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April Showers: Best Country Songs About Rain

April showers bring May flowers … and some really good country songs about rain. Whether sad, defiant or uplifting, rainy tunes bring a little light through the clouds. The Boot counts down our picks for the Top 11 musical homages to rain.

11

‘Let it Rain’
David Nail

This catchy tune was inspired by the final scene of the film, ‘The Last Kiss,’ in which Zach Braff’s character has to endure the consequences of cheating on his fiancee, rain or shine. Written by David and Jonathan Singleton, this song uses rain as the perfect metaphor for the guilt descending upon the lover, who has rightfully been thrown out of his home, along with all his belongings, in the middle of a storm.

David Nail
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10

‘Rainy Night in Georgia’
Conway Twitty & Sam Moore

This song is the epitome of loneliness. Imagine that you’re alone in Georgia, it’s wet and cold, and the only place you have to sleep is a boxcar. Conway and Sam put a haunting, country spin on this classic R&B tune, written by Tony Joe White and originally made famous by Brook Benton.

Conway Twitty
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09

‘Georgia Rain’
Trisha Yearwood

Mrs. Garth Brooks takes a sweet walk down memory lane (which is actually a dirt road), in the lead single from her 2005 album, ‘Jasper County.’ The excitement and fear of first love are paralleled by a summer storm, which left such an imprint on the storyteller that it will take more than the ‘Georgia Rain’ to wash it away.

Trisha Yearwood
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08

‘Like the Rain’
Clint Black

Sometimes you need to see things through another’s eyes before you can truly appreciate it. It took wife Lisa Hartman Black to show Clint the beauty of storms. Additionally, the intro — ‘I never liked the rain until I walked through it with you’ — wins this countdown’s ‘best pick-up line’ award. And men, take a lesson from Clint: women love to hear how you couldn’t make it through the clouds of life without us.

Clint Black
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07

‘Bring on the Rain’
Jo Dee Messina with Tim McGraw

We’ve all been to the end of our rope, ready to just give up. A literal storm during a dark day can be just enough to push us over the edge. Jo Dee, with help from her producer and friend Tim McGraw, reminds us it’s just a little water, and we’re thirsty anyway. This defiant anthem preaches taking things one day at a time and remembering that this, too, shall pass.

Jo Dee Messina
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06

‘When it Rains’
Eli Young Band

The weather can undoubtedly affect our moods, but what if you’re already down? These Texas troubadours know what it’s like to deal with a bad breakup, after which you don’t want to pretend to be happy. Their only salvation? ‘When it rains, some people get down / They’re sporting a frown / So I fit right in.’ Misery loves company, indeed.

Eli Young Band
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05

‘Smoky Mountain Rain’
Ronnie Milsap

The only thing tougher than leaving the one you love to pursue your dreams is giving up those aspirations only to find that she’s gone. Ronnie’s lover who didn’t wait is lost in the ‘Smoky Mountain Rain’ as he heads back to Knoxville from Los Angeles. Through the tears and the rain, Ronnie is determined to find the woman he doesn’t blame for leaving.

Ronnie Milsap
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04

‘Raining on Sunday’
Keith Urban

While most women probably wouldn’t need an excuse to “hide under the covers all afternoon” with Keith Urban, the wonder from Down Under is praying for foul weather in this 2003 hit. Written by Radney Foster and Darrell Brown, the song reminds that love isn’t always easy, but here’s a unique solution: “let the water wash our bodies clean and love wash our souls.”

Keith Urban
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03

‘The Thunder Rolls’
Garth Brooks

In this tragic love story, an argument could be made that the weather is both the accomplice and innocent bystander to the night’s events. The sounds of the storm in the recording bring chills to listeners. From the thunder of panic beating in her chest to smelling the scent of another woman in the rain, this tale of a jilted wife strikes quite the emotional chord thanks to its stormy night backdrop.

Garth Brooks
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02

‘Songs About Rain’
Gary Allan

How does Gary cope with the news that an ex has gotten hitched? By listening to songs about rain, of course! ‘Rainy Night in Georgia,’ ‘Kentucky Rain,’ ‘Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again’ and ‘Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain’ all make Gary’s playlist, as he wishes ‘sunshine’ on the woman who’s taken someone else’s last name. Whether or not you’re still in love with the person, finding out they’ve moved on can hit you harder than a monsoon.

Gary Allan
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01

‘I’m No Stranger to the Rain’
Keith Whitley

This song is the musical version of the cartoon with the guy who is constantly hounded by the dark rain cloud. The whole world isn’t gray and dark, just his world. He’s so desperate to escape this fate that he’d “beg, steal or borrow a little sunshine” to “put this cloud behind me.” Ironically, this No. 1 hit from the late country legend may be the best tune to pull you out of your darkest day.

Keith Whitley
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