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April Showers | 9 Songs To Keep You Singing In the Rain


March ended cold and dreary, with rainy days ushering in April. The forecast was snow (and they got some in the mountains), but it simply stayed gray and wet down here in the city.

I remember as a kid being excited about spring rain. It engaged all the senses: That telltale smell of an approaching rainstorm; listening to the rhythm of raindrops pelting the roof and windowpanes; tasting the clean drops that dripped down your face; feeling the power of pouncing into puddles; watching magical flashes of lightning dance across the night sky.

I have many memories of rain growing up, and as I think about it, there’s something über-nostalgic about sitting on a front porch with friends or family, watching the raindrops come down. Sometimes the rain would be a mere drizzle.  Sometimes a torrential downpour. I currently don’t have a front porch, but I have a covered deck, and I’m looking forward to reliving some of those childhood memories out there this spring—like counting “one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi…” when I see a bright arc of energy  zig-zag across the sky, waiting for the BOOM of thunder to know how many miles away the lightening is.  Or maybe I’ll put on some rain boots and take a walk under an umbrella with my daughter, Zoey.  Heck, maybe she and I can go stomp around in the street gutters, happily splashing each other, laughing and playing until the street lights flicker on.

And then, exhausted from our nostalgia-inducing, rainy-day adventures, we will head back inside, dry off, settle in under warm blankets, and listen to some great music.  Maybe some of these songs will be on our playlist…

It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls (1983)

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – B.J. Thomas (1969)

Rain – Patty Griffin (1992)

I Love A Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbitt (1975)

Singin’ In The Rain – Gene Kelley (1952)

Rhythm Of The Rain – Cascades (1962)

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Eruption (1978)

I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptations (1967)

Red Rain – Peter Gabriel (1986)

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What are your favorite songs about rain? Perhaps Purple Rain by Prince? Here Comes the Rain Again by the Eurythmics? Rainy Days and Mondays by The Carpenters? Let us know in the comments below!


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8 thoughts on “April Showers | 9 Songs To Keep You Singing In the Rain

  1. Lol wow! These songs brought back so many memories just in themselves, let alone paired with the similar rain we had in Pittsburgh over the weekend! Love this post!

  2. I think that your second paragraph, the description of a rainy day, is perfection. What lovely writing. I remember watching and purchasing Singing In the Rain and falling absolutely in love with it. Now I’m dying to watch it again.

  3. Wow! I love rain. If you ask me which song pops out when I think about rain is “It’s Raining Men…”. I remember singing this song whenever it used to pour like cats and dogs! Great post…:)

  4. I hadn’t heard a few of these. I found a couple new favourites though! Rain by Patty Griffin.. Beautiful! And I can’t believe I haven’t heard that Temptations song before.

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