Top 10 Rainy Day Songs
Few things, if any, combat the overcast blues better than good rainy day songs. Whether you rather chill out at home or go for a walk in the rain, a great playlist can help you get through the storm. So, close your windows, keep your umbrella handy and take a wet and wild journey with Ultimate Classic Rock's list of the Top 10 Rainy Day Songs:
'Rainy Day, Dream Away'
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
It just started raining outside. You pop in this tune off 1968's 'Electric Ladyland' as you sit back and groove to the sweet sounds of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The mid-tempo jazz emanating from the legendary guitarist and his bandmates puts you in such a good mood that you decide to keep the vibe going by playing the album's companion piece, 'Still Raining, Still Dreaming.'
'Let It Rain'
You don't want to cramp your style, so you go from one guitar god to another by playing 'Let It Rain,' the last track on Eric Clapton's 1970 self-titled debut solo album. You forget about the weather as you start thinking about love and desert flowers. You take a look out the window, but you're too busy digging Slowhand's tune. Let it rain, indeed.
'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35'
You're feeling all right, but you need something to enhance your mood. You press play on Bob Dylan's 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' off his 1966 platter 'Blonde on Blonde,' and turn it up high. Things become a bit cloudy, but you're feeling really good until it starts pouring outside. You begin to get a bit freaked out, so you seek solace in Dylan's 1975 cut 'Shelter From the Storm.'
'Riders on the Storm'
The torrential rain continues pounding against your window, and you wonder how you're going to ride it out. You choose to spin the Doors' 'Riders on the Storm' off 1971's 'L.A. Woman.' The song's familiar bass line puts your mind at ease for a moment. But then Jim Morrison starts singing about a "killer on the road" and paranoia starts to take over.
All of a sudden, thunder and lightning start to rattle your home. You decide that the best way to combat the storm is with some thunder of your own. You bust out AC/DC's 1990 disc, 'The Razors Edge,' and let its first track, 'Thunderstruck,' go to work. Brian Johnson's vocals and Angus Young's guitar licks attack the storm like a rabid cat.
'Rock You Like a Hurricane'
Despite the good fight, the storm gets worse. And now there's no better time to break out the heaviest artillery you own -- that's right, the Scorpions' 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' from 1984's 'Love at First Sting.' The storm is powerful, but singer Klaus Meine's howl proves too much for the downpour. At last, the weather calms down and you're safe and sound.
Guns N' Roses
You open the door to assess the situation, but an autumn chill penetrates your skin. The storm has passed, but the rain is still coming down. You need some time on your own before leaving your home. You reflect on the day while listening to 'November Rain' by Guns N' Roses. The 'Use Your Illusion I' track helps your fears subside and gives you the courage to step outside.
You throw on your coat and grab your umbrella as you venture out. While the worst is over, it is still drizzling outside. You realize the best way to deal with the rain is to embrace it, so you put your headphones on and let the Beatles' 'Rain' guide you through the streets. The B-side to 'Paperback Writer' provides the perfect soundtrack as you begin your walk.
'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?'
Creedence Clearwater Revival
During your stroll, you encounter a few neighbors. One of them wants to know if you've ever seen a rain quite like that one. You'd rather answer to John Fogerty, so you select Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?' off 1970's 'Pendulum.' The track comes to an end, and you wonder if the rain will end, too. Time to cue up CCR's 'Who'll Stop the Rain.'
'Fool in the Rain'
You make your way downtown and you start reflecting on the people who are most important to you. You stand on the corner thinking about a lost love. You play Led Zeppelin's 'Fool in the Rain' off 1979's 'In Through the Out Door,' and you start running until you're out of breath. Looking up through the raindrops, you see the sky turn purple. You know a good song for that, too.