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154 Songs About Rain to Soothe the Soul

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Make a rainy days and nights playlist to celebrate the healing power of rain.

Make a rainy days and nights playlist to celebrate the healing power of rain.

Rain: It's All About Perspective

Rain can be nourishing, soothing, and its soft sounds make for terrific sleeping. But for some people, rain represents sadness and is a metaphor for life's hardships. If you're one of those rain complainers, perhaps you need a little bit of perspective.

Whereas on Earth we have rain made of water—okay, sometimes dirty polluted water—other planets have far more bizarre weather. Venus' rain bathes the planet in showers of sulfuric acid, a highly corrosive mineral acid. (Who's complaining now?) And on the largest moon of Saturn, called Titan, there are rain showers of methane, which is highly flammable and explosive.

Scientists believe that on Saturn and Neptune large hailstones of methane fall and are eventually converted into diamonds. These diamond rainstorms may seem luxurious, but imagine getting pelted by a large diamond raindrops. Ouch.

Still complaining about rain on Earth? On HD 189733b, a planet that is 63 light years from our own solar system, it rains glass sideways at a mind bending speed of almost 4,500 miles per hour.

So next time it rains too much here on Earth, just remember it's all about perspective. You could have it way worse.

Now that you appreciate the rain more, why not create a custom playlist of songs on the topic? Celebrate the symbolism of rain and all the emotions that it evokes, from sadness to triumph. We've got a long list of pop, rock and country songs to choose from.

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1. "It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars

In this 2011 song, the narrator is pulling a major guilt trip just in case his girlfriend ever considers leaving him. He forecasts some mighty dark days ahead if that should happen: no sunlight, no clear skies, just clouds and rain. (Bruno, you're stronger than that!)

He reminds his lover of all the sacrifices he's making to be with her and says a break up would require heavy medication. Okay, does this sound healthy to you?

2. "Here Comes the Rain Again" by Eurythmics

The narrator in this 1984 song sees bad times resurfacing and seeks to face it with her partner together as a couple, head-on. Rather than keeping secrets from one another, she wants to talk honestly, deeply and openly.

3. "Songs About Rain" by Gary Allan

A former girlfriend got married today, and the guy in this 2003 song is an emotional wreck. He's driving around town and it seems like the only songs that are on the radio are songs about rain. It just adds to his regret about letting her go. When it rains, it pours.

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4. "She's My Kind of Rain" by Tim McGraw

The lyrics of this 2003 country song are pure poetry. In addition to referring to his sweetheart's love as "my kind of rain," which you can imagine as purifying, life-affirming and as something he needs, the narrator describes her as follows:

She's the sun set shadows
She's like Rembrandt's light
She's the history that's made at night
She's my lost companion
She's my dreaming tree
Together in this brief eternity
Summer days, winter snows
She's all things to behold.

Now that is how to love a woman.

5. "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele

With her powerhouse vocals and semi-autobiographical lyrics, Adele recounts love gone wrong in this 2011 hit. The woman in the song describes being at a weak point in her life and falling in love with someone she thought was both strong and good for her.

Unfortunately, he played manipulative games and offered empty promises, bringing her tears and pain. She gained control and distance from him ("set fire to the rain") even though it seared her soul.

6. "Only Happy When It Rains" by Garbage

The lady in this 1995 song must be a real joy to know because even she admits that she's only happy when it rains, when it's complicated, and when there's bad news. Sad news makes her feel good, as do sad songs, and she smiles only in the dark.

Yep, she's a complainer alright, a real Debbie Downer, if you like that sort of thing. This gal is a real friend magnet who probably crashes funerals for fun.

The song was intended as a parody of the anxious, self-absorbed songs of the 1990s. The genre tended to dwell on one's internal psychological conflicts. In that case, the band nailed it.

"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." - Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali polymath

"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." - Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali polymath

7. "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses

The couple in this 1992 power ballad is approaching the end of their relationship. The narrator can feel that there's been a change in the way his girlfriend feels about him, and he's struggling to hold onto her. Despite his pleas, he also tells himself that "nothin' lasts forever, even cold November rain."

8. "I Made It Through the Rain" by Barry Manilow

This sentimental 1980 song is a survivor's anthem. It's about a man who is proud to have made it through tough times with his dignity and positive view of himself and the world still intact.

When he was going through the worst period of his life, friends were scarce. However, he found the strength to weather the storm. He faced his fears and became a role model for others going through difficult circumstances.

9. "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls

You've heard of raining cats and dogs, right? This international hit from 1982 reports the unusual case of Mother Nature doing a favor for all the single ladies by deciding to have it start raining men one day:

God bless Mother Nature, she's a single woman too
She took off to Heaven and she did what she had to do.
She taught every angel; she rearranged the sky
So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy.

What's ironic, however, is that the song later became a gay anthem.

10. "Through the Rain" by Mariah Carey

In this 2002 song, Mariah Carey describes the desperate and empty feeling of being stranded alone in the rain, and gives others the encouragement they need to make it through. She encourages them to stand on their own, reach for the strength that they may not even realize is there, and rely on their faith. Taking one step at a time, realize that you may stumble but eventually you can stand tall and overcome your challenges.

11. "When It Rains" by Kid Rock

Those of us who have lost a friend as a teenager can identify with the sorrow and lingering grief in this 2010 song. The narrator recalls being a carefree 17-year-old, hanging out with friends and then learning about the tragic news:

Like a deer in the headlights, I stood frozen in my tracks
And the weight of the news, It nearly broke my back.

Forever changed by the loss of his friend and his carefree youth, he still cries.

"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet." - John Cleveland, American politician

"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet." - John Cleveland, American politician

12. "Bring on the Rain" by Jo Dee Messina & Tim McGraw

You've heard the saying, "When it rains, it pours." In this 2000 country song, the narrator doesn't fight it but rather welcomes the challenge because tomorrow is another day.

13. "I Love a Rainy Night" by Eddie Rabbitt

No one loves a rainy night like the guy in this 1980 classic. He gets all giddy hearing the thunder, watching the lightning and both feeling and tasting the rain.

He says it puts a song in his heart. What he's probably ignoring is the danger of being out in a thunderstorm, but who am I to diss his bliss?

14. "Georgia Rain" by Trisha Yearwood

A tender, rain-soaked memory from a woman's teenage years is the focus of this 2005 country song. The sweet memory involved her boyfriend and laying out under the stars when a sudden downpour occurred.

Years later, she's back in her hometown and the memory comes rushing back to her. Although they've both moved on, she says not even the Georgia rain can wash away the way she loves him to this day.

"Don't be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards." - Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist

"Don't be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards." - Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist

15. "When It Rains" by Eli Young Band

The guy in this 2008 song is a real ray of sunshine. He explains that "the sun may brighten your day, but if I had my way I'd take the rain" because if you "start out depressed then everything comes as a pleasant surprise."

He doesn't mind being lonely and crying, and prefers not to even try. It sounds like someone needs to ask his doctor to double his dose of Prozac.

16. "Rainy Days and Mondays" by The Carpenters

What is it about rain that gets people feeling so depressed? Rain is nourishing for the earth and it's great sleeping weather.

However, the woman in this 1971 song doesn't see it that way. She's bored, lonely, and has feelings of hopelessness. Explaining that "rainy days and Mondays always get me down," she seeks comfort from the one who loves her.

17. "Purple Rain" by Prince

This song's lyrics refer to changing times and address an ex-lover and friend the narrator cares for deeply. But people have been trying to figure out the meaning behind the 1984 chart-topper for years.

Some say it's about the coming end of the world, as The Purple One was very interested in the apocalypse. Others believe that purple rain is a metaphor for spiritual euphoria. The song is one of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

18. "Raining on Sunday" by Keith Urban

This romantic country song from 2002 describes a man who feels worn and weathered by the hardships of his life. To relax and rejuvenate he hopes that Sunday brings rainstorms so that he and his partner can spend the day under the covers getting reacquainted:

Your love is like religion
A cross in Mexico
And your kiss is like the innocence
Of a prayer nailed to a door.
Oh, surrender in much sweeter
When we both let it go.
Let the water wash our bodies clean
And love wash our souls.

19. "Rhythm of the Rain" by The Cascades

The rain serves as a painful reminder to the heartbroken man in this 1962 song that his sweetheart has left him. He realizes that he is a fool to let her get away and now all he can do is weep about it. Better luck next time, fella!

The song is unusual in that it features a musical instrument called a celesta, a large wooden music box similar to a piano.

20. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Rod Stewart

So many artists have offered up their version of this 1971 song, originally released by Creedence Clearwater Revival. However, Rod Stewart's 2006 version represents a particularly noteworthy effort.

The song is about the calm before the storm. The narrator predicts this will result in a sun shower, an uncommon weather phenomenon in which the sun is shining but it's raining. This is a metaphor for being sad even though everything objectively looks like it's going your way. Ever have that happen to you?

Rain isn't that bad is it?  It'll be gone before you know it.

Rain isn't that bad is it? It'll be gone before you know it.

Even More Songs About Rain, Rainy Days, and Rainy Nights

Got a song suggestion for our Rain Song List? Leave us a comment below in the Comments Section.

SongArtistYear Released

21. Rain



22. No Rain

Blind Melon


23. Fire & Rain

James Taylor


24. I Can't Stand the Rain

Tina Turner


25. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

Willie Nelson


26. Rain Is a Good Thing

Luke Bryan


27. I Wish It Would Rain

The Temptations


28. Rain Over Me

Pitbull (featuring Marc Anthony)


29. It Never Rains In Southern California

Albert Hammond


30. I'm No Stranger to the Rain

Keith Whitley


31. Kentucky Rain

Elvis Presley


32. Rain Fall Down

The Rolling Stones


33. Rainy Night in Georgia

Brook Benton


34. A Better Rain

George Strait


35. Rainy Day Woman

Waylon Jennings


36. Let It Rain

Eric Clapton


37. There's Something Sexy About the Rain

Kenny Chesney


38. Smoky Mountain Rain

Ronnie Milsap


39. Rains of Castamere

Jackie Evancho


40. Hard Rain Don't Last

Darryl Worley


41. Singin in the Rain

Gene Kelly


42. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

B.J. Thomas


43. Alabama Rain

Jim Croce


44. Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)

Gary Allan


45. Umbrella (Orange Version)



46. Who'll Stop the Rain

Creedence Clearwater Revival


47. I Sure Can Smell the Rain



48. Rain

Breaking Benjamin


49. Kiss Me in the Rain

Barbara Streisand


50. You Won't Ever Be Lonely

Andy Griggs


51. Rainin' You

Brad Paisley


52. When It Rains

Gretchen Wilson


53. Prayers for Rain

The Cure


54. Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain

The Judds


55. Come Some Rainy Day



56. Come in with the Rain

Taylor Swift


57. Raining on Me

Gretchen Wilson


58. Fall Like Rain

Eric Clapton


59. I Wish I Were the Rain



60. Is It Raining at Your House

Brad Paisley


61. Healing Rain

Michael W. Smith


62. Blame It on the Rain

Milli Vanilli


63. Early Morning Rain

Gordon Lightfoot


64. Kiss the Rain

Billie Meyers


65. Raining on Our Love

Shania Twain


66. Let It Rain

Mark Chestnutt


67. Every Time That It Rains

Garth Brooks


68. Why Does It Always Rain on Me



69. Rain



70. Can You Stop the Rain

Peabo Bryson


71. Rain on Me



72. Can You Stand the Rain

New Edition


73. Laughter In the Rain

Neil Sedaka


74. Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again

The Fortunes


75. When It Rains



76. Let It Rain

David Nail


77. Rain



78. A Year Without Rain

Selena Gomez & the Scene


79. Make It Rain

Ed Sheeran


80. Rain

The Cult


81. The Rain

Oran “Juice” Jones


82. Echoes of Rain



83. Fool in the Rain

Led Zepplin


84. Rain

Uriah Heep


85. I Wish It Would Rain Down

Phil Collins


86. Rain



87. The Rain

Missy Elliott


88. Rusted From the Rain

Billy Talent


89. Standing in the Rain

Billy Talent


90. Queen of Rain



91. Let It Rain

Michael W. Smith


92. Between the Raindrop

Lifehouse (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)


93. Rain, Rain, Go Away

Bobby Vinton


94. Raindrops

Dee Clark


95. Raining in My Heart

Buddy Holly


96. Baby the Rain Must Fall

Glen Yarbrough


97. Rain on the Roof

Lovin' Spoonful


98. Come Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine


99. Crying in the Rain



100. I Think It's Going to Rain Today

Norah Jones


101. Like the Rain

Clint Black


102. It's Raining Again



103. Rain

The Beatles


104. Buckets of Rain

Neko Case


105. Lizzie and the Rainman

Tanya Tucker


106. Rain

Jeremiah Freed


107. A Lover's Concerto

The Supremes


108. It Can't Rain All the Time

Jane Siberry


109. Candy Rain

Soul for Real


110. Come Clean

Hillary Duff


111. Downpour

Backstreet Boys


112. Summer Rain

Belinda Carlisle


113. Sunday Morning

Maroon 5


114. Covered in Rain

John Mayer


115. Rain

Jose Feliciano


116. I'm No Stranger to the Rain

Keith Whitley


117. Make It Rain

Tom Waits


118. Don't Rain on My Parade

Barbara Streisand


119. Another Rainy Night



120. Remember When It Rained

Josh Roban


121. Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love

Love Unlimited


122. Date With the Rain

Eddie Kendricks


123. Never Liked the Rain

Clint Black


124. In the Rain



125. Only the Rain

Escape Club


126. Feels Like Rain

John Hiatt


127. Making Love in the Rain

Herb Alpert (featuring Janet Jackson & Lisa Keith)


128. Summer Rain

Johnny Rivers


129. Rhapsody in the Rain

Lou Christie


130. The Rain, the Park and Other Things

The Cowsills


131. Tell It to the Rain

The Four Seasons


132. The Rain Song

Led Zepplin


133. Rain



134. So. Central Rain



135. Red Rain

Peter Gabriel


136. Rain on the Scarecrow

John Mellencamp


137. Raining in Baltimore

Counting Crows


138. Rain King

Counting Crows


139. When It's Raining

The Samples


140. What Have They Done to the Rain

The Searchers


141. Southern Rains

Mel Tillis


142. I Hope It Rains on You

Jana Kramer


143. The Sun and the Rain



144. Another Song About the Rain



145. Rain

Terence Trent D'Arby


146. Walking in the Rain

The Ronettes


147. A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall

Bob Dylan


148. Acid Rain

Avenged Sevenfold


149. Stand in the Rain



150. Washed by the Water



151. Mandolin Rain

Bruce Hornsby and the Range


152. Everything

Diamond Eyes


153. When It Rains, It Pours

Luke Combs


154. When Will It Rain



The rainiest American cities by annual rainfall all tend to be in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida.  And you probably guessed that Seattle is the rainiest American city!

The rainiest American cities by annual rainfall all tend to be in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida. And you probably guessed that Seattle is the rainiest American city!

Questions & Answers

Question: Any reason Jose Feliciano's "Rain" was left off the list?

Answer: Thanks for the song suggestion. I've added it at #115. I depend on great readers like you to suggest any songs I may have missed!

Question: Who recorded the song Rain-o?

Answer: The song was released in 1970 by the Canadian band, Chilliwack. Here's the first part of the lyrics:

Raino, raino

fall upon the earth again

and make it good.

make it cool and fill the river,

fill the pool, quench the thirst

of every fool and every sage

and every sour soul

who's lost so much

he doesn't know his need ...

Question: When were the songs "Raining on Prom Night" by Cindy Bullins and "Gee I'm Glad It's Raining" by Jim Varney released?

Answer: Both songs were released as part of movie soundtracks. "Raining on Prom Night" by Cindy Bullins was released in 1978 as a part of the soundtrack for the romantic comedy motion picture, "Grease" although it wasn't featured in the film itself. Note that Cindy Bullins came out as transgender and changed their name to Cidny Bullins in 2014. The YouTube link and lyrics for "Raining on Prom Night" are as follows:


I was deprived of a young girl's dream

By the cruel force of nature from the blue

Instead of a night full of romance supreme

All I got was a running nose and Aegeatic flu

It's raining on prom night, my hair is a mess

It's running all over my taffeta dress

It's wilting the quilting on my maiden form

And mascara flows right down my nose

Because of the storm

I don't even have my corsage, oh, gee

It fell down a sewer with my sister's ID

Yes, it's raining on prom night, oh, my darling

What can I do, I miss you

It's raining rain from the skies

And it's raining real tears from my eyes, over you

Oh, dear God, make him feel the same way I do right now

Make him want to see me again

Oh, what can I do

It's raining rain from the skies

It's raining tears from my eyes over you

Raining, ooh, tears from my eyes over you

Raining, ooh, raining on prom night

Ooh raining, ooh, tears from my eyes over you.

The second song, "Gee, I'm Glad It's Raining," was released as a part of the soundtrack for the 1987 comedy film "Ernest Goes to Camp." Jim Varney, the main character in the film sings the following lyrics:

Gee I'm glad it's raining

There's always something to be thankful for.

I'm awfully glad it's raining

Cause no one sees the teardrops when it pours.

And no one knows the thunder

As your heart breaks in the sky,

And they think those rainy nights

Cause that sad look in your eye.

Sure am glad it's raining.

The gentle river soothes the pain inside.

I'm glad the stars aren't shining.

This wounded warrior needs a place to hide.

I thought I had found someone

I could count on 'til the end.

What they wanted was a hero,

All I needed was a friend

Gee, I'm glad it's raining.

I hope the morning sun won't come up soon.

As long as it keeps raining, no one knows my heart broke right in two.

I thought I had found someone I could count on 'til the end.

What they wanted was a hero,

All I needed was a friend

Sure am glad it's raining.

I'm awfully glad it's raining.

Here's the YouTube link:

Question: Have you heard of "Dancing For Rain" by the guys with the song "Wild, Wild West"?

Answer: "Wild, Wild West" (1988) was sung by a group called The Escape Club. They have a song on the same album as "Wild, Wild West" that is called "Only the Rain" (1988). I think that's the one you're referring to:

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FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 04, 2020:

Macie Moulton - Unfortunately, after searching I wasn't able to find what you're looking for. There isn't enough information to go on. Sorry.

Macie Moulton on September 02, 2020:

I had this sample cd in the early 2000's that had Katy Rose- I Like on it, as well as another song about rain. Im trying to figure out the name of that song and the artist

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 21, 2020:

Pat Pakken - Thank you for that suggestion. I've added it! Have a great weekend.

Pat Pakken on August 18, 2020:

When Will It Rain - Jackyl

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 31, 2020:

Terri - That’s one of my favorites too (#13). An oldie but goody. Thanks for commenting!

Terri on July 31, 2020:

I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbit

Great list!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 28, 2020:

ValiJamalPhD - People often use rain as a metaphor for sad feelings, so it should not be surprising that many songs describe lost love. Thank you for your comment and for sharing this on Facebook. Be both happy and safe in this perilous time right now.

ValiJamalPhD on July 28, 2020:

Am writing from Kampala Uganda. It doesn't rain here; it pours. i remember three songs about rain, but by then I was studying in England: Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain. You included that. Buddy Holly sang Oh but it's raining, raining in my heart and Carole King sang It might as well rain until September. Most songs about rain are about lost love - either you made a mistake or she just left you. Enjoyed your introduction. SHARING on Facebook with like-hearted people.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 31, 2020:

Emge - The rain is relaxing and makes for good sleeping weather. I'm glad you enjoyed this playlist.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 30, 2020:

Flourish this is my favourite. I love the rain and especially going with a GF with a thunder shower on. In the east its a romantic period. Great selection of songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 30, 2020:

Gonzobomb - Thanks for this suggestion. I added it to the Spinditty playlist, "Songs About Waiting for Someone You Love"

Gonzobomb on May 29, 2020:

Lana Del Rey - Tomorrow Never Came

"I waited for you. In the spot you said to wait.

In the city, on a park bench. In the middle of the pouring rain.

'Cause I adored you. I just wanted things to be the same."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 29, 2020:

Peggy - That's a classic musical memory with him and his umbrella!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:

"Singin in the Rain" by Gene Kelly is such a happy song. I can just see him singing and dancing in my mind. Your facts at the top about rain on other planets is fascinating!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 30, 2020:

VinnyJH - Thanks for the suggestion.

VinnyJH on March 28, 2020:

She’d Rather Have the Rain—The Partridge Family

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 16, 2020:

Hi, Felix - "Walkin' in the Rain with the One I Love" is on the list at #121. Thanks for stopping by.

Felix on February 14, 2020:

What about "Walking in the rain with the one I love" by Love Unlimited (created by Barry White in 1972). Morever, the great classic song "Yesterday I heard the rain".

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 13, 2020:

S Paul - Thank you for both the suggestion and that most fascinating explanation of the song name!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 13, 2020:

S Paul - Thanks for the suggestion. Adding it!

S Paul on February 11, 2020:

I also didn’t see the song Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 by Bob Dylan on the list. It was on the soundtrack to the movie Forrest Gump. Supposedly, the “official" explanation of how this song got its name: A woman and her daughter came into the recording studio out of the rain. Dylan guessed their ages correctly as 12 and 35.

S Paul on February 11, 2020:

One of my favorites is missing: Mandolin Rain by Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 07, 2019:

TempestACE - Thank you for these suggestions which I have added.