Queen of Rain

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"Queen of Rain"
QueenOfRain.jpg
Single by Roxette
from the album Tourism
B-side "Pearls of Passion"
Released 28 October 1992
Format
Recorded June 1990
Studio EMI Studios, Stockholm
Genre Pop
Length 4:49
Label EMI
Songwriter(s)
Roxette singles chronology
"How Do You Do!"
(1992)
"Queen of Rain"
(1992)
"Fingertips '93"
(1993)
"How Do You Do!"
(1992)
"Queen of Rain"
(1992)
"Fingertips '93"
(1993)
Music video
"Queen of Rain" on YouTube

"Queen of Rain" is a pop ballad by Swedish duo Roxette. It was released as the second single from their fourth studio album Tourism on 28 October 1992, the song became a top twenty hit in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, and spent over three months on the German Singles Chart, where it peaked at number nineteen.

Background and recording[edit]

The song was recorded in July 1990 at EMI Studios in Stockholm during sessions for their 1991 album Joyride, it was originally set to appear as that album's final track, but was excluded in favour of "Perfect Day". However, the closing notes and sound effects contained on the outro of the album version of "Things Will Never Be the Same" – the track which precedes "Perfect Day" on Joyride – can still be heard over the crowd noise contained on the intro of "Queen of Rain".[1] Roxette later recorded a Spanish version of the track, titled "Una reina va detrás de un rey" ("A Queen Goes After a King"), for their 1996 compilation album Baladas en español.

Prior to the release of "Queen of Rain", one of the single's b-side, "Pearls of Passion", had remained unreleased outside of Sweden, the song would later be included as a bonus track on the 1997 reissue of their debut album, Pearls of Passion (1986).

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Cassette and 7" single (Europe 8650124 · UK EM253)
  1. "Queen of Rain" – 4:49
  2. "It Must Have Been Love" (Live from the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 13 December 1991) – 5:29
  • CD single (Europe · Australia 8650132)
  1. "Queen of Rain" – 4:49
  2. "It Must Have Been Love" (Live from Sydney) – 5:29
  3. "Paint" (Live from Sydney) – 3:20
  4. "Pearls of Passion" – 3:33
  • UK CD1 single (UK CDEMS253)
  1. "Queen of Rain" (Radio Edit) – 4:28
  2. "Pearls of Passion" – 3:33
  3. "Interview with Roxette" – 14:30
  • UK CD2 single (UK CDEM253)
  1. "Queen of Rain" – 4:49
  2. "It Must Have Been Love" (Live from Sydney) – 5:29
  3. "Paint" (Live from Sydney) – 3:20
  4. "Dangerous" – 3:46

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Ballad Hits.[2]

  • Recorded at EMI Studios in Stockholm, Sweden in June 1990.
  • Mixed by Alar Suurna, Per Gessle and Clarence Öfwerman at EMI Studios in Stockholm.

Musicians

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 66
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 14
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 47
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 19
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 20
Poland Airplay (ZPAV)[9] 6
Spain (AFYVE)[10] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Digital booklet". Tourism (liner notes). Roxette. Stockholm, Sweden: EMI Records. 1992. 7777 99929 2 8. 
  2. ^ Lindström, Sven (2002). The Ballad Hits (CD liner notes). Roxette. Capitol Records. 72435 42798-2 9. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Roxette – Queen of Rain" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1825." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Roxette – Queen of Rain". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Roxette" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Roxette – Queen of Rain" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Lista Przebojów Trójki - Polskie Radio Online: Notowanie nr566 - 26 grudnia 1992". Polskie Radio (in Polish). 1 December 1992. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Roxette – Queen of Rain". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Roxette – Queen of Rain". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Roxette: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

External links[edit]