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Revealed: Top 10 Most Played Rain Songs 

With the Met Office’s announcement that rain will lash Britain until the end of August, PRS for Music has today revealed the top ten most played rain-themed songs.

The unique chart reveals that Bill Wither’s 1979 song, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, which has been covered by artists including Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond and Van Morrison, is the most played rain-themed song in the past 5 years

Also on the chart, is Rain On Your Parade by Duffy. The 2008 song was co-written by British songwriter, Steve Brooker, who is also credited for writing Duffy’s chart topping song, Mercy.

Top 10 Rain Songs

  1. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  2. It’s Raining Men – The Weathergirls
  3. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  4. November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
  5. Purple Rain – Prince and the Revolution
  6. Rain On Your Parade - Duffy
  7. I Can’t Stand The Rain – Tina Turner
  8. Rain On Me – Ashanti
  9. Sunshine On A Rainy Day – Zoe
  10. Rain Down On Me - Kane

Source: PRS for Music

The results are based on data compiled by PRS for Music, in order to pay accurate royalties to its 80,000 songwriting and composing members whenever their music is broadcast or publicly performed. PRS for Music identified rain themed songs and checked these against its database to identify the songs with the most plays in the past 5 years.

Commenting on the results, Barney Hooper, Head of PR at PRS for Music, said: “Rain has a tendency to make us all feel a bit down in the dumps especially when it happens over the summer. However a good well written piece of music can lift spirits and make you feel happier.”


About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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