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"It's Raining Men" is a song by the American musical duo The Weather Girls from their third studio album Success (1983). It was released as the album's lead single on September 10, 1982 through Columbia Records and CBS Records International. Paul Jabara wrote the song in collaboration with Paul Shaffer, and composed the song in collaboration with Bob Esty. "It's Raining Men" is a Hi-NRG and disco that incorporates elements of R&B, soul, and 1970s-style electronic dance music.[3] Its lyrics describe an excitement and enjoyment of many different types of men.

"It's Raining Men"
Weather Girls Raining Men.jpg
Single by The Weather Girls
from the album Success
B-side"It's Raining Men" (instrumental)
ReleasedSeptember 10, 1982
Format
Recorded1982
Genre[1][2]
Length5:24
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Paul Jabara
  • Bob Esty
The Weather Girls singles chronology
"Never Like This"
(1981)
"It's Raining Men"
(1982)
"Success"
(1983)
Music video
"It's Raining Men" on YouTube

"It's Raining Men" was a number-one dance hit in the United States, and reached the top ten in various other countries worldwide. VH1 listed the song as one of the Greatest Songs of the 1980s as well as one of the Greatest Songs of the 2000s decade. At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards (1983), "It's Raining Men" received a nomination at the Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.

Development and productionEdit

 
"It's Raining Men" was co-written and co-produced by Paul Jabara

Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer wrote the song in 1979.[4][5] Jabara originally offered the song to Donna Summer, who then scored a hit with "Last Dance" (1978).[6] Summer initially rejected the song after becoming a born again Christian.[6] Jabara later recounted that Summer hated the song's lyrical content and dubbed it as "blasphemous".[4] "She had become a born-again Christian. She thought it was blasphemous. She [Summer] called Paul [Jabara] and said, "I hate the song. Oh, we've lost you." And then she sent him a Bible the next day."[7] The song was then passed to American singers Diana Ross, Cher, and Barbra Streisand, all of whom rejected the song.[7]

In 1982, the song was offered to The Two Tons (formerly known as Two Tons o Fun). Wash and Armstead of The Two Tons also dismissed the song. Wash recounted "We thought it was a crazy song — in fact, too crazy to record. I kept saying, 'It’s raining men? Really? Are you kidding me?' … I just did not think people would buy it… That's why I kept saying no."[7] The duo eventually recorded the song in ninety minutes after Jabara persistently pleaded them to record the song.[6] The Waters Sisters (Julia Waters-Tillman and Maxine Waters-Willard), Stephanie Spruill, and Zenobia Conkerite performed background vocals on the chorus of the song.

Music and lyricsEdit

According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Alfred Music Publishing, "It's Raining Men" is a Hi-NRG and disco song,[3] composed in the key of A-flat major.[8] It incorporates of R&B, soul, and 1970s-style electronic dance music.[3] The song's tempo is a moderate beats per minute, in common time.[8] Wash sang the lead vocals in the song. Wash's vocal range spans around two octaves in the song, from the low note of F3 to the high note of F5.[8] "It's Raining Men" uses one minor chords, F minor, with the rest of notes in major chords.[8]

ReleaseEdit

"It's Raining Men" was first released to dance club DJs in the United States in mid-1982. The single was then released for 7" single and 12" single in the United States on September 10, 1982. Shortly after the release of the single, The Two Tons (formerly known as Two Tons o Fun) changed their name to The Weather Girls after much confusion by press and fans due to the duo introducing themselves as "the weather girls" in the introduction of the song. In 1993, a then-newly recorded version of "It's Raining Men" was released by The Weather Girls, now composed of Izora Armstead and her daughter Dynelle Rhodes, on their sixth album Double Tons of Fun (1993).

In 2005, a live version of the song was released on The Weather Girls' ninth album "Totally Wild!". This version features vocals by Dynelle Rhodes and then-newly added member Ingrid Arthur. In 2012, the same lineup of The Weather Girls released "It's Raining Men - 2012" (stylized as "It's Raining Men 2K12"). The song is based in the house music genre produced by Sebo Reed.[9]

Impact and legacyEdit

"It's definitely stood the test of time. Now you have the grandparents who love the song, the parents who love the song and the grandkids who love the song. They all get up and dance."

—Martha Wash reflects on "It's Raining Men" during her Huffington Post cover story in 2011.[6]

VH1 ranked the song at thirty-five on their list of the 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2000,[10] and also at thirty-five in their 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s in 2009.[11] Paste Magazine ranked the song twelve in their list of The 60 Best Dancefloor Classics in February 2017.[12]

"It's Raining Men" has often been perceived as a gay anthem.[6][13] A campaign in Facebook was launched on January 19, 2014 to get the song to UK number one in response to a UKIP councillor blaming recent UK floods and adverse weather on divine retribution for the British government's introduction of gay marriage.[14] The campaign has been reported widely by some press and The Weather Girls' version reached number 21 on the first day of the chart week.[15] The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart in 2014 at number 31.[16] In 2017, Rolling Stone included the song on their 25 Essential LGBTQ Pride Songs list.[17] In 2018, Billboard ranked the song at number forty-seven on their The 50 Best Gay Anthems Of All Time list.[18] The Gay UK ranked the song at number two on their Top 40 Gay Anthems for Pride list.[19]

In 1983, "It's Raining Men" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.[20] In June 2017, "It's Raining Men" entered on the Spotify Rewind charts and peaked at number one.[21]

Commercial performanceEdit

"It's Raining Men" was a commercial success in the United States. The song spent a total of eleven weeks on Billboard's Hot 100, ultimately peaking at forty-six on March 5, 1983.[22] Although it hadn't yet been released to retail stores, the single gained much attention based on heavy rotation alone. In week of December 25, 1982, "It's Raining Men" reached number one on the Billboard Dance chart and held the top position for a total of two weeks.[23] The song spent a total of twenty-two weeks on the Dance chart.[23] After eighteen weeks on the R&B charts, "It Raining Men" peaked at number thirty-four.[24] The song was also a huge success in the United Kingdom. The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart,[25] and became certified Silver-status for excess sales of 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[26]

Music videoEdit

ProductionEdit

The music video for "It's Raining Men", released in the winter of 1982, was directed by Gary Keys and filmed in an abandoned building of New York City.[27] Due to limited support from Columbia Records, "It's Raining Men" was a low-budget video. Wash described the video's conception: "God, that was a cheesy video! We filmed it in an abandoned building [in NYC] in the dead of winter. There was no heat and everybody was wearing [winter] coats. That part in the video where we fall out of the sky, well, we landed on these mattresses and found out [the next day] they were infested with bugs. For days afterwards Izora and I were scratching [ourselves]! It was awful!"[27]

SynopsisEdit

The opening sequence of the video features The Weather Girls in a news station. The duo give a forecast prediction that it will rain men from the sky. After looking out of the station window to see the sky raining men, The Weather Girls leap out of the window with their umbrellas to join the men. Several dancers are seen in music video performing choreography. Another scene features The Weather Girls wearing lingerie on a heart-shaped bed surrounded and being adored by men. The closing scene shows the duo performing with the male dancers and extras in the music video.

Track listings and formatsEdit

"It's Raining Men" – 7" and 12" single
No.TitleLength
1."It's Raining Men (vox)"5:27
2."It's Raining Men (instrumental)"5:29
Total length:10:56

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Martha Wash and RuPaul versionEdit

"It's Raining Men... The Sequel"
 
Single by Martha Wash featuring RuPaul
from the album The Collection and RuPaul's Go-Go Box Classics
B-side"Calle & Rizzo Mix"
Released
  • February 16, 1998 (UK)
  • November 10, 1998 (US)
Format
Recorded1997
GenreEurodance
Length3:45
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Gary Haase
Martha Wash featuring RuPaul singles chronology
"Something Goin' On (In Your Soul)"
(1997)
"It's Raining Men... The Sequel"
(1998)
"Catch the Light"
(1998)

"It's Raining Men" was covered by Weather Girls' member Martha Wash and singer RuPaul in 1998. The song was retitled "It's Raining Men... The Sequel", and released as the lead single for Wash's compilation album The Collection (1998). The song was released on RuPaul's Go-Go Box Classics (1998).

Music videoEdit

The opening sequence of the video features Martha Wash and RuPaul as the news anchors of the Weather Center. The duo give a forecast prediction that it will rain men from the sky, with several field reporters also reporting similar information. Wash, as a meteorologist and weatherwoman, performs the song in front of a digital map. Several people from around the world start to feel the effects of the forecast and some women are even shown collecting men that fall from the sky into baskets. Several men also appear in the music video, dancing to the song.

Track listings and formatsEdit

"It's Raining Men... The Sequel" – 12" single
No.TitleLength
1."It's Raining Men... The Sequel (Calle & Rizzo Mix)"3:22
2."It's Raining Men... The Sequel (Dillon & Dickins Hers & Hers Vox Mix)"7:36
3."It's Raining Men... The Sequel (Super Popalicious Club Mix)"6:44
4."It's Raining Men... The Sequel (Headman Extended Mix)"5:30
Total length:22:12
"It's Raining Men... The Sequel" – Maxi single
No.TitleLength
1."It's Raining Men... The Sequel (LP Version)"3:44
2."It's Raining Men... The Sequel (Calle & Rizzo Mix)"6:03
3."It's Raining Men... The Sequel (Dillon & Dickins Hers & Hers Vox Mix)"7:36
4."It's Raining Men... The Sequel (Super Popalicious Club Mix)"6:44
5."It's Raining Men... The Sequel (Headman Extended Mix)"5:30
Total length:28:37

Chart performanceEdit

"It's Raining Men... The Sequel"

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[41] 64
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[42] 46
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[43] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[44] 21
US Billboard Dance Single Sales[45] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[45] 22
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[45] 105

Geri Halliwell versionEdit

"It's Raining Men"
 
Single by Geri Halliwell
from the album Scream If You Wanna Go Faster and Bridget Jones's Diary: Music from the Motion Picture
B-side
  • "Brave New World"
  • "I Was Made That Way"
ReleasedApril 30, 2001
Format
Recorded2000
GenreDance-pop
Length
  • 4:18 (album version)
  • 3:47 (radio version)
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)
  • Paul Jabara
  • Paul Shaffer
Producer(s)Stephen Lipson
Geri Halliwell singles chronology
"Bag It Up"
(2000)
"It's Raining Men"
(2001)
"Scream If You Wanna Go Faster"
(2001)

"It's Raining Men" was released on April 30, 2001 as the first single from Geri Halliwell's second solo album, Scream if You Wanna Go Faster. It was also featured as the lead single internationally to the soundtrack of the 2001 film Bridget Jones's Diary. The single became Halliwell's fourth consecutive number-one hit single on the UK Singles Chart and became her most successful solo single to date. "Feels Like Sex", another song from the album, was originally slated as the lead single, but after "It's Raining Men" was offered to Halliwell, the song was released as the first single, and was added to Scream if You Wanna Go Faster.

BackgroundEdit

Halliwell commented: "It was really odd because I was all ready to go with my new album. I had the single, I had the video idea all ready and then the producers of the movie said to me, 'do you want to record It's Raining Men for the soundtrack?' I thought it would be fun and I love Bridget Jones cos I've read both books and so I just did it really quickly. They all loved it and wanted it to be a single and I thought it was a bit of a gift, so I released it".[46]

ReceptionEdit

Halliwell's version received positive reviews by music critics, experienced international success and hit the top ten in over two dozen countries around the world, going to number one in several of them. In the United Kingdom, "It's Raining Men" debuted at number-one on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for two weeks. It became Halliwell's fourth consecutive number-one single in the UK, selling 155,000 units in its first week and 80,000 in its second week. Overall the single went on to sell 449,000 copies in Britain alone,[47] becoming the 13th best seller of 2001 and Halliwell's most successful single worldwide.[48]

The song was successful outside the United Kingdom. In Flemish Belgium, the song stayed at number one for four weeks and was the best-selling single of 2001.[49] The single reached number one in France for five weeks and sold over 812,000 copies,[50] receiving a Diamond certification from the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP).[51] With this song, Geri Halliwell won the International Song of the Year award at the 2002 NRJ Music Awards in France. The cover was also a major success in Walloon Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Poland, and Switzerland.

A remix of the song, The Almighty Mix from the Toshiba-EMI series Dance Mania, volume 20 was also featured in the 2002 Japanese video games, DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix and Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME. This version of the song was used as the theme song in the advertisements for New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition 2003. In July 2006 the song entered at seventy-nine on the Mexican Digital Sales Chart, spending two weeks inside the Top 100.

Music videoEdit

Halliwell was inspired by the 1980 film Fame and by the 1982 film Flashdance for the video.[52]

Live performancesEdit

To promote the single, Halliwell performed the song on Top of the Pops, Comet Awards 2001, Musica Sí, Big Brother Germany, Party in the Park, Live & Kicking, Loft Story, Pepsi Chart Russia, CD:UK and Tickled Pink. Halliwell also performed the song on The Return of the Spice Girls world tour as her solo number.[53]

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell.

UK & Europe CD1/International CD Maxi (Released April 30, 2001)

  1. "It's Raining Men" – 4:18
  2. "I Was Made That Way" – 4:45
  3. "Brave New World" – 4:10
  4. "It's Raining Men" (enhanced video)

UK & Europe CD2/Australian CD Maxi (Released April 30, 2001)

  1. "It's Raining Men" – 4:18
  2. "It's Raining Men" (Bold and Beautiful Glamour Mix Edit) – 4:46
  3. "It's Raining Men" (Almighty Mix Edit) – 3:46
  4. "It's Raining Men" (D-Bop Tall and Blonde Mix Edit) – 6:55

European 2-track CD single (Released April 30, 2001)

  1. "It's Raining Men" – 4:18
  2. "Brave New World" – 4:10

Italian 12" single (Released July 18, 2001)
Side A

  1. "It's Raining Men" – 4:18
  2. "It's Raining Men" (Bold And Beautiful Glamour Mix Edit) – 4:46

Side B

  1. "It's Raining Men" (Almighty Mix Edit) – 3:46
  2. "It's Raining Men" (D-Bop Tall And Blonde Mix Edit) – 6:55

ChartsEdit

Official remixesEdit

  1. Radio edit – 3:50
  2. Album version – 4:18
  3. Bold and Beautiful Glamour Mix (radio edit) – 4:46
  4. Bold and Beautiful Glamour Mix (extended) – 7:06
  5. Almighty Mix (radio edit) – 3:46
  6. Almighty Mix (extended) – 8:15
  7. D-Bop Tall and Blonde Mix (short edit) – 6:55
  8. D-Bop Tall and Blonde Mix (long version) – 8:09
  9. Dax Thunderstorm Mix – 7:28
  10. "It's Raining G's" (N.W.A) – 4:13

Uses in other mediaEdit

In filmEdit

  • The song is featured in the Rodney Dangerfield hit Easy Money (1983).
  • The song is featured in Eraser (1996).
  • It is a favorite song of Shawn Wayans' character Ray in Scary Movie (2000). He plays the song in Greg's car moments before the group hits the man they ultimately dump off a pier.
  • In the Hindi movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), the song is featured when the character Pooja (played by Kareena Kapoor) is getting ready in the morning. A legal suit was filed against director Karan Johar for using the song without obtaining prior permission.[94]
  • In the Farrelly brothers' comedy film Stuck on You (2003), Walt hits the jukebox when he walks in and sees his brother, but gets embarrassed and hits it again when "It's Raining Men" is the song that starts playing.
  • It is featured in the Danish film After the Wedding (2006). Titled Efter Brylluppet in Danish, it was directed by Susanne Bier.[95]
  • In the movie Vampires Suck (2010) the wolf pack dances to the song before dismembering a vampire.
  • It is featured in the film, Magic Mike (2012), as the background music for the first stripping scene of the film.
  • In the French movie Bowling (2012), by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar.

In sportsEdit

In televisionEdit

In theater and onstageEdit

In videogamesEdit

  • The song is listed on Just Dance 2 (2010).
  • Sample of the song appears on Burnout Crash! (2011)
  • The Geri Halliwell version of the song became popular after it was featured in osu!. The song is 10*, according to the game’s star rating. According to someone in the game’s forum, it has received over 200+ favorites in under a month after submission. The map was made by -NeBu-.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Credited as Izora Redman.

See alsoEdit

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