Artist: Selena Gomez
Album: A Year Without Rain
Released: September 7, 2010
SongWriter(s): Lindy Robbins, Toby Gad
Producer: Toby Gad
In August 2010, a demo of the song, sung by singer Selin Alexa leaked online. Becky Bain of Idolator called the song a "mature dance track" and said that it "wouldn’t entirely be out of place on a Sophie Ellis-Bextor album." In an interview with MTV News, Gomez said that "A Year Without Rain" was the first song she recorded for the album. She also explained why she named the album for the song, commenting, "I feel like that song has a lot of meaning, and it also kind of was the start of what I wanted to base all the other songs around." A Spanish-language version of the song titled "Un Año Sin Ver Lluvia" was released through the iTunes Store on October 26, 2010.
"A Year Without Rain" is a dance ballad, written by Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins, with a length of three minutes and fifty-four seconds. It was also produced by Gad. Musically, the track uses a standard pop structure and derives from the genre of Eurodance, backed with a techno beat. According to sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by EMI Music Publishing, "A Year Without Rain" is set in common time and has a tempo of 120 beats per minute. It is written in the key of C Major and follows the chord progression of C–Gm–Dm–F. Gomez's vocals in the song span from F3 to E5. Lyrically, the song sees Gomez longing for the object of her affection and compares it to a year without rain: "I need you by my side/ Don't know how I'll survive/A day without you is like a year without rain." According to Megan Vick of Billboard, the sound of the song contrasts with its "tender" lyrics.
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