Gold is soft, malleable, dense, and beautiful—a symbol of luxury. Naturally occurring gold has been treasured throughout history for many reasons. For centuries it was used to make coins, jewelry, dishes, vases, artwork & more. Because of its rarity and value it represents wealth and power; which makes it a great subject for artistic expression. There are many songs about gold & the list below includes 20 of them.
Gold – Spandau Ballet
Gold was one of English pop group, Spandau Ballet’s biggest hits. It reached #1 in the UK, Canada and Switzerland. Although not released as a single in the US, it went on to become probably their most well known song there.
Gold on the Ceiling – The Black Keys
On May 8, 2012, this song debuted at #45 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart and reached its peak position of #4 in February 2013. It went to #1 on US Alternative Radio becoming the first single from WALK THE MOON. This is a high-energy tune with a memorable chorus and lyrics as good as their music.
Gold – Imagine Dragons
With its catchy hook & unique sound, this pop song is about having fun on the dance floor—if you can find any gold to stand on or anywhere else for that matter! Released in 2012 on Night Visions by Imagine Dragons, it has been a top ten hit in multiple countries.
Gold – Barclay James Harvest
In 1974 this song was a UK Top 10 hit single for Barclay James Harvest with lyrics about starting over & being reborn with the help of a gold band.
Golden Brown – The Stranglers
This is a fast-paced song with lyrics about heroin addiction. It was written by lead singer, Hugh Cornwell & recorded in 1981.
Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac
This popular song has many meanings but it seems to describe someone who keeps secrets which could hurt them if they are exposed. It has been cited as one of Stevie Nicks’ favorite songs & she performs it on Fleetwood Mac Live, an album recorded in 1997.
Black and Gold – Sam Sparro
Black and gold is a metaphor for the contrasts in life. Sam Sparro’s song has been featured in fashion shows, at award ceremonies & sports events. It reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart.
Golden Slumbers – The Beatles
This song is from The Beatles’ Abbey Road album which has been listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It features lyrics from a 17th century poem, “Cradle Song” by English poet Thomas Dekker & a catchy melody.
Mouth Full Of Golds – Gucci Mane
This is a hip-hop song that talks about the glitz & glamour of being successful in the rap industry. It contains strong language but also has some great metaphors.
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again – Elvis Presely
This song was written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye in 1948. It went to #1 on the Country Music Chart & #3 on the Pop Singles chart in 1949. Elvis Presley sang it for his 50th Anniversary Special on NBC in 2002.
Silence is Golden – The Tremeloes
This song is about a man who’s date runs off with another guy & he’s left outside alone. The only thing he hears is the silence while he waits for his love to return. It was written by Tony Macaulay & recorded by The Tremoloes in 1964.
Fields of Gold – Sting
This song was released in 1993 on his album Ten Summoner’s Tales. There are many questions about the title but few answers because Sting has always wanted it to be ambiguous. Despite that, this soft rock ballad has beautiful lyrics about love & loss which seems to fit the meaning of the song itself.
Heart of Gold – Don Grungio
In addition to being a songwriter & singer, Donald Joseph Grungio is also a farmer in Skamania County, Washington. He sings about his life on the farm in two songs: “Heart of Gold” and “Working Man Blues.” These have been recorded by other artists but it’s worthwhile to hear them from the source.
Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey
This is a classic James Bond song originally performed by Shirley Bassey, an English singer & actress with a great voice! She also recorded some other Bond songs that are equally enjoyable. This one was released on the 1964 movie soundtrack Goldfinger & it peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart.
Gold Digger – Kanye West
This is Kanye West’s awesome rap song from the album Late Registration. Released in 2005, it has been a top ten hit in many countries & was nominated for Best Rap Song at the Grammys.
Gold Rush – Death Cab For Cutie
This song was released on the album Narrow Stairs in 2008. The lyrics seem to be about a person who is feeling lonely & lost, trying to find their way through life’s many obstacles.
Fools Gold – The Stone Roses
This song was released on their 1989 album which includes songs with a unique, alternative rock sound. This particular song is about the greed & corruption in politics using some appropriate examples from history.
Gold Lion – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
This song was released in 2007 on their album Show Your Bones. It is about life, love & relationships which is what this alternative rock band does best!
Golden Years – David Bowie
This is yet another song written by David Bowie, an English singer-songwriter with a unique voice that spans multiple genres. It was released in 1975 on his album, Young Americans which is what he’s most known for creating.
Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
This song is from the 1960’s & stars Freda Payne, a jazz and soul singer. It topped the US R&B chart for 9 weeks & reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 which was one of her biggest hits.