The top songs about rain

Proving the UK's obsession with the weather, check out over 100 songs about rain have charted in the Top 40.

Obsession with the weather is a uniquely British phenomenon. As well as reportedly checking the forecast eight times a week on average, it's also a fail-safe social prop for making small talk. Given its mood-reflecting qualities (pathetic fallacy is the technical term), it's also a popular subject in songs. 

This week sees UK rappers Aitch, AJ Tracey and Tay Keith score a Top 5 debut with their collaboration Rain, while Niall Horan has gone all-out on his weather-themed second album, called Heartbreak Weather.

In the 68 years of the Official Singles Chart, 102 songs with 'Rain' in their title have charted inside the Top 40. Of those, just four have reached Number 1; the most recent is a cover of Singin' In The Rain by British producer Mint Royale, which topped the chart for two weeks in 2005. It's not the first time the timeless classic has appeared in the chart: the cast of Glee covered it in a mashup with Rihanna's Umbrella, reaching Number 22 in 2011, and a hi-energy rendition by Sheila and B Devotion reached Number 11 in 1978.

Another popular 'rain' song is camp classic It's Raining Men, first released by The Weather Girls in 1983, where it reached Number 2. Geri Halliwell's cover - which featured in Bridget Jones's Diary - took it all the way to Number 1 in 2001. The original re-entered the Top 40 at Number 31 in 2014 after becoming an unlikely protest song in the wake of a UKIP councillor's comments on gay marriage

Elsewhere, other big 'rain' songs include Adele's Set Fire To The Rain, a Number 11 hit in 2011, and Kiss The Rain, a transatlantic one-hit wonder for British singer-songwriter Billie Myers in 1998, reaching Number 4. The first ever 'rain' themed song to reach the charts, Rain Rain Rain by Frankie Laine and The Four Lads, was a Top 10 hit, reaching Number 8 in 1954.

We've limited our list below specifically to songs with 'rain' in the title, but if we were to extend to weather themed songs, some of the big hits include Crowded House's 1992 Number 7 hit Weather With You, Rihanna's 10-week chart-topper Umbrella, and Blame It On The Weatherman by Irish girl group B*Witched.   

View the full list of every 'Rain' song that has reached the Official Singles Chart Top 40 below: 

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
RAIN AITCH/AJ TRACEY/TAY KEITH 3 2019
RAIN SCRIPT 15 2017
MAKE IT RAIN ED SHEERAN 38 2014
SET FIRE TO THE RAIN ADELE 11 2011
IT WILL RAIN BRUNO MARS 14 2011
LET IT RAIN TINCHY STRYDER FT FIONA 14 2011
SINGING IN THE RAIN/UMBRELLA GLEE CAST FT GWYNETH PALTROW 22 2011
RAIN OVER ME PITBULL FT MARC ANTHONY 28 2011
I MADE IT THROUGH THE RAIN JOHN BARROWMAN 14 2009
RAINDROPS BASEMENT JAXX 21 2009
PLEASE DON'T STOP THE RAIN JAMES MORRISON 33 2009
RAINDROPS (ENCORE UNE FOIS) SASH FT STUNT 9 2008
RAIN ON YOUR PARADE DUFFY 15 2008
RAIN DOWN LOVE FREEMAONS FT SIEDAH GARRETT 12 2007
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN MINT ROYALE 1 2005
RAIN FALL DOWN ROLLING STONES 33 2005
EARLY MORNING RAIN PAUL WELLER 40 2005
ENGLISH SUMMER RAIN PLACEBO 23 2004
WASH IN THE RAIN BEES 31 2004
RAIN DOWN ON ME KANE 38 2004
RAIN ON ME ASHANTI 19 2003
JUSTIFY THE RAIN COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS 39 2003
THROUGH THE RAIN MARIAH CAREY 8 2002
RAINY DAYZ MARY J BLIGE FT JA RULE 17 2002
THE DAY IT RAINED FOREVER AURORA 29 2002
IT'S RAINING MEN GERI HALLIWELL 1 2001
AFTER THE RAIN HAS FALLEN STING 31 2000
WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME? TRAVIS 10 1999
EVERYTIME IT RAINS ACE OF BASE 22 1999
KISS THE RAIN BILLIE MYERS 4 1998
IT'S RAINING MEN… THE SEQUEL MARTHA WASH FT RUPAUL 21 1998
NAKED IN THE RAIN '98 BLUE PEARL 22 1998
RAINCLOUD LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY 6 1997
THE RAIN (SUPER DUPA FLY) MISSY ELLIOTT 16 1997
CRYING IN THE RAIN CULTURE BEAT 29 1996
THE SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN BERRI 4 1995
LET IT RAIN EAST 17 10 1995
ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS GARBAGE 29 1995
COME IN OUT OF THE RAIN WENDY MOTEN 8 1994
THE SUNHINE AFTER THE RAIN NEW ATLANTIC/U4EA FT BERRI 26 1994
WHO LET IN THE RAIN CYNDI LAUPER 32 1994
IT KEEPS RAINING' (TEARS FROM MY EYES) BITTY MCLEAN 2 1993
RAIN MADONNA 7 1993
NO RAIN BLIND MELON 17 1993
NOVEMBER RAIN GUNS N' ROSES 4 1992
QUEEN OF RAIN ROXETTE 28 1992
SUNSHINE ON A RAINY DAY (1991) ZOE 4 1991
NAKED IN THE RAIN BLUE PEARL 4 1990
I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN PHIL COLLINS 7 1990
CRYING IN THE RAIN A-HA 13 1990
RHYTHM OF THE RAIN JASON DONOVAN 9 1990
SUMMER RAIN BELINDA CARLISLE 23 1990
RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME THE ALARM 18 1987
HAPPYWHEN IT RAINS THE JESUS AND THE MARY CHAIN 25 1987
OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN GWEN GUTHRIE 37 1987
RAIN OR SHINE FIVE STAR 2 1986
THE RAIN ORAN JUICE JONES 4 1986
PURPLE RAIN PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION 6 1984
HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN EURYTHMICS 8 1984
IT'S RAINING MEN WEATHER GIRLS 2, 31 1983, 2001
THE SUN AND THE RAIN MADNESS 5 1983
WALKING IN THE RAIN MODERN ROMANCE 7 1983
HOLD ME TIGHTER IN THE RAIN BILLY GRIFFIN 17 1983
IT'S RAINING AGAIN SUPERTRAMP 26 1982
IT'S RAINING SHAKIN' STEVENS 10 1981
RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA RANDY CRAWFORD 18 1981
I MADE IT THROUGH THE RAIN BARRY MANILOW 37 1981
EUROPE (AFTER THE RAIN) JOHN FOXX 40 1981
I THINK IT'S GOING TO RAIN UB40 6 1980
IT'S RAINING DARTS 2 1978
I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN ERUPTON 5 1978
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN SHEILA AND B DEVOTION 11 1978
RAINING IN MY HEART LEO SAYER 21 1978
RAINING THROUGH MY SUNSHINE REAL THING 40 1978
SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN ELKIE BROOKS 10 1977
RAIN STATUS QUO 7 1976
LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN NEIL SEDAKA 15 1974
I WISH IT WOULD RAIN THE FACES 8 1973
A HARD RAIN'S GONNA FALL BRYAN FERRY 10 1973
WALKING IN THE RAIN THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY 10 1973
WALKIN' IN THE RAIN WITH THE ONE I LOVE LOVE UNLIMITED 14 1972
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL 36 1971
RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING' ON MY HEAD SACHA DISTEL 10 1970
KENTUCKY RAIN ELVIS PRESLEY 21 1970
RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD DJ THOMAS 38 1970
RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD BOBBIE GENTRY 40 1970
FLOWERS IN THE RAIN THE MOVE 2 1967
WALKING IN THE RAIN WALKER BROTHERS 26 1967
TELL IT TO THE RAIN THE FOUR SEASONS 37 1967
RAINY DAY WOMEN NOS 12 AND 35 BOB DYLAN 7 1966
RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN LOU CHRISTIE 37 1966
WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO THE RAIN THE SEARCHERS 13 1964
DON'T LET THE RAIN COME DOWN RONNIE HILTON 21 1964
RHYTHM OF THE RAIN CASCADES 5 1963
IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER CAROLE KING 3 1962
CRYIN' IN THE RAIN THE EVERLEY BROTHERS 6 1962
SWINGING IN THE RAIN NORMAN VAUGHAN 34 1962
SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN DINAH WASHINGTON 35 1961
WITH THE WIND AND THE RAIN IN YOUR HAIR PAT BOONE 21 1959
THE DAY THE RAINS CAME JANE MORGAN 1 1958
JUST WALKIN' IN THE RAIN JOHNNIE RAY 1 1956
RAIN RAIN RAIN FRANKIE LAINE AND THE FOUR LADS 8 1954

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