BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #159: ‘RAIN DANCE’- THE GUESS WHO

Rain Dance (song) - Wikipedia

Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: #159: ‘Rain Dance’- The Guess Who. August 14, 1971.

  • Single: ‘Rain Dance’- The Guess Who
  • Record Company-RCA Victor
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Burton Cummings and Kurt Winter
  • Time: 2:45
  • B-side: ‘One Divided’
  • Album-So Long, Bannatyne
  • Grade: B-
  • Peaked at #19 12 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard this hit by The Guess Who before- somehow it hasn’t made it as one of the songs they play on classic rock radio. The Guess Who a rock band formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada- had 21 Hot 100 hits from 1965-75 13 making the Top 40. Their biggest hit a #1 “American Woman’ 1970.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #159: ‘RAIN DANCE’- THE GUESS WHO

  1. yep – you’re not from Canada, my friend! It was a very big radio hit when I was a kid, in Toronto. I mean BIG. But it hasn’t lived on near as much as “American Woman” or “No time” by them has. One of those early-70s songs that I probably liked more back then than I do now.
    As a PS- in case you’ve not heard, sadly Charlie Watts apparently passed away today.

  2. This song got a fair amount of airplay on San Francisco radio stations back in the day. I liked it OK, but always thought that chorus of “Don’t you wanna rain dance with me” was rather odd, almost dipping a toe into progressive rock.

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