Top 20 Best Songs With ‘RAIN’ in the Title – Kickin’ it Old School

Back in June, we had more rain Raining Cats & Dogsthan we could handle here in the Midwest. Wisconsin had many counties declared as disaster areas as rainfall broke records that month. Many of you may recall the incredible scene at Lake Delton in the Wisconsin Dells where the lake literally drained and resulted in horrible damage including homes being washed away. Here is a link to a video showing some of that particular damage in progress.

After receiving that much rain in June, we have almost had no significant rain in this area during July and August. We went to the opposite extreme of drought conditions. Now we are getting some of the effects of the tropical storms that have been pounding the southern and eastern coasts. It has rained here for the last two days straight. This gave me an idea for a top 10 list. I was thinking about rain and how there are many great songs with that word in the title, so I made a list.

I made a list of all of my favorite songs which have the word “rain” in the title. As usual, I thought about only considering songs from the 80’s, but there were so many good songs I decided to make it from all time. I decided to only include songs with the word “rain” or possibly “rains” or “rainy” and not words with rain in them like “rainbow.” One of my favorite songs of all time is “Over the Rainbow” from Wizard of Oz, but it will not be included in this particular list. I will give you links to watch the video or hear the song for the majority of my selections, so please be sure to click on those.


Milli Vanilli20. “Blame It On The Rain” (1989) by Milli Vanilli from Girl You Know It’s True – Whoever it was that really sung this song, it isn’t half bad.

19. “Tears & Rain” (2004) by James Blunt from Back to Bedlam

18. “Candy Rain” (1995) by Soul for Real from Candy Rain

17. “Laughter In the Rain” (1974) by Neil Sedaka from Sedaka’s BackEddie Rabbitt

16. “I Love a Rainy Night” (1981) by Eddie Rabbitt from Horizon

15. “Rain On the Scarecrow” (1985) by John Mellencamp from Scarecrow – I like the acoustic version from 1999’s Rough Harvest album better. Here is a link to my top Mellencamp songs list.

14. “If the Rain Must Fall” (2006) by James Morrison from Undiscovered

Guns N' Roses13. “November Rain” (1991) by Guns N’ Roses from Use Your Illusion I [link to video]

12. “I Wish It Would Rain Down” (1990) by Phil Collins from …But Seriously [link to video] – Features the guitar playing of Eric Clapton

11. “The Earth, The Sun, The Rain” (1996) by Color Me Badd from Now & Forever [link to song playing]

10. “The Rain” (1986) by Oran ‘Juice’ Jones from Juice [link to video] – “You’re just a squirrel trying to find a nut.”Peabo Bryson

9. “Can You Stop the Rain” (1991) by Peabo Bryson from Can You Stop the Rain [link to video]

8. “Here Comes the Rain Again” (1984) by Eurythmics from Touch [link to video]

7. “No Rain” (1992) by Blind Melon from Blind Melon [link to video]

The Temptations6. “I Wish It Would Rain” (1967) by The Temptaions from The Temptations Wish It Would Rain [link to video of a live performance] Singin' in the Rain

5. “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) by Gene Kelly from the movie Singin’ in the Rain [link to video of performance during the film] – The song originated from the 1920’s, but this is the most popular version and probably the best as well.  Definitely click on the link to watch the outstanding choreography on display during the scene in the movie.

Purple Rain4. “Purple Rain” (1984) by Prince and the Revolution from Purple Rain – Unfortunately due to the purple one’s strict enforcement of copyright, there are no videos to link to. Here is a link to my Top Prince Songs list.

3. “Mandolin Rain” (1986) by Bruce Hornsby & the Range from The Way It Is [link to song playing]

2. “Can You Stand the Rain” (1988) by New Edition from Heart Break [link to video] – This is one of my favorite songs of all time and here is a link to my Top New Edition Songs lists.Sweet Baby James

1. “Fire and Rain” (1970) by James Taylor from Sweet Baby James [link to video of live performance (1998 Live at Beacon Theater in NY) – James Taylor is one of my all time favorite artists and this is one of his very best songs

There’s my list. Please let me know if I missed any of your favorites by leaving your comments. As you see, there are many amazing songs with “rain” in the title. On this rainy day, I can’t help but think about them.  I pray for the safety of all of those who have been in the path of any severe storms this summer or in the future.

That does it for another issue of Kickin’ it Old School. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. If you are interested in reading more of my 80’s related issues, please click there for a summary. If you are interested in reading more of my Top 10 lists, please click there for a summary of those. You can also click on the Archives in the upper left hand column or use the blogbar Search Box in the right hand column to find any other issues you may have missed. Peace and much love.

Check this out: Here is a sign advertising “Land for Sale” which looks to be a pretty tough sell in its current condition. I found this amusing, so thought I would share it…

Land for sale


Quote of the day: “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Download this: “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor - There are many solid covers of this song including Babyface who released his version on his 2007 album called Playlist

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  1. This is a wonderful list OS, I did’t realize that there were so many songs with rain in it.

  2. Really shocking to watch houses being washed away! Oh, loved your James Taylor video – it was on a casette in my mom’s car in the ’70s, brings me right back to early childhood. Another rain song on the same tape was the ’60s “Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain” by the Cascades. Never fails to bring a tear to my eye… ah for innocent times.

  3. Reply to: pretensions
    The Cascades “Rhythm of the Rain” was from 1963 and totally slipped my mind. That song definitely deserved to be included. Thanks for reminding me about that one!

  4. I’m Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
    Rainy Days And Mondays – The Carpenters
    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – B.J. Thomas
    Have You Ever Seen The Rain? – CCR

  5. Didn’t the Beatles have a Rain song?
    I like “Raining in My Heart” from Dames at Sea.
    How about My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music? (Raindrops on Roses . . .)

  6. It’s Raining Men!


    Also by CCR, Who’ll Stop the Rain?
    Somewhere Over the RAINbow

    I can think of a lot of great songs with rain mentioned in them than in the title.

  7. wow its cool you can always come up with a song and quote to fit ur blog … also that land must be extremely hard to sell .. it looks like its in the middle of a lake or something.. could you image having a house or building built on that… you would constantly putting in a flood claim.. i am sure they would make you put a raised foundation on it or something.. but it was rather funny seeing that pic .. thanks

  8. Kentucky Rain-Elvis or Eddie Rabbitt
    Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain-Willie Nelson
    Rainy Night in Georgia
    Thunder Rolls-Garth (ok, doesnt say rain but it works!)

  9. Crying in the rain-Everly Bros. Rain on the roof-Lovin’ Spoonful. Buckets of rain & Rainy Day Women-Bob Dylan. Walking in the rain-Ronettes. Just walking in the rain-Johnnie Ray. Summer rain-Johnny Rivers. It’s raining again-Supertramp. Early morning rain & Rainy day people-Gornon Lightfoot. Always in the rain-Dion. Let it rain-Eric Clapton. Box of rain-Grateful Dead

  10. Reply to: LadyG
    There are over 100 songs with rain in the title

  11. help pour out the rain by buddy jewel, don’t let the rain come down by the serendipity singers, don’t let the rain fall down on me by the critters,rain oh rain by fools gold, rhapsody in the rain by lou christie, raining in my heart by buddy holly, it never rains in southern california by albert hammond, the rain the park and other things by the cowsills, walkin in the rain by the ronnetts and jay and the americans,early morning rain by elvis presley, rockin to the rhythm of the rain by the judds, raindrops by dee clark, rain rain go away by bobby vinton,i’ll do my crying in the rain by the everly brothers, i wish it would rain by the temptations,summer rain by johnny rivers, blessed is the rain by johnny maestro,

  12. i thought of a couple more, it takes a little rain by the oak ridge boys, tell it to the rain by the four seasons, and smokey mountain rain by ronnie milsap.

  13. No one mentioned “Love, It’s Gonna Rain on You,” by Archie Bell and the Drells.

  14. The Rains Came (Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain) by the Sir Douglas Quintet 1966

  15. How bout “Rainy Night in Georgia” by Brook Benton?

  16. tknLWd I came across to your post and found it very useful for me. Thanks and good luck!)

  17. Can somebody help me?I ve been tryin to find this song sung by a female singer.i just remember these words
    When the rain begins to fall and the wind…
    Please help me as you may know how it feels when you can’t find the song you wanna listen.Tc all

  18. Dont Let The Rain Come Down by Serendippity(sp) Singers

  19. It Never Rains in Southern California Toni tony tone It Rains Everyday Mary J Blige

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