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Not a rainy day goes by where Angelenos pass up the opportunity to complain about local drivers. The comment--much like the complaints about mythical home ownership, lackluster pizza (Two Boots excluded), and our comforting smog halo--seldom veers far from the statement: "People in L.A. can't drive in the rain." It may seem annoying when a white Prius or a pickup stacked high with discarded televisions/mattresses/wicker chairs slams the brakes at every splash or over-sized rain-droplet. But with every rainy day in L.A. (all six or so of them) comes an opportunity to slow down, relish the gridlock, and enjoy a moment with some songs that rarely feel appropriate in sunnier times. So for this rainy day, we present five songs from the frost-bitten and rain-soaked corners of the world, where they know more than a little about putting some light in dark days.
Feel free to let us know your essential rainy day mixtape in the comments. Thanks.