Sunshine on a Rainy Day

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"Sunshine on a Rainy Day"
Zoe-sunshine on a rainy day s.jpg
Single by Zoë
from the album Scarlet Red and Blue
  • Martin Glover
  • Zoë Pollock
Zoë singles chronology
"Sunshine on a Rainy Day"
Music video
"Sunshine on a Rainy Day" on YouTube

"Sunshine on a Rainy Day" is a 1990 single released by British female pop singer and songwriter Zoë.


The song was originally released at the end of 1990, when it only managed to reach #53 on the UK Singles Chart. It was not until the remix by Youth in August 1991 that it hit #4 on the same chart and became her biggest hit to date. The track was used in UK advertisements for the Amiga 500 computer, which added to its popularity. It was the 18th best-selling single of 1991, outselling many number ones and twos in the year-end chart.

Zoë re-recorded the song in 2008 with her folk band Mama. This version is available on their debut CD, Crow Coyote Buffalo.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "Photogenic British lass steps from out of left field with a percussive, midtempo gem on which she often comes across like a smoky Sophie B. Hawkins. Soft, syncopated hip-hop-derived beats support acoustic strumming, subtle electric chords, and flower-child lyrical prose. Track starts from a simple, sparse point, and builds to a rousing tambourine-shaking climax. Fueled with multiformat appeal."[1]


Chart (1990) Peak
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[2] 53
Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[3] 147
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[4] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 40
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[2] 4
Zimbabwe (ZIMA)[7] 1

Christine Anu version[edit]

"Sunshine on a Rainy Day"
Sunshine on a Rainy Day by Christine Anu.jpg
Single by Christine Anu
from the album Come My Way
ReleasedMay 2000
LabelMushroom Records
Songwriter(s)Martin Glover, Zoë Pollock
Producer(s)Stuart Crichton
Christine Anu singles chronology
"Now Until the Break of Day"
"Sunshine on a Rainy Day"
"Jump to Love"

In May 2000, Christine Anu released a version of the song as the first single from her second studio album, Come My Way. The song peaked at number 26 on the ARIA singles chart and remained in the top 50 for 15 weeks.

Track listing[edit]

CD single (MUSH019522)
  1. "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" (Radio Mix) - 3:50
  2. "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" (Wicked Beat Sound System Mix) - 4:13
  3. "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" (Scotia Nostre Mix) - 5:57


Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 26

Other versions[edit]

  • In 1994, Naomi Campbell covered the song on her album, babywoman.
  • The song was covered by Emma Bunton on her debut solo album A Girl Like Me in 2001.
  • A version by dance artists Ed Real & Mark Richardson was released in 2003 on Nukleuz Records.
  • Happy hardcore versions include "Sunshine" by Slipmatt and Eruption, and "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" by DJ Stompy.


  1. ^ "Billboard: NEW & NOTEWORTHY" (PDF). Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  2. ^ a b "Zoë - UK chart history". Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 15 July 2015". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Irish single chart search". Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Zoë - Swedish chart history". Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  7. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  8. ^ " – Christine Anu – {{{song}}}". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 14 May 2016.

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