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Top 5 Red Songs

October 9, 2015

awesome autumn art by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Red is one of the purdiest autumn colours.

It also lends itself nicely to song imagery & song titles, here are 5 that proved redder is better!


5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Red House
Aw move over Rover and let Jimi take over.


4. Emmylou Harris, Red Dirt Girl
Some recency bias to be sure, but a great tune all the same


3. Peter Gabriel, Red Rain
So good.


2. Prince, Little Red Corvette
A fine tune from 1983’s 1999.  It appears his music videos lack audio on youtube, so a New Girl clip in lieu!


1. treble charger, Red
Perhaps best described as early Pavement meets early Sloan?  A beautifully messy/messily beautiful ballad.

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  1. Excellent list! Love all of those.

    May I add 25 more?

    Rush – Red Barchetta, Red Sector A, Red Lenses, AND Red Tide
    Willie Dixon – Little Red Rooster
    UB40 – Red Red Wine
    Sublime – Saw Red
    David Bowie – Red Sails
    Chris De Burgh – Lady In Red
    Serena Ryder – Little Bit Of Red
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
    Pearl Jam – Black, Red, Yellow
    Slayer – Blood Red
    Neko Case – Deep Red Bells
    Harry Connick, Jr. – Blue Light, Red Light (Someone’s There)
    Maria McKee – If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags)
    Iron Maiden – The Red And The Black
    Tom Waits – Murder In The Red Barn
    U2 – Red Hill Mining Town
    Pixies – Brick Is Red
    Wilco – Red-Eyed & Blue
    Judas Priest – Red, White & Blue
    Mad Season – Artificial Red
    Reverend Horton Heat – Big Red Rocket Of Love
    Jack Johnson – Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology

    I could go on for a while! 🙂

    Haha heck, for #26, what about Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer? 🙂

    • I practically insist you add 25 more!
      Well listed – forgot Red Barchetta, that coulda been a contender here!

  2. Good stuff. Isn’t Gabriel’s ‘Red Rain’ one of the strongest opening album tracks ever?
    I’d also like to offer Split Enz ‘I see red’ for consideration.

  3. I’d like to add:

    Red-Headed Woman, by Bruce Springsteen
    Lil’ Red Riding Hood, by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
    Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy), by Rob Zombie
    Lady Red Light, by Great White
    Snoopy vs. the Red Baron, by The Royal Guardsmen
    Red Hot, by Motley Crue
    Black Out In The Red Room, by Love/Hate*

    *special thanks to Mr. 1537

    • You’d like to add them – and Danica, I like that you’ve added them, it’s an impressive colour! I think Black may give it a run for its money though

  4. No Sammy Hagar? The Red Rocker?! Shame on you!

  5. Zack permalink

    I could criticize for your exclusion of Fiona Apple’s ‘Red, red, red, ‘ but since you also excluded Taylor Swift I’ll let it slide.
    Who knew there were so many ‘red ‘ songs?

  6. Sammy Hagar. That is all. Thank you.

  7. Nice list … may I add a couple more? (some already mentioned) Michael Nesmith’s Little Red Rider, Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand, Fiona Apple’s Red, Red, Red, Gillian Welch’s Red Clay Halo, The Red Telephone by Love, Neko Case’s Deep Red Bells and Pearl Jam’s Red Mosquito and Fountains of Wayne’s Red Dragon Tattoo … and Taylor Swift’s Red.

  8. Had anyone mentioned King Crimson yet?

  9. King Crimson, One More Red Nightmare, there someone had to do it

  10. Red Rain is AWESOME. Great list! 🙂 lol – I have My Top Ten Color Songs to post at some point – Red Rain MIGHT make the list… 😉

  11. Found one in my own collection: PoundHound – “Red”, from 1998’s “Massive Grooves”

    This may or may not coincide with music I am working on for my next series. I cannot confirm nor deny.

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