Is It Just Us—or Are There A LOT of Songs About the Weather?

What is about pop songs and the weather? A British study found that over 750(!) pop tunes talk about rain, rainbows, storms, clouds, sun or other weather terms. Here are some of our favorites.

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Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

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This song has been covered by so many artists, including the Black Label Society and numerous contestants on American Idol. Released in 1971 by Sussex Records and written by Bill Withers, this is R&B soul tune is a true classic. You can listen to it here.

Blame It On the Rain

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This dance pop song written by Diane Warren and performed by the German duo Milli Vanilli in 1989 was a true 1980s-era MTV video classic. Years later, the singing duo was accused of lip syncing, which caused a big controversy, but the song, "Blame It On the Rain," is still a keeper! Here's what your favorite music says about your personality.

Summer Wind

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This classic tune, made famous by Frank Sinatra, has been sung by many crooners, snapping their way through the song but never as famously as "Old Blue Eyes." "Summer Wind" was written by the German songwriter Heinz Meier and then translated into English. Some other artists who covered the song include Barry Manilow and Michael Buble, and it was actually first recorded in America by Wayne Newton followed by Bobby Vinton and Perry Como.

Fire and Rain

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This soft rock 1970s song by James Taylor has been covered by more performers around camp fires than he probably ever expected. It was recorded at Sunset Sound and was on the Warner Brothers label. "Fire and Rain" is such a sad but beautiful song!

Thunder Road

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This classic rock song written by the Boss (Bruce Springstein, of course), was a huge hit back in 1975 when it was released by Columbia Records. "Thunder Road" was Springstein's opening track on the hit album, Born to Run, and is considered to be one of the top rock songs of all time.

Ride Like The Wind

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This Grammy-award winning soft rock song was released in 1980 by Christopher Cross and produced by Michael Omartian. "Ride Like the Wind" held steady at number two on the U.S. charts for four consecutive weeks. By the way, you wouldn't believe all the health benefits of listening to music!

Riders on the Storm

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This psychedelic rock song was written by Jim Morrison of The Doors, and released in June of 1971 by Elektra Records. It is a slow, soulful tune that's over seven minutes long! "Riders On the Storm" is from The Doors' hit album, L.A. Woman. Looking for jams to summon the sandman? These are the songs that can help you sleep better.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

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This country rock single released in 1971 was by none other than John Fogerty, performed by the band Credence Clearwater Revival. Many believe "Have You Seen the Rain" is about the Vietnam War and the unrest of the 1960s, but Fogerty has explained in interviews that it was about rising tensions in the band.

Rainy Night in Georgia

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Written in 1967 and released two years later, this R&B soul classic was written by Tony Joe White and put out by Cotillion/Atlantic Records. Though "Rainy Night in Georgia" is a sad song, it became a hit and topped the Billboard Best-Selling Soul Singles Chart.

Red Rain

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"Red Rain," the hit song by English rocker, Peter Gabriel, is the first track on this musician's solo album, So, in 1986. It reached number three on the Billboard charts and stayed there for three consecutive weeks.

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