Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"I Love a Rainy Night" by Eddie Rabbitt

#1 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0390
Date:  11/08/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  1 (2 weeks)
Weeks:  28
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Rabbitt just had his first pop Top 10 with the #5 "Drivin' My Life Away" when this second single from his album "Horizon" came along and became his first (and only) pop #1 hit. This would be the peak of his pop chart years and it established him as a country superstar.

ReduxReview:  Oh, those claps and snaps! This song hooks you right off the bat and just keeps going. And the short guitar solo is pretty terrific. It is probably Rabbitt's best moment and it is not surprising that it became his signature tune.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Early in his songwriting days, Rabbitt would record ideas and songs on tape for reference. While going through some of these tapes he did from the 60s, he happened upon something he sang into the tape that caught his attention. It was his original idea for "I Love a Rainy Night." With input from a couple of co-writers, Rabbitt finished the song and over a decade later, the tune from the tape became a hit.



  1. This song is one of my earliest memories as a child. When I first got into music, I was playing my mom's 45s. They consisted of "Turn to Stone" by ELO, "Born to Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez, "Another One Bites the Dust" and this one. Was never a big fan of any of this other songs but I can still listen to this one today and picture myself sitting on the basement floor next to mom's record player.

    1. Dang, your mom's 45s with ELO and Queen. My parents didn't have 45s. They had 78s! I'm old! I luckily learned a lot of standards from the 40s/50s era through them. Absolutely love that pop era.

  2. Chart Run: 89 - 77 - 63 - 53 - 40 - 32 - 26 - 19 - 19 - 15 - 12 - 8 - 4 - 3 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 9 - 15 - 23 - 46 - 47 - 53 - 60 - 75 - 95