It seems like we waited weeks for it – well, it actually was weeks – and maybe just enough time for the grass to regrow and keep the hills from sliding down, but three inches in 24 hours may have been a little much, with more on the way. There is a certain romance about the rain, other than having to drive a car in it. Hearing it on the roof, strolling in the gentle showers, walking hand in hand, that first time your child discovers it. We’ve got a list of songs about the rain, and maybe not the most popular ones, and the list is hundreds long, but we picked eight that are favorites of ours, in no particular order, and a couple maybe you’ve never heard before.
Here Comes that Rainy Day Feeling Again
Come on, you sang the title as you read it didn’t you. The Fortunes had a handful of hits in the middle of the British Invasion in the mid-’60, but it took until ’71 for this song to hit number 15 on Billboards “Hot 100” and regardless of having released 24 singles, none ever reached higher than number 7. But if you’re looking for the “Real Thing” these are your guys, having written that song for a Coca-Cola ad in 1969.
Who’ll Stop the Rain
Between wondering who will stop it and if you’ve ever seen it, the Fogerty brothers were churning out hits left and right in the late ‘60s to early ‘70s. The act initially signed with Fantasy Records in Oakland in ’64 under a different name, the Blue Velvets, and quickly the label changed the name to the Golliwogs. In ’68 the band was tasked to come up with a new name, and Creedence Clearwater Revival was born. There is some local lore regarding that record contract (and we’ve heard this story more than once from various people), that allegedly the band Fantasy initially signed to be that act was from Sonoma, and one of the stipulations was if anyone in the band got drafted, the deal was off. That happened and the rest, they say, is history.
I Can’t Stand the Rain
You may have heard the 1984 version of this song covered by Tina Turner, but it was Ann Peebles that had a hit with it first in ’73, and the title came about literally when Peebles looked up in a rainstorm and pronounced “I can’t stand the rain.” Peebles’ version managed to reach number 38 on the Billboard charts, and Turner’s was never released as a single in the U.S., but the disco act “Eruption” brought it all the way to number six in 1978.
Unfortunately, we discovered how much larger than life Prince was after his death, with a relentless social media feed as a tribute for days after he passed. The album, film and single, all of the same title, was a blockbuster for Prince and the Revolution. Originally slated to be a collaboration with Stevie Nicks, Nicks felt the song was just too much pressure for her, so she declined. Upon his death in 2016, the song again hit the charts, this time skyrocketing to number one on the Billboard charts. A staple at many of Prince’s shows, sans a couple years between leaving his record label and changing his name. His performance at Superbowl XLI in 2007 during halftime was one to remember, when almost on cue, bathed in purple lights, a downpour drenched the stadium during the song. It was almost as if it was part of the script.