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5 Songs That Should Be Added to the Target Field Playlist for New Twins Slugger Josh Donaldson

Music always adds a little spark to the stadium experience. With Josh Donaldson now a member of the Minnesota Twins, here are some songs that need to be considered as additions to the Target Field stadium mix for 2020.
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Now that the Minnesota Twins officially have Josh Donaldson, the bringer of rain himself, on the 2020 roster it is time to think about the real important stuff. What are some great in stadium songs that need to be played with such a man joining the Bomba squad? Here are five songs that should be considered in no particular order.

Purple Rain by Prince



This is an easy one. A slam-dunk on the eight-foot hoop in your childhood driveway. It is so easy Pick and Shovel Wear already themed a shirt in the same vein. It is the true Bringer of Rain meets Minnesota with Minnesota’s own in Prince. And the Twins already did the umbrella thing with Purple Rain so it is a perfect match! The only disqualifier when it comes to this list is that I believe it is already in the song rotation.

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head by B.J. Thomas



See: World Series Champion Washington Nationals and Baby Shark. The Nationals ran with a kids favorite on their way to the championship this past season. While Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head isn’t quite the same in popularity at the moment, it is still a kids’ favorite. Since sports are often copycat in nature, why not? Plus, if it leads to people throwing Lemon Drops, Gum Drops, and other forms of candy in the air during a game for me to eat. Count me in!

Chocolate Rain by Tay Zonday



In 2007 Chocolate Rain by Tay Zonday became an internet and YouTube sensation out of nowhere. For many, that is where the Twins 101-win and playoff season came from -- out of nowhere. It is also how the Donaldson signing felt when the notifications started hitting each of our phones and Twitter timelines. To celebrate why not throw it back to this internet sensation from an unlikely place.

**step away from mic to breathe**

I Wish It Would Rain-The Temptations



Just imagine it. It is the bottom of the ninth, Twins down but in striking distance and Donaldson is due up against the visiting team’s closer. In the lead up to the Twin’s half of the inning the fan base starts crying out for rain. The downgrade on this song is as it was recorded by the Temptations is it isn’t quite a stadium thumper. Maybe someone could remix it? Maybe Mauer can hit up TI to add some more bass to this classic.

Who’ll Stop The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival



This selection is made with a similar thought process as the previous one. Although, this time instead of being played in order to encourage the Bomba squad, specifically Donaldson, to make in rain. This one asks who will stop it. It would be perfect to be squeezed in right as the visiting team needs to make a change after a Twins towering home run.

Bonus: Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan



You know, because rain is a good thing!

What are some songs you would consider and why?

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Blame it on the rain.
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IndianaTwin
Jan 20 2020 06:41 AM

"I'm No Stranger to the Rain," when the Blue Jays, A's, or any other former club is the visiting team. 

 

"Smoky Mountain Rain" (keeps on fallin') is the appropriate choice after a second homer. 

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"Ain't no sunshine when it rains" 

 

For when a Donaldson Bombas force a pitcher exit.

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strumdatjaguar
Jan 20 2020 09:18 AM
I have a better five, only agreeing on Prince “Purple Rain” as #1 for local connection, although it is less celebratory and happy about the bringing of rain than the next ones (notice I exclude songs that regret Rain like “Let It Rain” by Clapton Or “Rainy Days and Mondays” always get me down):
2. “I’m Only Happy When It Rains” by Garbage
3. “Singing in the Rain” Gene Kelly (play the craziest part of the scene from the classic movie)
4. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” (coming down on a sunny day) Better choice for a Creedence CR song. Play it for home run trot during day games
5. “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbit for night games.
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strumdatjaguar
Jan 20 2020 09:28 AM
OK. The Garbage song probably gets deleted: the lyrics “Bring Your Misery Down on Me” may be too much for often snake-bit Minnesota sports fans. The Twins won’t listen to us anyway. They used to have the stupid Dance-off. This is the team that played “Love is the Drug” after two Teen Challenge rehab graduates threw out the first ball and played the raunchy “Lust for Life by Iggy POP during a pitching change (I sang along). They ignored my suggestion that Jon Rauch have the greatest closer song that a tall guy could have had - “I Stand Tall” by The Dictators (starting with final guitar solo into the repeated I Stand Tall chorus). This is futile
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strumdatjaguar
Jan 20 2020 09:28 AM
OK. The Garbage song probably gets deleted: the lyrics “Bring Your Misery Down on Me” may be too much for often snake-bit Minnesota sports fans. The Twins won’t listen to us anyway. They used to have the stupid Dance-off. This is the team that played “Love is the Drug” after two Teen Challenge rehab graduates threw out the first ball and played the raunchy “Lust for Life by Iggy POP during a pitching change (I sang along). They ignored my suggestion that Jon Rauch have the greatest closer song that a tall guy could have had - “I Stand Tall” by The Dictators (starting with final guitar solo into the repeated I Stand Tall chorus). This is futile
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bustedstuff88
Jan 20 2020 09:35 AM

Saying this as a fan but, JTR by Dave Matthews Band would be absolutely perfect. 

I don’t get the “purple” rain connection everyone has been making. I get Prince is from Minnesota, be he had nothing to do with baseball, purple has nothing to do with the Twins, and it would be an awful song to play at a ballpark after a homer.

That’s the thing, most songs with “rain” in the title are slow depressing songs about being heartbroken. It’s just forcing it to make them “rain” connection.
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NapoleonComplex
Jan 20 2020 10:05 AM
Twins Daily needs more metal heads.

RAINING BLOOD - SLAAAAAAYYYYER!!!!
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MMMordabito
Jan 20 2020 10:06 AM

I'd go with "Reign in Blood" - Slayer

 

When do pitchers and catchers report?

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Rain is not good when you have no roof!
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Nate Palmer
Jan 20 2020 10:24 AM

 

I don’t get the “purple” rain connection everyone has been making. I get Prince is from Minnesota, be he had nothing to do with baseball, purple has nothing to do with the Twins, and it would be an awful song to play at a ballpark after a homer.

That’s the thing, most songs with “rain” in the title are slow depressing songs about being heartbroken. It’s just forcing it to make them “rain” connection.

I may have needed to alternate between listening to music and puppy videos in my research for this post to avoid too many sad emotions for this exact reason. 

Chopin's "Raindrop" Prelude?

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Don Walcott
Jan 20 2020 10:33 AM

Grateful Dead, "Cold Rain and Sano" -- a twofer.

"Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain" by the Cascades.

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MMMordabito
Jan 20 2020 10:55 AM

 

Twins Daily needs more metal heads.

RAINING BLOOD - SLAAAAAAYYYYER!!!!

 

I went to a Slayer concert at Roy Wilkins Auditorium once and my friend told me they played the entire Reign in Blood album.As we left the concert hall, I witnessed a couple other concert-goers.There was a medium-build guy and his friend who was a big, strong, bald guy with a long full goatee.

 

Medium-build guy: "That was the best concert that I've seen."

 

Big guy: (Grabbing the other by the shoulders and looking him square in the eyes) "NO, that was the ONLY concert!"

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strumdatjaguar
Jan 20 2020 11:12 AM
In the Cascades song, the singer sings about how the rain reminds him of “What A Fool I’ve Been”. I’m hopeful that signing The Rainmaker was NOT foolish.
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NapoleonComplex
Jan 20 2020 11:23 AM

I went to a Slayer concert at Roy Wilkins Auditorium once and my friend told me they played the entire Reign in Blood album. As we left the concert hall, I witnessed a couple other concert-goers. There was a medium-build guy and his friend who was a big, strong, bald guy with a long full goatee.

Medium-build guy: "That was the best concert that I've seen."

Big guy: (Grabbing the other by the shoulders and looking him square in the eyes) "NO, that was the ONLY concert!"


I was quite likely at the same show. Slayer die-hards are a spectacle.

I've always wanted to hear the opening of Raining Blood, starting with the sound of rain into the opening riff, as a Twins closer walks from the bullpen to shut it down.
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"I wish it would rain down" - Phil Collins 

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Tyler Roepke
Jan 20 2020 11:50 AM

Happy when it rains - The Jesus and Mary Chain

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Buddy Holly
Jan 20 2020 01:33 PM

"Hoskuld" aka Josh Donaldson should have his theme song "If I had a Heart" the theme song of the Vikings series. It is my hope he will lead us to the baseball version of Valhalla. Donaldson should be the tough Viking warrior of the Twins.

Things I'd like to see, but never will...

 

Donaldson hits home run. As he rounds the bases...

Video board: clip of excited Dustin Hoffman as Rain Man: "Oh-oh! Oh-oh!"

 

Does Donaldson strike me as a guy that would appreciate the bit going in that direction?

I don't think so. No, definitely not. Definitely not.

 

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birdwatcher
Jan 20 2020 06:55 PM

Atlanta fans, upon hearing the news: "Cloudy Day"JJCale

Twins players, upon hearing the news: "Riders on the Storm"The Doors

White Sox fans, upon hearing the news: "Crying in the Rain"The Everly Brothers

Donaldson, facing Detroit and KC pitching: "The Sky is Crying"Tedeschi Trucks Band

Donaldson home run trot at Target Field: "Slippin' and Slidin'"Otis Redding

Donaldson shattering the water cooler in a slump: "Dry Lightning" Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris

A standing ovation after a 3-homer night: "Shower the People"James Taylor

His Age 38 season: "Storms Never Last"Phosphorescent 

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If slayer intro doesn't get the adrenaline going when at bat don't think purple rain will move any battle cry into victory.:)
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AlwaysinModeration
Jan 20 2020 09:39 PM
How about Led Zeppelin “Fool in the Rain”?

And I'll run in the rain till I'm breathless.
When I'm breathless I'll run 'til I drop.
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