Colors carry a lot of meaning for people, they can bring about good memories, sad memories, and all of the feelings in between.
Some songs have titles that mention colors, others have colors within the lyrics, but regardless, the colors are there to move us.
This is a list of the 20 best songs about colors.
Red – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has a knack for writing songs that people can relate to, which is why “Red” is one of the best songs with a color in the title.
Written from the perspective of Taylor herself when she was sixteen years old, this song tells the story of her first major love and how it compared at the time to all other loves before it.
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
The song “White Winter Hymnal” is very mellow, but it has a strong undertone of the late 60’s psychedelic rock movement.
The instrumentals are mainly driven by lightly strummed guitar chords and steady drum beats, which helps to convey the idea of the season.
Also, the song tells a story and is very well crafted, which isn’t surprising knowing that this band has won multiple awards for their efforts.
Black or White – Michael Jackson
Written with the intention of pushing for equality, “Black or White” is Michael Jackson’s long awaited answer to the question that plagued American society in the 90’s.
This song is not only catchy; it has an important message behind it and puts the issue at hand front and center.
Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
The song has an interesting origin story. Originally designed as a joke, it was meant to be a knock-off to the song “The Purple Cow – novelty song artist, Gene Autry.
However, the owner of the publishing company that Wooley was working for informed him that they needed another pop hit like Autry’s “Mister Jones” to stay afloat financially.
So, when he was given one night to write a song with a deadline of the same night, “Purple People Eater” was born.
Blackbird – The Beatles
Originally written and performed by Paul McCartney in 1968, John Lennon thought that it needed to be reworked into something that the band could perform together.
So he helped McCartney rewrite it for their album White Album, and the rest was history.
This song is instantly recognizable to even those who are not fans of The Beatles, which speaks volumes about the timelessness within the lyrics.
Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton
Written in the 1950’s, “Blue Velvet” is a classic song that was recently covered by Lana del Rey.
Originally written about an old flame of the singer’s, the lyrics are very poetic and speak volumes even though they are fairly simple.
The song has also been used in various films throughout the years, including a very notable role in David Lynch’s film of the same name as the song.
Blue Sky – The Allman Brothers Band
One of the big songs in concert for this iconic band, “Blue Sky” was written as a collaboration between two very talented musicians – Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts.
Even though the song didn’t take off until after Duane Allman’s death, Gregg still performs it to this day with his band because of the connection that he has with it due to how much time they spent together writing music.
Pale Blue Eyes – The Velvet Underground
The song “Pale Blue Eyes” is a classic from the band that wrote it, and for good reason.
It tells a story of love that is dying and how it seems to just fade away.
However, there’s a glimmer of hope within the lyrics that says even if things are over, they can let go with their eyes wide open without regrets or thoughts of what could have been.
Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
Another Beatles classic, “Yellow Submarine” spends most of its time telling a story.
However, the song is about many different things that could be interpreted in many different ways.
For instance, there are some who believe that it is about drugs and others who see it as an analogy for Paul McCartney’s boyhood.
I’m Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
A great song that was meant to be used as a joke, this song has become more than is intended.
It’s an earworm like no other, and it’s difficult not to find the cheesy lyrics perky and fun.
The song is written in different languages, which makes for a catchy attempt to get people interested in learning other languages.
Gold Digger – Kanye West
The lyrics of this song paint a vivid picture of the woman that this song represents.
She claims not to be a gold digger, but regardless, she wants nothing to do with broke men.
Kanye delivers a strong message through a catchy chorus and a heavy beat that, while it is about money and materialism, can still get people dancing.
Purple Rain – Prince
Being one of the most iconic songs that Prince has ever released, “Purple Rain” was written about his personal experience with the failing of his first marriage.
The rain imagery is supposed to represent his tears falling down as he sings this song; it’s heart wrenching and passionate in every way.
Back in Black – AC/DC
“Back in Black” was one of the few songs to top the charts after the death of AC/DC’s lead singer, Bon Scott.
It was all acoustic before he joined the band, but then it became an iconic electric guitar song that is still relevant to this day.
The Main guitar riff is simply iconic.
Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
When the band was recording this song, it took a few tries to get everything just right.
Robert Plant had to rewrite some of his lyrics because he couldn’t remember them properly, and Jimmy Page came up with the riff while fooling around with his guitar.
The song is meant to be about Bessie Smith, who was known as the Empress of the Blues.
Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
This is a sad love song that’s been beloved for generations.
Ms. Myles herself said that it was based on a poem written by her late father, who actually passed away before she had even released the song.
The lyrics are meant to be about someone that’s not man enough to face their feelings and admit them, yet is still willing to show affection through small tokens like a black velvet ribbon.
Black Sky – Orianthi
This song was originally written for Ms. Orianthi’s ‘Think Like A Man’ album, but it didn’t make the cut.
However, she’s continued playing it since then at her concerts and with other bands – including Chickenfoot and Alice Cooper.
The song is about feeling like you’re doing everything right to be with someone and still not receiving their affection.
Red Red Wine – UB40
UB40’s hit song “Red Red Wine” is a reggae classic that became popular in the United States, but was originally written and performed by Neil Diamond.
The song was meant to capture the idea of longing for someone who isn’t around anymore, but still having them on your mind.
Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
This iconic song is one of Jimi’s personal favorites, and was meant to be a lot more psychedelic than it ended up being.
When the band were performing it live they would add in different sound effects and bits of vocals that weren’t on the original recording because no matter what, they couldn’t recreate any of it perfectly.
Silver Linings – Kacey Musgraves
“Silver Linings” is one of the songs in Kacey Musgraves’s album “Same Trailer, Different Park.” It has an indie sound to it that carries throughout the song.
The lyrics are very upbeat and positive when compared to her other songs, which makes it stand out when you’re listening to her entire repertoire.
Orange Crush – R.E.M.
R.E.M.’s “Orange Crush” is a protest song that was written about the horrors of the Vietnam War, and the USA’s use of Agent Orange, otherwise known as “Orange Crush” during the war.
The song refers to the birth defects caused by this horrific weapon in hopes that such tragedies never occur again.