37 Best Songs With Red In The Title

There are many songs with colors in the title. That said, songs about red tend to focus on powerful feelings and emotions more so than any other color. Here are the best songs with red in the title.

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1. “Wrapped in Red” by Kelly Clarkson

Song year: 2013

Returning to a more upbeat focus in the lyrics, “Wrapped in Red” is a holiday song that mixes elements of soul, country, pop, and jazz. Color plays an important role throughout the song, with different colors representing emotion, wealth, feelings, and more as she reaches for the relationship she wants to have.

Red has an extra meaning when you associate it with Christmas. It’s the traditional color for Santa’s outfit, but people also associate it with presents and ribbons. You can read the title for this song in many ways, from being bundled up in her emotions to literally giving her feelings to the listener. It’s creative lyric writing and much smarter than it may seem at first listen.

2. “Red Dress” by MAGIC!

Song year: 2016

An upbeat pop song, “Red Dress,” emphasizes that the most important part of any outfit is the person wearing it. There’s a lot of truth to the idea, especially if you focus on the meaning of each part of an outfit.

3. “Little Red Corvette” by Prince

Song year: 1999

Prince is one of the most well-known artists on this list, and that’s saying something, given the sheer popularity of some artists. “Little Red Corvette”'s smooth pop style covers some surprisingly direct lyrics. Being blunt about a topic is easy enough, but Prince excels at adding just enough innuendo to avoid being wholly obscene.

4. “Red Red Wine” by UB40

Song year: 1983

Most songs with red in the title focus on the emotional aspect of things, but UB40 adds to it with an emphasis on wine. As people who enjoy wine know, red wine is an existing product, so the lyrics are a clever association between a drink, a color, and the emotions of the song itself. The song easily deserves its popularity for its smooth delivery and smart writing.

5. “Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs

Song year: 1966

Far more classic than some other tunes, this older tune draws on a classic childhood story that most people in the country can probably describe in general terms, even if they don’t remember every single detail. Using a shared cultural understanding often works well in songs, and that’s probably why some radio stations still play this song today.

6. “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith

Song year: 2011

Toby Keith is easily one of the most recognized country music stars, and “Red Solo Cup” earned him the Country Music Association’s award for Music Video of the Year. The titular cup represents several things throughout the song, but the real emphasis is the culture surrounding it and its practical uses.

7. “The Lady in Red” by Chris de Burgh

Song year: 1986

Pop and rock are two genres that often go hand-in-hand, but not many songs add in folk elements as handily as Chris de Burgh did in this song from Into The Light. Like many songs about red things, it’s ultimately about love and passion, but especially for realizing there can be more to someone you care about than you’ve ever noticed before.

8. “Red Lipstick” by Trey Songz

Song year: 2010

R&B isn’t the most popular genre for songs with red in the name, but perhaps that goes to show the versatility of the subject. Throughout his verses, Trey Songz discusses a range of themes, including temperatures, time, and colored lipstick as part of a relationship.

9. “Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert

Song year: 2014

Have you noticed that most songs with red in the title are written by men, especially when they’re about love? Miranda Lambert breaks that mold with this country song about what people love and her feelings about it. It’s also a fiercely independent song. Although ostensibly about a car, you can also read the lyrics as the red represents love or relationships.

10. “99 Red Balloons” by Nena

Song year: 1983

Released in 1983, “99 Red Balloons” is an upbeat tune that mixes pop and rock with new wave sections for a bouncy hit. It also takes some German influences in the style, and you can tell it apart from more American-themed designs if you’re familiar with the differences in the genres.

However, this isn’t a song about love. Instead, the balloons confuse radar systems, and the military ultimately springs to action, hinting at society destroying itself from innocent actions. It’s worth remembering that this song came out quite a few years before the end of the Cold War and was perhaps a warning not to jump too quickly toward a bleak future.

11. “Red Rag Top” by Tim McGraw

Song year: 2002

Tim McGraw is another well-known country singer, and “Red Rag Top” managed to climb to near the top of Billboard’s country music charts. It might have been higher if some radio stations hadn’t banned it out of concern for listeners’ reactions to the lyrics, which run from passion to abortion to abandoning love.

12. “Red, White, and You” by Steven Tyler

Song year: 2016

A clear pun on patriotism, Steven Tyler’s 2016 country song mixes themes of color throughout the songs, including the opposite association that blue has for sadness. Mentions of the Fourth of July link back to the central idea in the title, as do the fireworks, while creative pauses help build anticipation before the next section explodes.

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  1. Where’s ‘Red’ by Vella??? That’s an amazing song! You have that Wiggles song on your list but no ‘Red’??? Even ‘Ole Red’ by Blake Shelton should be on this list over a Wiggles’ song. Lori Morgan…’Something In Red’…another amazing song. I know you couldn’t list every single song with the word ‘red’ in it…but come on….The Wiggles’ song over these?? Sad.

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