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"Rain Is a Good Thing" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Luke Bryan. It was released in January 2010 as the second single from his 2009 album Doin' My Thing. The song became Bryan's first number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart[1] for the weeks of July 24 and 31, 2010. Bryan wrote this song with Dallas Davidson.

"Rain Is a Good Thing"
Single by Luke Bryan
from the album Doin' My Thing
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2010
LabelCapitol Nashville
Producer(s)Jeff Stevens
Luke Bryan singles chronology
"Do I"
"Rain Is a Good Thing"
"Someone Else Calling You Baby"



"Rain Is a Good Thing" is an up-tempo tune in which the narrator explains how rain can affect life by facilitating the growth of corn, which in turn is processed into whiskey, which in turn causes his significant other to "feel a little frisky."

Bryan told The Boot that he and co-writer Dallas Davidson "used to have the saying, 'Rain makes corn, and corn makes whiskey,' and it was just something we always said. If we were a little bummed out about the rain […] we'd be like, 'Well, rain makes corn, and corn makes whiskey,' and that would kind of make us feel a little better about it […] We didn't start with 'Rain Is a Good Thing' as a title and wrote to it. We just started with 'rain makes corn, and corn makes whiskey' and we kind of arrived at 'Rain Is a Good Thing.'"[2]

The song is set in the key of E Major, with Bryan's vocals ranging from B3 to G♯5.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock stated that the song "spins the old 'where I'm from' lyric into a much more pliable song chock full of that charm."[4]

Charitable contributionEdit

Bryan appeared on an episode of the 2010 season of Celebrity Apprentice. He, along with singer Emily West, were presented as up-and-coming artists in need of an image makeover. The two teams on the show each took on one singer in an attempt to help them become more marketable. Bryan performed "Rain is a Good Thing" on the program. The winner of the challenge was Cyndi Lauper, whose charity (The True Colors Fund, which advocates for gay and lesbian rights) received 20% of all sales of the single.

Music videoEdit

The accompanying music video for the song, directed by Shaun Silva, was released on iTunes on February 9, 2010. The video was filmed on October 5, 2009 at a concert at Hurricane Plantation in Claxton, Georgia.

Chart performanceEdit

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number 60 for the week of January 23, 2010. On the chart dated for July 24, 2010, it became Bryan's first number one single on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Chart (2010) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 57
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 37
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 2


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ [1] Billboard Hot Country Songs - Week of January 23, 2010
  2. ^ Hollabaugh, Lorie (22 March 2010). "Luke Bryan, 'Rain Is a Good Thing' - Story Behind the Lyrics". The Boot. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Digital sheet music - Luke Bryan — Rain Is a Good Thing". Alfred Publishing. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2010-01-04). "Luke Bryan — "Rain is a Good Thing"". Roughstock. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  5. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  9. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Luke Bryan – Rain Is a Good Thing". Music Canada. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Luke Bryan – Rain Is a Good Thing". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 26, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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