The Weather Girls' version went number one on the US Disco chart, debuting in October 1982. It made number 34 on the US R&B chart and number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was released from their album Success. This version also made it to number two in the UK Singles Chart, #2 in Australia, and #1 on the Euro Hot 100.
The Weather Girls' music video was directed by Jim Canty and Jake-Sebastian Wynne, and featured Gene Anthony Ray.
RuPaul and Martha Wash duetted on "It's Raining Men... The Sequel", which was included on the 1998 Rhino Records compilation CD RuPaul's Go-Go Box Classics.
Halliwell's version received positive reviews by music critics, experienced international success and hit the top ten in over two dozen countries around the world, going to number one in several of them, although it didn't fare as well on the American charts. However, in the United Kingdom, "It's Raining Men" debuted at number-one on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for two weeks. It became Halliwell's fourth consecutive number-one single in the UK, selling 155,000 units in its first week and 80,000 in its second week. Overall the single went on to sell 440,000 copies in Britain alone, becoming the 13th best seller of 2001 and Halliwell's most successful single worldwide.
The song was a big success in France, it sold over 812,000 copies, it was certified "Diamond" by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP). With this song, Geri Halliwell won the International Song of the Year award at the 2002 NRJ Music Awards in France. A remix of the song, The Almighty Mix from the Toshiba-EMI series "Dance Mania", volume 20 was also featured in the 2002 Japanese video game, DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution 7th MIX and the 2002 Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME. This version of the song was used as the theme song in the advertisements for New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition 2003. In July 2006 the song entered at seventy-nine on the Mexican Digital Sales Chart, spending two weeks inside the Top 100.
The opening of the video for Geri Halliwell's version of the song is inspired by the audition scene in the 1983 film Flashdance; the remainder is inspired by the 1980 film Fame.
Formats and track listings
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell.
UK & Europe CD1/International CD Maxi (Released April 30, 2001)
"It's Raining Men" - 4:18
"I Was Made That Way" - 4:45
"Brave New World" - 4:10
"It's Raining Men" (Enhanced Video)
UK & Europe CD2/Australian CD Maxi (Released April 30, 2001)
In the Farrelly brothers' comedy film Stuck on You (2003), Walt hits the jukebox when he walks in and sees his brother, but gets embarrassed and hits it again when "It's Raining Men" is the song that starts playing.
It is featured in the Danish film After the Wedding (2006) (In Danish, Efter Brylluppet) directed by Susanne Bier.
In the movie Vampires Suck (2010) the wolf pack dances to the song before dismembering a vampire.
It is featured in the film, Magic Mike (2012), as the background music for the first stripping scene of the film.
It was performed on the Late Show with David Letterman (October 1, 2012) by Martha Wash, who popularized the song as a member of The Weather Girls, and coauthor Paul Shaffer, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the song.
On an episode of The Game, the Sabers team lip syncs and dances to the song, making fun of a fellow team member rumored to be gay.
In the British sitcom Miranda, its series 2 episode "The New Me" featured title character Miranda dancing to the Weather Girls' version of the song on the streets, later the song was heard in the episode's credits.
A SoapNet promotional video featured soap stars Kassie DePaiva, Bobbie Eakes and Kathy Brier a.k.a the Divas singing the song with several sexy clips from various soaps such as One Life to Live, All My Children and General Hospital.
A campaign in Facebook was launched on January 19, 2014 to get the song to UK number one in response to a UKIP councillor blaming recent UK floods and adverse weather on divine retribution for the British government's introduction of gay marriage. The campaign has been reported widely by some press and The Weather Girls version reached number 21 on the first day of the chart week. The song re-entered in to the UK Official Charts in 2014 at number 31.
^ abWayne, George (November 2009). "Celebs, Jokes, and Rock 'n' Roll!". Vanity Fair. Retrieved July 20, 2013. Paul Shaffer: Paul Jabara called me up and said, “I’ve got a great song for Donna Summer. I want you to write the song with me. What do you think about ‘It’s Raining Men’?” We wrote it in one afternoon. Lyrically she hated it, because she had become a born-again Christian. She thought it was blasphemous. She called Paul and said, “I hate the song. Oh, we’ve lost you.” And then she sent him a Bible the next day.