Summer Rain (Belinda Carlisle song)

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"Summer Rain"
Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Runaway Horses
Released January 13, 1990 (1990-01-13)
Format 7", 12", CD, CS
Genre Pop
Length 5:25
Label MCA, Virgin
Writer(s) Robbie Seidman, Maria Vidal
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
Certification Gold (ARIA)
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"La Luna"
"Summer Rain"
"Runaway Horses"

"Summer Rain" is a song written by Robbie Seidman and Maria Vidal, produced by Rick Nowels for Belinda Carlisle's third album Runaway Horses (1989). The song is about a man who goes away to war and leaves his wife, saying that nothing will change—they will be together forever and always. The song is set in the present as his widow sings it, remembering the last time she saw him. It was released around the world in 1990 and was issued as a CD single, 7" single and a 12" single.

Carlisle's version had minor success on the charts reaching the top thirty in the United States and the UK, but was a bigger hit in Australia, where it reached the Top Ten. It was later covered by artists including Slinkee Minx, whose cover version of the song also reached the top ten in Australia.

Belinda Carlisle has stated that this is her favorite of her own songs.[1]

Release and commercial performance[edit]

"Summer Rain" achieved moderate commercial success in North America, where it was released as the second single from Runaway Horses (1989). In January 1990, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100, the main US chart, at number 86.[2] Within seven weeks of its release it peaked at number 30 and stayed at that position for two weeks. The single spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, six of which were in the top 50.[3] The single was Carlisle's second to last song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary, where it spent eight weeks on the chart.[4]

In Australia, the song had the most commercial success, where it was released as the album's third single. In early April 1990, it debuted at number 42.[5] Within five weeks of its release it peaked in the top ten where it stayed for five weeks.[5] The song reached its peak at number six and remained there for three weeks, spending a total of sixteen weeks in the top fifty.[5] The Australian Recording Industry Association awarded the single a gold certification for shipping 35,000 copies and became the fortieth highest selling single in Australia for 1990.[6]

The song was released in the United Kingdom in December 1990 as the sixth and final release from Runaway Horses, peaking at number twenty-three at the end of January 1991 and spent 10 weeks in the chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Andy Morahan.[7]


The US 7" B-side is "Shades Of Michael Angelo" (LP Version) 5:52

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Summer Rain".


Slinkee Minx cover[edit]

The cover of Slinkee Minx CD single.

"Summer Rain" was covered by Australian dance act Slinkee Minx in 2004 for their first album Electric Dreams (2007). It was the first song released from the album, and was released in Australia on August 9, 2004 as a CD single. The song was released under the record label Central Station and was produced by Mike Felks.

The song made its debut on the singles chart at number five, hitting the top spot on the dance chart knocking off "Push Up" by the Freestylers. On its second week it fell out of the top ten to number eleven but jumped back into the top ten, staying there for four more weeks. It spent fifteen weeks in the top fifty and eighteen weeks in the top one hundred, becoming the sixty-first highest selling single in Australia for 2004[16] and was accredited gold by ARIA.[17] "Summer Rain" was released to clubs in more than fifty countries including the US, UK and Europe.

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single.[18]

Other cover versions[edit]

A more recent cover was made by German dance act Groove Coverage.

Slinkee Minx chart performance[edit]


Belinda Carlisle version[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard - Belinda Carlisle Q&A May 7, 2013
  2. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 - Chart Listing For The Week Of Jan 20 1990". Billboard. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Chart Listing For The Week Of Apr 14 1990". Billboard. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Belinda Carlisle - Artist Chart History". Allmusic. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d "Belinda Carlisle: Summer Rain - Australian chart run". Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  6. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ " – Belinda Carlisle – Summer Rain". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 47, No. 11, January 13, 1990". RPM. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ " – Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak". Top Digital Download.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Belinda Carlisle Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Belinda Carlisle.
  15. ^ "Belinda Carlisle Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Belinda Carlisle.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2004". ARIA Charts. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2004 Singles". ARIA Charts. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  18. ^ Video on YouTube

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