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
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
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...
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.
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
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
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."
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
18. Chet Baker - Almost Blue
Up next - jazz! It's Mr. Chet Baker and "Almost Blue."
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...
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.
15. Tool - Disposition
Watch the weather change...
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.
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
12. The Cure - The Same Deep Water as You
Kiss me goodbye pushing out before I sleepCan't you see I try swimming the same deep
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
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)."
A car upturned in the rain
Wait on in vain
Don't try to bear the blameDeal with the painDust down your wings again
9. Pantera - Floods
Picking things up a notch, Pantera's up next with "Floods."
Wash away us all, take us with the floods
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
7. Radiohead - Talk Show Host
I want to, I want to be someone else or I'll explodeFloating upon the surface forThe birds, the birds, the birds
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
5. Porcupine Tree - Trains
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
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
It's a day that I'll never miss
Such a lonely dayAnd it's mineThe most loneliest day of my life
3. Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song
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
2. Nirvana - Something in the Way
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
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!