"Raindrops" is a 1961 song by the AmericanR&BsingerDee Clark. Released in April of that same year, this ballad is about a man who convinces himself that the tears he is crying since his lover's departure are raindrops since "a man ain't supposed to cry," peaked at position 2 on the Hot 100 and at position 3 on the R&B chart. Billboard ranked it as the ninth most popular song of the year for 1961.
Clark was reportedly inspired to write the song after a late night drive through a heavy rainstorm. Accordingly, the opening and closing of the song both feature heavy rain and thunder sound effects, with the closing augmented by Clark's powerful, swooping falsetto. Musicians on the record included Al Duncan on drums, Quinn Wilson on bass, Earl Skarritt and Phil Upchurch on guitar (Skarritt on electric and Upchurch on acoustic), plus a string section. The song was recorded at Universal Recording Studios in Chicago in a 3-hour session.