Friday Playlist: Happy When It Rains

Songs that capture the boredom/beauty of small British towns.

The small, rainy British town is timeless because, no matter where or when it is, it stays the same. The houses are identical. There’s a weird-looking town hall. And there’s always that one restaurant for takeaway. It’s boring and gray, but it’s YOUR boring, gray place—and it’s oddly comforting that there are never any surprises. This music, by bands from all over the U.K., is for the walk home, the drive to nowhere in particular, or the train ride to another village where the landscape never changes. It just fits.

Illustration by Minna.

Illustration by Minna.


  • jedarq93 April 11th, 2014 11:55 PM

    Bristish musicians project a sense of fearless honesty, musically and lyrically. Can’t help but admire they way they express and communicate their point so deeply.
    That lonely island is the home of people that’s contributed with an enormious amount of music, thanks a lot!
    I don’t know why I keep looking for Depeche Mode in this lists :c See you, Halo, or Behind the wheel would have suited the theme :’)

  • Sakoraa April 12th, 2014 12:16 AM

    Such a beautiful playlist. I feel this way everytime I listen to the Smiths. Reminds me so much of ‘My Mad Fat Diary’!

  • FlaG April 12th, 2014 1:11 AM

    Ah, love it!

  • Mayne April 12th, 2014 2:21 AM

    This is beautiful!
    Exactly what I needed.
    Thank you Eleanor.

  • Raebbies April 12th, 2014 2:26 AM

    i squealed a little when i saw the title. huge fan of the jesus and mary chain. love this

  • streaked lights April 12th, 2014 3:52 AM

    Oh man this playlist was MADE for me. This is so perfect on rainy days. <3

  • Sophii April 12th, 2014 5:30 AM

    Wow wow wow this is possibility my favourite rookie playlist ever!! I live in a small British town as pictures of you, sometimes, how soon is now?, sowing seeds and come down softly to my soul are some of my favourite songs ever :)) thank you xoxo

  • hoflan April 12th, 2014 7:33 AM

    Yay for this!! I live in a fairly small town and dream of moving to either the city or to like some remote as hell house in the countryside but I think I’ll always return here. Also that Rough Trade was the first record store I ever visited <33333

  • drmcatcher April 12th, 2014 8:03 AM

    BEST playlist. All my faves

  • elliecp April 12th, 2014 10:08 AM

    perfect playlist!

  • mudblood62442 April 12th, 2014 10:51 AM

    Lovely playlist! My Bloody Valentine are Irish though! :)

  • bandsarelife April 12th, 2014 12:05 PM

    Awesome! My dream is to one day live in a small British town instead of moving around/being in New Orleans.

    • ruby April 12th, 2014 2:53 PM

      From someone who grew up in a tiny English town: stay in New Orleans! Haha :)

  • chelcsmiles April 12th, 2014 1:06 PM

    A Smith’s playlist would be sublime!!

  • ruby April 12th, 2014 2:52 PM

    Brit power! Rookie should have a Brit culture special :)

    • rubes April 13th, 2014 6:59 AM

      Agreed! Sometimes I don’t get some of the references made in articles etc and it would be great to have some stuff for us British Rookies to relate to! :) (ps LOVE the submarine background)

  • anna eve April 12th, 2014 8:07 PM

    Literally everything I could ever want from a playlist! Thanks Eleanor!

  • kiki_diane April 12th, 2014 10:08 PM

    Where’s Penny Lane!? <3

  • ghostelic April 13th, 2014 1:31 AM

    this is perfect and i think this is my favorite playlist ever

  • Madeline Shea April 14th, 2014 7:33 AM

    Love! especially The Cure. If only Garbage were from UK, i’m only happy when it rains would be good :-)

  • pizzaface April 14th, 2014 7:37 AM

    Great songs, great topic and great picture!

  • fabulousmuscles April 16th, 2014 10:30 PM

    Can’t stress enough how PERFECT this is. Going to blast this during midnight drives/strolls!

  • annalucy1997 April 17th, 2014 8:06 AM

    This is so perfect!! The Smiths and The Cure are literally what I listen to whenever I’m walking around my shitty little town. I’d recommend the Liverpool band Echo & the Bunnymen too :) x