What's Your Favorite Weather Song?

There are a number of famous tunes about rain and storms. Do you have any favorites? We'd like to get a list 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 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 it 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. 

Patrick Ford December 02, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Being an El Cerrito native, "Have You Ever Seen Rain" and "Who'll Stop the Rain" come to mind immediately (especially as I just played them this morning :) CCR rules!
Patrick Ford December 02, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Also listened to "The Rain Song" -- Led Zep and "Only Happy When it Rains" -- Garbage.
Giorgio C. December 02, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood! "Well there's floodin' down in Texas All of the telephone lines are down Well there's floodin' down in Texas All of the telephone lines are down And I've been tryin' to call my baby Lord and I can't get a single sound" Amen, Brother Stevie! CCR and Led Zep most definitely! And "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" gets a vote not because I thought the bicycle scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was so romantic, but because I thought it would have been very cool riding on a bicycle with Katharine Ross.
Mike December 02, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Riders on the Storm by the Doors. The only song I know that feels like you're in a rainstorm, and the lyrics have an ominous feel...of a rain storm.
Suzan Kaufmann December 03, 2012 at 09:24 AM
American choral composer Eric Whitacre conducts "Cloudburst." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zqp0OpzMAI From the longest-running Broadway musical, The Fantasticks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYdIZnXZYH8


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