The 10 Best Child-Friendly Rain Songs, by Raina

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The 10 Best Child-Friendly Rain Songs, by Raina

Hi, my name is Raina, and this is a blog about Rain. When I was a kid, I was convinced I had magical powers that could change the weather because my name was Raina. I took the “rain dance” thing extremely literally and would dance around singing about rain if I wanted it to start or stop raining. I think I believed this longer than the correlation between my dancing and changes in the weather should have allowed. 

Anyway, I hope that this makes me uniquely qualified to bring you the best list of kid-friendly rain songs on the internet! Our goal at The Music Class is to help you connect your child to a love of music, and there is no easier way to accomplish this goal than singing about things you experience in daily life. So next time it rains, or it looks like it might rain, or you want to encourage your wildly imaginative child to pretend that they can change the weather, here are your songs!

 

1. Rain, Rain (Go Away)

Of course, we had to start the list with "Rain, Rain, Go Away." If you’re enrolled in The Music Class’s spring session, then you can giggle and sing along with 9-year-old me on your app! (My dad started The Music Class, so my brother and I are all over the recordings as kids!) If you are not enrolled in spring, here is a version by Peppa Pig that’s allllmmooossst as cute. 😆

Chorus:
Rain, rain, go away. 
Come again another day. 
Little (insert your child’s name here!) wants to play. 
Rain, rain, go away. 

 

2. Singing in the Rain by Gene Kelly

This video of Gene Kelly dancing through puddles accurately conveys the pure magic you feel as a kid singing in the rain. Here is a slightly abbreviated chorus to make this tune as easy as possible to sing while splashing through puddles!

Abbreviated Chorus to sing with your kids: 
I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain!
What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again.
I’ll walk down the lane, with a happy refrain. 
Just singing, and dancing in the rain. 

 

3. Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head by B.J. Thomas (and Ray Stevens)

This is such a lovely performance by an older B.J. Thomas! The lyrics below are especially great to use if your child is sad that it’s raining!

Chorus:
Raindrops keep falling on my head,
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red!
Crying’s not for me!
‘Cause, I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining. 
Because I’m free, nothing’s worrying me.

 

4. Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles

This song is so nostalgic for me, is it for you? Here’s a link to the original version by Ray Charles, and below is an incredible performance by Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis!

Abbreviated lyrics to sing with your kids:
I’m gonna love you, like nobody’s loved you,
Come rain or come shine.
High as a mountain, deep as a river, 
Come rain or come shine.
You’re gonna love me, like nobody’s loved me,
Come rain or come shine.
Happy together, unhappy together, 
Won’t it be fine.
Days may be cloudy or sunny,
We’re in or out of the money,
I’m with you always!
Come rain or come shine! 

 

5. If All The Raindrops

"If All The Raindrops" is another classic kid song, and another one that The Music Class has our own version of on The Giraffe Collection. The Music Class recording features the bassoon, oboe, flute, and clarinet because we want to teach children what these instruments sound like. We DON’T have a super cute lyric video, however, so here is the ultimate Barney singalong clip! 

Chorus:
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,
Oh what a rain that would be. 
Standing outside with my mouth open wide,
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah!
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,
Oh what a rain that would be.

 

6. Have You Ever Seen the Rain? By Credence Clearwater Revival

Everyone knows this melody, so it’s perfect to sing with your children. You can sing “snow” or “clouds” or any other type of weather in place of “rain!” 

Chorus:
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
Coming down on a sunny day!

 

7. Raining Tacos by Parry Gripp and BooneBum

I’m not sure exactly how my fiancé found this song (maybe on TikTok?), but it’s hilarious and extraordinarily catchy. 

Chorus:
It’s raining tacos,
From out of the sky.
Tacos,
No need to ask why. 
Just open your mouth and close your eyes. 
It’s raining tacos! 

 

8. Rain on Me by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

*Quick important note - the official music video is definitely not child-appropriate, so I included a lyric video here instead.

I thought it would be worth including this as an example of a pop song that might be stuck in your head as an adult. This is how you can make the most of a song that’s stuck in your head anyways: sing about the rain with your child! 

Chorus:
I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive!
Rain on me, rain, rain,
Rain on me, rain, rain.
I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive!
Rain on me, rain, rain,
Rain on me. 

 

9. I Wish It Would Rain by The Temptations

This is a wonderful song, but I am suggesting some alternative chorus lyrics to make it a little happier. Now, this is a song about loving your rain boots!

Alternate chorus about loving your rain boots:
Sunshine, blue skies, please go away.
I want, to wear, my rain boots today. 
They’re so brightly colored and comfy I assume. 
But day after day I stay locked up in my room. 
I know to you, it might sound strange.
But I wish it would rain! 

 

10. Trickle Trickle by The Manhattan Transfer

We use this song as a “free dance” in Music Class – it’s great to just press play and dance to! And of course, to sing in the rain.

Chorus:
Trickle, trickle, splash, splash,
Tell me how long will this rain last.
The rain keeps dropping, there ain’t no stopping,
Tell me how long will this rain last! 

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