the Billboard Scorching 100 the place it stayed for 4 weeks. It additionally spent seven weeks at #1 on the grownup up to date chart.

Ray Stevens was the primary alternative for recording “Raindrops Hold Fallin’ On My Head,” however he turned it down in favor of “Sunday Morning Coming Down” written by Kris Kristofferson. The music was the primary #1 pop hit for B.J. Thomas following his prime 10 successes “I am So Lonesome I Might Cry” and “Hooked on a Feeling.”

The American Movie Institute picked “Raindrops Hold Fallin’ On My Head” as one of many prime 25 movie songs of all time. The Grammy Corridor of Fame inducted the music in 2014. 

“Raindrops maintain fallin’ on my head
And identical to the man whose toes are too huge for his mattress
Nothin’ appears to suit
These raindrops are falling on my head; they maintain fallin’.”

Beatles – “Rain” (1966)

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John Lennon defined that the Beatles “Rain” is “about folks moaning in regards to the climate on a regular basis.” Showing because the B-side for “Paperback Author,” the music was one of many very first to make the most of backward vocal tracks. They encompass John Lennon singing elements of the lyrics. 

Promotional music movies had been filmed for “Rain.” Michael Lindsay-Hogg, recognized for his work with each the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, directed the clips. Referencing the movie clips made for “Rain,” George Harrison of the Beatles mentioned, “So, I suppose, in a means, we invented MTV.” Ringo Starr has mentioned that he believes “Rain” comprises his finest efficiency on the drums. The music climbed as much as #23 on the US pop chart whereas the A-side “Paperback Author” reached #1.

“I can present you
That when it begins to rain
Every thing’s the identical
I can present you.”

Rihanna that includes Jay-Z – “Umbrella” (2007)

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Rihanna will assist defend you from the rain of life together with her umbrella. The metaphor is used right here to spell out the worth of actual friendship. “Umbrella” was a world #1 smash hit in 2007. It spent seven weeks at #1 within the U.S. Rihanna, and Jay-Z earned a Grammy Award for Finest Rap / Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella.” It earned nominations for each Document and Track of the Yr. The accompanying music video additionally received the Video of the Yr award on the MTV Video Music Awards.

The music got here into existence when producer and songwriter Christopher “Difficult” Stewart was working within the studio with Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Kuk Harrell. They had been obsessed with a hi-hat cymbal sound included within the Macintosh pc’s GarageBand software program. Quickly they had been writing phrases to go together with the hook generated. They initially supposed the music for Britney Spears, however her administration rejected it.

“When the solar shines, we’ll shine collectively
Advised you I will be right here ceaselessly
Mentioned I am going to all the time be a buddy
Took an oath, I’ma stick it out until the top.”

Prince – “Purple Rain” (1984)

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Considered one of Prince’s signature songs, “Purple Rain” builds highly effective emotion from the opening with a lone guitar via highly effective rising choruses and finally a searing guitar solo. Prince spent two weeks at #2 with “Purple Rain” in 1984. Following Prince’s dying in 2016, the music “Purple Rain” returned to the highest 10 on the US pop singles chart.

Prince initially supposed “Purple Rain” to be a rustic music and a collaboration with Stevie Nicks. As a substitute, whereas engaged on the music along with his band, it developed right into a rock energy ballad. Prince supposed the purple rain to characterize the top of the world, a mix of blue water and purple blood within the sky.

“I by no means meant to trigger you any sorrow
I by no means meant to trigger you any ache
I solely wished one time to see you laughing
I solely wished to see you laughing within the purple rain.”

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