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Waterworks: The Ultimate Rainy Day Playlist

Updated on May 15, 2012
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I don't know about you, but I honestly have a trending playlist in my head for several moments during the day. It doesn't matter the moment or situation, if someone says something that reminds me of a lyric, song, or artist it automatically gets stuck in my head.

And it never fails when it rains, there are certain songs that won't get out of my head. I love it as much as I get irritated by it. But then again, I am a human radio. No, not that Radio.

My love affair with rainy days began as a kid. I remember hearing the rain and being soothed to sleep during naps or late at night hearing the rain and wanting to cuddle up with a book.

Not much has changed and now that I have an iPod, I can have my own handy dandy rainy day playlist, or at least an "it better rain" playlist.

At the bottom of each song you'll see umbrella swag. Umbrella swag is my observation of how much it makes you feel like you're in the rain. Or at least how much the song really has to with rain.

So get your umbrella, because I'm dropping some serious raindrops of knowledge :)!


I Wish It Would Rain- The Temptations

It's one thing to hear a sad love song from a lovelorn teenage artist, it's a whole other deal to hear one from an entire group, let alone the Temptations. As wonderfully produced and written as it is, it is never the first Tempts song to come to mind.

One reason could probably be that it is the last song of the David Ruffin-era of the group. Ruffin was forced out of the group not long after this recording. Upon listening, you can hear the tension in his voice like he knew there was a storm to come.

This song brings back great memories of childhood as my dad was and is a Temptations Stan. He would play that song while we were driving and try to mimic David Ruffin's voice.

But honestly, it's just a great song.

Umbrella Swag: 4/5 Parasols

Cry Me a River-Justin Timberlake

When I was in high school, I would put this song on and get mad. Okay, I really didn't have to get mad because I was but something about this song resonates me. Even now when I hear it, I just stop whatever I am doing and listen like it's the first time.

It's no secret I am a JT fan but if you are not, you should give this song a listen. Live or on record it's just awesome. And it is even better when he does it live as a medley with something else like "Inspector Gadget Theme" or "You're So Vain."

While I know this is not about rain, the song has no shortage of water implied or used. Most of all, I can put on a hoodie and pretend its 2002 all over again.

Umbrella Swag: 5/5 Parasols

Rain SWV

SWV is arguably one of the best R&B girl groups of all time. I was very excited to here that they are reuniting and recording another album. But if you are not familiar with their music, this song is a welcome introduction.

"Rain" is bittersweet because it also marked the end of SWV's career at the time. But the simple harmonies of the group remind us all how great they were in their 90s heyday.

Did you know that "Rain" was composed and produced by a then unknown Pharrell Williams? Williams also was featured doing the rap in their classic hit, "Right Here" back in 1993.

Umbrella Swag: 4/5 Parasols

I Wish It Would Rain Down Phil Collins

Songs are stories set to rhythmic and lyrical tones that are transferable to everyday life. That being said, all entertainment provides us with different stories about life that we can relate to in many ways. And the same goes for this diddy sang by the one and only Phil Collins.

Everyone has their own list of phone book singers, you know folks who could sing you your local listings and still tear the roof off? Well, to me Phil Collins definitely fits that category. And as with all of his hits, "I Wish It Would Rain Down" is no different.

With its somber start and rousing finish, Phil really does it big in this song. Not only that, but with the help of an Eric Clapton guitar solo and a choir, it's pretty much your favorite sundae in a song. And as an added bonus, the video is purely awesome. You almost think his voice is thunder in the way it tugs at your heartstrings.

Umbrella Swag: 5/5 Parasols

The Rain Missy Elliott

What would my childhood had been like without Missy Elliott? I would like not to think about that. But what I do like to think about is how awesome she is. And while she is considered the "Madonna of Rap," to many she is one of a kind.

"The Rain" (Supa Dupa Fly) is definitely that. No, it really has nothing to with rain but it does not matter. It makes you want to dance. And scream out lines like "Beep! Beep! Who got the keys to the jeep? Vrroom."

Not only that but Missy Elliott uses the song to express herself and the video does that just as well. But most of all what you probably learn is that you can stand the rain against your window more than you thought.

Umbrella Swag: 3.5/5 Parasols

Singin' in the Rain

If you do not know this song, well I do not know what to tell you. However, I will say that this a song that makes you happy and want to dance in the rain. I had been hearing this song since I was little but never saw the movie until recently.

But whatever the case may be, the song makes you want to fall in love with the rain. It makes me want to be Gene Kelly and not care about my hair getting wet or getting sick but just celebrate life. And that is all I can think about when I hear the song.

No matter what happens, umbrella or no umbrella there is still a reason to celebrate life.

Umbrella Swag: 5/5 Parasols

Can You Stand the Rain New Edition

For people who have ever laughed at boy bands, this song is one of the many reasons those of us who love them can laugh at their judgments. New Edition is more than a boy band to many people. They represent a central memory of childhood, friends, and living life that no one can truly take away.

And while their many hits are so representative of what was lovely about them, "Can You Stand the Rain" is probably their signature song. And there's one reason why, simplicity. The song is not flanked with fancy auto-tune tricks, hype beats, and silly come-on lines. It talks about the ups and downs of real relationships.

The vocal combination of Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill on lead as well as the additional vocals of Ricky Bell give this song a sweetness and depth that remains unmatched. While there are many covers, the original stands to be the best.

Umbrella Swag: 5/5 Parasols

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    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Sunshine!

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fab rainy day list! Stopped by to share with others who might be having a rainy day or night ;)

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Cyndi! I appreciate the hublove!

    • cclitgirl profile image

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Did I mention that this hub is so cool that I HAVE to link to it? This hub is *awesome.* :)

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I like the rain but not everyday Bill. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great list! If you like rain so much you should move to Washington. We have more than enough to share with you.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Cyndi,

      Yeah, I think my playlist is definitely about to get used soon. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Rosemay50,

      I agree. I could have doubled the list but I tried to pick my absolute favorites. And I always love "Cry Me a River :)"

    • cclitgirl profile image

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Great selection, Alecia. I'm going to have to bookmark this so I can play this next time it rains. Oh, since we're both in NC, we'd better keep our playlists ready. :D

    • Rosemay50 profile image

      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great hub. My favourite from the list would be Justin Timberlake's "Cry me a River"

      You don't realise just how many songs there is about rain. Lol

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Rolly! Unfortunately, I don't see so much snow, so finding that playlist would be harder for me.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Vinaya! I agree you can't go wrong with Singing in the Rain!

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great list and indeed a good rainy day listening session... or maybe snow.

      Blessings

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Singing in the rain is awesome. You have a good taste.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Cogerson! Yeah, this playlist isn't as fun without the rain :0!

    • Cogerson profile image

      UltimateMovieRankings 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Lots of great songs in your hub....now all I need to do is get a rainy day. Another winning hub. Voted up Alecia.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Jools! I have heard the Carpenters, but it's too melancholy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Jools99 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Alecia, my rain song isn't here 'Rainy Days And Mondays' by the Carpenters but I do like your choices and it would have to be 'Singing In The Rain' from these ones.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Louise! I agree Singing in the Rain is a smiley face song on a rainy day!

    • Cloverleaf profile image

      Cloverleaf 

      6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      This is a great collection! I don't think it's possible to sing "Singing in the Rain" without smiling :)

      Voted UP.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Teaches12345! I agree, there's nothing much better than Gene Kelly in the rain!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Good hub on a topic that many of us will enjoy. I am glad you included Gene Kelly's version of Singing In The Rain. I often find myself singing this song whenever I am driving through a storm. I love your rating method, it's very creative!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Express10,

      Thanks for coming by and commenting! I also heard they're doing a reality show too, so hopefully we'll be hearing their wonderful voices sooner rather than later.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks I somewhat thought of Madonna's rain but I didn't want to put in too many big hits. Celtic heavy metal, that's definitely new to me but sounds kinda cool. Thanks Tammy!

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      H C Palting 

      6 years ago from East Coast

      This is a great playlist. I am so glad to hear SWV is going to record another album because they're voices mesh so well in both technique and artistry.

    • tammyswallow profile image

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      What a cute list for a rainy day! I love Cry Me a River. I am shocked we have an Eluvitie listener. Rock on!! They are a heavy metal- Celtic band. I love Madonna's song Rain too.. Fabulous as always!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Jacy,

      I will not question your taste/sanity for picking Cry Me a River. To me, a great song is ageless! Thanks for coming by and commenting!

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      jacy albertson 

      6 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      You know, it's funny; even though I'm in my late 40's, I loved Justin Timberlakes "Cry Me a River". These are great. And you should question Linda's sanity. ; )

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I don't question your sanity but I do question you taste in Milli Vanilli. I understand, it's hard to resist them :).

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ok I'm shocked Blame It On the Rain isn't on this playlist. Yes I read Jeannie's comment and your response, but I really like that song and I don't care if it's a fake or not. Go ahead and question my sanity, I love Milli Vanilli!:)

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Ruchira!

      I hope you get some rain in Southern California. I forgot about that song, but Phil Collins is awesome! Thanks for coming by and commenting!

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      Good collection Alecia. I hope by playing the above...Rain comes to sunny california :) Waiting for rainfall, in this part of the planet :)

      I love phil collins!

      voted up indeed!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Jacqui2011,

      There used to be whole days where I could probably sing Cry Me a River without really thinking about it, that song got in my head pretty instantaneously. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hey TheHeavyReview,

      I've never heard of Eluveitie or that song but I have to check it out. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks as usual, Alocsin. I like providing videos just in case people aren't familiar with the songs.

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Petenali,

      I honestly hate that song! But thanks for that suggestion and commenting!

    • Alecia Murphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hey Jeannie,

      I think people would question my sanity for putting Milli Vanilli. Besides,it's no Girl You Know It's True! Thanks for commenting and coming by!

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      jacqui2011 

      6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Great hub. I often get songs stuck in my head with various situations. I just love Justin Timberlake's "Cry me a River"

      Voted up and interesting.

    • TheHeavyReview profile image

      TheHeavyReview 

      6 years ago

      Cool hub! Mine would be "Calling the Rain" by Eluveitie, and the whole first Theatre of Tragedy album.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I know about half this list (the older songs), so thanks for providing videos to all of them. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Pete 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      C'mon, you forgot "It's Raining Men" by the Weather Girls...lol!

    • Jeannieinabottle profile image

      Jeannie InABottle 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Hey, don't forget Blame It On The Rain by Milli Vanilli. Just kidding. I know they don't usually get on anyone's playlist. This is a great list and a fun hub! Voted up and awesome!

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