It’s another dreary, gray day in January and I am thinking about … rain. I know a Chicago winter should be all about snow, but we have been blessed(?) by warm weather for most of the season, so the precipitation that is popping up in my head is the wet stuff instead of the white stuff. And as I look through my microscope I find myself humming water songs. So here are 10 rainy songs for the day. I hope the earworms don’t start eating away at your brains too!
MY TOP TEN RAIN AND STORM SONGS
- Taxi by Harry Chapin. Just another rainy day in San Francisco. Smoking pot may be legal now, but I still wouldn’t want my cabbie or Uber driver to be flying that high.
- Rainy Day Woman 12 & 35 by Bob Dylan. Another song about getting stoned. Is there a pattern here?
- The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin. Isn’t every song by Zep about lighting up?
- Love Reign O’er Me by the Who. Yes, I know that “reign” isn’t “rain.” But Roger Daltrey sings about cool rain falling like tears. So it counts.
- The Rain in Spain from the original cast recording of My Fair Lady. You knew I had to include one show tune on my list.
- Riders on the Storm by the Doors. This one may be my favorite. It has a moody feel that always triggers a memory to a late spring afternoon during my high school years, standing in the rain waiting for a lift from friends. (No Uber in 1971)
- Rhapsody in the Rain and Lightnin’ Strikes by Lou Christie. A two-bagger from the sixties. Sweet Lou always seemed to get lucky when the weather took a turn for the worse.
- Rain on the Roof by the Lovin’ Spoonful. A less intense 60’s love song than Lou’s two, with John Sebastian memorializing a rainy afternoon.
- Electrical Storm by U2. A less well known U2 song, but it’s one of their best of the 2000s.
- Kathy’s Song by Simon and Garfunkel. Unless you are a pretty big S & G fan you might not know this one. It is worth a listen. It ends with one of my all-time favorite lyrics — there but for the grace of you go I.
AND A FEW MORE
- Rain by the Beatles. Just because it is the Beatles.
- Set Fire to the Rain by Adele. Just because it is Adele.
- Rainy Night in Georgia by Brook Benton. I believe it’s raining all over the world.
- The Rain, The Park, and Other Things by the Cowsills. Because without the Cowsills we wouldn’t have had the Partridges. And how could we have made it through the 70s without the Partridges?
- November Rain by Guns’n’Roses. Because November rain is better than November snow.
I know there are as many rain songs as there are streaks on my windshield on a wet afternoon. So what are some of yours?
A trivia question for those of you so inclined, courtesy of Margeson’s Pub Quiz. One of the recording artists named above is the only such artist to have a number one hit during the 1970s with a TV theme song. Can you name the artist and the song? A shout out to my buddy Broonsy for getting this one right when it counted.