Lyricists have an important job in the songwriting business. They are tasked with creating imagery for the audience in exciting or interesting ways that haven’t been done before. The best of the best know how to make you see something in your mind’s eye when you hear their songs. One trick is to mention color.
Today, we’re focusing on the color blue. Here’s a list of the top 35 songs with blue in the title.
1. Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Let’s get started with one of the most popular songs from the King himself. This track was actually a cover of a song recorded the year before in 1955 by songwriter Carl Perkins, but it was Elvis who made the rockabilly sound go mainstream. Other major artists of the era also recorded Blue Suede Shoes, but no one matched the energy of Elvis’s performance on his own debut album.
2. Blue (Da Ba Dee) (DJ Ponte Ice Pop Mix) – Eiffel 65
Blue (Da Ba Dee) is one of the weirdest songs to shoot to the top of the charts worldwide. The sound was instantly defined as Euro pop or Euro disco, but it was the vocal pitch shifting and the nonsense lyrics that made it an instant classic in 1998. People couldn’t stop dancing to this one the minute it hit the nightclubs.
3. Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla
Dishwalla’s alternative rock song from the mid-1990s was a hit for its provocative lyrics and catchy hook. It’s the only official hit from the band, winning two ASCAP Awards for being the most played song of the year on American radio. Songwriter J.R. Richards meant to tell the story of a boy’s spiritual journey with this one, and it hit home for many listeners.
4. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
ELO released this hit on their seventh album in 1978, and it went on to become one of their defining tracks. It’s been referred to as a miniature pop symphony with hypnotic sounds and lyrics. Several films have included this song in their soundtracks and even made an appearance at the London Olympics in 2012.
5. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson
Songwriter Fred Rose gave us this one, and Willie Nelson brought it to life on his 1975 album, Red Headed Stranger. It went straight to the top of the Billboard Country chart and did well on several other charts, too. This was a defining moment in Nelson’s career, as he became a mainstream success.
6. Caribbean Blue – Enya
Irish new age artist Enya has had several successful releases, this one included. It came out in 1991 with her immensely popular Shepherd Moons album. The 12th-most successful song of the year, it also had a memorable music video that relied heavily on visual imagery from famous paintings. Entertainment Weekly described it as a waltz that “personifies everything Enya.”
7. Blue Bayou – Linda Ronstadt
Roy Orbison had great success with this one first. He wrote and recorded it in the early 1960s. His version is considered one of the best recordings of this beautiful song, but Linda Ronstadt’s cover ended up being one of the most important tracks of her career. When she released it in 1977, she landed an instant hit and firmly established herself as a household name. It’s safe to say this song became her signature track.
8. Between Her Blue Eyes and Jeans – Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty earned the nickname The High Priest of Country Music with several different tracks, this one included. His lovable voice and charismatic personality made him a fan favorite on stage, and he found he was able to adapt well to a variety of genres. This allowed him to earn fans in country, rock, blues, and more.
9. Blue Eyes Blue – Eric Clapton
Songwriter Dianne Warren wrote this one in 1999 for the romcom Julia Roberts film Runaway Bride. Eric Clapton recorded it for the soundtrack, and it was a success for many people beyond just the fans of the movie. This acoustic pop rock song graced charts around the world, getting certified Gold in Japan and Platinum in Spain.
10. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine
This song appears on the album of the same name from 2015. It came with an evocative series of music videos that depicted an Odyssey of sorts and helped draw out the raw emotion of the tracks on the album. Florence + The Machine are known for their powerful lyrics and sound, and this album proved to be one of their most popular, hitting home with a lot of fans as a meaningful contribution to their legacy.
11. True Blue – Madonna
Madonna has had countless hits throughout her enormous career, and this is definitely one of them. It is the title track on her 1986 dance-pop album. In it, Madonna shares a happier time in her marriage with Sean Penn, and it uses unexpected chord progressions and doo-wop influences to create an unforgettable musical experience.
12. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – George Harrison
George Harrison didn’t write this one. In fact, it appeared as a posthumous release for this artist. It was originally written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler for release in 1931, performed by Cab Calloway. Since then, it’s been recorded by some of the greatest musicians throughout the decades, including Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Diana Krall. It has even been used in the 2013 Broadway show After Midnight.
13. Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey wrote this hit for her 2012 album, Born to Die, and it became an international success. Throughout Europe, Israel, and Asia, this song hit the top charts. Though it was a definitively popular track, Del Rey experienced some trouble with this song when she performed it on Saturday Night Live. She received such a strong negative reaction from this performance that she canceled her world tour. Later, she performed it on The Voice UK, where fans felt she repaired her image.
14. Electric Blue – Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire knocked it out of the park once again with this hit from their 2017 album, Everything Now. This entire album – the band’s fifth – was a slight change from the band’s usual sound. It uses synth pop dance influences and was subsequently called one of the best albums of the year. Electric Blue was one of the popular single releases from that album, helping to spread the hype for the interesting deviation in the band’s usual tone.
15. Clear Blue Eyes – Amos Lee
Amos Lee’s fourth album features collaborations with some of the top folk and soul artists of the time, including Willie Nelson, Priscilla Ahn, and Calexico. Clear Blue Eyes is one of the most interesting tracks on that album, and it features Lucinda Williams. This whole album was a great hit for Amos Lee, who had already risen to a cozy stardom in the folk rock world.
16. My Blue Heaven – Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole had a long and illustrious career, earning him a place in the hearts of music lovers everywhere. There’s no question he made music history every time he turned around. With My Blue Heaven in the 1950s, he continued his career and shared his iconic, beautiful voice with fans in this gentle, much beloved track.
17. Blue Moon – The Marcels
The great composition duo Rodgers and Hart wrote this bop in 1934, and it’s become one of the most popular ballads of all time. Recorded by countless artists and used in films, TV shows, and more, this song is one of the most widely recognizable songs out there. That success is thanks in part to The Marcels, who recorded this one almost as an afterthought when they needed more tracks on their upcoming album. It proved to be one of the most popular recordings the group ever released, and it became the signature sound for this song.
18. Tangled Up in Blue – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an award-winning songwriter and poet, so it comes as no surprise that this song is another of his definitive hits. Rolling Stone magazine listed this high among its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The lyrics have been studied in college classrooms, and articles have been written about this evocative, mysterious song that has captured the hearts of Dylan fans since its release in 1975.
19. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Stephen Stills wrote this pun-titled song at the end of the 1960s, and it became one of the band’s most popular songs. It mimics the sound and structure of a classical musical suite. Who was Judy with the blue eyes? None other than Stills’s then-girlfriend, Judy Collins. Collins was, herself, a star in the music industry, and fans loved the references to one of their favorite performers.
20. Blue Skies – Jamiroquai
Released in 2010, this song appears on Jamiroquai’s Rock Dust Light Star album. It became a relative success internationally, hitting the Belgian, Dutch, Italian, and UK charts.
21. Blue Bonnet Breeze – Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton has never slowed down. Her career has spanned decades, and yet this 2022 release still managed to knock it out of the park. And, as far as songs with blue in the title go, this is another great example. It was part of a companion album for a co-authored novel with James Patterson. If that’s not enough to get fans excited, we don’t know what is.
22. Behind Blue Eyes – The Who
Pete Townshend wrote this one for his Lifehouse project, and it became one of The Who’s most popular songs. Recorded in 1971, this song has gone on to be covered by many artists since then, including Limp Bizkit.
23. Blue Jean – David Bowie
In 1984, superstar David Bowie brought us this song on his sixteenth album, Tonight. He said that it was inspired, in part, by rock and roll musician Eddie Cochran.
24. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues – Elton John
Easily one of the greatest songs ever recorded by Elton John, this swinging song embraces the blues genre it references while also keeping it light and pop-ready. Only a master artist like John could pull off this kind of performance, and he did it with ease.
25. Goodbye Blue Sky – Pink Floyd
This is one of the definitive songs from Pink Floyd’s music-changing album, The Wall. This album has an entire narrative, and the story of Goodbye Blue Sky describes memories of the German bombing of the UK known as the Blitz.
26. How Blue – Reba McEntire
Jim Moffat wrote this song that Reba McEntire recorded in 1984 for her album, That’s What He Said. On the Billboard Country chart, this song became McEntire’s third number one single.
27. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
The Man in Black wrote a song about the blues. This provocative song came out in 1955 and stunned audiences with the line “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.” It went on to become a hit many times over and is now considered one of the most memorable songs of his career.
28. Wedding Bell Blues – The Fifth Dimension
This number one hit in 1969 was actually written in 1966 by American songwriter Laura Nyro. It’s about a woman struggling to understand why her fiancé appears to have cold feet on the day of their wedding.
29. Union City Blue – Blondie
New wave superband Blondie released this one in 1979 on their album Eat to the Beat. Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison both wrote it, partly about the experiences Harry had on the set of the film Union City.
30. Out of the Blue – Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson was a pop icon of the 1980s, and this song was one of several number one hits she released at the time. It is the title track on her 1988 album.
31. California Blue – Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison wrote this one with Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty. It came out on Orbison’s 22nd album, Mystery Girl, and was a success internationally. Roy Orbison is known for more than one “blue” song. His evocative, visual lyrics are especially impressive, considering that Orbison was blind.
32. Bullet the Blue Sky – U2
One of U2’s most influential albums was Joshua Tree, and this track from that album was inspired by things Bono saw when he went to Nicaragua and El Salvador. Bono was concerned with the treatment of peasants during American military activities in the regions.
33. Blue on Blue – Bobby Vinton
Bobby Vinton is one of the few artists out there who actually made an effort to create a series of blue-themed songs. The idea came to him after the gigantic success of Blue on Blue.
34. Blue – LeAnn Rimes
In 1996, LeAnn Rimes released her recording of this fabulous song on her album of the same name. Originally written and recorded by Bill Mack in 1958, this song is a massive success for nearly everyone who covers it.
35. Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & the Shondells
This 1969 recording is the ultimate in psychedelic rock. The title is actually a reference to the Book of Revelations from the Christian Bible. The words don’t all appear together, but they stood out to songwriter Tommy James as he looked at the pages.
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