“I’ll do my cryin in the rain….raindrops falling from heaven will never wash away my misery…”
Natural manifestations have been the favorite subject of all song writers. Lyrics have been penned on the sun, moon, stars, mountains, wind and the works, but among all “rain” is perhaps the most sought after element in the world of music and song writing.
Though the best music to the ears is ultimately the sound of the falling rain, songwriters and musicians have down the years churned lyrics that are equally soulful.
1. Purple Rain – Prince:
Prince originally intended “Purple Rain” to be a country song and a collaboration with Stevie Nicks. Instead, while working on the song with his band, it evolved into a rock power ballad. Prince intended the purple rain to represent the end of the world, a combination of blue water and red blood in the sky.
2. The Rain – Beatles:
John Lennon explained that the Beatles “Rain” is “about people moaning about the weather all the time.” Appearing as the B-side for “Paperback Writer,” the song was one of the very first to utilize backward vocal tracks. They consist of John Lennon singing parts of the lyrics.
3. Raindrops keep fallin on my head – Hal David:
Hal David wrote this song for the soundtrack to the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In a twist on typical rain songs, it speaks about the inability of the rain to douse faith in the return of happiness. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and after being released in late 1969, it opened the 1970s at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed for four weeks.
4. Here comes the rain – Eurythmics:
The Eurythmics gave us the sound of synthesized rain swirled in with the powerful emotion of unrequited love. The British Philharmonic Orchestra performed the string arrangements in the song. This was the Eurythmics’ second top 10 pop hit in the US landing at #4 in 1984. It also reached the top 10 on both the adult contemporary and dance charts.
5. I love a rainy night – Eddie Rabbit:
Love a Rainy Night” is a song co-written and recorded by American country singer Eddie Rabbit. It was released in November 1980 as the second single from his album Horizon. It reached number one on the Hot Country Singles and Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1981.
6. November Rain – Guns & Roses:
November Rain is a powerful ballad by the American rock band Guns & Roses. Written by the band’s lead singer Axl Rose, the song was released as a single in 1992. It features a sweeping orchestral backing and is one of Guns & Roses’ longest song. November Rain peaked at No. 3 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart and since its release, this song has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.