Can You Stand the Rain

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"Can You Stand the Rain"
Single by New Edition
from the album Heart Break
ReleasedDecember 14, 1988
FormatCassette single, CD single, Vinyl single
Recorded1988
GenreR&B, pop
Length4.57
LabelMCA
Writer(s)James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s)Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Certification
New Edition singles chronology
"You're Not My Kind of Girl"
(1988)
"Can You Stand the Rain"
(1988)
"Crucial"
(1989)
 
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"Can You Stand the Rain"
Single by New Edition
from the album Heart Break
ReleasedDecember 14, 1988
FormatCassette single, CD single, Vinyl single
Recorded1988
GenreR&B, pop
Length4.57
LabelMCA
Writer(s)James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s)Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Certification
New Edition singles chronology
"You're Not My Kind of Girl"
(1988)
"Can You Stand the Rain"
(1988)
"Crucial"
(1989)

"Can You Stand the Rain" is a ballad by R&B/pop group New Edition. Released in 1988, it is the third single from their fifth studio album, Heart Break.

Overview[edit]

Written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis with Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Ricky Bell on lead vocals, "Can You Stand the Rain" is about a relationship presently going well, but the man is asking the woman if he can count on her to remain by his side should things ever become stormy.

Release and reception[edit]

Despite "Can You Stand The Rain" failing to reach the Hot 100 top forty, peaking instead at #44, it became New Edition's fourth single to top Billboard's R&B singles chart.

Official version[edit]

  1. "Can You Stand the Rain" (Album Version) - 4:57

Other versions[edit]

"Can You Stand the Rain" was covered by Boyz II Men for their 1997 album, Evolution.[1]

In 2004, the song was also covered by Guy Sebastian, the first winner of Australian Idol, on his debut album, Just as I am.[citation needed]

The song gained attention once again in Making The Band, when covered by male contestants in the show.

In 2008, gospel group The Murrills covered the song with alternative lyrics for their album, Family Prayer.

In addition to this, "Can You Stand the Rain" was sampled by Big Sean for his single "My Last" featuring Chris Brown.[2]

Charts[edit]

ChartPeak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 10044
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles1
Preceded by
"Superwoman" by Karyn White
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
February 4, 1989 – February 11, 1989
Succeeded by
"Dreamin'" by Vanessa Williams

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boyz II Men Still the Hottest Group in Music. Jet - Vol. 88, Num. 13. August 7, 1995. pp. 36–38. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Trent Fitzgerald (July 5, 2011). "Big Sean Says He Didn’t Like ‘My Last’, At First". PopCrush. Retrieved 7 January 2012.