View Full Version : Songs about...stormy weather

Don Draper
09-11-2009, 01:42 PM
Trying to put together a playlist of 'bad weather' songs. Anything song about rotten, crummy, miserable weather. Mostly rain & storms, but snow, hail, twisters, etc. qualify as well.

So far, possible imclusions are:
Stormy Weather - Billie Holliday version
Ball & Chain - Janis Joplin ("Sittin' by my window, lookin' at the rain")
Rain - the Beatles
Like the Weather - 10,000 Maniacs
Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
Riding the Storm Out - REO Speedwagon

Any suggestions?

09-11-2009, 01:47 PM
Stormy Monday, Jethro Tull (might be a cover of an earlier version, but that's the one I know)
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot
Riders on the Storm, The Doors

09-11-2009, 01:53 PM
ACDC- Stormy May Day
And I always liked the Standard "Raindrops (Falling on my Head) but that's not really depressing sounding.

09-11-2009, 01:57 PM
One of those hair bands had a song...Rock You Like a Hurricane...or something like that.

Walking in the Alabama Rain--Jim Croce (I think that's the name of a song, may just be a lyric from one of his songs)

09-11-2009, 02:01 PM
Feels Like Rain -- John Hiatt
Kentucky Rain -- Elvis Presley

09-11-2009, 02:03 PM
Riders on the Storm -- the Doors
When the Levee Breaks -- Memphis Minnie (for purists) or Led Zeppelin

09-11-2009, 02:04 PM
Gotta See Jane, (R. Dean Taylor, Golden Earring, etc.) "Drivin' through the pourin' rain"
The Rain, the Park and Other Things, (Cowsills)
Who'll Stop the Rain, CCR
Have You Ever Seen the Rain, CCR
Rock You Like a Hurricane, Scorpions
Little Tornado, Aimee Mann

09-11-2009, 02:06 PM
Louisiana Rain, Tom Petty
It's Raining Again, Supertramp
Here Comes the Flood, Peter Gabrield

Taenia spp.
09-11-2009, 02:09 PM
Not really about bad weather, more of an allegory to love: Follow on, Danú

09-11-2009, 02:47 PM
"Wasn't That A Mighty Storm?" Eric von Schmidt (among others)
"Three Feet High And Rising" Johnny Cash
"Here Comes The Rain Again" Eurhythmics
"Rainy Day In June" The Kinks
"Rainy Night In Georgia" Brook Benton
"In The Rain" The Dramatics
"I Can't Stand The Rain" Ann Peebles
"Rainy Days And Mondays" The Carpenters

09-11-2009, 02:48 PM
Wasn't That a Mighty Storm -- Eric Von Schmidt

This Mortal City -- Dar Williams (about an ice storm, more or less)

Summer Rain -- Johnny Rivers (kind of upbeat, actually)

At the Harbour -- Renaissance

09-11-2009, 03:05 PM
Stormy Weather - Pixies
Snowstorm - Galaxie 500

09-11-2009, 03:09 PM
Stormy Sky--The Kinks

09-11-2009, 03:16 PM
One of those hair bands had a song...Rock You Like a Hurricane...or something like that.

Scorpions, I think.

09-11-2009, 03:18 PM
"Storms in Africa" and "Listen to the rain" by Enya

kenobi 65
09-11-2009, 03:21 PM
"Concerto for a Rainy Day" -- Electric Light Orchestra (consists of four interconnected songs: "Standin' in the Rain", "Big Wheels Turning", "Summer and Lightning", and "Mr. Blue Sky")

"Laredo Tornado" -- Electric Light Orchestra

09-11-2009, 03:23 PM
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin. And the 3000 other people who have sang it I guess. Well actually it's Kris Kristofferson but I'm going to pretend it's JJ anyway.

"Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained," and later on in the song, "Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby's hand in mine,"

Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy.

09-11-2009, 04:24 PM
"Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained,"


I've spent the last 20 years or so (since I first heard the song) wondering what the hell a "diesel dam" was!

09-11-2009, 04:33 PM
These aren't necessarily ABOUT weather, but...

1) "Lightning Strikes" by Aerosmith
2) "Lightning Crashes" by Live
3) "The Thunder Rolls" by Garth Brooks
4) "The Storm" by Big Country
5) "The Sky Is Crying" by Steview Ray Vaughn

09-11-2009, 04:35 PM
Mistral Wind - Heart.

MPB in Salt Lake
09-11-2009, 04:41 PM
Mission In The Rain

Looks Like Rain

Box Of Rain

Samba In The Rain
All original Grateful Dead songs, written by various members of the band.

09-11-2009, 05:05 PM
Jeff Lynne did a nice version of "Stormy Weather."

Willie Nelson/Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain (with some eye candy)

Everly Brothers/Cryin' in the Rain

Peter Gabriel/Red Rain

Peter Gabriel/Here Comes the Flood

09-11-2009, 05:14 PM
Milli Vanilli- Blame it on the Rain!

09-11-2009, 05:18 PM
Tupelo by Nick Cave has some good storm imagery.

09-11-2009, 05:21 PM
Lou Christie - Lightnin' Strikes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyRqdzF8swY)

ETA: Lou these days! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE9IHywAfVI&feature=related)

09-11-2009, 05:28 PM
Awww. I just did a play list about bad weather, but from the songs listed in the OP, I don't think he'd like any of them. 'sides CCR ("who'll stop the rain?") and John Mellencamp ("rain on the scarecrow"), they're all indie songs, not oldies.

09-11-2009, 06:31 PM
Rain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFbjE7NFmUI), by Patty Griffin

Ready for the Storm ("http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j), by Dougie MacLean

Rainy Night House, by Joni Mitchell

C. Montgomery Burns
09-11-2009, 06:45 PM
I Wish It Would Rain - The Temptations
Like The Rain - Clint Black
Singin' In The Rain - Gene Kelly
Shelter from The Storm - Bob Dylan
Two Sparrows in a Hurricane - Tanya Tucker
Didn't It Rain - Teddy Huffam & The Gems

Thudlow Boink
09-11-2009, 07:12 PM
Snow Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUeDGBtQNkE) - Trip Shakespeare

09-11-2009, 07:42 PM
"I Love a Rainy Night" Eddie Rabbitt.

09-11-2009, 09:07 PM
Beautiful song by Happy Rhodes called "When the Rain Comes Down." One of my favorites of hers.

09-11-2009, 09:51 PM
Beautiful song by Happy Rhodes called "When the Rain Comes Down." One of my favorites of hers.:eek: I wasn't the first one to mention this?? *faint*

Here's the audio of the song. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf_tmRnK4yM) Let me know if you (the OP) want a download. It's free and legal.

09-11-2009, 09:52 PM
:eek: I wasn't the first one to mention this?? *faint*

Here's the audio of the song. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf_tmRnK4yM) Let me know if you (the OP) want a download. It's free and legal.

Right. "When the Rain CAME Down."

09-11-2009, 09:53 PM
See, I was so amazed that I didn't even notice the title.

Mister Rik
09-11-2009, 10:02 PM
Rush - "Jacob's Ladder (http://www.lyricstime.com/rush-jacob-s-ladder-lyrics.html)"

The lyrics are sparse because the piece was originally intended to be an instrumental that musically described a thunderstorm building, climaxing, and then breaking (and it does it remarkably well, I think). The lyrics were added as an afterthought to clarify things for the hoi polloi.

Nzinga, Seated
09-11-2009, 10:06 PM
Ok, this song isn't exactly about stormy weather...I mean, it is more used as a metaphore.

But it is named 'Quiet Storm' and there is the sound of a thunderstorm throughout the song, and furthermore, it is one of my all time favorite hip hop songs. Mobb Deep's Quiet Storm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvCp-N-9JEw&feature=related)

09-11-2009, 11:30 PM
It's Raining Men
I Been in the Storm So Long
Here's That Rainy Day
It's Raining on Prom Night (from "Grease")
Soon It's Gonna Rain (from "The Fantastiks")

09-11-2009, 11:37 PM
Only Happy When It Rains-- Garbage
The Rain Song-- Led Zeppelin
Love Reign O'er Me-- The Who
Raining in Baltimore-- The Counting Crows

Nzinga, Seated
09-11-2009, 11:42 PM
Rainy Dayz - Wu Tang. I swear to god I listen to more than just hip hop.

09-12-2009, 12:00 AM
Purple Rain

09-12-2009, 01:39 AM
"Shadows in the Rain" - Sting. The Police version is crap, look for the jazzier later versions, like on The Dream of the Blue Turtles.

09-12-2009, 01:47 AM
"Songs About Rain" - Gary Allan

09-12-2009, 03:15 AM
Dry the Rain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsbR2dEmHGc) - The Beta Band
Wash in the Rain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5rs847Meew) - A Band of Bees
The Rains Came (http://redkelly2.blogspot.com/2009/08/big-sambo-and-housewreckers-rains-came.html) - Big Sambo and The Housewreckers
Rainy Day - Philamore Lincoln
The North Wind Blew South (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGgRlgySh_M) - Headless Heroes (Philamore Lincoln cover)
The Winter Is Cold (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxzvdLSi5AA) - Wendy & Bonnie
Streets Were Raining (http://www.garageband.com/mp3player?|pe1|S8LTM0LdsaSnZFK2Z2o) - Pyramid
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X98TOyO2Uo) - Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots
Cloudbusting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRHA9W-zExQ) - Kate Bush
Grey Weather (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcbyOcRF13s) - Gregory & The Hawk
Cold Song (http://boogiewoogieflu.blogspot.com/2008/02/walk-out-to-winter.html) - Clare Burson
Winter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwu0MQrk_ec) - The Rolling Stones
The Storm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ynKrD5nYM) - The Doves
This is a Low (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otzdBww47XQ) - Blur
I Wish it Would Rain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJZ-yB5pLvA&feature=related) - The Temptations
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz-WDk7Tbsc) - The Arcade Fire
William, It Was Really Nothing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMwUCmuND8Q&feature=related) - The Smiths

running coach
09-12-2009, 03:40 AM
A pair by Credence Clearwater Revival.

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
Who'll Stop The Rain?

09-12-2009, 12:04 PM
This is just fabulous, by the Saw Doctors.


Will it ever stop raining?

09-12-2009, 12:40 PM
"Everytime it Rains" by Randy Newman

09-14-2009, 10:20 AM
Snow (Jesse Winchester) -- great song by a Southerner who fled to Canada to beat the draft.

It's Cold Outside (The Choir): "And now it's cold outside/And the rain is pouring down..." Garage classic.

The Dark and the Rolling Sea (Al Stewart)

Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot)

There are, or course, a number of holiday-themed songs about snow, such as "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!".

09-14-2009, 10:29 AM
Singin' In The Rain - Gene Kelly

Not a depressing song -- but a rather disturbing one, if you've seen A Clockwork Orange.

09-14-2009, 11:46 AM
Rhapsody In The Rain: Lou Christy
Mississippi Cotton Pickin' Delta Town: Charlie Pride
Texas Flood: Stevie Ray Vaughn
Goodtime Charlie's Got The Blues: Danny O'Keefe

The wind of my soul
09-14-2009, 12:34 PM
"I Wish It Would Rain Down" Phil Collins

09-14-2009, 06:13 PM
Baby, The Rain Must Fall: Glenn Yarbrough
For The Good Times: Ray Price (one of the all-time saddest songs)

09-14-2009, 09:01 PM
An old cowboy went riding out one dark and windy day
Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way
When all at once a mighty herd of red eyed cows he saw
A-plowing through the ragged sky and up the cloudy draw Ghost Riders in the Sky.

09-15-2009, 02:04 AM
Lute, that is one of the best songs every written...It has given me chills and made me moody since I was two years old.

Storm at Sunrise -- Gino Vanelli

09-15-2009, 08:24 AM
They Call The Wind Mariah: various artists (from the musical, Paint Your Wagon)
Long Black Veil: Johnny Cash (She visits my grave when the night winds wail)
Knock On Wood: Eddie Floyd (It's like thunder, lightening; the way you love me is frightening)

Ike Witt
09-15-2009, 09:19 AM
Here comes that rainy day feeling again (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO1LbkuPfqo), by The Fortunes.

09-15-2009, 11:57 AM
Wilder Than Her - Fred Eaglesmith

"...she's a summer storm, I'm a hurricane,
one just blows through town,
the other, blows the town away..."

09-15-2009, 06:04 PM
Here comes that rainy day feeling again (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO1LbkuPfqo), by The Fortunes.

Here Comes The Rain Again: The Eurythmics

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