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A selection of songs to get you through the wet upcoming months

Rain

Winter is well and truly here. Whether you’re a fan of wearing big coats or sitting by the fire whilst the wind manages to blow your garden furniture into the next town, one thing that we can surely all agree on is that rain is no fun. Whilst we’re probably over the coldest months (fingers crossed), the run-up to spring usually on means one thing – rain and lots of it.

Now, different people have different ways of dealing with the rain. Some like to idly sit by the window and watch their dreams of a day out be washed away whilst others prefer to stay wrapped up and pretend that it isn’t happening. If you fall into the latter category then you’re in luck – we have just the thing to keep you occupied whilst you’re hiding under your duvet so without further ado, here is our own personal selection of songs specifically designed to get you through those horrible upcoming wet wintery months.

Massive Attack – Teardrop

With its absolutely haunting vocals and all around superb ambiance, Bristol trip-hop group Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” provides the perfect backdrop for one of those rain-filled, cosy days where you don’t feel like moving from the sofa. Fun fact – whilst recording this track, lead vocalist Elizabeth Fraser found out that legendary musician and then partner Jeff Buckley had passed away and so the emotional and evocative nature of the song is about as genuine as you will get. It’s also worth checking out the video for this song if you get time but make sure you have a box of tissues on hand because it’s certainly a shock to the system the first time you watch it.

Guns N’ Roses – November Rain

This song just had to be on the list. You know it, I know it and if you wake your sleeping granny and ask her, she will confirm that she also knows it. November Rain helped catapult the Los Angeles group into the mainstream and is partly the reason you see so many “GnR” t-shirts being worn nowadays, as well as various other related merchandise and video games such as the Guns N’ Roses video slot which is at bitcasino, where you can play for big prizes whilst Axl serenades you in the background. According to lead singer Axl Rose “November Rain is a song about not wanting to be in a state of having to deal with unrequited love.” However, as is the case with rain in November, it doesn’t last forever so the song does provide you with a sense of hope that we will one day see the sun again and find someone that loves us back (we hope).

Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song

The Rain Song signifies the softer side of Zeppelin and is perfect to listen to whilst staring out of the window and wishing that you were somewhere else. We probably have George Harrison (who was in fact a huge Zeppelin fan) to thank for this song after he remarked that the band never seemed to write any ballads. The band obviously decided to call Harrison’s bluff and did so in spectacular fashion, producing this eight minute timeless classic which lead singer Robert Plant credits as his best ever Led Zeppelin vocal performance. As for the meaning of the song, it essentially documents the ups and down of a relationship, equating the rain in spring which allows new plants and flowers to grow as a new start. I’m not too sure if we can be that positive and complimentary about the incessant April downpours but it’s a nice sentiment all the same.

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

There’s really not too much to be said about this wet weather classic. However, Travis ask a good question here. Why is it that as soon as you even threaten to poke a toe out of the door, the weather decides it’s the perfect time to give the clouds a good emptying? Anyway, vocalist Fran Healy hails from Glasgow where it literally does rain all the time and so he wrote this song whilst on holiday in Israel, Eliat, which is known for its hot climate. What happened when he got there? It rained for two days. No, we’re not kidding either! In any case, “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?” is without a doubt one of best songs to chill out to when your footy match has been called off for a waterlogged pitch.

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Music is Indeed the Best Medicine

There are many different ways to deal with rubbish weather but we certainly feel that you can’t go wrong with a good track whilst curled up on the sofa drinking a hot beverage of your choice. Then again, we’ll just be happy when Summer comes around and we can bust out the t-shirt, shorts and summer tunes. Maybe we’ll make another list – who knows? (in all fairness we will probably be sunbathing somewhere).

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