Rain on Me: The Hit Song by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
“Rain on Me” is a song by American singers Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, from Gaga’s sixth studio album, Chromatica (2020). It was released as the album’s second single on May 22, 2020, and became a worldwide hit, topping the charts in several countries, including the US, Canada, and the UK. The song also won three MTV Video Music Awards, including Song of the Year, and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
The song is an upbeat house, dance-pop, electropop and disco track that features a synth-disco beat and funk guitars. It is about resilience in the face of adversity and finding strength in pain. Gaga described it as a “celebration of tears”, while Grande said it was about “being able to cry and be strong at the same time”. The song was written by Gaga, Grande, Nija Charles, Rami Yacoub, Tchami, Boys Noize and its producers BloodPop and Burns.
The music video for “Rain on Me” was directed by Robert Rodriguez and shows Gaga and Grande dancing in a futuristic city during a rainstorm, with knives falling from the sky. The video has over 380 million views on YouTube as of May 2021. The song was also performed live by the duo at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, where they wore matching metallic outfits and masks.
“Rain on Me” is one of the most popular songs of 2020 and has received critical acclaim for its empowering message and catchy sound. It is also a testament to the friendship and collaboration between two of the biggest pop stars of the decade.
The song was inspired by the personal experiences of both singers, who have faced trauma and challenges in their lives and careers. Gaga revealed that she had collaborated with a “fellow female pop star who [had similarly experienced] immense trauma while in the public eye” and that they bonded over their shared struggles. She also said that the song was a metaphor for the tears she had cried over the years. Grande, who had dealt with the Manchester Arena bombing, the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, and a broken engagement with Pete Davidson, said that working with Gaga was “so healing” and that she felt “like I was able to breathe again”.
The song received praise from critics and fans alike, who applauded its uplifting message and danceable beat. Rolling Stone called it a “glorious disco anthem”, while Billboard named it one of the best songs of 2020. The song also broke several records, such as becoming the first all-female collaboration to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and making Grande the first artist to have four songs debut at the top spot. The song also earned Gaga her fifth and Grande her fourth number-one single in the US.
“Rain on Me” is not only a catchy tune, but also a powerful statement of resilience and solidarity. It shows that even in the darkest times, there is hope and joy to be found. As Gaga sings in the chorus, “I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive”.