Stacey has been an online writer for four years. Her articles focus on '80s music, the paranormal, history, and dieting.
'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 writing. 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.
1. "It's Raining Again" by 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.
2. "Here Comes the Rain Again" by 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.
3. "Purple Rain" by 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.
4. "The Rain" by 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.
5. "Red Rain" by 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.
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6. "I Love a Rainy Night" by 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.
7. "When the Rain Comes Down" by 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.
8. "It's Raining Men" by 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.
9. "Smoky Mountain Rain" by 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.
10. "I Made It Through the Rain" by 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.
11. "Mandolin Rain" by 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.
12. "Rain on the Scarecrow" by 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.
13. "Blame It on the Rain" by 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.
14. "Making Love in the Rain" by 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.
Are there any songs I left off that you would like to see here? Were there any songs on this list that you didn't know?
Paul Nelson on December 10, 2017:
Can't recall his name. Went by a single name. Played piano without any backups. Heard his CD's in year 2000 so his music predated that year. Is associated with Coastal music. I understand this is not much for gum-shoeing but one of his melancholy songs had to do with rain.
TT on October 15, 2014:
The Alarm - Rain in the summertime...
anonymous on April 10, 2014:
Shay Marie from Southern California on January 17, 2014:
While I love Prince, Peter Gabriel, and the Eurythmics, I voted for Mandolin Rain. I like it cheesy, what can I say!
Scott A McCray on June 23, 2013:
Great list - might hafta link to this from my Rainwater harvesting lens!
StaceyWrites (author) on June 19, 2013:
@lgOlson: There are a lot of them, aren't there? Thanks for reading!
L Olson from Northern Arizona on June 19, 2013:
Fun article Stacy..liked it alot! The only other ones I can think of were not in the 80's, but there have been alot of them. Rainy Night In Georgia comes to mind.
StaceyWrites (author) on June 19, 2013:
@marktplaatsshop: I agree those are all rain songs, but none of those are 80s songs. This lens is just the 80s songs. Thanks for reading!
StaceyWrites (author) on June 19, 2013:
@SteveKaye: Thank you, and thanks for reading!
SteveKaye on June 19, 2013:
Congratulations on publishing this wonderful lens.
marktplaatsshop on June 19, 2013:
Hi Yes sure I can think of a few:
November Rain by Guns N 'Roses
Who 'll Stop the Rain by Credence Clearwater Revival
Let it Rain by Eric Clapton
Rain by The Beatles
and many more
ConvenientCalendar on May 25, 2013:
Great lens! Blame it on the rain has to be the most memorable!
StaceyWrites (author) on May 14, 2013:
@FloridaDino: The 80s were the best! Thanks for stopping by!
FloridaDino on May 14, 2013:
I forgot there were so many! Fun lens, can't beat those 80's songs.