Few pop stars have cultivated their own niche more successfully than Enya. Hailing from Ireland, the Donegal-born singer’s exquisite voice and elegant pop songwriting have elevated her to immortality as a New Age icon, inspiring a fiercely loyal fanbase in thrall to her heavenly voice and deeply spiritual lyrics. Across Enya’s decades-spanning career, her music has been a balm for the soul, and the best Enya songs possess a curative power few of her contemporaries can match.
After beginning her solo career following a stint with Irish folk group Clannad, Enya teamed up with lyricist Roma Ryan and producer Nicky Ryan to forge her own unique sound. Layering sublime vocals with Beach Boys-inspired production, Enya’s music is poetic, ruminative and ethereal, possessing an ambient quality that invokes the divine. Timeless and transformative, these are the 20 best Enya songs…
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20: It’s In The Rain (from ‘Amarantine’, 2005)
Slowly building like mist after a morning downpour, It’s In The Rain is a meditative marvel and was the second single to be released from Enya’s sixth album, Amarantine. “The sound of the rain can soothe the mood,” lyricist Roma Ryan wrote in the album’s liner notes. Punctuated with staccato notes of strings to illustrate what Ryan calls “quiet moments of reflection and imagination”, the song’s earthy melody beautifully evokes Enya’s musing on how rainfall can allow us to find faith and ponder deeper philosophical truths (“In the way the day will flow/All things come, all things go”).