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Instrumental Songs Great for a Rainy Day

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St. Andrews chapter.

It’s the middle of November – the days are getting dark early and since it’s Scotland, the days are also often rainy. Here are some songs to add to your rainy day playlist for when you can curl up in your duvet and listen to the sound of rain outside, feeling thankful that you’re not the one getting soaked. 

1. “Dawn” by Dario Marianelli

One thing that cannot be disputed about Joe Wright’s 2005 adaption of Pride and Prejudice is its amazing, enthralling score. The best song of the list by far is “Dawn”. The soft, playful, piano music radiates warmth and comfort, and it is the perfect instrumental companion to a rainy day. 

2.  “Zawinul/Lava” by Brian Eno

“Poetically stirring” is the phrase I would use to describe “Zawinul/Lava.” It’s one of those songs you have to listen to all the way through without having anything else on in the background; it leaves you breathless by the end. It truly is the perfect song for quiet contemplation on an endless, rainy day. 

3. “River Flows in You” by Yiruma

One of my favourite pianists is Yiruma. Although many of his songs deserve to end up on this list, the one I eventually decided on was “River Flows in You,” which is a song that not only is the best accompaniment to a melancholy, rainy afternoon but also is a song you end up replaying over and over again because of its beautiful and enthralling melody.  

4. “Summer V” by the Tumbled Sea

I discovered the Tumbled Sea on Tumblr a few years ago and fell in love right away. They’re not very well known (they don’t even have a Wikipedia page), but they’re one of my favourite groups. Honestly, I would recommend all of their albums, and “Summer V” is definitely a rainy-day song and an amazing one at that. 

5. “Waltz of My Heart”, Ivor Novello

This last track is from another movie soundtrack, but this time from the 2001 film Gosford Park. The song is both sweeping and gentle, and it is perfect for any occasion, especially a rainy day.

Now rainy days don’t seem so bad after all, do they?

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Jenny Yau

St. Andrews

I'm Jenny Yau, 19 and from Hong Kong. Reading, writing poetry and watching tv are my main obsessions. I am sometimes mistaken for a hermit, but I'm friendly once you get to know me :p
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Evan Grogan

Holy Cross

Evan Grogan is a senior at the College of the Holy Cross who is studying abroad for the year at the University of St Andrews. She is an English and Art History double major and eventually hopes to attend graduate school for journalism and write for The New York Times. When Evan is not busy with school and writing for both Holy Cross' newspaper and Her Campus, she loves to read; go for runs; and spend time with her friends. She is obsessed with the color navy, rainbow sprinkles, and anything involving glitter.