Songs can add a lot of color to your life, and with an endless list of genres to choose from, you can practically paint the whole rainbow with your music library if you wanted! From pop to indie and even songs from Disney soundtracks, songs about color can add extra personality to the listening experience. Here are 35 songs with a color in the title to spice up your life for your listening pleasure!
1. Colors of the Wind – Vanessa Williams
Technically there’s no color in the title, but this is probably one of the earliest songs you’ll remember as a child that talked about the colors of nature and the importance of caring for the world around us.
2. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
The fun guitar makes this song seem optimistic, but the lyrics are really a call to be more environmentally friendly, which was a huge movement in the 1960s and 1970s. We could learn a thing or two from this today!
3. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
There have been many interpretations about this chart-topper from legendary guitarist, but Hendrix explained that the inspiration for Purple Haze came from a dream. He was walking under the sea in this dream, surrounded by a purple haze that got him lost, with his faith in Jesus eventually saving him.
4. Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
Back when lyrics weren’t easily searchable on the Internet, people wondered what this song was all about. The band revealed that it was a story about a character that saw everything in blue. Definitely one of the more unique interpretations on this list, and a bop nevertheless.
5. Black or White – Michael Jackson
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Probably one of the most uplifting songs that encourage people to look past skin color, the King of Pop certainly made a statement with this hit from the 90s!
6. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland
This cutesy song was released in 1960, describing a girl who bought a too-small, yellow polka dot bikini and refused to come out of the water. Funny and adorable!
7. Red Red Wine – UB40
This song is, quite simply, about having a glass of red wine over a heartbreak, but it’s easy to dance to with its slow reggae beat!
8. Fields of Gold – Sting
Inspired by the beautiful colors of a field, Sting wrote this song to convey a joyful moment in love that he knows will come to pass one day. It’s a golden track that is happy and heartbreaking all at once.
9. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse knew how to write a lyric or two beautifully about troubled relationships, and this hit was no exception.
10. Purple Rain – Prince
No list of songs with color would be complete without this Prince classic! Purple Rain has a beautiful story to tell, one that speaks straight to the heart as a tale of love and loss.
11. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
It might be surprising to know The Beatles sang this, which is an all-time classic singalong. You may even recall singing this in school! This is probably the most famous song with a color in the title.
12. Black Magic Woman – Santana
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Originally a Fleetwood Mac song, Santana’s cover instantly hit the Latin textures complementing the original composition. It conveys plenty of mystery and a bit of magic, which are very alluring themes!
13. Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Originally titled “Brown-Skinned Girl,” the song was about an interracial relationship. Morrison also had issues with its popularity and has, on several occasions, expressed that he didn’t want it to go commercial, which it eventually did.
14. Into the Blue – Kylie Minogue
Kylie has been known to produce a bop or two about love, but this catchy tune is about taking the road less traveled, even if it means flying solo. We can get on board with that!
15. Pale Blue Eyes – The Velvet Underground
This band was known for their heavier styles until they released this calming, relaxing lullaby. The sweet love tune is a more intimate tune that allowed the group to reveal a more sensitive side of their music.
16. Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
The King sang this interesting song about owning a pair of blue suede shoes and cautioning others from stepping on them during a night out on the town. Fun fact: these were considered luxury items back then in the American South!
17. Beautiful in White – Westlife / Shane Filan
Sung by Westlife member Shane Filan, Beautiful in White is a lovely wedding day song that will have both the bride and the groom swimming in tears!
18. Taylor Swift – Red
The country-pop princess tends to write songs about her past loves, and this one is no exception. In Red, she sings about emotions that were so hard to forget and how she associates them with that particular color.
19. Bodak Yellow – Cardi B
Cardi B is known for spitting out verses flawlessly, and she shows this in Bodak Yellow. The title has nothing to do with the lyrics but was revealed by the rapper to describe the flow and rhythm of the song along with her name.
20. Back in Black – ACDC
Many people might recognize this as the song that made the Iron Man film so cool. This song is about carrying on and making a statement in life, even after death.
21. PYNK – Janelle Monáe
A celebration of nothing less than the most intimate parts of ourselves, PYNK is Janelle Monae’s way of celebrating the human body exactly the way it is!
22. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – The Offspring
This song is about a kid who tries too hard to mingle with the gangsters to look cool. He ends up making a complete fool of himself, which should serve as a lesson to just be yourself!
23. Pink Champagne – Ariana Grande
A songwriting collaboration with Kesha is about celebrating and living life to the fullest after spending all your time working. We can raise a toast to that!
24. Yellow – Coldplay
Among songs with a color in the title this is the basic one – color is the title! Coldplay’s famous hit gave us warm fuzzy feelings to associate with the color yellow. If you’ve never been a fan of this hue, then this song might change your mind!
25. Red Lipstick – Rihanna
Red lipstick is an empowering color when worn, and it has become associated with Rihanna’s signature looks. When you read between the lines of this song, you’ll find that it talks about the same message of freedom, empowerment, and letting go.
26. Behind These Hazel Eyes – Kelly Clarkson
This song is ultimately about putting on a brave face in front of the one who caused you heartbreak. As Kelly sings, “You won’t get to see the tears I cried behind these hazel eyes.”
27. Gold Dust – Galantis
This song compares someone to gold dust to explain the feeling of love washing all over you. It’s a beautiful EDM song that can capture emotions you thought you’d never feel and not wanting to let that go.
28. Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
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This iconic track was one of the defining songs of early 2000s rock, and it remains to be just as captivating today. If you’re looking for an upbeat rock anthem to sing for karaoke, this is a great contender!
29. Black and Yellow – Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa never imagined the success of this song to be what it is today, especially since it was just about Pittsburgh. It was a complete surprise, but a welcome one, to be sure!
30. Black Magic – Little Mix
Soon after winning the X-Factor UK, this girl group wowed audiences with their refreshing pop hits, including Black Magic. This is a fun song about brewing up a love potion to get a guy to notice you!
31. Green Light – Lorde
As far as breakup songs go, this is one of the most liberating as it encourages you to wait for the green light and move on. Lorde explains that this song was inspired by her first major heartbreak, which made her more vulnerable as an artist.
32. Fool’s Gold – One Direction
Fool’s Gold is actually a heartbreaking song if you pay close attention to the lyrics. Here, the band sings about loving someone no matter if they don’t feel the same way. It comes to the point where it doesn’t matter if they disappear and come back because you’re just not done falling yet — truly heart-wrenching!
33. White Flag – Dido
Since a white flag means surrender in battle, Dido’s strong lyric stating that there will be “no white flag” shows that she won’t give up on this relationship.
34. White Houses – Vanessa Carlton
One more ‘white’ among songs with a color in the title. A song about innocence, friendship, and losing both, Vanessa Carlton paints a complex picture of relationships through this beautiful piece.
35. Green & Gold – Lianne La Havas
This song is all about La Havas’ roots as a Jamaican mother and a Greek father. Blending traditions seamlessly in her music, the singer weaves a story through her lyrics as beautiful as the melody itself!
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