Rain reigns supreme in Six Pack's look at top rainy songs

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Six Pack awoke this morning to the calming sounds of a steady summer rain tapping on his window.

This, of course, reminded him of the great rains of 2015, when our former house was surrounded by water while Six Pack lie bedridden following his right foot amputation.

This Six Pack entry was almost completed before the hospitalization and when it was finished a few weeks later, it was the first published after I returned to work later in July 2015. Three weeks later, I was unemployed (not in Greenland, mind you) and as close to homeless as I ever want to come again.

Still, Six Pack likes the topic (but not the circumstances) and this morning reminded him of that time two years ago so he brought this list in from the rain and republished it at his new home at ChicagoNow.

Here are the top six rain-themed songs:

Near misses — "Let it Rain" by Eric Clapton, "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" by Bob Dylan, "Purple Rain" by Prince, "Here Comes the Rain Again" by Eurythmics.

6. "Rain in the Summertime" by The Alarm — A sentimental pick starts us off. Many might not even remember this 1987 semi-hit by the Welsh band. It peaked at No. 71 on the Billboard pop chart, but No. 6 on the Mainstream Rock. It might have been No. 1 on rainy July nights on the backroads of Iroquois County in the late '80s, but we didn’t have silly Six Pack rankings back then. (There were several Six Packs, though.).

5. "It's Raining Again" by Supertramp — British progressive rockers Supertramp had a good run on pop radio in the early '80s with this hit, peaking at No. 11 in 1982. Six Pack would play this during rain delays in his days as the public address announcer at Forrest Park. NASCAR also does the same, but Six Pack has no plans to file a lawsuit. The song is about loss, but reminds us the sun will shine again, as it did later today.

4. "Who'll Stop the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival — Six Pack has shared this before, but all "rain" songs are easily parodied by replacing "the rain" with "Duane," which works marvelously when you have a good friend named Duane. This song is the best example, along with Milli Vanilli’s “Blame It on the Rain.” Of course, it is a great song regardless. Many see it as a Vietnam protest song, but John Fogerty wrote it following the rainy weather at Woodstock.

3. "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan — Less popular than Dylan's selection in the near-misses, it works better for the category so it goes here. The great songwriter Dylan was writing about the inevitability of nuclear war rather than heavy rain when he wrote this in 1962. It has come to mean that something big is going to happen, even though Six Pack doesn't recall a nuclear war. There is a great version by Edie Brickell on the "Born on the Fourth of July" soundtrack.

2. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival — CCR gets two picks in the top six and rightfully so because they are the kings of swamp rock. (Hey, you can't have a swamp without a lot of rain). All great songs are full of metaphors and CCR loved to use "rain" as a metaphor for war and bombs and the like. But CCR frontman Fogerty insists it is about rising tensions in the group. Six Pack is going with the precipitation theme.

1. "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses — This epic is the classic story of the songwriter insisting he had a great song while the rest of the band grumbled about it the whole time. Axl Rose, lead singer and lead pain in the rear, kept at it from 1982 until the song's release on 1991's "Use Your Illusion I." Tabbed by many was the greatest video of all-time, it more than paid the bills for the rest of the Gunners, who balked at the ballad. And it is equally difficult to hold a candle in the warm July rain, as well.

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