“Only Happy When It Rains” is an 1995 alternative rock song written and produced by alternative rock band Garbage for their self-titled debut studio album (1995). The song was recorded at the band’s own recording studio, Smart Studios, in Madison, Wisconsin, and became known for its tongue-in-cheek lyrics parodying the typically angst-filled themes of mid-nineties alternative rock genre. Replacing “Queer” at the last-minute as the lead-in single for the debut album, “Only Happy When It Rains” was the band’s breakthrough track in the United Kingdom, receiving positive reviews from the music press and strong support from BBC Radio One. In the United States, the single built upon the success of “Queer” at alternative radio and in early 1996 charted strongly on the Hot 100. The music video made MTV’s next-big-thing Buzz Bin category, helping “Only Happy When It Rains” to cross over to Top 40 radio formats, and propelling the album Garbage from being a Heatseeker title into the top half of the Billboard 200 album chart. In Europe, where it was the fourth single from Garbage, “Only Happy” followed the success of “Stupid Girl”, by reaching the top ten European Alternative Rock airplay charts over the summer of 1996. “Only Happy When It Rains” has gone on to be an enduring work for the group. It has been covered by multiple artists, including metal legends Metallica, was featured as a playable track in the video game Guitar Hero 5, and licensed to appear in episodes of nineties television shows such as Homicide: Life on the Street and The X-Files and in 2019, featured on the soundtrack of the movie Captain Marvel.