I love music, I love to write, and as a western Washington native, I love the rain!
Happy Songs About Rain to Brighten Your Day
It seems like most people either love the rain or hate the rain. Some people find a rainstorm to be inspiring and exhilarating, while others find it to be gloomy and depressing.
Personally, I love the rain. I love the smell of it, and I love the sound that it makes as it is pounding on my roof and my windows, but the point of this article isn't to say that anyone is right or wrong about their feelings towards the weather.
The real point is that whether you love the rain or hate it, listening to great music can help to improve your mood and make the most of a grey day.
It can make an exhilarating rainstorm even more exciting or it can pull you from a depressed state into a happier one, but the key to music having this effect is to pick the right songs.
There are plenty of depressing songs about rain out there if you want to find them, but since I prefer to listen to music that is going to improve my mood, I'm going to be sharing my favorite happy rain songs today.
Click on the links below to hear some of my favorite rainy day songs and then click on your favorite in the poll at the bottom. I hope you enjoy!
Top 7 Happy, Upbeat Songs About Rain
- "Little April Showers" From Bambi
- "Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head" by BJ Thomas
- "Singing in the Rain" by Gene Kelly
- "When I Think About Angels" by Jamie O'Neal
- "Pennies From Heaven" by Frank Sinatra
- "My Favorite Things" From The Sound of Music
- "Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain" by The Cascades
1. "Little April Showers" From Bambi
I find the "Little April Showers" song from Bambi to be absolutely enchanting. It has a really calming and relaxing effect for me. It has a very similar effect to just lying in bed listening to the lullaby of rain pounding on the window panes outside.
I love the instrumentation used in this song that so closely resembles a rain storm. It starts out light and slow and gradually becomes more intense until it fades down to nothing again at the end.
Aside from the fact that I do appreciate this simple yet beautiful piece of music just for it's calming qualities, I also love how it takes me back to younger years of singing this song with my mom who was the person who really taught me to love the rain.
She had it recorded on an audio tape that we used to listen to in the car when our family went on little day trips and even cross country road trips. I have so many fond memories associated with this particular song.
Go ahead and give this song a listen, and see what memories it brings back for you.
2. "Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head" by BJ Thomas
I think it's impossible to go through your day with a negative attitude when you are singing or listening to "Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head." It always puts a smile on my face.
Life is always going to have a few curve balls to throw at us, but that doesn't mean that we have to give up and pout. We can choose to make the best of things, live with gratitude, and persevere with a positive attitude.
What a blessing that we can choose what attitude we are going to have every day no matter what circumstances we face.
Just remember that you'll "never stop the rain by complaining."
I love the quote from Dieter F. Uchtdorf that says:
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"We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted that is. How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?"
Instead of complaining about our situation, let's be grateful for what we have and move through life with smiles on our faces.
3. "Singing in the Rain" by Gene Kelly
It's hard to listen to "Singing In the Rain" without getting a little extra skip in your step, and it's likely that you will be whistling it and singing it to yourself for the rest of the day too.
Singing In the Rain is bound to put a smile on your face just because of its light and happy nature, but this song has a few lessons to teach as well.
There are very few situations in life that can't be improved by having a sense of humor. This song reminds us that our lives will be much better if we can learn to laugh at the clouds so dark up above and love freely.
I know that in my life some difficult times made for really funny stories later on. If we can learn to have a sense of humor during the difficult times we can find joy in moments that could have potentially caused a lot of pain.
Focus on the love in your life. Focus on the little funny moments in life that help you to get through your difficult times. Focus on whatever is going to bring you the most joy even when you are going through a dark storm.
4. "When I Think About Angels" by Jamie O'Neal
I love to sing "When I Think About Angels" when it's raining. It's a great song to take your mind off of the weather and focus it on that special someone instead.
There's just something so exciting about falling in love. You know how it is when you are so twitterpated (I guess that I must still have Bambi on my mind) that you can't take your mind off of that special someone.
No matter what task you have at hand, you keep finding yourself distracted by the most random things and no matter where the distraction starts, your mind always ends up going to the same place.
Everything that you see, hear, and smell some how leads you back to daydreams of the person you love. That's what this song is all about, and that's why I love it.
After all, who doesn't enjoy taking a little bit of time to daydream about the person that has stolen their heart?
5. "Pennies From Heaven" by Frank Sinatra
"Pennies From Heaven" is another song that helps you to keep things in perspective and recognize that you are a lot more blessed than you may feel.
Instead of seeing every rain storm or trial as a negative, recognize that every situation presents valuable opportunities for growth, learning, and joy. There are so many wonderful gifts available with every unique experience.
Everything depends on your attitude and the perspective that you choose to have in life. Are you looking for the mud puddles or the pennies from heaven?
Turn your metaphorical umbrella upside down and make the most of the blessings coming your way by focusing on the good things life has in store for you!
6. "My Favorite Things" From The Sound of Music
Fraulein Maria has a magical way of making the best of even the scariest situations. Who would of thought I could change a gloomy day into a bright and cheery one by singing about "My Favorite Things?"
Like many of you, I still remember the first time I saw The Sound of Music, and it was love at first viewing. I loved the music, I loved the rambunctious children, and I loved the romance.
It seems like thinking about our favorite things during the hard times is almost too simple to really be helpful in anyway, but it is a very effective way of changing a dismal mood to a more bright and cheery one.
I dare you to listen to this song either during a literal storm or a metaphorical one and then take some time to write a list of some of your favorite things and think about how truly grateful you are for them.
See if this challenge helps you to have a better day! I bet it does!
7. "Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain" by The Cascades
Once when I was a little girl I asked my dad what his favorite song was, and he told me that it was, "Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain."
I don't think I actually knew what that song was at the time, but when I heard it later, I recognized the lyrics and became attached to it knowing that it was one of my dad's favorite songs at one point in his life.
It's really an interesting idea that a person might listen to the rain and hear a message that they need to hear.
I'm sure the message actually comes from deep inside, but if it takes a little bit of rain to inspire you to invest some time in quiet introspection, by all means take advantage of the opportunity every time it starts to even sprinkle.
Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain and see what lessons it has for you.
© 2015 Rebecca Young
David Edward Garber on September 24, 2016:
It looks like we have similar tastes in this regard. Thank you for those additional suggestions for my Spotify playlist of rainy-day favorites.
Perry on May 10, 2015:
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" always cheers me up
Vicki Holder from The beautiful Ouachita Mtns. in Arkansas on May 09, 2015:
I had to vote for My Favorite Things. Julie Andrews can make me smile no matter what. Also, don't forget about I Love A Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbit.
Canita Prough from Texas on May 05, 2015:
I too love the rain. I sleep well when it rains and it soothing. Great article.
Ensorcelie from Albania on May 04, 2015:
"Dance in the rain like nobody's watching." I liked this hub :)