Top Weather Songs of the 1960's

by Associate Writer Fred Cabral

Over the years, musicians have written and performed songs about pretty much any subject you can imagine. Elvis sang about a prized pair of shoes, The Beatles had a flashy submarine, and Prince praised a woman’s fruit-colored headwear.

Time after time, artists have turned to the weather for inspiration. This list recognizes some of the biggest weather-themed songs of the 1960's. Check out which of your favorites appear (or are left out)!

If you know of a song that should be included on this list, join the weather message boards and share your song! I would love to add to this list!

Everly Brothers
Crying in the Rain

The Everly Brothers are left crying in the rain for a lost love in this Howard Greenfield and Carole King penned ballad. Let's hope this duo sees clear skies in the future!

Rhythm of the Rain
Taragon Records

In this mournful ballad, reportedly written on a Navy vessel stationed off of Alaska, a rhythmic rainfall reminds a brokenhearted man of his lost love. “Rhythm of the Rain” scored the Cascades their biggest and most enduring hit.

Peter, Paul, and Mary
Blowin’ in the Wind

Written by a then-unknown Bob Dylan, this song became a huge hit for Peter, Paul, and Mary in 1963. It went on to become one of the best-known protest songs of the 60’s, in which the answers to the world’s social problems are found blowin’ in the wind.

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Martha and the Vandellas
Heat Wave

This upbeat Motown dance number burned up the charts in ’63 and helped scorch a path for a multitude of girl groups.

The Rolling Stones
Get Off of My Cloud
Virgin Records

Apparently “two’s a crowd” on the Stones’ cloud! Despite the antisocial theme, this song went on to be a solid follow up to “Satisfaction.”

Lou Christie
Lightning Strikes

Likening the irresistible power of love to a lightning strike, this song originally struck out with Lou Christie’s record label, but went on to electrify listeners, becoming one of Christie biggest hits.

The Cowsills
The Rain, the Park, and Other Things

It may be raining in the park, but the showers in this breezy song about love at first sight brought us the “flower girl.” It also scored the Cowsills a chart topping single.

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Warner Bros.

This late 60’s hit from the folk-rock group the Association introduced music fans to Windy, a free-spirited girl who “has stormy eyes that flash at the sound of lies.”

Fifth Dimension
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In

This psychedelic New Age anthem was written for the rock opera Hair. The song scored big with its sunny lyrics and catchy chorus.

The Beatles
Here Comes the Sun

This George Harrison penned hit was apparently inspired by the long English winters that seem to last forever. This song proclaims the joyful return of the sun and “the smiles returning to the faces.”

Do You Know More Weather Songs?

Or do you know anywhere to get a sound bite for any of these songs? (It has to be legal of course!)