Kelly Clarkson Nails Emotional Cover of Phil Collins’ ‘I Wish It Would Rain Down’

by Emily Morgan

Once again, Kelly Clarkson is making us pick our jaws up off the floor after she performed a Phil Collins’ cover on her talk show segment, “Kellyoke.” 

On Friday, Clarkson closed out the week with her emotional rendition of Phil Collins’ “I Wish It Would Rain Down.”

Kelly Clarkson Wows With Phil Collins’ Cover

Standing solo on stage, Clarkson used nothing but her arsenal of vocal talent to bring the tear-jerking song to life. As she stood behind the mic, hypnotic blue-toned lights added to the emotion of the performance. 

As she geared up for the chorus, she took the mic off the stand and belted out the heartbreaking tune. 

“‘Cause I know, I know I never meant to cause you no pain

And I realize I let you down

But I know in my heart of heart of hearts

I know I’m never gonna hold you again”

This week’s Kellyoke segments appeared to have themes of romance and love. Besides “I Wish It Would Rain On Me,” Kelly Clarkson performed a list of tracks guaranteed to make you need a kleenex, including the “Unchained Melody,” as well as H.E.R.’s “Hard Place” and Tanya Tucker’s “It’s a Little Too Late.”

The 1990 ballad that went No. 3 charting 1990 came from the Genesis singer’s fourth solo album, …But Seriously. Collins released the track in 1989, and the record features Eric Clapton on guitar. 

Clapton plays lead guitar throughout the song, which also features a gospel choir. On discussing collaborating with Clapton, Collins recalls, “I said ‘Eric, have I never asked you to play? Come on. I’ve got a song right up your street.'” Collins also admitted that he felt that it was a Clapton song.

In addition to peaking at No. 3 on the “Billboard Hot 100” in the United States, it also claimed the No. 1 spot on the “R.P.M. Top 100” in Canada. 

In 1990, it was the longest-running number-one single in Canada, spending six weeks atop the charts. It also ranked as the top single of the year on R.P.M.’s year-end chart. It also reached No. 7 on the “U.K. Singles Chart” and No. 3 in Belgium and the Netherlands.