80s Songs About Rain
80s Songs About Rain (Or With Rain in the Title)
Rainy days are good for catching up on a book, doing things around the house, or working on your hubs. Some people love rainy days, others hate them. It's a rainy day where I am, and as I sit here listening to the raindrops hit my window, I'm writing a list of songs from the 1980s about rain or that had the word "rain" in the title. There are quite a few actually, some were really popular back in the 80s and some not so much, and they cover most of the bases - rock, pop, R&B, country, and adult contemporary. Let's see how many of these songs you remember.
"It's Raining Again" - Supertramp - (1982)
"It's Raining Again" is an upbeat, catchy little tune off of Supertramp's album ...Famous Last Words... that debuted in October of 1982 and was the highest debuting song of that year. It peaked at #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It includes the nursery rhyme, "It's Raining, It's Pouring", sung by children at the end of the song.
"Here Comes the Rain Again" - Eurythmics - (1984)
British pop duo Eurythmics' melancholy song "Here Comes the Rain Again" was released in January 1984 and became a Top 10 hit, peaking at number 4. It was written on an overcast day while they were staying at the Mayflower Hotel in New York City. Annie Lennox had looked out at the sky and started singing a line "here comes the rain again", and thus the song was born.
The video for the song was actually released in December of '83.
"Purple Rain" - Prince - (1984)
The title track for the album Purple Rain was in the #2 spot for two weeks in 1984 and is considered Prince's signature song. It is said that it was written for the movie Purple Rain, the musical drama starring Prince. When the song was recorded, it was over eight minutes long and had to be shortened in order to be released as a single.
Prince's videos are always being taken down due to copyright issues, so this video is probably missing. I keep searching for one to add, but they're always gone in no time.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Prince asked Stevie Nicks to help write the lyrics to "Purple Rain"? She listened to the track he had given her but it was too overwhelming for her so she told him she couldn't do it.
"The Rain" - Oran "Juice" Jones - (1986)
This one-hit wonder reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, and received two Grammy nominations, but still seems to be forgotten by a lot of people.
I remember in high school, when the song was popular, a friend and I changed a word in the lyrics to amuse ourselves. Instead of "I saw you (and him) walking in the rain", well, you can imagine what we might have changed. Oh, the goofy things teenagers do.
"Red Rain" - Peter Gabriel - (1986)
The haunting song "Red Rain" came about after recurring dreams that Peter Gabriel had where he was swimming in red water. It was to be the theme song for a movie that he had envisioned, called Mozo, where villagers were being punished for their sins with a red rain, except the movie never materialized. As the first track of his 1986 album So, it peaked at #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Stewart Copeland of The Police is credited with playing the hi-hat.
Best heard with headphones and the volume pumped way up. Seriously.
"I Love a Rainy Night" - Eddie Rabbitt - (1980)
"I Love a Rainy Night" was actually 12 years in the making. Eddie Rabbitt had originally recorded part of it in the late 1960s. The tape sat in the basement for years until he rediscovered it and finished the song. "I Love a Rainy Night" was in the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in late February, early March of 1981.
"When the Rain Comes Down" - Andy Taylor - (1986)
Guitarist Andy Taylor had just recently left Duran Duran when he contributed "When the Rain Comes Down" to the Miami Vice II soundtrack just before releasing his first solo album. The song didn't reach the top of the charts, only peaking at #43.
"It's Raining Men" - The Weather Girls - (1982)
The Weather Girls, who originally recorded as the name Two Tons of Fun, took this song to the top of the US Disco Chart in 1982, but it only reached #46 on the Hot 100. The song was first offered to Diana Ross, Donna Summer, and Barbra Streisand but they all turned it down.
"Smoky Mountain Rain" - Ronnie Milsap - (1980)
"Smoky Mountain Rain" is one of country music star Ronnie Milsap's best-known and best-loved hits. It was custom-written for him as he wanted a song about the area where he grew up in far western North Carolina. Featured as the only new song on his Greatest Hits album of 1980, it became his 16th #1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in December of 1980, and also became Tennessee's 8th state song in 2010.
Did You Know?
Ronnie Milsap was a session musician on Elvis Presley's "Kentucky Rain". That same thunderous low piano strike on "Smoky Mountain Rain" when the chorus starts was also on Elvis' song.
"If it worked on Elvis' record, it was bound to work on mine. I just re-lived my Elvis session." - Ronnie Milsap
"I Made It Through the Rain" - Barry Manilow - (1980)
Written by songwriter Gerard Kenny, "I Made It Through the Rain" was the only top ten hit in the United States from the self-titled album Barry. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
"Mandolin Rain" - Bruce Hornsby and The Range - (1987)
The third track off the debut album for Bruce Hornsby and The Range, "Mandolin Rain" is about a man who thinks about his former lover whenever he hears the rain, as they would share a lot of intimate moments during a rainstorm. It peaked at #4 in the Spring of 1987.
"Rain on the Scarecrow" - John Cougar Mellencamp - (1986)
"Rain on the Scarecrow" was written about the financial crises that American farmers were facing in the 1980s. John Mellencamp helped to establish Farm Aid, which works to raise funds to keep family farmers on their land with a yearly benefit concert. "Rain on the Scarecrow" only remained on the charts for 6 weeks, peaking at #21.
"Blame It on the Rain" - Milli Vanilli - (1989)
Milli Vanilli enjoyed great success with their album "Girl You Know It's True" with three #1 hits and one that peaked at #2. Unfortunately, scandal ensued and it was discovered that they did not actually sing on the album, thereby stripping them of their 1989 Best New Artist Grammy Award. "Blame It on the Rain" was their final #1 hit before the scandal.
"Making Love in the Rain" - Herb Alpert (vocals by Lisa Keith & Janet Jackson) - (1987)
This slow jam is guaranteed to get you "in the mood" with your sweetheart. While it didn't do very well on the Billboard Hot 100, only reaching number 35 and staying on the chart for a total of 3 weeks, it fared much better on the Hot R&B Charts, reaching #7. There was no official video made, but there are plenty of fan-made videos.
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Which of these 80s rain songs do you like the best?
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