What's Your Favorite Weather Song?

Here are some famous bad weather tunes. Please include your own in the comments.

Complaining about the weather has always been a favorite way for folks to pass the time. But when it comes to storms, and especially rain, songwriters have had a field day. There's just something about the feelings stirred up by gray skies pouring water over the Earth that speaks to the aching places in the heart. 

In that spirit, my colleagues and I thought it would be fun to put a brief list of our favorite rain songs together, with the hope that you would join in and list your own (and a link, if available, to the YouTube version). 

Concord Editor Emily Henry started things off with "I Can't Stand The Rain," a great Lowell George tune, as covered by Seal. George put on his solo album, but Ann Peebles made it a huge hit. Seal takes it home. 

Associate Regional Editor David Mills likes Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain." It has that threatening, stormy atmosphere that gives it a great rainy feel.

I have two. 

One is my favorite weather song of all time, because it reminds me of being a kid, and it shaped my little head in ways that made sure it would never be the same. It's "Rain," by the Beatles. "When it rains and shines/it's just a state of mind." Those were strange, dangerous lyrics for a pop song in 1966. A portent of things to come. 

My second song is by the Rolling Stones, and it's here because this is one of the most dangeous, ominous songs ever. Keith Richards wrote "Gimme Shelter" one stormy night when he was fuming over the fact that his girlfriend at the time was making a racy movie with Mick Jagger, and he knew Mick very well. The intro to this song has to be one of the most haunting pieces of music ever composed.

OK, and one just because to leave it out would be a crime. It's "Stormy Weather," by Billie Holiday. You can listen to this song on the sunniest day of the year, and it would still feel like it was raining. 

OK, that's our playlist. Now tell us yours. And if you can, include YouTube links. 

Jim G. November 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Ummm, make that Riders ON the Storm. Still The Doors, though.
David Mills (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Good call, Jim!
Jim Caroompas (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Bob Brittain November 29, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Please add "Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain" by Ladyship Black Mambazo. This is the 2010 FIFA World Cup performance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PisBYGGtmgI
Chris J Kapsalis November 29, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I mentioned Black Sabbath, any black sabbath song as my play list for when it rains. PLayed them so many years when it first rains. Something dark about it, can;t really explain, but just has the feel of rain to me. I posted that but it disapeared, not sure why. The first song on we sold our souls for rock and roll starts off with rain. The song "Black Sabbath" Kind of a tradition for me to play it. Here is the you tube link to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjplAWc_Soo
Lance Howland (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Just freewheelin' here but rain can be allegorical. Bob Dylan "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall. " I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways, I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests, I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans, I've been 10,000 miles in the mouth of a graveyard ... and it's a hard, and it's a hard, and it's a hard rain a-gonna fall.
Linda Meza November 29, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Smokey Robinson "Quiet Storm" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBFQPqBbuUA
Brent Ainsworth November 29, 2012 at 03:14 AM
"Thunder & Lighting" by Gamma
Jim Caroompas (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Jim Caroompas (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 03:23 AM
ChampagneKitty November 29, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I love Ladysmith Black Mambazo!
Valerie Sloven November 29, 2012 at 03:28 AM
One of my favorites " I Wish It Would Rain " by The Temptations.
Jim Caroompas (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 03:31 AM
David Mills (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Oh... another good call, Valerie!
Bob Brittain November 29, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Thanks Lance. Had to be said.
Valerie Sloven November 29, 2012 at 04:28 AM
"As Soon as the Weather Breaks " by Bobby "Blue" Bland
Emily Henry (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I LOVE that song! I love The Doors.
Melinda P. November 29, 2012 at 05:45 AM
I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end...
Jim Caroompas (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Jim Caroompas (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Kenny November 29, 2012 at 07:19 AM
It's Raining Men http://youtu.be/bBlbPw7WAqM
Emily Henry (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Yes! I was waiting for someone to mention the Weather Girls... I was singing this today.
Kenny November 29, 2012 at 07:29 AM
We can't forget "Blame It on the Rain" by Milli Vanilli (or whomever sang their songs). http://youtu.be/rB0Le3oM1b8
Kenny November 29, 2012 at 07:33 AM
The rain caused problems for the "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Little Richard version: http://youtu.be/z0_fDQ5ienY Carly Simon version (from an awesome movie, "Heartburn", based on an awesome book by a wonderful author, director, & mother - Nora Ephron - that we lost in 2012): http://youtu.be/STj9R6jeFyo
Kenny November 29, 2012 at 07:57 AM
"The Wayward Wind" by Sylvia and James Galway http://youtu.be/UQhWLiJHiqo And, of course, after the rain and tornados we can hope to find ourselves "Somewhere Over the Rainbow": http://youtu.be/1HRa4X07jdE
Janice Hirsch November 29, 2012 at 04:11 PM
one of my favorites Here Comes the Rain Again by the Eurythimcis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzFnYcIqj6I
theresa November 29, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop The Rain" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIPan-rEQJA The Beatles' "Rain" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge-Xl8MTLoo and Led Zeppelin's "The Rain Song" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1d4TLWmmcE
theresa November 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM
oops, this is the CCR song I was looking for! "Have you ever seen the rain?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS9_ipu9GKw
Kathy November 30, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I love that song, too!
The Merry One December 01, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Okay, so depending on the mood, it would be "Here Comes the Rain Again" by the Eurythmics, or "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" by B.J. Thomas or perhaps, "Singin' in the Rain" by Gene Kelly.


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