“I Love a Rainy Night”
Written by David Molloy, Eddie Rabbitt, and Even Stevens
#1 (1 week)
January 17, 1981
Eddie Rabbitt followed “Drivin’ My Life Away” with an even bigger crossover hit, one that interrupted Dolly Parton’s run at the top of the Hot 100 with “9 to 5.”
“I Love a Rainy Night” was a lucky find on Rabbitt’s part. He discovered fragments of it among his old songwriting tapes and resurrected the idea with collaborators David Molloy and Even Stevens.
The song is brilliant in its simplicity. Crossover hits of this time have a reputation for being syrupy and overproduced, but “I Love a Rainy Night” could’ve been released thirty years earlier, driven by finger snaps and acoustic guitars. It has a Rockabilly feel that makes it fit comfortably among the current hits of the day on pop and country radio. Rabbitt’s performance is light and airy, giving the song an additional layer of charm.
Parton and Rabbitt remain the only country artists to replace each other at No. 1 on the Hot 100, with Parton returning to No. 1 after Rabbitt displaced her for a week with “I Love a Rainy Night.” With such massive success, you can understand why so many artists chased the crossover sound for the next couple of years. Few of them did it with such spectacular results as Parton and Rabbitt in early 1981.
Rabbitt’s next single will also top the charts, and we’ll cover it very soon.
“I Love a Rainy Night” gets an A.
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