Variations on a Theme (Weekly Rivals Challenges)

Sometimes a Rivals Challenge will remind me of how many cool songs there are that would fit the theme that, unfortunately, we don't have yet. Here's a thread for me to get them out of my system.

Rainy Day Songs

1. "Water Under the Bridge" - Adele
2. "Rain" - The Cult
3. "Vindicated" - Dashboard Confessional
4. "Here Comes the Rain Again" - Eurythmics
5. "Only Happy When It Rains" - Garbage
6. "Ripple" - Grateful Dead
7. "Time in a Bottle" - Jim Croce
8. "23" - Jimmy Eat World
9. "Rain on the Scarecrow" - John Mellencamp
10. "Come to My Window" - Melissa Etheridge
11. "Like a Hurricane" - Neil Young
12. "Red Right Hand" - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
13. "Pure Morning" - Placebo
14. "Mekong" - The Refreshments
15. "This Corrosion" - The Sisters of Mercy
16. "How Soon Is Now?" - The Smiths
17. "The Sky Is Crying" - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
18. "Mad World" - Tears for Fears
19. "Nineteen" - Tegan and Sara
20. "Love, Reign O'er Me" - The Who

Feel free to post your own lists of songs you think would have fit right in with the challenge.


  • I'm still not entirely sure what constitutes a "rainy day" song. That said, a few songs got included just for mentioning rain or rain-related words so...

    "10,000 Nights" - Alphabeat
    "April Rain" - Delain
    "The Hurricane" - also Delain
    "Lightning Strike" - Judas Priest
    "Umbrella" - Manic Street Preachers
  • Vexus said:

    I'm still not entirely sure what constitutes a "rainy day" song.

    For me, aside from songs that were literally about rain, it was an "I’ll know it when I hear it" situation. There are some common elements, like being relatively slow-paced, sounding wistful (23, Mad World, etc) or ominous (Red Right Hand, This Corrosion, etc), but for every guideline I can think of, there’s a few songs that don’t meet it but still sound rainy.
  • "Never Surrender" - Corey Hart. If I'm not mistaken, the music video even has rain :smile:
  • Fun in the Sun

    1. "C’est La Vie" - B*Witched
    2. "California Girls" - The Beach Boys
    3. "SWLABR" - Cream
    4. "Beautiful World" - Devo
    5. "Mr. Blue Sky" - Electric Light Orchestra
    6. "Play With Me" - Extreme
    7. "A Fine Day For Sailing" - Go Sailor
    8. "Vacation" - The Go-Gos
    9. "MMMBop" - Hanson
    10. "The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful" - Jimmy Buffett
    11. "I Got Love" - The King Blues
    12. "In the Summertime" - Mungo Jerry
    13. "Shiny Happy People" - R.E.M.
    14. "Sell Out" - Reel Big Fish
    15. "I’ll Be There For You" - The Rembrandts
    16. "Soak Up The Sun" - Sheryl Crow
    17. "Alright" - Supergrass
    18. "(Nothing But) Flowers" - Talking Heads
    19. "Surf Wax America" - Weezer
    20. "Ce Jeu" - Yelle
  • The theme from Red Dwarf!
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