The Weather Girls - It's Raining Men (1982)
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“It’s Raining Men” is a song by the American musical duo the Weather Girls from their third studio album ...
“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 Post-disco that incorporates elements of R&B, soul, and 1970s-style electronic dance music. Its lyrics describe an excitement and enjoyment of many different types of men.
“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 Vocals.
Impact and legacy
“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.
VH1 ranked the song at thirty-five on their list of the 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2000, and also at thirty-five in their 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s in 2009. Paste Magazine ranked the song twelve in their list of the 60 Best Dancefloor Classics in February 2017. And Rolling Stone listed it number 90 in their ranking of The 100 Greatest Debut Singles of All Time in 2020.
“It’s Raining Men” has often been perceived as a gay anthem. 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. 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. The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart in 2014 at number 31. In 2017, Rolling Stone included the song on their 25 Essential LGBTQ Pride Songs list. In 2018, Billboard ranked the song at number forty-seven on their 50 Best Gay Anthems Of All Time list. The Gay UK ranked the song at number two on their Top 40 Gay Anthems for Pride list.
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. In June 2017, “It’s Raining Men” entered on the Spotify Rewind charts and peaked at number one.
“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. 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. The song spent a total of twenty-two weeks on the Dance chart. After eighteen weeks on the R&B charts, “It Raining Men” peaked at number thirty-four. The song was also a huge success in the United Kingdom. The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, and became certified Silver-status for excess sales of 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom.
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. 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!”
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.