Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 COLOR SONGS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado - 1955
  2. Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson - 1952
  3. The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller - 1955
  4. Love is Blue - Paul Mauriat - 1968
  5. The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley - 1958
  6. The Ballad of the Green Berets - SSgt. Barry Sadler - 1966
  7. Roses Are Red - Bobby Vinton - 1962
  8. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino - 1956
  9. The Green Door - Jim Lowe - 1956
  10. Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton - 1963
  11. Blue Moon - The Marcels - 1961
  12. Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods - 1959
  13. Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's
    Hermits
    - 1965
  14. Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones - 1966
  15. The Little White Cloud That Cried - Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads - 1952
  16. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins - 1956
  17. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini -
    Brian Hyland
    - 1960
  18. Deep Purple - Nino Tempo and April Stevens - 1963
  19. A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty
    Robbins
    - 1957
  20. Greenfields - The Brothers Four - 1960
  21. Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers - 1968
  22. The Blacksmith Blues - Ella Mae Morse - 1952
  23. Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James and the
    Shondells
    - 1969
  24. Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron - The Royal Guardsmen - 1967
  25. Charlie Brown - The Coasters - 1959
  26. Pink Shoe Laces - Dodie Stevens - 1959
  27. Lavender-Blue - Sammy Turner - 1959
  28. Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs - 1966
  29. Little Green Apples - O.C. Smith - 1968
  30. Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn - 1957
  31. Green Onions - Booker T. and the MG's - 1962
  32. Mellow Yellow - Donovan - 1966
  33. Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1969
  34. Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle - 1966
  35. Blue on Blue - Bobby Vinton - 1963
  36. Band of Gold - Don Cherry - 1956
  37. Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - 1966
  38. Black Night - Charles Brown - 1951
  39. Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins - 1950
  40. Yellow Submarine - The Beatles - 1966
  41. Red River Rock - Johnny and the Hurricanes - 1959
  42. Black is Black - Los Bravos - 1966
  43. Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group - 1961
  44. Lonely Blue Boy - Conway Twitty - 1960
  45. Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots -
    The Cheers
    - 1955
  46. Blue Monday - Fats Domino - 1957
  47. Blue Light Boogie - Louis Jordan - 1950
  48. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum - 1967
  49. The Jolly Green Giant - The Kingsmen - 1965
  50. 1,2,3, Red Light - 1910 Fruitgum Company - 1968
  51. Blue Tango - Hugo Winterhalter - 1952
  52. Pretty Blue Eyes - Steve Lawrence - 1959
  53. Navy Blue - Diane Renay - 1964
  54. White Room - Cream - 1968
  55. White Lightning - George Jones - 1959
  56. The House of Blue Lights - Chuck Miller - 1955
  57. Venus in Blue Jeans - Jimmy Clanton - 1962
  58. Color Him Father - The Winstons - 1969
  59. Quicksilver - Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters - 1950
  60. Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey - 1965
  61. Blue Angel - Roy Orbison - 1960
  62. White on White - Danny Williams - 1964
  63. Reverend Mr. Black - The Kingston Trio - 1963
  64. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane - 1967
  65. White Silver Sands - Don Rondo - 1957
  66. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison - 1967
  67. White Silver Sands - Bill Black's Combo - 1960
  68. Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Vic Dana - 1965
  69. The Golden Rocket - Hank Snow - 1951
  70. Orange Colored Sky - Nat "King" Cole and Stan
    Kenton
    - 1950
  71. Silence is Golden - The Tremeloes - 1967
  72. Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud - James Brown - 1968
  73. Beautiful Brown Eyes - Rosemary Clooney - 1951
  74. 18 Yellow Roses - Bobby Darin - 1963
  75. Green Grass - Gary Lewis and the Playboys - 1966
  76. Blue Shadows - Lowell Fulson - 1950
  77. Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Bert Kaempfert - 1965
  78. Green, Green Grass of Home - Tom Jones - 1967
  79. Band of Gold - Kit Carson - 1956
  80. Little Red Rooster- Sam Cooke - 1963
  81. A Walk in the Black Forest - Horst Jankowski - 1965
  82. Black Slacks - Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones - 1957
  83. Baby Blue - The Echoes - 1961
  84. Black Pearl - Sonny Charles and the Checkmates, Ltd. - 1969
  85. The Man with the Golden Arm - Richard Maltby - 1956
  86. The Girl with the Golden Braids - Perry Como - 1957
  87. Green, Green - The New Christy Minstrels - 1963
  88. When the White Lilacs Bloom Again - Helmut Zacharias - 1956
  89. My Blue Heaven - Fats Domino - 1956
  90. Gonna Find Me a Bluebird - Marvin Rainwater - 1957
  91. The Little Blue Man - Betty Johnson - 1958
  92. That Old Black Magic - Louis Prima and Keely Smith - 1958
  93. I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) - The Ikettes - 1962
  94. Blue Blue Day - Don Gibson - 1958
  95. Blue Tango - Guy Lombardo - 1952
  96. Color My World - Petula Clark - 1966
  97. Little Band of Gold - James Gilreath - 1963
  98. Deep Purple - Billy Ward and his Dominoes - 1957
  99. Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley - 1956
  100. My Coloring Book - Kitty Kallen - 1963

Songs with titles containing primary colors (red, yellow, blue, black, white), secondary colors (green, purple, orange, brown), other color variations (gold, silver, pink, lavender) as well as "color" songs in general can be found on this list. The blues, as a category of music, is not treated as a color, so "Blues" songs are omitted (unless a color is also included in the title). Rankings are based on the popularity of each recording during the period of 1950 through 1969.

The color blue dominates the list with mentions in 31 song titles. Green, black and white each make eleven appearances. Red comes up nine times, followed by gold with eight and yellow with six. There are seven entries with two different colors in the title, including the song at number one, "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White." In addition, six songs have the same color used in the title twice, such as "Blue on Blue."

Only two artists are on the list with more than one song: Bobby Vinton and Fats Domino have three apiece. Three other artists (Charles Brown, James Brown and Bill Black's Combo) have common colors as part of their names; in each instance, their represented song also happens to contain one or more colors. "Blue Tango," with three versions, is the most popular song with a color in the title; five others are on the list in two different versions.


MORE TOP 100 LISTS!

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White Blue Tango Love is Blue The Ballad of the Green Berets Paint it Black Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini Greenfields Mellow Yellow