40 Songs About Colors (Pop, Rock, Country and More)

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40 Songs About Colors (Pop, Rock, Country and More)

You can find a song about almost every color of the rainbow. Whether you are in a purple haze or a bright red mood, our list of songs about colors has got you covered.

We have categorized 40 songs about colors to brighten up your mood.

I. Pop songs about colors

In pop songs, color is very meaningful and can be used both literally and figuratively.

Songwriters use different colors to express different emotions. For example, in one song blue could be used to represent a state of calmness whereas in another song the color could represent sadness.

1) Red Red Wine

Artist: UB40
Album: Labour of Love
Year: 1983

The song is about a person who feels that by drinking red wine it helps them forget their sorrows and misery.

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2) Blue

Artist: Eiffel 65
Album: Blue (Da Ba Dee)
Year: 1998

The song is about a man who lives in a “blue world”. He is blue inside and outside. The color blue represents his emotional state, as well as the physical objects around him like his house and car.

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3) Nights In White Satin

Artist: The Moody Blues
Album: Days of Future Passed
Year: 1967

The song is based on unrequited love. It is a story about yearning for love from afar.

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4) Lady In Red

Artist: Chris de Burgh
Album: Into The Light
Year: 1986
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5) Black Magic

Artist: Little Mix
Album: Get Weird
Year: 2015

This song is about all girls having the confidence to get the man of their dreams.

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6) Song Sung Blue

Artist: Neil Diamond
Album: Moods
Year: 1972
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7) Ebony and Ivory

Artist: Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney
Album: Tug of War
Year: 1982

This song is about unity. The black keys on a piano are ebony and the white ones are ivory. The song asks why can’t all races live together in harmony like the keys  of a piano.

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II. Latest songs with colors in the title (2019, 2020, 2021)

Songwriters generally associate colors with sounds. This can be seen by the number of songs with colors in their title.

Most of them are songs about colors, but some songs use colors to express different emotions.

1) Red

Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Red
Year: 2021
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2) Black Bathing Suit

Artist: Lana Del Rey
Album: Blue Banisters
Year: 2021

This song is about a woman wanting to find a lover who appreciates her inner beauty and not just her physical appearance.

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3) Champagne Poetry

Artist: Drake
Album: Certified Lover Boy
Year: 2021
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4) Crimson Blue

Artist: Keith Urban
Album: Crimson Blue (from Nine Perfect Strangers)
Year: 2021
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5) Lavender Fields

Artist: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Album: Carnage
Year: 2021

This song is about change and transformation. It relies on your imagination to tell a story.

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III. Old songs with colors in the title (60s to 80s)

There are several classical songs from the 60s and 80s with colors in the title, which still remain popular today. They still have the beats to cheer up your mood and lighten up your day.

1) Purple Rain

Artist: Prince
Album: Purple Rain
Year: 1984

The song is about when there is blood in the sky, the red and blue mixes and becomes purple. The purple rain refers to the end of the world and allows your faith to guide you through the purple rain.

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2) Blackbird

Artist: The Beatles
Album: The White Album
Year: 1968
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3) Mellow Yellow

Artist: Donovan
Album: Mellow Yellow
Year: 1967
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4) White Rabbit

Artist: Jefferson Airplane
Album: Surrealistic Pillow
Year: 1967

This song is all about following your curiosity. The white rabbit in the song represents your curiosity.

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5) Purple Haze

Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Album: Woodstock
Year: 1970
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IV. Rock songs with colors in the title

Rock music generally uses the color purple because this color is rock and roll in its prime. Songs with this color represent looking at things differently.  It’s about opening your mind and experiencing things on a deeper level.

1) Brown Eyed Girl

Artist: Van Morrison
Album: Blowin’ Your Mind!
Year: 1967
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2) Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Artist: Brian Hyland
Album: The Bashful Blond
Year: 1960

This song was inspired by the songwriter’s 2 year old daughter. It is about a shy girl wearing a revealing polka dot bikini at the beach.

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3) Yellow Submarine

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Yellow Submarine (Movie)
Year: 1966

This song is about the songwriters who lived apart from everyone else in their own wealthy neighborhood because of Beatlemania. Everyone had their own form of peace and lived in harmony with each other.

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4) Blue Velvet

Artist: Bobby Vinton
Album: Blue on Blue
Year: 1963
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5) Amber

Artist: 311
Album: From Chaos
Year: 2001
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V. Country songs with colors in the title

Country songs with color in their title are generally easier to understand. They use color to describe love, the big blue skies and greenery.

1) Blue Clear Sky

Artist: George Strait
Album: Blue Clear Sky
Year: 1996
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2) Red Storm

Artist: Shania Twain
Album: Still the One: Live from Vegas
Year: 2015
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3) Black

Artist: Dierks Bentley
Album: Country Songs With Color In The Title
Year: 2016
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4) Blue Side Of Town

Artist: Patty Loveless
Album: Country Songs With Color In The Title
Year: 1988

This is a beautiful and emotional country song about heartbreak and leaving a loved one.

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5) Under The Rainbow

Artist: Trisha Yearwood
Album: Country Songs With Color In The Title
Year: 1996
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VI. R&B songs about colors

Rhythm & Blue (R&B) use colors to set the mood and dig deep down into your soul. Songwriters often use these colors to express intense emotions through their music.

1) Brown Skin Girl

Artist: Beyonce, Wizkid, Blue Ivy Carter, and SAINt JHN
Album: The Lion King
Year: 2019

This song is dedicated to women of color. It serves to remind them that regardless of what people say, they are beautiful creations

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2) Inner City Blues

Artist: Marvin Gaye
Album: What’s Going On
Year: 1971

This is a meaningful song about issues affecting a troubled world. It is a realistic and passionate song.

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3) Brown Sugar

Artist: D’Angelo
Album: Brown Sugar
Year: 1995
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VII. Dance songs about colors

Our emotions are able to color the music we hear. Dance songs usually use vivid colors like yellow, because people generally pair faster-paced music with vibrant colors.

1) Purple Lamborghini

Artist: Rick Ross and Skrillex
Album: Suicide Squad: The Album
Year: 2016
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2) Green Valley

Artist: Calvin Harris
Album: 18 Months
Year: 2012
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3) Yellow

Artist: Coldplay
Album: Yellow
Year: 2000
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VIII. Disney songs about colors

Disney songs are catchy and often very colorful. Usually the colors in these songs represent physical objects and sometimes even emotions.

1) The Spectrum Song

Artist: Sherman Brothers
Album: An Adventure in Color
Year: 1961

This is an upbeat song for the fictional character Professor Ludwig Von Drake. The song features several beautiful colors in it’s lyrics.

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2) Colors of the Wind

Artist: Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
Album: Pocahontas (Movie)
Year: 1998
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IX. Songs with colors in the title

Songs with colors in the title are either about the actual color or about emotions associated with that color. Red represents desire, love, and passion whereas white often represents pureness.

1) Paint It Black

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Album: Aftermath
Year: 1966

The song is about a lover who passed away. It is written from the perspective of someone who is sad and wants to paint everything balck to match his mood.

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2) Pink Triangle

Artist: Weezer
Album: Pinkerton
Year: 1996
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In this song a boy falls in love and daydreams about a girl in one of his classes at Harvard. When he finally has the courage to express himself, the girl reveals that she is not interested in him because she likes girls.

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3) Red Lipstick

Artist: Rihanna
Album: Talk That Talk
Year: 2011
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X. Songs with colors in the lyrics

Songwriters use colors to communicate emotions and ideas. Some songs’ lyrics represent a rollercoaster of emotions and sometimes even describe physical surroundings.

1) Grey Skies

Artist: The Verve
Album: A Northern Soul
Year: 1995
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2) Flaming Red

Artist: Patty Griffin
Album: Flaming Red
Year: 1998
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Colors are powerful tools and have been used in songs for decades. They have the ability to represent certain emotions, ideas, and experiences.

They help transport listeners into another world and broaden your imagination.

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