Weather can be unpredictable, so it is a good idea to have an arsenal of songs for just about any type of forecast. From light showers to tornadoes to hurricanes, artists like Tim McGraw, Little Big Town and Luke Combs are here to provide the soundtrack to whatever Mother Nature throws out there. Rain or shine, country has you covered. Here are 10 of your weather man’s favorite country songs.
“Rain is a Good Thing” by Luke Bryan
The 2009 tune, written by Bryan and Dallas Davidson, puts a positive spin on gloomy weather. Rain is needed for plants to grow, including corn. Once corn grows, it can be turned into whiskey. Whiskey makes the narrator’s significant other get a little, well, “frisky.” The music video features brief appearance from farmers talking about how their career “all depends on the water” and if you do not have rain, nothing else matters. It helps the farmers, it sets a romantic mood, and it gives kids a muddy puddle to jump in. Of course it is a good thing!
“The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks
The 1990 track from No Fences became Brooks’s sixth No.1. Brooks wrote the song with Pat Alger, but pitched the song to Tanya Tucker instead of recording it himself, adding a graphic third verse for her version. Brooks ended up recording the song, but left the third verse out. His version begins with a husband driving home in an actual storm, followed by a verse where the thunder refers the problems that follow when the wife finds out he was with another woman. Brooks alluded to the third verse in the video by including the theme of domestic violence. The video ended up being banned for condoning violence, but it still won the 1991 CMA Award for Video of the Year.
“Hurricane” by Luke Combs
The 2016 single made Combs the fastest rising debut artist since 2015. Written by Combs, Thomas Archer and Taylor Phillips, the track talks about the narrator running into a past girlfriend. Just when he thinks he is able to go out and enjoy himself for the first time since losing her, she walks into the bar where he is. He compares her reentry to a hurricane.
“Save it for a Rainy Day” by Kenny Chesney
Chesney’s 2015 No.1 was written by Andrew Dorff, Matthew Ramsey and Brad Tursi. The track narrates the decision to enjoy himself rather than dwelling on the fact that his love has left him. He goes out on his boat with some drinks to fish and have fun. He acknowledges that there is a time and place for remembering the sadness, but he will “save it for a rainy day” instead of a perfectly beautiful one. The music video shows Chesney doing what he does best out on the clear blue water with his guitar and a cooler. It’s a feel good summer song that is great for getting in the mood to forget about worries.
“Tornado” by Little Big Town
Little Big Town’s ominous 2012 single was written by Natalie Hemby and Delta Maid and is the title track of their album of the same year. The song tells the story of a scorned woman seeking justice on the man who did her wrong. She is coming through like a tornado and is going to get him when he least expects it. This is probably the eeriest song on the list, complete with a stomping beat and haunting whistles. The video takes it even farther, featuring the band walking down the main road of the small town as locals peek out the window and close their businesses in anticipation of the storm that is brewing.
Raining on Sunday” by Keith Urban
The song was written by Radney Foster and Darrell Brown, and it first appeared on Foster’s 1998 album See What You Want to See. Urban turned the track into a Top 5 hit in 2003 when he recorded it for his Golden Road album. The lyrics combine the idea of Sunday being a day of rest and the rain into a sultry suggestion of the narrator and his significant other staying inside under the covers. The music video shows a storm brewing outside as Urban and the character of his girlfriend remain inside. Their interactions add to the steaminess of the song as the storm outside only gets worse.
“Storm Warning” by Hunter Hayes
Hayes’s debut 2011 single, which he wrote with Gordie Sampson and busbee, reached the Top 20 in 2012. He compares the girl who he has his eyes on to a storm. She blows his mind, hurricanes are named after girls like her, she keeps him up at night and she is a flood. Hayes wishes he had a “storm warning” before this girl entered his life and caused all kinds of craziness. Though the song is full of weather-inspired imagery, the video plays to Hayes’ strengths as an instrumentalist. It shows Hayes playing every instrument on the track, which is enough to leave fans asking for a storm warning after being overwhelmed by his talent.
“She’s My Kinda Rain” by Tim McGraw
The 2003 single is from McGraw’s Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors album. Written by Tommy Lee James and Robin Lerner, the song compares the narrator’s love to a peaceful rain. It is not a storm, but a soft rain that brings happiness to his life just by simply being there. Filmed in London, a city known for having a lot of rain, the setting of the music video matches the lyrics perfectly. The end of the video shows McGraw and wife Faith Hill meeting on a bridge, and then the couple walking down the sidewalk with their three daughters.
“Colder Weather” by Zac Brown Band
The band’s 2010 single from You Get What You Give is written by band members Zac Brown and Coy Bowles with Wyatt Durrette and Levi Lowrey. The song narrates the story of a trucker who spends most of his time on the road away from his girlfriend. He wants to come back to her, but the winter storm is keeping him away. The entire music video is shot in dark cool tones with snow constantly falling. The main character, played by Liam Hemsworth, is roaming in the snow until he finally finds his love again in the end.
“Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” by Gary Allan
Written by Matt Warren, Hillary Lindsey and Allan, the track from Allan’s Set You Free became his fourth No.1 single. The lyrics of the song express the ability to recover from difficult times. The sentiment of the title means that even though things are rough, it is impossible for the hard times to last forever. The chorus goes on to also say that “every dark night turns into day,” meaning the same thing. The video shows the pouring rain and lightning, as well as a girl crying on her couch as the power flickers inside. She finally opens the door to a clear sky and her significant other, who has just returned from the military.