Theme Ride Thursday: April Showers Playlists and Profiles

Embrace the essence of spring with our playlists and profiles inspired by April showers and blooming flowers! As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and whether spring has already graced your doorstep or you’re still waiting for its arrival, our playlists are sure to brighten your day.

Transitioning between seasons isn’t always seamless, and chances are, your forecast includes some rainy days this month. Instead of dwelling on the dreary side of the rain, let’s celebrate its rejuvenating power with our playlists and profiles!

This ode is dedicated to you, April showers, for washing away the lingering cold of winter and welcoming the beauty of spring with open arms.

Dive into Karen Varecka Cruz’s profile “April Showers,” featuring moderate- to high-intensity climbs both in and out of the saddle. Each song follows a storm or rain theme, setting the perfect rainy-day mood for your riders. (This profile from our archives can be found below.)

For a rain-soaked ride, explore Jennifer’s profile “Riding the Storm Out,” for another exhilarating ride experience. 

In addition to those profiles, we’ve got two bucket playlists for you on the theme of rain and flowers. (Members can find them at the end of this post.) For an extensive selection of songs capturing the essence of Rain, Storm, and Thunder, delve into our bucket playlist containing nearly 300 tracks. Whether you’re looking to tweak a few tunes in the above profiles or create multiple rain- or storm-themed rides throughout the year, this playlist has you covered. As you know, these songs aren’t just for springtime; whenever the forecast calls for extended rain, let this playlist give the weather a playful nudge.

Our second bucket playlist is filled with melodies inspired by Flowers (~160 songs).

In addition to rain and flowers, we’ve got another post featuring playlists and profiles celebrating the themes of Spring and Sunshine, adding even more warmth and cheer to your indoor cycling experience. (You can find that post here.) Consider combining songs from these playlists to create a diverse and uplifting soundtrack that captures the essence of the season. Whether you’re chasing the rhythm of raindrops or basking in the sunshine, our musical collections have something for every mood and moment.

Let’s embrace the spirit of April showers and revel in the beauty of spring with our immersive playlists and profiles. Make sure to let us know in the comments if you’ve got some song suggestions we’ve missed.


  1. Am I losing my mind or are the songs on the profile different from the songs on the playlist?

    1. not completely losing your mind…I just double checked and there is an additional pre-class song before the warm-up song (“No Rain” by Blind Melon) and for some reason, the cool-down song “November Rain” by G&R was missing, so I just added that back in. All the other songs for the rest of the profile were correct, though. Thanks so much for bringing that to my attention!

      As usual, they are just suggestions; feel free to use the bucket playlist to find alternative songs.

  2. I know it’s kind of late for this, but I just
    discovered the song “April Showers’ by Natey G. Super fun and all about, well, April showers!

    1. thanks, I just added that. While searching for that, I found a few more titled April Showers and added those too. Including one by Judy Garland. Next time I teach an April Showers ride I might add that as a pre- or post-class track.

  3. My class loved this last night – I added It’s Raining Men!! Your cueing and descriptions made it very easy to follow. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Author

      Thanks, Patricia! So glad you liked it.

  4. This has been inspiring: teaching my first class in rainy Oregon tonight!
    2nd theme: playlist builds from ’70’s songs to 2017 Thunder Imagine Dragons. (Obvious and hidden themes)

  5. I use Rain in the Summertime by the Alarm (108 bpm) as my warm-up and I Wish It Would Rain Down by Phil Collins (126 bpm) as a cool down.
    Two other great additions:
    You Make the Rain Fall – Kevin Rudolf, Flo Rida (135 bpm)
    A Year Without Rain (Dave Aude Radio Remix) – Selena Gomez (128 bpm)

    1. Author

      Thanks, Susan! I’ve switched the songs in the profile up many times now and really enjoy I Wish It Would Rain Down by Phil Collins as a cool down, too. It’s perfect at the end of the ride. We’ll add your suggestions, too! Keep them coming.

  6. From my Rainy Day Endurance Profile;

    Hard Rain – Lynn Callihan
    Silver, Blue and Gold – Bad Company
    I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptation
    When Will It Rain? – Jackyl
    Through The Rain – Cinderella

  7. Great playlist and Purple Rain is now available on Spotify.

  8. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – B.J. Thomas. Likely best used for a cooldown.

  9. Love this theme! Two more:

    It’s Raining Men, The Weather Girls, 5:30, 137 bpm’s

    Ridin’ The Storm Out, REO Speedwagon, 4:12, 135 bpm’s

    1. Author

      Thanks Lisa! I just added them to the Spotify playlist. LMK if you have more!

  10. A year without rain (Alias club mix) – Selena Gomez
    Kiss the rain (TP2K club remix) – Billie Myers
    I can see clearly now – Jimmy Cliff

    1. Author

      Thanks Carmen! Just added them to the Spotify playlist. Appreciate your input!

  11. Bill, I would like some snow songs! I have spent about an hour looking and I got…nothing!

    Karen, I love this! My favorite part is the cues…really appreciate getting some new ways to say the same things. THANK YOU!

    1. Megan, here’s one for you: Snow on the Sahara by Anggun.
      Or, the French version La Neige au Sahara.

      Phenomenal cool down song!

    2. I was kidding about songs with snow sounds because snow doesn’t make any sounds. However, occasionally snow storms can be windy. Some of the songs that I’ve used with embedded wind sound effects include:
      Bridge of Sighs – Robin Trower
      Holy Diver – Dio
      One Of These Days – Pink Floyd
      Pyramid Song – Radiohead

  12. I specialize in songs with embedded sound effects There are many that include the sound of rain, which include:
    Rain Dance by The Very Best (featuring MIA)
    The Rain Falls And The Sky Shudders by Moby
    African Rain by DJ Quicksilver
    10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2) by Tool
    Storm 3000 by Leftfield

    Please feel free to consult with me in the future if you’re in need of songs with embedded wind or hail sounds. I’m working on my songs with snow sounds collection.

    1. Author

      Hi Bill! I added the ones I could find to the Spotify playlist. I’ll make sure to reach out for our next theme ride, too. Sounds like a winter themed ride is on the docket in Q4!

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