► Under the weather. This week April is living up to its reputation: Rain showers in abundance for much of this part of the country.
To help cope with the rainy-day blues, here are a few weather-appropriate song selections. Since there are so many apt selections, it’s a double-disc playlist.
► Side A:
intro • Here Comes that Rainy Day Feeling Again • The Fortunes ► It always seems to be a Monday. Amen, brother.
8 • 3 a.m. • Matchbox Twenty ► I can’t help it: I think of this song every time it rains. You can take a girl out of the ’90s, but you can’t take the ’90s out of the girl.
7 • Have You Ever Seen the Rain? / Who’ll Stop the Rain? • Creedence Clearwater Revival ► Had to happen. This band has a lock on inquisitive rain songs.
6 • No Rain • Blind Melon ► All I can do is speak my point of view (but it’s not sa-aaa-aaane). You know I’m really gonna have it made.
5 • A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall • Bob Dylan ► If Dylan did even half of the things mentioned in this song, then he did, in fact, know his song well before he started singing it.
4 • The Rain Song • Led Zeppelin ► Into every life a little rain must fall…and that may not be a bad thing if it is accompanied by a 12-string guitar like the one featured in this classic.
3 • Kentucky Rain • Elvis Presley ► The King sang several rain songs, but this one is my favorite.
2 • Little Rain • The Rolling Stones ► The Stones are showing their roots with this simple and straightforward blues number. Blue and lonesome indeed.
1 • Walking in Memphis • Marc Cohn ► Catfish on the table, gospel in the air—you’ve got a prayer in Memphis. ■
► Bonus Track » Under the Weather • K.T. Tunstall ► »
It’s simply irrational weather—can’t even hear myself think. I just love this acoustic little song that starts with a bouncy, almost chime-like melody but breaks bad just a little bit in a few places.
► Side B:
8 • Rainy Days and Mondays • The Carpenters ► Double whammy.
7 • Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head • B.J. Thomas ► Out of respect for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
6 • Rain • The Beatles ► When it rains and shines, it’s just a state of mind.
5 • I Wish It Would Rain Down • Phil Collins ► Just let it.
4 • Purple Rain • Prince ► This song achieves so much with so little. I mean, how many different musical traditions can you hear in this song? Just wow.
3 • November Rain • Guns N Roses ► Nothing lasts forever, but this power ballad kind of makes you wish it did.
2 • Rain King • Counting Crows ► Rain features prominently in many Counting Crows’ songs, but this one is the most fun to sing.
1 • I Wish It Would Rain • The Temptations ► If a romantic comedy has not been written just for this song, then one should be.
► Bonus Track » Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away • Caedmon’s Call ► »
This catchy little-known tune borrows its melodic chorus riff from the childhood nursery rhyme and may just have you bidding the showers to stay around just a little longer.
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graphics, text © 2017 hilary hall photograph "A Rainy Day" by Nathaniel Laundau courtesy of Flickr