You’ve all heard the phrase “save it for a rainy day”. So as we wait for Eurovision national finals season to swing into motion, we’re pretending that it’s raining outside and we’re rolling out this list. Yes, whether it’s overcast or sunny, Eurovision stars have at times nodded to that most glorious part of the water cycle – rain. Today we honour that tradition by looking at 10 Eurovision songs that drew inspiration from rain, storms and wind. So grab your umbrellas and let’s do this…
Fångad av en stormvind (Sweden 1991)
Carola — Swedish queen of schläger — sings about how the love of her life has swept her away like a storm. It’s a lovely metaphor and she took it to another level with a very powerful wind machine, just to reinforce how strong her love storm really was. Awww.
Rechtop in de wind (The Netherlands 1987)
This 80’s classic is about standing strong no matter what — and how better to represent adversity than with a bit of wind? It’s a shame this song didn’t blow in about two decades later because today’s wind machines would have added even more drama to Marcha literally standing upright in the wind. Thankfully her hair-dresser gave us the illusion instead.
Rain of Revolution (Lithuania 2017)
This isn’t really about rain per se, but the metaphor was enough to put it on the list. Also: the spinning wheel of golden acid rain in the background made us think we had something raining on us. In this case the metaphor trumps the literal. Plus some might argue that the performance — loud and blustery and at times frightening — shared many of the qualities of a rainstorm. Obvs.
Dancing in the rain (Spain 2014)
Among the most literal tracks on our list, “Dancing in the Rain” saw Spanish diva Ruth Lorenzo do exactly that — dance in the rain. The title conjured up the image of a rainstorm, which she took further by displaying watery imagery on the reflective background. She even slicked back her hair — girl was dripping wet! There was no question that the audience was supposed to think she was actually getting all soggy dancing in some bad weather. (We’ve all been there).
Il pleut du l’or (Switzerland 2010)
Deploying all his Swiss “camptasticness”, Michael von der Heide sings about how it rains gold every time his partner talks to him about love. The only thing missing was the rain of gold on the stage itself (perhaps the arena didn’t have the right atmospheric conditions?!). But they gave us a whole lot of wind machine plus some pyro in the form of geysers, so it’s OK.
Walking the streets in the rain (Ireland 1965)
Ireland’s debut entry at Eurovision is the ultimate “broken-hearted in the rain” ballad. The lyrics portray a man incredibly distraught by a lost love. But nobody notices him crying because his tears just blend in with the rain. Talk about having a rainy day. On top of that the title is super literal, with Butch Moore literally walking the streets in the rain. Sad face. Umbrella emoji.
Hurricane (Austria 1983)
There are few things that scream “horrible weather” more than a hurricane. And that is exactly why this frequently forgotten Austrian gem made it on this list. The performance is reason enough for us to remind y’all of this entry, with its colourful 80’s costumes and choreography that seems to have been borrowed from Israel. But the song itself represents the theme quite well — it’s a love song that uses a thunderstorm to emphasise how gusty courtship can be.
Thunder and Lightning (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2010)
Thunder and lightning, it’s getting exciting. No sorry: wrong song. This rock number from the Balkans might not be as well known or remembered as the Russian love-anthem from 2016, but it has a bit more prominent connection to the theme — just check out the title. The lyrics are hard to decipher — something about thunder and lightning holding hands. But hey: at least they had a lot of flashing lights.
Like the wind (Belgium 1999)
If the Pocahontas soundtrack had included a Eurovision song, “Like The Wind” would have been it. There are so many nature references that you might think David Attenborough wrote the lyrics himself. (Seriously: close your eyes and try to imagine him reading the lyrics out loud). The most prominent theme of the song is indeed the wind, and that’s why we’ve included it here.
Calm after the storm (The Netherlands 2014)
Rather appropriately, we close out the list with The Netherlands’ 2014 entry from The Common Linnets. Again: it’s not literally about a storm, but rather a metaphor about the storm that life — and love — can be. This country-esque number made it all the way to second place and gave The Netherlands its best result since the country’s win back in 1975.
What is your favourite song on the list? What other songs do you think should have made it? Let us know in the comments section down below.