A Rainy Day Playlist - Ten Songs For Wet Weather

Still image captured from HWY: AN AMERICAN PASTORAL, a film by Jim Morrison, Frank Lisciandro, Paul Ferrara, and Babe Hill. The film was shot during the spring and summer of 1969 in the Mojave Desert and in Los Angeles, California.
Still image captured from HWY: AN AMERICAN PASTORAL, a film by Jim Morrison, Frank Lisciandro, Paul Ferrara, and Babe Hill. The film was shot during the spring and summer of 1969 in the Mojave Desert and in Los Angeles, California.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY ED BIGGS AND PUBLISHED BY CONTACTMUSIC.COM ON NOVEMBER 10, 2018.

If there’s one thing that fundamentally defines the experience of living in Britain, it’s rain. Specifically, the curious ability to experience all four seasons in a day just by walking to the shops, but also the way in which rain—its absence, its imminence or its recent presence—constitutes such a significant topic of debate for the inhabitants of these dampened isles.

As the temperature drops and the days get shorter in the run-up to Christmas, we’ve listed ten songs about rainy days—but also about the autumn and winter, the cold and the wind, and being wrapped up in the warm as raindrops patter on the window. Some aren’t about weather at all, but simply about having to while away a day huddled in shelter from the elements.

The Doors – ‘Riders On The Storm’

Beginning with a soft crash of thunder and the sound of rain falling, the quiet ambience of ‘Riders On The Storm’ is an all-time rock classic, but its unnerving lyrics of murderous madmen makes it subtly unsettling. This well-known epic appeared as the last track on the final Doors album in Jim Morrison’s lifetime, L.A. Woman.

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