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Top 20 Best Songs with Colors in The Title

Color is visually all around us. We also use colors to describe our feelings and emotions, and musicians have been doing this for a very long time. There are countless songs with colors in the title, and narrowing the list down to the 20 best was no easy task, but I’ve given it my best shot.

So without further ado, here is my list of the Best Songs with Colors in The Title in descending order of greatness. Enjoy!

Best Songs with Colors in The Title

Top 20 Best Songs with Colors in The Title

Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley

I’m going all the way back to 1956 for my first entry. ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ was the first track from Elvis Presley’s debut album, creatively titled Elvis Presley. Originally written by Carl Perkins, the king of rock and roll truly made this song his own with his devilish hip shaking ways.

It’s a straightforward number with no metaphorical subtext; it’s simply about a boy on a night out who cares more about his footwear than the lady he’s with. It is also rare for a song with ‘blue’ in the title not to be dealing with a theme of loss.

The song consistently makes lists of the most influential or greatest songs of all time and has gone on to be recorded by many high-profile artists over the years. It’s a classic that has truly earnt its place on this list.

The Lady In Red – Chris De Burgh

Released in 1986, ‘The Lady In Red’ was a huge worldwide hit for Chris De Burgh, making the number one spot in 25 countries and propelling the singer-songwriter into mainstream consciousness.

It’s a simple love song that De Burgh wrote about his wife Diane, recalling what she was wearing when they first met. He simply can’t believe how lucky he is to have such a beautiful woman by his side. 

Yes, it’s an undoubtedly cheesy number with just as many haters as it has fans, but the basic sentiment of appreciating the woman you love has allowed this song to last the test of time. This number will continue to be played at weddings across the world for a long time yet.

Black Velvet  – Alannah Myles

We can argue about whether or not black is a color, but this list would be a lot poorer without its inclusion.

‘Black Velvet’ by Canadian artist Alannah Myles was an extremely successful blues rock song that topped the charts all over the world on its release in 1990. It’s a tribute to Elvis Presley as he apparently used a brand of hair dye that went by the same name.

The song won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1991 awards and has been a radio staple ever since.

Red Red Wine – UB40

It’s a little known fact that this song is actually a cover version, with the original being recorded by Neil Diamond in 1967. The UB40 version is by far the better known of the two.

The song is a highly relatable number about a guy with a broken heart who tries to forget about his sorrows with the help of copious amounts of red wine. The catchy reggae number is a great dance track and the fact that most of us have been in this situation at some point, helped to propel this song to international fame.

 “Just one thing makes me forget… red, red wine, stay close to me, don’t let me be alone”.

Replace red wine with your favorite drink, and it’s bound to stir a few melancholy memories for most. All this makes it the Best Reggae Song with a Color in The Title.

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Up next on my rundown of Best Songs with Colors in The Title, this 1967 classic perfectly captures the joyful feeling of falling head over heels in love with a beautiful woman. Who doesn’t enjoy singing along to that ridiculously catchy chorus? An absolute misery-guts, that’s who.

Whilst not particularly successful on its release, this song has gone on to receive wide critical acclaim and just as widespread popularity over the years. As of 2015, ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ was one of only ten songs to have reached a total of 10 million air plays in the United States.

Van Morrison’s serenade to his lover also makes regular appearances on ‘Greatest Songs of All Time’ lists. It features at number 110 out of 500 in Rolling Stone magazine’s assessment and is sure to remain as popular in the future as it is today.

Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton

Originally penned in the 1950s, the most popular version of this classic was recorded by Bobby Vinton in 1963 and went on to top the billboard charts for several weeks.

It’s a simple ode to lost love that lends itself beautifully to classic male voices like Tony Bennet, who recorded the first version in 1951. It’s also been used in many a great film over the years, including Raging Bull, The Last Picture Show, and David Lynch’s 1986 classic of the same name.

This constant exposure over the years has helped keep the song in the public imagination. So much so that it is still covered in modern times by artists as famous as Lana Del Rey.

Back To Black – Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was a breath of fresh air when she made her breakthrough back in the early 2000s. This sultry track, released in 2007, showcases the incredible range in her voice like no other. It’s a heart wrenching number about a painful break-up with the protagonist returning back to the darkness of despair.

Reminiscent of many a 1960’s girl group classic, ‘Back To Black’ received worldwide critical acclaim on its release. It’s a tortured masterpiece of bare-naked feeling that many a woman could probably relate to if they’ve been spurned for another. 

Heart Of Gold – Neil Young

Taken from his incredibly successful album Harvest, ‘Heart Of Gold’ was Neil Young’s only ever U.S. number one single. It’s a beautiful acoustic number about trying to find the perfect partner.

This song may never have been written had Young not injured his back and been unable to play his electric guitar standing. He was forced to record a number of softer acoustic pieces whilst he recovered, and this was one of them.

Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor happened to be in Nashville at the time of the recording and provided backing vocals for the track.

Nights In White Satin – The Moody Blues

Not initially successful upon its first release in 1967, ‘Nights In White Satin’ was re-released in 1972, reaching number 2 in the Billboard charts, selling over a million copies in the process. It was by far the most successful hit of the British band’s career.

Justin Hayward wrote the song at the tender age of 19 whilst on tour in Belgium. His girlfriend had gifted him some satin bedsheets, inspiring him to pen this song of longing for a lover who isn’t there. 

Its orchestral arrangements and searing vocals give the track a haunting melancholy that resonates with music fans to this day. So much so that it’s been released as a single several more times, most recently in 2010.

Black Magic Woman – Santana

‘Black Magic Woman’ was a massive hit for Latin psychedelic rock band Santana all the way back in 1970. But their version is actually a cover as the original was written by Fleetwood Mac guitarist and lead singer Peter Green. It was inspired by a former girlfriend who Green called ‘magic mamma.’

The Santana version has become by far the most famous, to the point that most people aren’t aware that it’s actually a Fleetwood Mac song. Carlos Santana’s signature guitar style and legendary guitar solo give the song a distinct voodoo feel that lives long in the memory. It’s undoubtedly one of the most famous and distinctive solos in the history of rock music

Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

Any list of the best songs with colors in their title should include this 1966 classic from the Beatles. People have interpreted this song in many different ways over the years, with some thinking it was about drugs and others thinking it was an anti-war song. In fact, Paul McCartney has stated that it’s simply a song written for children to enjoy, one that they can easily sing along to. 

Drummer and future Thomas the Tank Engine narrator Ringo Starr gets one of his rare outings on lead vocals. On its release, the song raced to the number one spot in multiple countries and had the highest sales of any single in the UK that year. It also inspired a film of the same name two years later.

Tangled up in Blue – Bob Dylan

This lyrical beauty was the opening track of Dylan’s seminal 1975 album ‘Blood on the Tracks.’ It’s a song about relationships from differing narrative perspectives. Over the years, it has been interpreted in many different ways by critics, and in typical Dylan style, he’s always remained elusive on the subject matter of the song.

‘Tangled up in Blue’ only reached number 31 on the U.S. charts but received far more recognition from the critics than it did from the record-buying public. Rolling Stone magazine placed it at number 68 on their comprehensive list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is also a favorite song for Dylan to perform live, which he has done on over 1,600 occasions.

Golden Brown – The Stranglers

‘Golden Brown’ was The Stranglers biggest ever UK hit, reaching number 2 in the British charts on its release in 1982. Lead singer and guitarist Hugh Cornwell wrote the song and is sure that it would have made it to number 1 if the press hadn’t found out that the song was actually about heroin use. Broadcasters subsequently pulled it from their playlists which no doubt affected sales.

Cornwell maintains it can be interpreted simultaneously as a song about a girl or about drug use. Either way, it was a massive sidestep from the punk rockers usual output. The harpsicords give the whole production a classic baroque feel, and the melody is about as far away from punk as it’s possible to get.

Regardless of the meaning of the song, ‘Golden Brown’ has lasted the test of time, continuing to appeal to new generations of music lovers. What’s more, you get two colors for the price of one, making this the best value song with a color in the title!

White Wedding – Billy Idol

Another British classic from 1982 is Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding.’ Far from being a happy reflection on the joys of marriage, it’s actually about the pain of watching your true love marry someone else. The foreboding guitar intro reveals the darker nature of the song from the outset.

Whilst not being Idol’s biggest hit, it has probably become his most recognized song. This has been helped by the numerous movie, and TV shows it’s appeared on over the years. Younger generations may know it from its inclusion on one of the radio stations in the video game Grand Theft Auto.

‘White Wedding’ earns its place on this list thanks to this longevity and the fact that it’s so much fun to sing along to.

Blue Monday – New Order

When lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide, it spelled the end for the critically acclaimed post-punk outfit Joy Division. Out of the ashes rose New Order, who went on to even greater commercial success. ‘Blue Monday’ was a 1983 release that went on to become the biggest selling 12″ single of all time

However, because the sleeve design was so elaborate, it actually cost the record company, Factory Records, 10 pence (about 8 cents) more to make it than they made from selling it. Times that by the massive number of records sold, and you have a big, big loss! Factory Records are no longer with us, understandably.

But regardless of all that, it’s truly one of the most influential songs of all time, preceding the dance and house music scene that exploded later in the decade. From the moment that programmed drum beat kicks in at the outset, you know exactly what you are listening to.

Almost 40 years old now, this synth infused classic still fills dancefloors all over the world to this day.

Behind Blue Eyes – The Who

This 1971 recording has become one of The Who’s most well-known songs over the years. It’s a rock song of titanic proportions divided up into distinct sections, somewhat of a theme with Pete Townshend’s writing.

‘Behind Blue Eyes’ is about a misunderstood villain who is full of self-pity and anger due to the temptation and pressure he has in his life. It’s classic Townshend all the way, much in the same vein as the legendary rock opera Tommy. Only he can write lines like this:

“But my dreams, they aren’t as empty, as my conscience seems to be”

The guitar riff that breaks towards the end of the song is the climax we’ve all been waiting for as the song builds. It wasn’t a huge commercial success, but it’s one of my personal favorites. So, you have my apologies, but it had to be slipped in somewhere.

Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones

Coming to the end of my list of Best Songs with Colors in The Title, I have one of the Rolling Stones darker numbers, ‘Paint It Black.’ This deals with the blanket grief suffered by the protagonist, who has lost a loved one unexpectedly. The world has suddenly become devoid of color and meaning.

Released in 1966, this song marked an experimental phase for the British rock giants. The use of sitar was initially criticized for copying the Beatles, but in retrospect, it’s probably the best use of a sitar on a western rock song in existence.

Despite its nihilism, ‘Paint It Black’ soared to the top of the Billboard hot 100 in the U.S. and also took the number 1 spot in the UK. It’s been covered numerous times and featured on the soundtracks of some truly great movies.

Back in Black – AC/DC

Opening with one of the most iconic and recognizable guitar riffs of all time, this 1980 hall of fame classic was the first song the band released after the death of lead singer Bon Scott. It’s taken from the album of the same name, which went on to sell a mind-blowing 50 million copies worldwide. It’s officially the fourth highest selling album in the history of music.

The song is actually a tribute to Bon Scott. New singer Brian Johnson was asked to write the lyrics, which must have placed him under enormous pressure. He rose to the challenge and when combined with the dueling guitars of the Young brothers, what you have is a hard rock/heavy metal anthem for the ages. It’s a constant feature in ‘greatest songs’ lists of all descriptions, where it will surely remain for eternity.

Purple Rain – Prince

Released in 1984, ‘Purple Rain’ is Prince’s signature song and a brilliant showcase of just what a talented musician he was. Shockingly, this epic song was kept off the number 1 U.S. Billboard chart by Wham’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,’ a musical crime if ever there was one.

The song is a spiritual one about facing the end of the world alongside the one you love whilst letting your faith in god guide you through. The album version is almost nine minutes long, but it’s best listened to in all its unadulterated glory on the 16-minute live version from the 1985 performance in Syracuse, which can be found on YouTube. After watching this, you’ll truly understand what a great guitarist the man was.

If Prince will be remembered for one song, it has to be ‘Purple Rain.’ The good folk over at Rolling Stone magazine agree with this assessment, placing the song at number 18 in their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix’s contribution to the development of rock and roll cannot be overestimated. He quite literally changed everything with his unique and inventive playing style. Purple Haze is undoubtedly one of his most famous tracks. People had simply never heard the electric guitar played quite like that before.

Released as the second single from the album, The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967, the song only made it to number 3 in the UK charts and 35 in the U.S. However, since then, it truly has received the recognition it deserves. Rolling Stone magazine rank it as number 2 on their list of Greatest Guitar Songs and a lofty number 17 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

Most people think the song is about psychedelic drug use, but in fact, Hendrix stated it is actually a simple story of being blown away by a mysterious lady. Either way, just like the man himself, this song has achieved a legendary status that will never wither and die.

Looking for more Great Music to Listen To?

Then check out our thoughts on the Best Songs About Friendship, the Best Songs About Missing Someone You Love, the Best Songs About Dreams, the Best Songs About the Sun and Sunshine, the Best Songs about Fighting, and the Best Songs About Change.

Best Songs with Colors in The Title – Final Thoughts

So there you have our list of the 20 best songs that have a color in their title. Music is an amazing medium to convey emotions from the artist to the audience. The use of color in these songs only goes to further the visual imagery behind those feelings and proves what a colorful medium it is too.

Of course, this list is purely subjective and based on my personal musical tastes. There’s bound to be a few disagreements on the final cut. Let us know in the comments below what songs I didn’t include that would make your list.

Happy listening.

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