Friday Playlist: Rainy Day Tunes

For gray days spent indoors.

A soundtrack to your cozy indoor rainy-season solitudes in the rainy season. Optional atmospheric percussion supplied by rain pounding on roofs and windows; check your local weather report.

Illustration by Minna


  • Maddie Rackerby November 16th, 2012 11:19 PM


  • Lola Witch November 16th, 2012 11:40 PM

    this is so perfect!!! I love it~ ☂ ❤

  • abbycrayon November 16th, 2012 11:45 PM

    I love rainy days! But these days are serial sunny days. It’s good but now I’m really looking forward to a rainy day to stay indoor and listen to this playlist.

  • DreamBoat November 17th, 2012 12:07 AM

    AHH THIS IS PERFECT! I can’t wait for the rain to come around and then I’ll play this and feel ~MAGICAL~

    Also, Minna– THIS COLLAGE IS GENIUS. Your collages are so perfect and pretty, and you’re the main reason I got into collaging. You’re my main artist inspiration and I love everything you make! I’m actually thinking of making a blog for me to post my collages on because of you! <3<3<3

  • lydiajamesxxx November 17th, 2012 12:07 AM

    Perfection <3 now only if it would rain…

  • kayliemarissa November 17th, 2012 1:23 AM

    I go to school in Portland, so this is pretty relevant to everyday. Love it!

  • ♡april♥ November 17th, 2012 1:49 AM

    wowowowow such a great playlist

  • taste test November 17th, 2012 2:03 AM


  • Yellie November 17th, 2012 2:49 AM

    I live in the north west… so ya i would feel stupid having one playlist for everyday :) all the same rock on rainy, grey days, and the playlists they inspire!

    • Dylan November 17th, 2012 5:28 PM

      I know, I totally called this one because I feel like I own rain because of my Seattle childhood. It’s totally, like, MY THING, YOU GUYS!!

  • betty finn November 17th, 2012 3:58 AM

    I’m currently curled up on my sofa watching Lost in Translation and listening to the rain outside. This is so perfect and timely!

  • TinaBallerina November 17th, 2012 6:05 AM

    Great playlist! I hate rain, though. I live in Bergen, Norway, where it’s been raining for a solid two weeks, every day. We get an insane amount of rain each year. Yesterday I almost drowned whilst riding my bicycle, gaah. The only good thing about rain is that the air is always so fresh afterwards.

  • Natika November 17th, 2012 6:05 AM

    Found your blog today via a recommendation on a Japanese blog. Oddly, it’s raining in my area of Japan today, too. I think I’m going to go sit with my walls open, drinking green tea and eating sweet bean manju while watching and listening to the rain and your lovely playlist. Thanks! And great blog, by the way!

  • unicornconnect November 17th, 2012 6:30 AM

    Is it sad that I have never heard any of these songs?

    • Dylan November 17th, 2012 5:29 PM

      No, it is happy because I feel like I shared songs that I love with you and that is COOL!

  • mondegreen November 17th, 2012 8:51 AM

    Great playlist! And if it doesn’t rain outside, you can always go to :)

    • dreamweaver November 17th, 2012 11:50 AM


  • Loops November 17th, 2012 10:20 AM

    Elliott Smith. I died a little.

  • cancercowboy November 17th, 2012 11:44 AM

    awesome playlist. additional thumbs up for Two Gallants, a personal favorite.
    pls allow me to suggest an addendum ^__^

  • LeavesThatAreGreen November 17th, 2012 11:53 AM

    This is PERFECT. The rain suddenly feels so much better.

  • rachelisms November 17th, 2012 1:24 PM

    I live in Scotland so this, naturally, is a very handy playlist. Loosening my purse strings to purchase the songs that I don’t already own on this playlist so I can recreate it on my iPod. I do especially adore the additions of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Mazzy Star and Elliott Smith. I’m looking forward to playing this one too many times in the coming week!

  • cloudinthesky November 17th, 2012 4:54 PM

    This playlist is simply beautiful… It’s so cozy, listening to this great music, drinking tea and hearing the rain outside. Just love it.

  • Dylan November 17th, 2012 5:31 PM

    Little sidenote plug: if anyone felt particularly attracted to the 3rd song, it’s by this artist from Detroit named Rodriguez, whose records I’ve been head-over-heels in love with the last year or so when I stumbled upon them. There’s a documentary screening across the country right now about his amazing story – seriously A MAZ ING – called “Searching for Sugarman” and I thought it was the most spectacular thing, if you’re looking for a great music doc to check out this weekend.

  • mynamesambertoo November 17th, 2012 7:45 PM

    When there is rain with thunder or lightning especially, I like Hiding Inside the Horrible Weather by My American Heart. Also….this is random but, when I got better at singing or guitar, or both lol, I had an idea to video record myself covering a song while there is thunder outside to add to the sound/make it part of the cover/make it sound more authentic. The songs I want to try that with are not always related to rain though. Some chords are very moody and seem like they would be enhanced by the real thunder!

  • mynamesambertoo November 17th, 2012 7:46 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if someone beat me to it. : ) : P

  • Emma November 17th, 2012 7:59 PM

    best playlist yet! I live in the northwest, so this is perfect :)

  • kirsten November 17th, 2012 8:36 PM

    awwww yisss washingtonians unite!

  • chelsear November 18th, 2012 1:08 AM



  • Kaleidoscopeeyes November 18th, 2012 2:01 AM

    Mazzy Star! Great mix guys, I love it.

  • shinmachine November 18th, 2012 4:50 AM

    okay i know this is a bit irrelevant, but please somebody write about LANA DEL REY on the Literally The Best Thing ever section! *u*

  • Mary the freak November 18th, 2012 11:40 AM

    It is actually raining here in Germany RIGHT NOW. Rookie playlists read my mind <33

  • A.R. November 18th, 2012 3:05 PM

    Rodriguez and The Magnetic Fields. How Perfect.

  • Kathryn November 18th, 2012 5:52 PM

    you forgot this one

  • mariaantoniavs November 18th, 2012 7:16 PM

    I think november rain should be in this playlist

  • mynamesambertoo January 14th, 2013 12:43 PM

    Just remembered When It Rains- Paramore

    • Cutesycreator aka Monica January 20th, 2013 9:51 AM


      When It Rains is one of my faves <3

      • yellowplaid March 7th, 2013 10:59 AM

        paramites unite! lol. getting psyched for that new album next month!!!!

        • yellowplaid March 7th, 2013 11:09 AM

          oh Cutesycreator it’s me amber I changed my screen name.

        • Cutesycreator aka Monica June 18th, 2013 12:18 PM

          Hey amber/yellowplaid! Sorry, I am only checking this now haha. The album’s long out by now and I am in love with it! It’s my favorite one so far! What do you think (even though you probably won’t see this haha)?

  • yellowplaid March 7th, 2013 11:33 AM

    I’ve been waiting a few months to see if someone was gonna suggest these two songs. Sometimes it’s more fun to see of someone else is thinking what I’m thinking.
    Garbage- Only Happy When It Rains. I don’t recommend these lyrics for young people who are depressed. I don’t even listen to it that often because I am mood sensitive to lyrics, and I don’t always agree with my fav artists philosophies on life. Think for yourself! :D
    Also, The Wombats- Jump Into the Fog. I don’t listen to it that often either because of the lyrics.
    It seems to fit foggy days but I don’t agree with their philosophies on life either. It gets annoying having to sacrifice good instrumentals for content you don’t like. Babysitting the content of good art is so annoying sometimes. I am 25 now, and I noticed that as you get older your views on life change. Don’t be afraid to think for yourself.

  • yellowplaid March 10th, 2013 4:52 PM

    Hilary Duff- Coming Clean. Sue me lol.

  • Summer Dalrymple April 11th, 2013 2:38 AM

    Yayayay. Wilco, Neil Young, Beck, Big Star…it doesn’t get any better than this. Awesome playlist.