“Rain on Me” Worth Listening To

Marisa Takeuchi, Staff Writer

On May 22, 2020, Lady Gaga released “Rain On Me (feat. Ariana Grande).” It was the second single released from her sixth studio album “Chromatica.” The song was written by Gaga, Grande, Rami Yacoub, Nija Charles, Boys Noize, and Michael Tucker. “Rain On Me” is very Gaga, meaning it expresses avant-garde qualities, while still being catchy and modern. Needless to say, it is a euphoric banger and brings back disco-pop instrumentals.

“Rain On Me” has been described as a “celebration of tears.” Emphasizing success and joy despite hardships. Gaga and Grande had both experienced serious trauma while being in the public eye. When they decided to collaborate, it was them sharing their experiences and turning it into music. The lyrics, ‘I would rather be dry, but at least I am alive,” symbolizes Gaga’s experience with alcohol abuse and tears, submitting herself to the chaos. The instrumental keyboard and percussion interludes are exciting yet do not take away from the verses. The music video looks by Laura Pulice were inspired by outfits from Blade Runner, Mortal Kombat, and Bayonetta. The shots in the video were nothing revolutionary but were executed well. The dancing, however, was something new. Although Gaga has often swayed from traditional music video formats. The background dancers were diverse and preformed simplistic but quick choreography, which even sparked a Tik Tok trend. Though it was somewhat graphic, the visuals well accompanied this awesome track.

“Rain On Me” is the first and only female duet to debut at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is Lady Gaga’s fifth number-one single and Ariana’s fourth. This gave Grande the record for most number-one debut singles. “Rain On Me” is a feminine power move that emulates both of the contributing artists’ struggles and strengths. Stream it on Spotify and iTunes to support these two icons.