Rain Dogs

Island Records
Release date
1 Jun 1990
Running length
19 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Singapore 2:44 222,756
2 Clap Hands 4:58 223,445
3 Cemetery Polka 1:46 178,640
4 Jockey Full of Bourbon 2:46 237,130
5 Tango Till They're Sore 2:51 169,575
6 Big Black Mariah 2:43 171,179
7 Diamonds and Gold 2:33 43,159
8 Hang Down Your Head 2:32 172,018
9 Time 3:55 188,670
10 Rain Dogs 3:37 184,980
11 Midtown 1:03 22,772
12 9th & Hennepin 1:57 135,378
13 Gun Street Girl 4:02 155,199
14 Union Square 2:24 137,085
15 Blind Love 4:20 132,388
16 Walking Spanish 3:06 134,546
17 Downtown Train 3:50 219,267
18 Bride of Rain Dog 1:08 18,212
19 Anywhere I Lay My Head 2:48 141,405

About this album

Rain Dogs is the 9th album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in September 1985 on Island Records. A loose concept album about “the urban dispossessed” of New York City, Rain Dogs is generally considered the middle album of a trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years.

The album, which includes appearances by guitarists Keith Richards and Marc Ribot, is noted for its broad spectrum of musical styles and genres, described by Rolling Stone as merging “Kurt Weill, pre-rock integrity from old dirty blues, the elegiac melancholy of New Orleans funeral brass, into a singularly idiosyncratic American style.”

The album peaked at #29 on the UK charts and #188 on the US Billboard Top 200. In 1989, it was ranked #21 on the Rolling Stone list of the “100 greatest albums of the 1980s.” In 2003, the album was ranked number 397 on the magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Pitchfork Media listed Rain Dogs as 8th best album of the 1980s. Slant Magazine listed the album at #14 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”.

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  • LeCoinNawak

    The cover is probably supposed to be a nod to The Clash's London Calling.

    15 Jul 10:03am Reply
  • Bequeathed

    I don't know why but I love the cover

    29 May 10:25pm Reply
  • Zioluza

    I don't know why but I hate the cover

    24 Mar 6:22am Reply
  • Velj_ko

    'Midtown' reminds me of Harry Fabian in Jules Dassin's 'Night And The City' and his late night struggles in London (in this case, not New York) and its shadowy streets.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sunshinegirl979


    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • CainDavies

    Effing brilliant!

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Soundservant

    "The album cover always reminds me of bitch tits Bob from Fight Club." CANNOT BE UNSEEN [2]

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Paul_IS_Dead__

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...tasty - 444

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ricardopraxedes

    estou chegando bem perto de tudo que eu quero galela fui abra!!!!!!

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • murochka6

    самый любимый

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Vilhomme

    "Diamonds & Gold" not "Diamonds and Gold"

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PunkyFunkyDucky

    I’ve listened to the album a few times and now I really like it!

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PunkyFunkyDucky

    Not sure if I like it.

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • dontsagemebro


    24 May 2012 Reply
  • DaJuWi

    good album, but definitely overrated.

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • Lind_L_Tailor

    I bought this about a week back, and I didn't quite get it on first listen. For some reason, though, it just keeps drawing me back. I've listened to the whole thing loads of times now.

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • k1012k3

    "The album cover always reminds me of bitch tits Bob from Fight Club." lol

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • MrMorizon

    This record is so...smooth. 19 class A songs really make it.

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • CameronKabookie

    Contemplating loving every single track on this album. Basically halfway there already.

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    Fuck Johnny Depp. Tom Waits is the greatest pirate ever.

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
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