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Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Recommendation: Songs about rain

The (2008) members of Blackhawk, Michael Randall, Henry Paul, and Dave Robbins

The (2008) members of Blackhawk, Michael Randall, Henry Paul, and Dave Robbins

It’s raining again today in southern Ohio, and it has been for the better part of a week now.  A couple days ago, during a particularly torrential downpour, I was sitting here listening to music and decided to search the word ‘rain’ in my media library.  And I have to say I was surprised at just how many songs I had with rain in the title.  I didn’t count songs like Alan Jackson’s ‘Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow’ or Merle Haggard’s ‘Rainbow Stew’, and I still have 27 songs with ‘rain’, ‘raining’, or some variation of the word as part of their song title.

Here’s what I have:

  1. Blackhawk – ‘I Sure Can Smell The Rain’ 
  2. Clint Black – Like The Rain’
  3. Conway Twitty with Sam Moore – ‘Rainy Night In Georgia’
  4. Dolly Parton – ‘Steady As The Rain’
  5. Eddie Rabbit – ‘I Love A Rainy Night’
  6. Garth Brooks – ‘Everytime That It Rains’
  7. Gary Allan – ‘Songs About Rain’
  8. Gary Allan – Yesterday’s Rain
  9. Gretchen Wilson – ‘Raining On Me’
  10. Gretchen Wilson – ‘When It Rains (I Pour)’
  11. Jo Dee Messina – ‘Bring On The Rain’
  12. The Judds – ‘Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain’
  13. Julie Roberts – ‘Rain On A Tin Roof’
  14. Keith Urban – ‘Raining On Sunday’
  15. Keith Whitley – ‘I’m No Stranger To The Rain’
  16. Reba McEntire – ‘It Always Rains On Saturday’
  17. Rodney Crowell – ‘I Wish It Would Rain’
  18. Ronnie Milsap – Smoky Mountain Rain’
  19. Shania Twain – ‘Raining On Our Love’
  20. Shelby Lynne – ‘The Rain Might Wash Your Love Away’
  21. Tammy Wynette – ‘Crying In The Rain’
  22. Tanya Tucker – ‘Lovin’ Somebody On A Rainy Night’
  23. Trisha Yearwood – ‘Georgia Rain’
  24. Trisha Yearwood – ‘Come Back When It Ain’t Rainin’
  25. Vern Gosdin – ‘Is It Raining At Your House’
  26. Vince Gill – ‘Rhythm Of The Pouring Rain’
  27. Willie Nelson – ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain’

Rainy day songs have long been a staple of country music, as much as the singing cowboy, train songs, and drinking songs.  And whether the rain is used as a metaphor for heartbreak (‘I’m No Stranger To The Rain’) or setting a romantic mood (‘I Love A Rainy Night’, ‘Raining On Sunday’) or just for a reason to party (‘Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain’, ‘When It Rains’), precipitation and country music have collaborated nicely.

So what are your favorite rain songs?  And what can you think of to add to my list?

Listen to Blackhawk – ‘I Sure Can Smell The Rain’.

Listen to Keith Whitley – ‘I’m No Stranger To The Rain’.

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28 responses to “Recommendation: Songs about rain

  1. Erik May 14, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    “Rain Fallin'” from one of Reba’s first albums is a great song. So’s Shelby Lynne’s “The Rain Might Wash Your Love Away”.
    These are the songs that aren’t included in your list that can be found in my library:
    “Rainin’ You” – Brad Paisley
    “When It Rains” – Eli Young Band
    “Purple Rain” – LeAnn Rimes
    “Come Some Rainy Day” – Wynonna

  2. J.R. Journey May 14, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    The Vince Gill song IS on my list, Erik. And looking at your list, I should have the Wynonna song – I don’t know why it didn’t show up.

  3. Erik May 14, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I see that. Removed from my list. :P

  4. Andrew May 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    “A Better Rain” – George Strait
    “There’s Something Sexy About The Rain” – Kenny Chesney
    “Let It Rain” – Mark Chesnutt
    “Rain Falls Down” – Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband
    “April Showers” – Sugarland

  5. Annie May 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    “Kentucky Rain” – Elvis.

  6. CMW May 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Alan Jackson – Rainy Day in June
    Alison Krauss & Union Station – Rain Please Go Away
    Buddy Jewell – Addicted to the Rain
    Buddy Jewell – Help Pour Out the Rain
    Chris Knight – Here Comes the Rain
    Clint Black – Rainbow in the Rain
    Chris LeDoux – Between the Rainbows and the Rain
    Craig Morgan – Rain for the Roses
    Dick Curless – I Get the Blues When It Rains
    J.B. Beverley and the Wayward Drifters – Raining in Philly
    The Mavericks – Here Comes the Rain
    Randy Travis – I Wish It Would Rain
    Raul Malo (Gordon Lightfoot) – Early Morning Rain
    Reckless Kelly w/ Joe Ely – Rider in the Rain
    Robert Earl Keen – Not a Drop of Rain
    Robbie Fulks – It’s Always Raining Somewhere
    Roger Miller – River in the Rain
    Scott Hisey – I Won’t Miss the Rain
    Steve Earle – The Rain Came Down
    Tim McGraw – She’s My Kind of Rain
    Tim McGraw – Tears in the Rain
    Trick Pony – Rain
    Waylon Jennings – Rainy Day Woman
    Willie Nelson – Rainy Day Blues

  7. Occasional Hope May 14, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Some more from this decade:
    Alan Jackson, Rainy Day In June
    Alison Krauss and Union Station, Rain Please Go Away
    Brennen Leigh, Waitin’ Out the Rain
    Bruce Robison, When It Rains
    Buddy Jewell, Help Pour Out The Rain
    Chalee Tennison, Parading In The Rain
    Darryl Worley, Hard Rain Don’t Last
    Irene Kelley, Pilgrim In The Rain
    George Strait, If It’s Gonna Rain
    Joe Diffie, Like A River Dreams Of Rain
    Pam Tillis, It Isn’t Just Raining
    Pinmonkey, Every Time It Rains
    Raul Malo (with Rob Ickes, Dave Pomeroy and Pat Flynn), Early Morning Rain (it’s a Gordon Lightfoot song so others may also have recorded it)
    Scott Hisey, I Won’t Miss The Rain
    Slaid Cleaves, The Rain Song
    Tim Hensley, Hard Rains Lately
    Tim McGraw, She’s My Kind Of Rain
    Toby Keith, Yesterday’s Rain
    Todd Fritsch, Dancin’ In The Rain
    Trent Tomlinson, Louisiana Rain
    Trick Pony, Rain
    The Wreckers, Rain

  8. Occasional Hope May 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    From the 90s
    Carlene Carter, The Rain
    Collin Raye, Heart Full Of Rain (the rain’s metaphorical in this one, though)
    Desert Rose Band, A Little Rain
    Jann Browne )and prev done by its writer Nanci Griffith), I Wish It Would Rain
    Joe Diffie, Tears In the Rain
    Keith Stegall, Every Time It Rains (Lord Don’t It Pour)
    Stacy Dean Campbell (also recorded earlier by its writer David Halley), Rain Just Falls
    Matt King, September Rain
    Pam Tillis, Mandolin Rain
    Paul Craft, Walking Home In The Rain
    Pam Gadd and Carl Jackson, Listening To The Rain

  9. Occasional Hope May 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Some more from the 80s:
    George Jones, Courtin’ In The Rain
    George Strait, Every Time It Rains (Lord Don’t It Pour)
    Jo-El Sonnier, Rainin’ In My Heart
    Karen Staley, Looks Like Rain
    Larry Boone, A Reason For The Rain
    Steve Wariner, When It Rains

  10. Occasional Hope May 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    More from various dates:

    Buddy and Julie Miller, Out In The Rain
    Gene Watson, Raining In Dallas
    George Jones, Rain Rain
    Tanya Tucker, Lizzie And The Rainman
    Townes Van Zandt, None But The Rain
    Lorrie Morgan, In For Rain
    Mandy Barnett, Rainy Days
    Waylon Jennings, Rainy Day Woman

  11. Blake Boldt May 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    “Nobody’s Gonna Rain on Our Parade,” Kathy Mattea
    “Rain,” Patty Griffin

  12. J.R. Journey May 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Lots of great suggestions everybody – many that I’ve never heard of …

  13. Chris May 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    One of my favorite SHeDAISY songs, “I Wish I Were The Rain”- this song shows how good of a writer Kristyn Osborn is- it’s an excellent song.

    “Is It Raining At Your House” by Brad Paisley is also a good one.

    Those are the only 2 I have that haven’t been mentioned yet, I think.

  14. Meg May 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Holy mud puddles, Batman! That’s a lot of rain songs!

  15. Razor X May 14, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    How about “Every Time You Go Outside I Hope It Rains” by The Burch Sisters?

  16. Jane May 15, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Shedaisy – I wish I were the rain – Awesome song.
    Cry Cry (till the sun shines) – Martina McBride – It mentions rain in the third verse.

  17. Robert E Filhart May 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

    My all time favorite is Rainy Day People by Gordon Lightfoot.

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  19. Razor X May 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I just created an iTunes smartlist to pick up anything with “rain” in the title. Without listing ones that have already been mentioned, I found:

    1. I Wish It Would Rain — Randy Travis
    2. The Day The Rains Came — Merle Haggard
    3. A Little Bit Of The Rain — Crystal Gayle
    4. Naked In The Rain — Loretta Lynn
    5. Good Morning Country Rain — Rhonda Vincent
    6. It’s Gonna Rain Today — Connie Smith
    7. 100% Chance of Rain — Gary Morris
    8. Appalachian Rain — Matraca Berg
    9. (I Love You) More Than It Has Ever Rained — Sylvia
    10. What’s A Little Rain — Tammy Wynette
    11. Rain — Anne Murray
    12. In Each Love Some Rain Must Fall — Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton
    13. Is It Raining? — Jamey Johnson

  20. Peter May 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Here are three classics:

    Steve Young: “Montgomery in the Rain”
    Tom T. Hall: “I Hope it Rains at My Funeral”
    Tony Joe White: “Rainy Night in Georgia”

  21. Todd May 15, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    “Come On Rain” by Steve Holy is a great one, probably his best song!!

  22. Matt September 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Hey! What about Garth Brooks the thunder rolls?!

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