There was one user on Reddit that accurately described why he liked rain much more than sunshine. He says something along the lines of the rain being more honest. The sun can be so exaggerative, that there’s no way someone can be that happy and stark – to the point that it burns and feels like a lie. On the other hand, rain is calm and honest or furious and whipping at you. And even through its fury, it has a passionate honesty to it.
Perhaps this is the exact reason why so many people enjoy the rain more than the sun. The rain brings about so many emotions – it can make you happy or it can make you feel sadder than you already are. Either way, the rain amplifies your feelings like no other force of nature. And this is perhaps why there are so many odes to rain.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of songs that you can listen to on a rainy day – whether you want to amplify your feelings of joy or your sadness. Whatever it is you’re feeling when it’s raining, it’s always a good idea to listen to a song that complements that feeling.
Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes
When you wake up on a lazy Sunday morning and it’s cold outside, this is the song you absolutely need to listen to. It’s such a calm, relaxing song that makes you just want to lounge around in bed with someone you love. So the next time it pours, put on some Jack Johnson and let his soothing voice lull you back to sleep.
Rainy day lyrics: Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now
And we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
There ain’t no need to go outside
Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again
Here’s something a little more upbeat, though it’s in a more melancholy chord – exactly like the sentiment of the song. According to David Stewart Here Comes the Rain is a song about undecidedness – here comes depression or that downward spiral. He goes on to say, “It’s the wandering in and out of melancholy, a dark beauty that sort of is like the rose that’s when it’s darkest unfolding and blood-red just before the garden, dies. And capturing that in kind of oblique statements and sentiments.”
Rainy day lyrics: Here comes the rain again
Falling on my head like a memory
Falling on my head like a new emotion
I want to walk in the open wind
I want to talk like lovers do
I want to dive into your ocean
Is it raining with you
Prince – Purple Rain
Many people have wondered why Prince decided to sing about purple rain as opposed to any other color. According to him, “when there’s blood in the sky – red and blue equals purple. Purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith or god guide you through the purple rain.” On the other hand, when you look at the lyrics, it’s more of a ballad for a person the singer has lost.
Rainy day lyrics: I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted one time to see you laughing
I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain
BJ Thomas – Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
Here’s another happy track to listen to while it’s raining. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head is all about being worry-free even when it’s raining. It’s a song about optimism even though things might not always work out your way. And even if nature decides to rain on your parade, you won’t get anywhere by complaining, so might as well enjoy it!
Rainy day lyrics: Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red
Crying’s not for me
‘Cause, I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining
Because I’m free
Nothing’s worrying me
Gene Kelly – Singin’ in the Rain
Just like Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Singin’ in the Rain is a happy little tune you can sing while it’s raining. It’s another optimistic song that set in the rain. In line with the song, the movie it was written for is also a happy feel-good romantic comedy.
Rainy day lyrics: I’m singin’ in the rain
Just singin’ in the rain
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Carpenters – Rainy Days and Mondays
A lot of people feel melancholy when it starts raining; it’s even worse when that rainy day happens to be a Monday. The Carpenters have perfectly captured this feeling of sadness and lethargy on rainy Mondays. But in the song, the singer is happy to find someone who can cheer her up on rainy Mondays.
Rainy day lyrics: Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothing ever seems to fit
Nothing to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
Adele – Set Fire to the Rain
You know there’s bound to be an Adele song on this list! Set Fire to the Rain is a song about contradictions in love. There are some relationships when you can’t help but love and hate a person at the same time. You love their good side, but you can’t stand their bad side. And that’s what setting fire to the rain is all about – the contrast between wanting to be with someone and wanting to set it all ablaze.
Rainy day lyrics: But I set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Well, it burned while I cried
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name
I set fire to the rain
And I threw us into the flames
When it fell, something died
‘Cause I knew that that was the last time, the last time
Ray Charles – Come Rain or Come Shine
Now let’s move on to a little romantic tune by Ray Charles. Come Rain or Come Shine may just be the most beautiful profession of love in a song about rain. In the song, come rain or come shine and through the good times and bad times, the singer will be with the one he loves.
Rainy day lyrics: I’m gonna love you, like nobody’s loved you
Come rain or come shine
High as a mountain, deep as a river
Come rain or come shine
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – Umbrella
When you think of rain, you have to think of umbrellas, right? Rihanna’s song about this seemingly innocuous object is actually a sweet song of friendship. In the song, she makes references to her rising fame and all the fancy things she now has. However, that doesn’t keep her away from the people who can count on her through rain or shine. If you need a fun friendship song to sing to a friend who gets sad when it rains, this is that song!
Rainy day lyrics: Because when the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
Said I’ll always be your friend
Took an oath, I’ma stick it out to the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
It’s not just water falling from the sky when it rains – sometimes it’s (figuratively) men! It’s Raining Men is about how all the lonely single girls shouldn’t feel down because it’s about to rain all sorts of men! This super catchy dance hit is a staple in many dance clubs, as it’s sure to get the ladies excited to find the perfect man for her on the dance floor!
Rainy day lyrics: It’s raining men, hallelujah, it’s raining men, amen
I’m gonna go out to run and let myself get
Absolutely soaking wet
It’s raining men, hallelujah
It’s raining men, every specimen
Tall, blonde, dark and lean
Rough and tough and strong and mean
Buddy Holly – Raining in My Heart
In this list, we have a handful of songs about it raining outside while being happy on the inside. Raining in My Heart is the complete opposite. In this song, Buddy Holly Sings about how the sun is our and happy outside, but despite that, there’s rain in his heart. He doesn’t mention what it is that’s making him so sad and why he’s trying so hard to hide it.
Rainy day lyrics: The sun is out, the sky is blue
There’s not a cloud to spoil the view
But it’s raining, raining in my heart
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
This hit song by Garbage is actually a self-depreciating jab at the band itself. Shirley Manson explains that it’s a mockery of the popular 90s songs that sing about wearing one’s heart on their sleeves despite the sadness it brings. She explains that the song is their way of mocking themselves for liking the songs that don’t make them happy as well as the so-called “alternative scene” of being weirder and therefore more wonderful than everyone else.
Rainy day lyrics: I’m only happy when it rains
I feel good when things are going wrong
I only listen to the sad, sad songs
I’m only happy when it rains
I only smile in the dark
My only comfort is the night gone black
I didn’t accidentally tell you that
I’m only happy when it rains
Blind Melon – No Rain
No Rain is another one of those song conundrums where the happy, catchy tune only masks the sadness in the lyrics. It’s a song about being unable to get out of bed or to find reasons to face the day. Blind Melon bass player Brad Smith mentions that he wrote it from the perspective of a girl he was dating who had depression. However, as he was writing, he realized that he felt the same way.
Rainy day lyrics: And I don’t understand why I sleep all day
And I start to complain
That there’s no rain
And all I can do is read a book to stay awake
And it rips my life away,
But it’s a great escape
Game of Thrones – The Rains of Castamere
For those of you that are fans of Game of Thrones, you know that this is the song you never want to hear at your wedding. The Rains of Castamere is the fictional House Reyne of Castamere, which was obliterated by Lannister patriarch Tywin Lannister. The song itself is a play on words as the “rains” or Reynes fall over the empty halls of their once-great castle.
Rainy day lyrics: And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that Lord of Castamere,
But now the rains weep o’er his hall,
with no one there to hear
The Cascades – Rhythm of the Rain
To cap off this list, we have this classic Cascades track that may reflect what many of us feel when it’s raining. The song is about a man who wishes the rain would stop reminding him of all the mistakes he has made to make his lover left him. It’s catchy, melancholy, and as far as we know, the ultimate song to listen to when you want to feel sad on a rainy day.
Rainy day lyrics: Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Telling me just what a fool I’ve been
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again
Which of these tracks do you want to listen to the next time it rains? Is it the romantic track by Jack Johnson, the happy and chipper one by Gene Kelly, or is it our ultimate pick by The Cascades?
Know a rainy day song that didn’t make it to the list? Share them with us below!