What's Your Favorite Weather Song?

Here are some famous bad weather tunes. Please include your own in the comments.

Complaining about the weather has always been a favorite way for folks to pass the time. But when it comes to storms, and especially rain, songwriters have had a field day. There's just something about the feelings stirred up by gray skies pouring water over the Earth that speaks to the aching places in the heart. 

In that spirit, my colleagues and I thought it would be fun to put a brief list of our favorite rain songs together, with the hope that you would join in and list your own (and a link, if available, to the YouTube version). 

Concord Editor Emily Henry started things off with "I Can't Stand The Rain," a great Lowell George tune, as covered by Seal. George put on his solo album, but Ann Peebles made it a huge hit. Seal takes it home. 

Associate Regional Editor David Mills likes Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain." It has that threatening, stormy atmosphere that gives it a great rainy feel.

I have two. 

One is my favorite weather song of all time, because it reminds me of being a kid, and it shaped my little head in ways that made sure it would never be the same. It's "Rain," by the Beatles. "When it rains and shines/it's just a state of mind." Those were strange, dangerous lyrics for a pop song in 1966. A portent of things to come. 

My second song is by the Rolling Stones, and it's here because this is one of the most dangeous, ominous songs ever. Keith Richards wrote "Gimme Shelter" one stormy night when he was fuming over the fact that his girlfriend at the time was making a racy movie with Mick Jagger, and he knew Mick very well. The intro to this song has to be one of the most haunting pieces of music ever composed.

OK, and one just because to leave it out would be a crime. It's "Stormy Weather," by Billie Holiday. You can listen to this song on the sunniest day of the year, and it would still feel like it was raining. 

OK, that's our playlist. Now tell us yours. And if you can, include YouTube links. 

Sarah Creeley December 01, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I Just Wish It Would Rain by the Temptations and Rainy Night In Georgia.
Sarah Creeley December 02, 2012 at 03:40 AM
If you look on Youtube, there is an excellent version of Rainy Night In Georgia performed by Conway Twitty and Sam Moore.
Dennis Barry December 02, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Grateful Dead, "Looks like Rain" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZcsS6kLHFg
Sarah Creeley December 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I like "Box of Rain" by the Grateful Dead, too.
Ken Pezzotti December 02, 2012 at 06:21 PM
"Rainy Day, Dream Away" by Jimi Hendrix. Perfect for this damp weekend!
Dennis Barry December 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Such a long long time to be gone and a short time to be there. Amazing tune, that.
Jenni Chalmers December 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
"Rainy Days and Mondays" by the Carpenters, "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" by BJ Thomas, "No Rain" by Blind Melon, "Rain" by Dryve, "I Wish It Would Rain Down" by Phil Collins ... I guess I like a lot of rainy songs! LOL
wharfrat December 03, 2012 at 03:26 PM
"Let it Rain" by Derek and the Dominoes. And as long as we're doing Dead songs. "Saint of Circumstance", "with the rain falling down".
Dennis Barry December 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I'll see your Saint of Circumstance and raise you a "Weather Report Suite", as long as we're doing Dead songs.
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Sarah Creeley December 04, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Perhaps we will all be singing, "Here Comes The Rain Again" by the Eurythmics in the next few days. I'm enjoying the dry patch. I never realized how many songs are about rain! "Here Comes The Sun" by the Beatles, Abbey Road.
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Dennis Barry December 04, 2012 at 02:32 PM
"Rain" was the B Side of "Paperback Rider" by the Beatles. "When the rain comes, they run and hide their heads.."
wharfrat December 04, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Let's keep it going with "Cold Rain and Snow" For some more Dead tunes that have rain reference-"St. Stephen", "Bertha", and "I Know You Rider". For a non-Dead song, can't believe that no one has mentioned "November Rain" by Guns 'N Roses.
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Bob Dylan Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
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