51 Songs With Blue In The Title

Songs With Blue In The Title

So many great songs have a color in the title. Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’. ‘The Lady In Red’ by Chris de Burgh. Let’s not forget ‘Yellow Submarine’ by The Beatles.

The color that appears most often in a song title is blue. Songs about feeling blue, songs about blue eyes and blue jeans- the list of songs inspired by the color blue is as vast as the blue sky.

Here are our favorite songs with blue in the title.


1. “Mr. Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra

Song Year: 1977

ELO frontman Jeff Lynne wrote and produced the band’s signature song, ‘Mr. Blue Sky’. The song was written while Lynne was on a retreat in a cabin in the Swiss Alps.

After weeks of overcast weather, the sun finally came out and inspired him. The lyrics are upbeat and happy, and beg the question, why did blue sky have to hide away for so long?

2. “Blue Bayou” – Roy Orbison

Song Year: 1963

‘Blue Bayou’ is one of those songs so great that it was a smash hit for more than one artist.

Originally recorded by Roy Orbison, ‘Blue Bayou’ would also become the signature song for Linda Ronstadt in 1977. Her soulful voice pines for happier times and to return home to friends and her beloved Blue Bayou.

3. “Blue Suede Shoes” – Elvis Presley

Song Year: 1956

One of the very first rockabilly songs recorded was Carl Perkins’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. It was the first million-selling country song to crossover to pop and R&B audiences.

When Elvis Presley released the track the following year, the single became a rock and roll sensation. One thing was clear: no matter what you do, just don’t step on the shoes.

4. “Forever In Blue Jeans” – Neil Diamond

Song Year: 1979

Neil Diamond’s ‘Forever In Blue Jeans’ is an upbeat love song, sung to a woman who you want to spend all of your time with. All the money in the world does not matter if you can be in the comfort of your lover’s arms.

The song has been used throughout the years to sell blue jeans. Check out Will Ferrell’s impersonation of Neil Diamond in an ad for The Gap.

5. “Blue Moon” – The Marcels

Song Year: 1961

‘Blue Moon’ is one of those classic songs that has been covered by many different artists, including Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, and The Supremes to name a few.

One of the most recognized versions of the song comes from the 1960s doo-wop group, The Marcels. The song evokes feelings of loneliness, a solitary figure wishing upon the moon for someone to love.

6. “Behind Blue Eyes” – The Who

Song Year: 1971

From The Who’s album, Who’s Next, ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ starts with a lonely voice, lamenting how he is misunderstood, that nobody knows what he is feeling.

The angst is suppressed, then builds into a fit of rage as the rock music ramps up, then comes back down again to the solitary voice behind blue eyes.

7. “Tangled Up In Blue” – Bob Dylan

Song Year: 1975

Bob Dylan is one of the most celebrated songwriters in music history. ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ is typical of his ability to tell a story.

Dylan had recently separated from his wife, and in the song, we get a sense of a relationship coming full circle. He may have had a cynical view of romance during this period, conveying the feeling of getting tangled up in his emotions over time.

8. “Blue Velvet” – Bobby Vinton

Song Year: 1963

Tony Bennett had a Top 20 hit with ‘Blue Velvet’ in 1951. When Bobby Vinton released the song in ‘63, it went to number one.

Vinton croons about a woman dressed in blue velvet and the love that they shared. But it was fleeting, she left, and all that remains is the memory of blue velvet through his tears.

9. “Blue Monday” – New Order

Song Year: 1983

New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ is a catchy, synth-pop dance song. However, there is a mood of sadness to the lyrics, almost submissive suffering, being told what to do and what to feel.

One interpretation is the connection with Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division who died at the age of 23. Following his death, Joy Division became New Order. Curtis suffered similar angst as the song’s lyrics. He died on a Sunday.

10. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” – Crosby, Stills, & Nash

Song Year: 1969

David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash formed a harmony-filled supergroup in 1968.

From their self-titled debut album, ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ is a song Stills wrote about his breakup with singer-songwriter Judy Collins. She left him for another man, and Stills is suffering, pleading with her not to go.

11. “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” – Crystal Gayle

Song Year: 1977

Country singer Crystal Gayle scored an international hit with ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’. The country song crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.

The ballad is a classic break-up song, the singer lamenting losing her man, not knowing what she had until he’s gone. Gayle sang it so beautifully that the producers recorded the song in the first take.

12. “Blue Jay Way” – The Beatles

Song Year: 1967

‘Blue Jay Way’ was written by George Harrison while on a trip to Los Angeles with his wife. He rented a house in the Hollywood Hills on Blue Jay Way.

The song was influenced by sitar guru Ravi Shakar. It has a hazy, mystical feel to it, reflecting the fact that Harrison was suffering from jetlag and feeling disoriented while writing the song.

13. “Blue Jean” – David Bowie

Song Year: 1984

David Bowie’s ‘Blue Jean’ reached the Top Ten on both the UK and US charts.

The song is about a woman named Blue Jean. Her ‘turned up nose’ suggests she has an air about her, getting all the attention she wants from many suitors, including Bowie.

14. “Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash

Song Year: 1955

Johnny Cash famously played ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ at a live concert in front of inmates at Folsom Prison in 1968.

The lyrics tell the tale of a man sent to prison for shooting a man in Reno ‘just to watch him die’. He can hear the train in the distance, envisioning the people on board and the freedom they have. Every time he hears the train whistle blow, he pines for his freedom.

15. “I Guess That’s Why They Call Them the Blues” – Elton John

Song Year: 1983

Written with long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin, ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues’ features Stevie Wonder on harmonica.

The song is about two lovers being separated. In the music video, the couple faces time apart when the young man has to fulfill his National Service duty.

16. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban

Song Year: 2016

‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ by Australian country singer Keith Urban hit number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs.

The lyrics are about a woman alone at a bar who is unhappy in her relationship, and the singer noticing that she is far too beautiful to be blue. He cannot help but tell the woman that she should not be with anyone who makes her feel this way.

17. “Blue” – LeAnn Rimes

Song Year: 1996

LeAnn Rimes had two albums recorded before she was a teenager. Her third album, Blue, released when she was only 13, contained the title track that would turn her into an international country star.

‘Blue’ is sung by a woman with a broken heart after having split up with her man. She cries over her loneliness while suggesting her beau may have not been truthful about his feelings.

18. “Crystal Blue Persuasion” – Tommy James & The Shondells

Song Year: 1969

‘Crystal Blue Persuasion’ by Tommy James & The Shondells is a groovy tune that peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Often thought of as a song about hallucinogenic drugs, James himself has stated that he was influenced by the Bible and the Book of Revelation, where a blue light represents Almighty God. The lyrics long for peace and brotherhood in every nation.

19. “Devil with a Blue Dress On” – Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

Song Year: 1966

Originally recorded by Motown’s Shorty Long in 1964, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels covered ‘Devil with a Blue Dress On’ where it peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.

The track is often performed as a medley with Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’. The song is about a femme fatale in a blue dress and just how fine she is.

20. “Blue On Blue” – Bobby Vinton

Song Year: 1963

Composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, ‘Blue On Blue’ became a big hit for Bobby Vinton, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

In another classic break-up song, the singer is heartbroken over losing the one he loves. He dreams of her, but when he awakes she is gone, and the blue returns.

21. “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” – Styx

Song Year: 1978

From their album Pieces of Eight, rock group Styx released ‘Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)’.

Singer-songwriter Tommy Shaw was inspired by a blue-collar friend who was laid off and unemployed. His anger at having to be stuck in the unemployment line taking a handout when all he wanted to do was work became the driving force behind the lyrics.

22. “Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea” – George Harrison

Song Year: 2002

‘Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea’ was originally recorded in 1931 by Cab Calloway. The song has been recorded dozens of times, including Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and ex-Beatle George Harrison.

The song was released posthumously on Harrison’s album, Brainwashed. The tune is short and sweet, about a person caught in a relationship between love and hate. You want out but cannot seem to let go.

23. “Blue Eyes Blue” – Eric Clapton

Song Year: 1999

‘Blue Eyes Blue’ is a song written by Diane Warren and recorded by Eric Clapton for the romantic comedy, Runaway Bride. Clapton released the song as a single in the summer of 1999.

The song is about a failed relationship, getting your emotions played with, being lied to, and having your heart broken into pieces.

24. “How Blue” – Reba McEntire

Song Year: 1984

Country artist Reba McEntire had her third number one hit with ‘How Blue’. She would go on to have over 100 singles hit the country charts with 25 of them reaching number one over her career.

It’s another song about feeling blue, absolutely shattered by the break-up with someone you love. When you reach emotional rock bottom, you wonder how you will ever survive.

25. “Blue Jeans” – Lana Del Ray

Song Year: 2012

Lana Del Ray’s ‘Blue Jeans’ blends uptempo lyrics when emotions run high with a mellow chorus and dreamy imagery of being in love.

A ballad that is a fusion of electronic music and hip-hop, the song is about a woman who falls for a bad boy caught up in the game. He leaves her, though she promises to love him until the end of time.

26. “Blue Moon of Kentucky” – Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys

“Blue Moon of Kentucky” - Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys

Song Year: 1947

Bill Monroe originally recorded ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’, a waltz featuring his falsetto voice. The song would later be recorded by Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney.

The bluegrass classic is about love lost and taking solace in the one constant, the moon shining over Kentucky. Love comes and goes, but the Kentucky moon will always be there.

27. “Blue Sky” – The Allman Brothers

Song Year: 1972

‘Blue Sky’ appeared on the Allman Brothers’ album, Eat a Peach. Guitarist Dickey Betts wrote the song about his Canadian Indigenous girlfriend, soon-to-be wife, Sandy ‘Bluesky’ Wabegijig.

Although Duane Allman sang most of the band’s tracks, Betts was encouraged to sing this one since it was so personal to him. He expresses his love for Bluesky, she is his sunny day.

28. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” – Willie Nelson

Song Year: 1975

‘Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain’ was originally released by Roy Acuff in 1947 and is said to have revived the career of Willie Nelson.

The song tells the story of a preacher who killed his wife and became a fugitive of the law. It would be Nelson’s first number-one single as a singer.

29. “Baby Blue” – George Strait

Song Year: 1988

George Strait tragically lost his 13-year-old daughter Jenifer in an automobile accident. It is believed the song is written for her.

Jenifer had baby blue eyes, and when Strait sings, ‘Like a breath of spring, she came and left, and I still don't know why’, the sadness is an expression of losing a child.

30. “True Blue” – Madonna

Song Year: 1986

Madonna’s True Blue is a dance-pop song that hit number one in the UK and Canada and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song is about Madonna’s husband at the time, actor Sean Penn. She sings of her deep love for him and her undying loyalty. Thirty years later, Madonna would say that the song was about true love and that she didn’t know what she was talking about.

31. “Blue Christmas” – Elvis Presley

Song Year: 1957

‘Blue Christmas’ would become a rock-and-roll holiday classic when Elvis Presley released it on his Elvis’ Christmas Album in 1957. Martina McBride would record a virtual duet with Elvis using greenscreen technology.

The song itself is of unrequited love, his love interest enjoying a snowy-white holiday while the singer laments that his will be a ‘blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas’.

32. “Blueberry Hill” – Fats Domino

Song Year: 1956

‘Blueberry Hill’ became a rock and roll classic from Fats Domino. He would be one of the inaugural inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Fats sings about finding his thrill at the iconic location, only to find that the vows he and his lover made were not to be.

33. “Goodbye Blue Sky” – Pink Floyd

Song Year: 1979

From Pink Floyd’s double-album rock opera The Wall comes ‘Goodbye Blue Sky’, a dark song about the German bombing of the U.K. during the Second World War.

In the film version of the album, ‘Goodbye Blue Sky’ is an animated depiction of The Blitz. The blue sky turns to black as German warplanes fly overhead dropping bombs on the frightened people below.

34. “Travelling Riverside Blues” – Led Zeppelin

Song Year: 1969

Led Zeppelin covered legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s 1937 song, ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ during a concert tour in 1969. The song would not be released in the band’s catalog until 1990.

The song tells the story of the relationship between the singer and his woman in raunchy detail. He pines for her return for he has had no lovin’ since she’s been gone.

35. “Summertime Blues” – Eddie Cochran

Song Year: 1958

‘Summertime Blues’ is a rockabilly classic from Eddie Cochran. The song would also be covered by Blue Cheer, The Who, The Beach Boys, and country artist Alan Jackson.

Filled with teenage angst, the singer bemoans having to work all the time when he wants to take his girl out, then when he skips off work, his parents won’t let him use the car.

36. “Blue Orchid” – The White Stripes

Song Year: 2005

The first release from The White Stripes’ album Get Behind Me Satan was ‘Blue Orchid’.

It was speculated that the lyrics were in response to Jack White’s breakup with Renée Zellweger, a claim he denies.

The bitterness prevalent in the song comes from White’s dissatisfaction with the demands imposed on him by the music industry, ‘there’s just no pleasing you’.

37. “Song Sung Blue” – Neil Diamond

Song Year: 1972

Neil Diamond had a number one hit with ‘Song Sung Blue’, nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1973 including Song of the Year.

Diamond suggests that everyone is capable of feeling blue at times, but if you turn your feelings into a song, you can sing your blues away. Before you know it, the cry in your voice starts feeling good.

38. “Blue on Black” – Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Song Year: 1998

Kenny Wayne Shepherd won the Billboard Rock Track of the Year with the song, ‘Blue on Black’. Shepherd would team up with the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch to record the song again in 2019.

The song paints the picture of a relationship that has ended, she left him. The lyrics are a string of opposing images– whisper/scream, truth/lies – implying that opposites don’t always attract.

39. “Blue Eyes” – Elton John

Song Year: 1982

Elton John’s ‘Blue Eyes’ was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male in 1983. It reached number one on the US Adult Contemporary chart.

The lyrics are a play on his lover’s deep blue eyes and the sadness behind them when he is away. Her blue eyes laugh in the rain and in the sun when he is home again.

40. “Smuggler’s Blues” – Glen Frey

Song Year: 1984

Glen Frey’s ‘Smuggler Blues’ inspired an episode of Miami Vice in which Frey makes a cameo. The video for the song won the MTV Video Music Award in 1985.

The song is a tale of a drug deal gone bad. Frey is on the run from gangsters after the drug deal turns violent. He manages to escape but ultimately meets his fate.

41. “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” – Mel McDaniel

Song Year: 1984

‘Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On’ was country artist Mel McDaniel’s only number-one single when it topped the Hot Country Songs chart.

This is a good ol’ country song about how attractive a woman is in a well-worn pair of blue jeans. She turns heads and stops traffic through no fault of her own.

42. “Wedding Bell Blues” – The Fifth Dimension

Song Year: 1969

‘Wedding Bell Blues’ is a song from the 5th Dimension’s most commercially successful album, Age of Aquarius. It spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

The lyrics are from the perspective of a woman who is trying to get her man Bill to marry her, but he has cold feet. She loves him but is annoyed by his reluctance to get hitched.

43. “Bullet the Blue Sky” – U2

Song Year: 1987

Many of U2’s songs are political, and ‘Bullet the Blue Sky” is no exception. It was the fourth release from their hugely successful album, The Joshua Tree.

Bono was inspired following a trip to Central America during the military intervention by the United States. He witnessed how the lives of the local people were affected by the violence. The lyrics are a direct shot at America’s foreign policy.

44. “My Blue Heaven” – Nat King Cole

Song Year: 1957

‘My Blue Heaven’ was originally recorded in 1927 for the Ziegfeld Follies. The song has been covered by Frank Sinatra, Fats Domino, and Nat King Cole.

The popularity of the song may be down to its warm, fuzzy feeling of being snug in a cozy room near a fireplace with the woman you love ‘and baby makes three’.

45. “Electric Blue” – Icehouse

Song Year: 1987

Synth-pop band Icehouse topped the charts in Australia with ‘Electric Blue’. It was co-written by John Oates of Hall & Oates.

The song is about a woman with electric blue eyes that sees right through him, and he has some apprehension about trying to get close to her.

46. “Blue World” – The Moody Blues

Song Year: 1983

The Moody Blues ‘Blue World’ is a spiritual trip keeping with the mystical sound and style of the band.

The literal interpretation of a blue world is the sadness that envelops Earth. The singer appears to be enlightened and sees that the new world must be one where we help and love one another.

47. “Blue Skies” – Jamiroquai

Song Year: 2010

London-based electronic-funk band Jamiroquai released the single ‘Blue Skies’ digitally, the same day they released the album, Rock Dust Light Star.

The video for the song shows the singer riding a motorcycle searching for blue skies. The underlying message is not to give up, believe in yourself. With a positive attitude, there is nothing but blue skies ahead.

48. “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” – Toby Keith

Song Year: 2002

Toby Keith wrote ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’ in twenty minutes, as emotions flowed out of him over the death of his father and the terrorist attack on American soil on 9/11.

Keith’s father was a patriotic veteran, who loved the flag and the 4th of July. The lyrics are that of an angry man, vowing that his country will respond like an angry dog and bring justice to those that sucker-punched America.

49. “Bluer Than Blue” – Michael Johnson

Song Year: 1978

Michael Johnson had a hit with his soft rock ballad, ‘Bluer Than Blue’. It reached number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The ballad is sung by a man who tries to convince himself that the breakup is for the best, but his heart feels otherwise. Even though he will have more time for himself to do as he pleases, the emptiness she has left behind leaves him ‘sadder than sad, bluer than blue’.

50. “Union City Blue” – Blondie

Song Year: 1979

Blondie’s Debbie Harry wrote ‘Union City Blue’ while on the set of the movie, Union City (1980).

Union City is located in New Jersey, across the river from New York City where the band originated. The lyrics suggest the singer is in a long-distance relationship, in love with someone from Union City while she lives in New York.

51. “Baby Blue Eyes” – A Rocket to the Moon

Song Year: 2009

‘Baby Blue Eyes’ from A Rocket to the Moon is about a man who is deeply in love with a woman and her ‘baby blue eyes’.

Even when she does something wrong, it feels so right. He takes care of her, and though he may feel foolish at times, he will do whatever it takes to keep her by his side.

Top Songs With Blue In The Title, Final Thoughts

There is little wonder that blue is the favorite color of so many. So many shades of blue with so many meanings and interpretations. That is why the color appears in so many song titles, many more than we could list. Whether expressed in folk music, pop, rock, funk, country, or heavy metal, blue is a color that continues to inspire.

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  1. “Blue Bayou” should’ve been listed under Linda Ronstadt. It’s the version everyone knows and loves.

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