Rain often brings about emotions like those expressed by Stevie Nicks on this early-’80s single, in which she wonders how an ex-lover is feeling about their break up. “Outside the rain/The heart skips a beat/Are you lonely?” she sings to open up the heavy-grooving ballad. “Baby, there’s no one that can take my place,” she croons, confidently.
This power ballad from heavy rockers Guns ‘N Roses is a classic period piece — right down to the synthesized strings and massive-sounding drums. Lead singer Axl Rose uses his sharp-edged vocal technique to tell an emotional tale of heartache, supported by layers of acoustic guitar and digital piano in a monstrous ballad that showed the band’s softer side.
There’s an intense feeling of release in John Coltrane’s gorgeous instrumental ballad that inspires both longtime jazz fans and newcomers alike. With horn lines that soar over a bed of trickling piano, this expressive final track off of Coltrane’s Impressions album remains as cathartic today as the day it was recorded.
Though it was written by Fred Rose (and first recorded in 1946 by Roy Acuff), it was country legend Willie Nelson who would make this song about two parting lovers a classic in 1975. A simple recording that hinges on Nelson’s voice and the sound of his legendary guitar Trigger, it’s the opening lyrics, “In the twilight glow I see them/Blue eyes crying in the rain,” that sets the tone for the whole song, drawing you into a beautiful story of love and loss.
Those looking for a pick me up on a rainy day will enjoy this warm and floaty classic, recorded as part of the 1952 classic film of the same name. Beautiful horn and string arrangements boost the positivity of Gene Kelly’s voice, providing you with just what you need in dark and dreary times.
An easy-listening classic with a stormy edge, this is one you’ll want to put on when you’re ready for the storm to be over. Though pretty bell lines make this early-’60s single sound upbeat, Cascades’ frontman John Gummoe is actually singing about how he wants the rain to go away so that he can cry alone, rather than with the world.
The three verses of CCR’s Who’ll Stop The Rain were written by John Fogerty following a trip to 1969’s rain-drenched Woodstock festival. It’s a story about how change requires hard work by honest people, rather than good intentions, flower power, or incremental political policies.
Cult-beloved group The Beta Band and their song Dry The Rain saw a huge boost in popularity following the hit romantic comedy High Fidelity, which used the song in a prominent scene. A soothing jam which prominently features slide guitar, the song is perfectly suited to any dreary day.
New York rapper Blu shared this compelling story about his life and work on his debut album Below The Heavens, centering on the idea that there’s no reason to wallow in your own sadness. With Slow Dancing In The Rain, he argues that it’s better to just keep moving and working on passion projects than to feel depressed about how other people perceive you or your work.
The title track of blues legend Buddy Guy’s eighth studio album is a slow and gentle song featuring backing vocals from famed singer Bonnie Rait. Like all great blues ballads, there is some hope hidden in its sadness, with lyrics like, “Just lie here in my arms/Let it wash away the pain,” to console you.