Raindrops (Basement Jaxx song)

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Single by Basement Jaxx
from the album Scars
Released22 June 2009
Length4:08 (album version)
3:29 (video version)
Producer(s)Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx singles chronology
"Make Me Sweat"
"Feelings Gone"

"Raindrops" is a song by British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx. It was released on 22 June 2009 as the first single from their fifth studio album, Scars. The song uses the Auto-Tune effect, while the male vocals for the song come from the group member Felix Buxton.[1]

Music video[edit]

The Jess Holzworth-directed music video for the song made its debut on Channel 4 on 6 June 2009 and it is filmed partly in a kaleidoscope style, featuring women dancing provocatively in colourful feathers, masks, and ferns.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has been highly praised by critics. BBC rated the song whole five stars, describing it as "a slinky, pounding, twinkling, uplifting house juggernaut".[3] Digital Spy gave the song three stars, saying that it is "warm and uplifting as a summer breeze flurrying under your skirt" and "marks a welcome, if slightly cautious, return".[4] PopMatters rated "Raindrops" eight out of ten stars, praising both the video and the song as "deliciously disco-esque".[5] Pitchfork Media also gave the song 8 stars, and described it as "one of their best songs" as well as "unashamedly psychedelic, without losing its disco heart".[6] Metro.co.uk described the single as "an exotic confection laced with rock melodies and a distinctive killer bassline".[7]

Pitchfork later ranked the song at number 24 in their list of the Top 100 Tracks of 2009.[8]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Raindrops"
  2. "Wheel N Stop (feat. Serocee) (Planet 3 version)"
12" vinyl
  1. "Raindrops (Original)"
  2. "Raindrops (Funk Agenda & Paul Thomas Redux)"
1."Raindrops (Doorly's Under New Management Remix)" 
2."Raindrops (Doorly’s Dubstep Remix)" 
3."Raindrops (Robbie Rivera Club Mix)" 
4."Raindrops (Robbie Rivera Juicy Dub)" 
5."Raindrops (Funkagenda & Paul Thomas Re-Dux)" 
6."Raindrops (Louis La Roche Rework)" 
7."Raindrops (Joker & Ginz Remix)" 
8."Raindrops (AN21 & Philip Jensen Remix)" 


"Raindrops" made its debut on the UK Singles Chart on 28 June 2009 at number 21.[9] The song also debuted at number 27 in Ireland, and later climbed to number 20.[10]

Chart performance for "Raindrops"
Chart (2009) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 88
Belgium (Ultratip Bubbling Under Flanders)[12] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 20
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 21

Release history[edit]

Release history for "Raindrops"
Region Date Label
United Kingdom 22 June 2009 XL
Australia 21 June 2009 XL
United States 1 September 2009 Ultra


  1. ^ Basement Jaxx Tap Yoko Ono, Santigold For 'Scars' Archived 6 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Too Hot for MTV: The Best Music Videos You Have to Find Online".
  3. ^ Fraser McAlpine (20 June 2009). "Basement Jaxx - 'Raindrops'". BBC Online. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  4. ^ David Balls (23 June 2009). "Basement Jaxx: 'Raindrops'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  5. ^ Sarah Zupko (9 June 2009). "Basement Jaxx - "Raindrops" (video)". PopMatters. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  6. ^ Tom Ewing (24 April 2009). "Basement Jaxx: "Raindrops"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  7. ^ Arwa Haider (28 April 2009). "Basement Jaxx back for overdue homecoming". metro.co.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  8. ^ "The Top 100 Tracks of 2009 - Page 8".
  9. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Irish-charts.com – Discography Basement Jaxx". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  11. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 25.
  12. ^ "Basement Jaxx – Raindrops" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 12 November 2022.