|Single by Bruce Hornsby and the Range|
|from the album The Way It Is|
|B-side||"The Red Plains"|
|Genre||Pop rock, new wave|
|Bruce Hornsby and the Range singles chronology|
"Mandolin Rain" is the third track from The Way It Is, the debut album and commercial zenith for Bruce Hornsby and the Range. The song, released in late 1986, was a #4 hit single for the band in March 1987, following on the success of their previous single, the #1 hit and title track of their debut album, "The Way It Is". It also reached #1 on the adult contemporary chart for three weeks, and #2 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for two weeks, also in early 1987. The song even reached the Top 40 on the Country chart, hitting number 38.
The song was co-written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John and featured Range member David Mansfield on the title instrument. It appears to be partly inspired by the song "You Don't Miss Your Water" by William Bell due to it employing the same hook (heard at the beginning of both songs), and by a remarkably similar swing feel (albeit with different chords).
In popular culture
- Covered by Josh Kelley in 2014.
- A cover was recorded by Pam Tillis on her 1995 album All of This Love.
- A minor-key bluegrass ballad of the song appears on the 2007 album Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby.
- The song was used in the 2009 movie, World's Greatest Dad, with Robin Williams. Hornsby made a cameo appearance in the film and played an alternate acoustic version of the song, which had been previously arranged but never released until the film's soundtrack.
- Funk super-group Cameo occasionally performs the song while touring.
- American Idol eight season finalist Scott MacIntyre performed it with rave reviews.
- Quietdrive recorded a cover on their album Your Record/Our Spin.
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||14|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Singles||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Singles||49|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||2|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||38|
|UK Singles Chart||70|
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|Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
March 21, 1987 (3 weeks)
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