27 July 2011

Tops: Best Songs to Listen to in the Rain

In honour of both some cherry new Red Hot Chili Pepper tracks falling on our ears as well as a recent flurry of showers we've gotten in the Northeast this week (along with some crazy hail, that was nuts), today we're taking a look at the Top Five Songs Ever to Listen to in a Rainstorm. Hoorah hooray!

#5: "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" by B.J. Thomas



I remember this song from Spider-Man 2 (2004). Alright then. This is a charming little song that has a message of positivity through the bitter rainstorm. Change what you can, don't worry about what you can't and let that rain keep falling. It's okay, it won't be long till happiness steps up to greet you. That's about the nicest thing I've ever written on this site.

#4: "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival



Creedence is one of the Greatest Bands of All Time so naturally their rainy themed track makes this list. John Fogerty belches out this equally jolly and painful tune to a mildly but consistent pounding beat that ensured it as a classic in the background of coming-of-age early 70s movies and TV dramas everywhere. As far as during a rainstorm goes, the answer is "Yeah I've seen the rain. It's right there, man. Right there."

#3: "Riders on the Storm" by The Door



All these rain songs need that steady beat which this interlocks with the occasional distant Thundercrack. The song paints an image of a world-weary traveler making his way through a stormy highway, the rain and road as connected and part of the world and character as he is. Jim's the man, I'm an unashamed fan and generally side with his characterisation as "Poet" rather than "Asshole." That said, Hitler is alive and well and living in Miami.

#2: "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" by Red Hot Chili Peppers



The inspiration for this post is a great new song that emulates vintage RHCP. It's incredible they can infuse just as much chill funk into a 2011 song as they could a 1991 track, even with a brand spanking new guitarist. The only thing I know about Rain Dances is that it makes my Blastoise awesome but it gives Maggie a nice boost as well. This post is so stupid. This is a great song though, Anthony sounds like he's twenty and this is a perfect background for a relaxed party inside while watching it pour outside. In fact I bet that's the reason for the Rain Dance - make it so we don't wanna go outside. Deep, man.

#1: "The Rain Song" by Led Zeppelin



Nothing beats playing this song while watching beads of rain slip down your window pane. This song was made for rain. It makes me want to move to Seattle. It's beautiful on a rainy day, as usual every part of Zep comes together brilliantly to help craft this masterpiece. It's epic in nature while maintaining a humble yet reliant tone and structure. Let the clouds open and commence the downpour!

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