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Top 5 ‘Black’ Songs

November 12, 2015


exemplary artwork by sarca @ caughtmegaming

A fine colour choice for albums, an equally excellent shade for songs!


5. The Darkness, Black Shuck
What an opener, couldn’t think of a better way to open this list!


4. Manic Street Preachers, Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier
One of the top bridges in recent memory, “it’s so ____ funny, don’t you know?”


3. Great Big Sea, The Old Black Rum
Best experienced live of course.


2. Radiohead, Black Star
One of my favourite tunes to play when trying out a new guitar.


1.Metallica, Fade to Black
One of my favourite tunes to play, period!


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  1. Black Hole Sun! Always have always will dig that tune!

  2. Excellent list, Geoff! Here are five more for consideration:

    That Old Black Magic, by Sammy Davis Jr.
    Blackout, by Linkin Park
    Welcome to the Black Parade, by My Chemical Romance
    Black on Black, by Dalbello
    Black Dog, by Led Zeppelin

    • Much appreciated Danica – I can only place the LZ at first glance. But that’s half the fun, now I’ve got lots of good music from reliable sources to investigate!

  3. Oh there’s tons!

    AC/DC! Back In Black! Black Ice!

    Or how about Black by Pearl Jam, Dio, and Gilby Clarke?

    Or how about Black & Blue by Louis Armstrong, Lyle Lovett, Whitesnake, Haywire, and Van Halen?

    Black Flag – Black Coffee!, Black Love

    Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath!

    Rolling Stones – Sweet Black Angel, Black Limousine
    Led Zeppelin – Black Dog, Black Country Woman, Black Mountainside
    Tom Waits – Big Black Mariah, Black Box Theme, Black Market Baby
    Pavement – Baptist Blacktick
    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Black Book
    KISS – Black Diamond
    Negative Trend – Black And Red
    Henry Rollins / Rollins Band – Black And White
    Cult – Black Angel
    Sex Pistols – Black Arabs
    Velvet Underground – Black Angel’s Death Song
    Volbeat – Black Bart
    Iron Maiden – Black Bart’s Blues
    Charles Mingus – Black Bats And Poles
    Jelly Roll Morton – Black Bottom Stomp
    Paul MacLeod – Black Boys On Mopeds (Sinead O’Connor cover)
    Tragically Hip – Black Day In July (Gord Lightfoot cover)
    Nick Drake – Black Eyed Dog
    Trews – Black Halo
    Violent Femmes – Black Girls
    Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
    Blind Lemon Jefferson – Black Horse Blues
    K-OS – Black Ice (Hymn 4 Disco)
    Nina Simone – Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair
    Frank Black & The Catholics – Black Letter Day
    White Stripes – Black Math
    Black Crowes – Black Moon Creeping (band and song!)
    Calexico – The Black Light
    Massive Attack – Black Milk

    And on
    and on
    and on
    and on and on…

    • I haven’t heard Gordie baby covering Gordie baby! I’ve been enjoying one of those Tom Waits tracks this week 😀

  4. Alannah Myles – Black Velvet!

    Rainbow – Black Masquerade
    Holly Golightly – Black Night
    Deep Purple – Black Night
    Pavement – Black Out
    Peter Gabriel – Black Paintings
    Ozzy Osbourne – Black Rain
    Slayer – Black Serenade
    Wu-Tang Clan – Black Shampoo
    Thom Yorke – Black Swan
    OFF! – Black Thoughts
    Mastodon – Black Tongue
    Motley Crue – Black Widow
    Pearl Jam – Black, Red, Yellow
    Black Crowes – Blackberry
    Beatles – Blackbird
    Gordon Downie – Blackflies
    Beck – Blackhole
    Neko Case – Blacklisted
    Sloan – Blackout
    Baroness – Blackpowder Orchard
    Opeth – Blackwater Park
    Soundgarden – Fell On Black Days

    And on
    and on
    and on
    and on
    and on…

    • Fell on Black Days was my #5 until yesterday – at the last second, I remembered The Darkness, bumping it to the honourable mention position. Blackbird & Blackflies would certainly be on my top 5 black acoustic tunes!

  5. Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
    Metallica – Blackened
    Neil Young – Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)
    Black Sabbath – Naivete In Black
    Ray Charles – Blackjack
    Pack A.D. – Blackout
    Led Zeppelin – The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Hair
    Led Zeppelin – White Summer/Black Mountainside

    or how about Long Black Veil by Chieftains, Johnny Cash, Corn Sisters, The Band… a zillion others

    Foo Fighters – The Depest Blues Are Black
    Public Enemy – Fear Of A Black Planet
    Black Flag – Now She’s Black
    Elvis Presley – Long Black Limousine
    Iron Maiden – The Red And The Black
    OFF! – Red White & Black, Jet Black Girls
    James Brown – Say It Loud (I’m Black And I’m Proud)
    Pearl Jam – Spin The Black Circle
    Quiet Riot – Slick Black Cadillac
    Wu-Tang Clan – Soul Power (Black Jungle)
    Sting – We Work The Black Seam Together
    Slayer – Spirit In Black
    Ryan Adams – Sweet Black Magic
    Jack White – That Black Bat Licorice
    Bob Dylan – Man In The Long Black Coat

    And on
    and on
    and on
    and on…

    Had enough yet? 🙂

    • Dang- forgot Spin the Black Circle, great frantic track!

      • Haha forgot a few! 😉 Man, it’s hard to pick from all of thse. I would still rate Paint It, Black and Black Coffee in my 5!

      • Nothing wrong with those – having too many great songs is as nice a problem as I’ve encountered!

  6. Great post Geoff! Nice to see Metallica take the ol’ top spot. As you can tell, I’ve listed a few others for your consideration. I’m sure I’ve missed a ton but that’s all I’m gonna type up tonight! Enjoy!

  7. jprobichaud permalink

    One glaring omission in my eyes is Catherine Wheel’s “Black metallic”. Epic, beautiful track.

  8. I’m going to pick Manowar’s ‘Black Arrows’ for its immortal statement – “Let each note I now play be a black arrow of DEATH sent straight to the heart of all those who play false metal… Bblleeeuurrghhhh”

  9. Nice list 🙂

  10. I sure didn’t expect to see Black Shuck on this list (that dog don’t give a fuck).

    My fave: KISS – Black Diamond.

  11. Just realized with all these suggestions here, there’s no King’s X!

    Well that is fixed now!

  12. … I think Aaron covered my 5! 😉

  13. Black Shuck was a brilliant choice, but you missed my fave one:

    • I’ve had Apocalypse ’91 on this week!

      • One of the best opening tracks ever! Just makes me go ‘Grrr!’

      • Although not technically an opener, brothers gonna work it out is still near the top of my list – I’m still twisting to Chuck D’s words, long after his prediction of doing so in 1995!

  14. I totally missed this post. It seems all of the black songs have been adequately covered in the comments 🙂 Love the Radiohead song, and sorry that Fell on Black Days fell off the list.

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