Science, Tech, Math › Science Top 10 Weather Songs of the 1980s These ’80s tunes about rain, wind, and sunshine hit all the right notes Share Flipboard Email Print Rob Verhorst/Getty Images Science Weather & Climate Understanding Your Forecast Storms & Other Phenomena Chemistry Biology Physics Geology Astronomy By Rachelle Oblack Rachelle Oblack is a K-12 science educator and Holt McDougal science textbook writer. She specializes in climate and weather. our editorial process Rachelle Oblack Updated January 12, 2020 Ah, the Eighties...the decade Music Television—a.k.a. MTV—first hit the airwaves and actually played music—nonstop; the decade when "The Empire Struck Back" and the Philadelphia Phillies struck out; E.T. phoned home, Sally Ride became the first woman in space, and Micheal Jackson debuted the Moonwalk; M*A*S*H's 4077th folded its tents while Marty McFly and his time-traveling DeLorean journeyed "Back to the Future"; millions tuned in to watch the fairytale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Di—and also to find out who shot J.R. Ewing. While some musical artists focused on heavier issues, many of the era's top stars struck gold by simply sticking to something as simple as the weather. Each of the following hits contains a reference to a form of atmospheric phenomena. So, get out your "Miami Vice" jackets, and get ready to jam to these ’80s tunes that are just so very...elemental. We forecast a good time will be heard by all. 01 of 10 Purple Rain Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Prince1984Rhino It's true that rain can take many forms—drizzle, downpour, even acid rain—but prior to Prince, precipitation had never been purple. It's likely the lyrics are referencing this very phenomenon since the singer is acknowledging that the relationship with the woman he loves was never meant to be. 02 of 10 Against the Wind Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band1980Capitol Moving against the wind is sure to slow you down, but this song seems to embrace a lifestyle of choosing a more challenging, yet rewarding, path. Perhaps Seger was echoing the sentiments of poet Robert Frost who so famously wrote: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." 03 of 10 It’s Raining Again Rob Verhorst/Getty Images Supertramp1982A&M Another relationship comes to an end and suddenly "it's raining again," but at least there's a promise of sunshine on the horizon with the lyric, "C'mon you little fighter/And get back up again." 04 of 10 Africa Toto 1982 Columbia Records Granted, there's no weather in the title, but there's enough rain in Africa in this song—blessed or otherwise—to flood the Serengeti. Observe: "It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from youThere's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever doI bless the rains down in AfricaI bless the rains down in Africa(I bless the rain)I bless the rains down in Africa (I bless the rain)I bless the rains down in AfricaI bless the rains down in Africa..." You get the idea. 05 of 10 It’s Raining Men wikimedia commons Weather Girls1983Sony In this video for this classic dance hit, raindrops are transformed into a downpour of attractive men. This is one deluge the Weather Girls didn't mind getting caught in! 06 of 10 Rock You Like a Hurricane Richard E. Aaron/Getty Images The Scorpions1984Mercury The narrator in this song likens his romantic conquests to a hurricane, rushing into town, leaving destruction in his path, and then disappearing. We pity the poor groupies left reeling in the hurricane's wake. 07 of 10 Cruel Summer Paul Harris/Getty Images Bananarama1984Wea International Even the sunny summer days couldn't warm the broken hearts of Bananarama, or so they sang, but thanks to its appearance in the film "Karate Kid", this song was quite kind to the girl group, burning up the charts in 1984. 08 of 10 Here Comes the Rain Again Rob Verhorst/Getty Images Eurythmics1984Arista Annie Lennox's powerful vocal delivery paired with the staccato plinking of violin strings perfectly captures the turmoil of an inner storm. As the song's narrator searches for love, the weather parallels her changing moods, "tearing me apart like a new emotion." 09 of 10 Walking on Sunshine Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Katrina and the Waves1985EMI How would it feel to walk on sunshine? Probably really hot! But according to Katrina and the Waves, it feels good—especially when the object of her affection is around. 10 of 10 Blame it on the Rain Michel Linssen/Getty Images Milli Vanilli1989Arista Though a lip-syncing scandal was ultimately to blame for the downfall of boy band Milli Vanilli, the singer here tries to place the blame for a bad decision on anything other than himself—including the rain that was falling on the night that he and his lover broke up.