Friday Top: 25 Best Songs to Listen to on a Rainy Day

As voted by UG community, presented a day late...

Ultimate Guitar

Yes, a day late...

This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the lovely people of UG community discussing the matter of the finest tunes to listen to on a rainy day.

We got plenty of votes and over 500 comments, all of which were summed up into a Top 25 list.

Before kicking things off, this week's honorable mentions are:

  • Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
  • Breaking Benjamin - Rain
  • Jimi Hendrix - Rainy Day, Dream Away
  • Buckethead - Electric Tears
  • Pearl Jam - Indifference
With that stuff out of the way, the full rundown awaits below.

25. Portishead - Roads

Kicking things off, you folks voted Portishead and their 1994 gloomy tune "Roads."

Storm.. in the morning light
I feelNo more can I sayFrozen to myself

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24. Nine Inch Nails - And All That Could Have Been

Up next, it's the title track of Nine Inch Nails 2002 record "And All That Could Have Been."

Breeze still carries the soundMaybe I'll disappear...

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23. Uaral - Sounds of Pain...

Up next, it's Uaral and 2005's "Sounds of Pain..."

Stonesatreyu noted: "I believe this song or album is about the death of the band's guitar teacher/story teller. Although I can't remember where this information came from. Folk black metal at its finest though."

Tender the silence airs soft shouts and whines.
The footprints blanket ignores to feel,Alive with the sounds of the pain,I die to want to live.

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22. Blind Melon - No Rain

On the bit less gloomy side, you folks voted Blind Melon and 1993's "No Rain."

All I can say
Is that my life is pretty plain
I like watchin' the puddles gather rain
And all I can do
Is just pour some tea for two
And speak my point of viewBut it's not sane,It's not sane

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21. The Who - Love, Reign O'er Me

At No. 21, it's the closing track of The Who's classic 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" - "Love, Reign O'er Me." The tune finds the album's protagonist Jimmy finding a spiritual redemption in the rain, or as Mr. Pete Tonwshend explained:

"It refers to Meher Baba's one time comment that rain was a blessing from God, that thunder was God's Voice. It's another plea to drown, only this time in the rain. Jimmy goes through a suicide crisis. He surrenders to the inevitable, and you know, you know, when it's over and he goes back to town he'll be going through the same shit, being in the same terrible family situation and so on, but he's moved up a level. He's weak still, but there's a strength in that weakness. He's in danger of maturing."

Only love can make it rain
The way the beach is kissed by the seaOnly love can make it rainLike the sweat of lovers layin' in the fields

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20. Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No. 1

Shifting to the domain of classical music, 19th century French composer Erik Satie finds his way to the list with his renowned "Gymnopedie No. 1."

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19. Morphine - You Look Like Rain

Spicing things up with a pinch of classy sexy vibe, up next is Morphine and "You Look Like Rain."

I can tell you taste like the sky 'cause you look like rain

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18. Chet Baker - Almost Blue

Up next - jazz! It's Mr. Chet Baker and "Almost Blue."

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17. Gene Kelly - Singin' in the Rain

Going from that gloomy jazz to a bit overly optimistic mood, it's the one and only "Singin' in the Rain" and No. 17. That dance at 2:30 is where it's at...

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16. Bohren & der Club of Gore - Darkstalker

From "Singin' in the Rain" to this utter gloom - only on UG! It's Bohren & der Club of Gore's "Darkstalker" at No. 16.

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15. Tool - Disposition

We've crowned this one as Justin Chancellor's best Tool bass line a while back, and we're glad you folks agree it's a killer tune - the one and only "Disposition" off the one and only "Lateralus."

Watch the weather change...

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14. Frédéric Chopin - Prelude, Op. 28, No. 15 ["Raindrop Prelude"]

Switching to the domain of classical once again, you folks gave Frederic Chopin's "Raindrop Prelude" plenty of kudos.

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13. King Crimson - Epitaph

This week Lucky 13 is one of the cornerstones of prog - "Epitaph" by King Crimson.

Confusion will be my epitaph
As I crawl a cracked and broken pathIf we make it we can all sit back and laughBut I fear tomorrow I'll be crying

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12. The Cure - The Same Deep Water as You

At No. 12, coming from 1989's "Disintegration," it's The Cure and "The Same Deep Water as You."

Kiss me goodbye pushing out before I sleepCan't you see I try swimming the same deep

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11. Massive Attack - Pray for Rain

Just a step away from the Top 10, it's Massive Attack and "Pray for Rain." Released on 2009's "Splitting the Atom" EP, the track features vocal contributions by Tunde Adebimpe.

Drops on rocks fall fast and fleeting
Hearts and wings commence to beatingWoods unseen with all believingVision walls fall all receding

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10. Steven Wilson - Drive Home

This list saw you folks giving plenty of love to Mr. Steven Wilson, as three of the tunes in Top 10 feature the prog wizard. First up, it's the man's solo track "Drive Home" off 2013's "The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)."

Cold windowpane
A car upturned in the rain
Wait on in vain
Don't try to bear the blameDeal with the painDust down your wings again

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9. Pantera - Floods

Picking things up a notch, Pantera's up next with "Floods."

Wash away us all, take us with the floods

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8. Alice in Chains - Nutshell

Keeping the dark vibe up, Alice in Chains are up next with "Nutshell."

My gift of self is raped
My privacy is raked
And yet I find
And yet I find
Repeating in my headIf I can't be my ownI'd feel better dead

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7. Radiohead - Talk Show Host

Coming as the B-side of 1996 Radiohead single "Street Spirit (Fade Out)," "Talk Show Host" gained attention after being featured on soundtrack of "Romeo + Juliet."

I want to, I want to be someone else or I'll explodeFloating upon the surface forThe birds, the birds, the birds

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6. Opeth - Windowpane

Marking the second appearance of Mr. Wilson, this time around in the producer role, Opeth are up next with "Windowpane."

Blank face in the windowpane
Made clear in seconds of lightDisappears and returns againCounting hours, searching the night

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5. Porcupine Tree - Trains

Steven once again, Porcupine Tree climb the No. 5 spot with "Trains." The song was originally released on the band's seventh studio album, 2002's "In Absentia."

Train set and match spied under the blind
Shiny and contoured the railway windsAnd I've heard the sound from my cousin's bedThe hiss of the train at the railway head

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4. System of a Down - Lonely Day

If you feel like supplementing the lonely rainy day with a fitting tune, System of a Down's "Lonely Day" is a fine match.

Such a lonely day
Shouldn't exist
It's a day that I'll never miss
Such a lonely dayAnd it's mineThe most loneliest day of my life

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3. Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song

As somewhat of an obvious choice, Led Zeppelin fetch the bronze this week with "The Rain Song" off 1973's "Houses of the Holy."

It is the springtime of my loving - the second season I am to knowYou are the sunlight in my growing - so little warmth I've felt beforeIt isn't hard to feel me glowing - I watched the fire that grew so low

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2. Nirvana - Something in the Way

In the words of Dive_Bomber, "Rainy days were made for "Something in the Way.'" The track was released on Nirvana's monumental 1991 sophomore album "Nevermind."

Underneath the bridge
The tarp has sprung a leak
And the animals I've trapped
Have all become my pets
And I'm living off of grass
And the drippings from the ceilingIt's okay to eat fish'Cause they don't have any feelings

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1. The Doors - Riders on the Storm

In the eyes of UG community, nothing beats "Riders on the Storm" when it comes to rainy days soundtrack. The Doors get the gold this week!

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100 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Buckethead - Electric Tears FTW!
    I agree with that one. Or Whale & Wasp from AIC. Edit:Holy fuck I'm surprised to see nutshell here, that song is the best for rainy days, sunny days, shitty days, best song of all time.
    I really like I Stay Away on rainy days. The whole Jar of Flies EP is good for it. I would like to mention Change by Blind Melon and All Night Thing by Temple of the Dog.
    Cold - A Different Kind Of Pain or Bleed. Staind - 4 walls. Breaking Benjamin - Rain . Ben Draiman - Soon Enough.
    my two favorite are the famous acoustic recording of Interstate Love Song by STP and Patience by Guns and Roses
    Eddi Rabbit - Love a rainy night ... For me, it comes to mind every time there's a storm, or when someone mentions GTA San Andreas
    I suggested it but if you don't get your suggestion in early it gets missed by a lot of the voters.
    Haha nice! A horse with no name is the one I think of when someone mentions San Andreas.
    How a Miles Davis song didn't make this is beyond me. This is why we can't have nice things.
    Cool to see Crimso and Erik Satie on the list. Satie is a huge influence on Steve Hackett
    Great to see Talk Show Host get some love. Great song. What about side 3 of ELO's Out Of The Blue - "Concerto for a rainy day"!
    The only ironic thing about that song is that it's title and nothing in the song is ironic Some Word Crimes.....irony is not coincidence
    Perhaps that's the point of the song? That all the things mentioned aren't ironic which makes the song... Ironic.
    Eddie Rabbit... I mean if you are saying Gene Kelly then why not Eddie Rabbit?
    This is my favourite rainy day song. Also surprised U2's 'With or Without You' didn't make the list.
    Suggestion for the future, would you guys be able to turn these lists into a youtube playlist?
    One of my nominations made the list (Nutshell), I got quoted on one and another of my nominations got an honourable mention. I finally feel I've contributed something to society.
    They quoted you on my Nirvana nom. I feel like it belongs to you now lol. At least my Cure nom made the list too.
    Nah, man, you got the silver fair and square. But if it wasn't for all the initial downvotes I wouldn't have commented in the first place. Isn't it nice when things work out...
    Wait. There's a song from Disintegration on here, but it's not Prayers For Rain?!
    I feel like Floods would have been up higher if it were posted earlier, it was so far down on the list.
    I think 'Knives Out' is more suitable for rainy days rather than 'Talk Show Host'
    I disagree - I nominated the song, and I choose it because while Radiohead have a lot of moody songs, Talk Show Host is one of those songs where you almost can hear the rain in the rest following the guitar riff.
    Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud by Miles Davis (the whole album). When The Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin Lamentos A Poema Muerto by Uaral (the whole album) Xiu Xiu plays Twin Peaks Helvegan by Wardruna or most of Yggdrasil for that matter. Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven Just about any Wolves in the Throne Room album with the exception of Black Cascade. Teeth Glory And Injury by Altar of Plagues (whole album) Four Phantoms by Bell Witch (whole album) Flood by Boris El Mundo Frio by Corrupted Days Before the Fall by Empyrium Forest Swords (the one album) Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never (the whole album) Pretty much anything by Locrian Nick Drake's Pink Moon album A lot of Tom Waits' ballads ...this list could have been better.
    Nice to see Satie getting some love! I was expecting some Vangelis too:
    Where's soundgarden 4th of July, just that brooding slow heavy riff does it all for me on a rainy day
    Trains and Love Reign O'er Me would've been my two choices. Good list.
    Where's Rainning blood???
    I think a lot of the songs nominated were more of a pun than actually being a good song to listen to on a rainy day. Even though it's supposed to be based on votes, I like what UG did picking the best ones because its a killer list. I'm going to play this list the next time it rains for sure.
    Where it belongs. A million miles away from this list.
    I-Am-The-Man · Oct 15, 2016 05:17 PM
    whaip · Oct 16, 2016 05:19 AM
    Stone Temple Pilots - "Atlanta"
    Great song. Well, not this version but the one on the album- awesome.
    I like this version a lot. I think it's very intimate and I like hearing the song just an acoustic and Scott, without all of the big production from he record. But I can see why some might not like this performance.
    Yeah ofc i'll listen to Singing in the rain when it rains. That's so stupid fuckin god this list doesn't even make sense...