Music videos

When it’s cloudy, these nine clips manage to steal the thunder, throwing metaphors for rain.


November Rain: One of the things that strikes the reader in former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ book Speaking For Myself? He even called the video the best ever.



Mathure Paul

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Calcutta

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Posted on 07.31.21 at 12:01 am


November Rain by Guns N ‘Roses

Now what could have prompted Donald ‘Tantrum’ Trump to consider adding November Rain to his rally playlist in 2018, one of the few things that strikes the reader in the old-fashioned book? White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Speaking For Myself? He even called the video the best ever. Maybe it was Slash playing his solo, legs on hips; or maybe it was the rain scene which looks normal to the casual eye, but in the video people are screaming, things are turned upside down and a man even tries to escape by jumping his head forward in a cake. The video actually takes the cake for being one of the most played on YouTube and we, for once agree with Trump, that it is among the greatest ever made.

Water level: 9/10

Rain on me from Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

In a time of a global pandemic and other painful times around the world, making life somewhat bearable was this video at the start of the global lockdown. Although a breakup song with Lady Gaga singing At Least I Introduced Myself, you didn’t show me anything at all, it ultimately turned out to reflect life in general, how bad 2020 is and it’s fully applicable to the current year. Gaga and Ariana Grande are serious, getting caught in the rain but throwing all worries to the wind.

Water level: 9/10

Delicate by Taylor Swift

For Taylor Swift to enjoy the things we enjoy, too, gives Delicate a spot on the list. She gets the power to go invisible and live a worry-free life … even dancing in the rain without having to worry about the paparazzi. But there is a deeper meaning to the song and the video – what happens when you find the right person in life but wonder what they know about you. As she sings: My reputation has never been so bad, so / You must love me for me.

Water level: 8/10

It’s raining men by Geri Halliwell

The hit greeted the Weather Girls classic in a bunch, but half of the duo – Martha Wash – said in 2017 that they may not have recorded it. “We thought it was a crazy song – actually, too crazy to record. I kept saying, ‘It’s raining men? Really? Are you kidding?’ Popular in the LGBT community, the song finally received the Geri Halliwell treatment in 2001, becoming part of the soundtrack to Bridget Jones’ diary. Besides the Flashdance-inspired scenes, it’s Halliwell dancing in the rain that makes the memorable video.

Water level: 7/10

Helena by My Chemical Romance

One of the best tracks from the New Jersey rock band, it’s a tribute to band members Gerard Way and Mikey Way’s grandmother. The strange feeling in the song stems from Gérard’s regrets. “That’s why I wasn’t there for this woman who was so special to me, why I wasn’t there for the last year of her life,” he told Kerrang! magazine. The rain seen halfway through the video is real, matching the visuals, creating a high level rock melodrama. The video is truly a visual delight.

Water level: 8/10

Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake

When it rains, it really rains in Britney Spears’ world. Shortly after Justin Timberlake and Britney broke up, the former released the video for Cry Me A River, which featured a Britney lookalike and the lyrics were accusing: learned from him. Timberlake apologized (somewhat) months after New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears plunged viewers into deep trouble. “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson (for the wardrobe malfunction in 2004 during the duo’s Super Bowl halftime performance) both individually, as I hold these women and I respect them and I know I have failed, “he said. In the video, it rains and it rains. Ultimately, every time the video plays now, viewers have a different picture of Timberlake.

Water level: 9/10

Rain Over Me by Pitbull, with Marc Anthony

Bang in the middle of the Pitbull decade, appeared this club jam that hammers thudding thudding in your ears as Marc Anthony sings about “a billion is a new million” why he should “drown in love”. Either way, this remains a club anthem and the video has crossed the billion mark, maybe because of all the rain filters or maybe it’s the number of times Anthony Harp on “ay ay ay” to win our ay-fection.

Water level: 7/10

Pretend Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton and his band defy a downpour, and the guitar God doesn’t blink as he sings I’m getting lost in alibis / Sadness can’t prevail / Everyone knows how love can’t fail so that love, lies, anger and rain all merge. This video is a great example of how to create a memorable clip without the side effects. Sadly, a few years after the release of the Journeyman album (of which Pretending is the opening track), Claptop’s life took a different turn when tragedy struck.

Water level: 8/10

Singing in the rain from Gene Kelly

How not to include a tap-dancing Gene Kelly in one of the happiest performances on screen? Every time Kelly jumps on these puddles, our miseries seem to disappear.

Water level: 10/10


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