Looking for songs with blue in the title? Blue is an evocative color that inspires songwriters and musicians to some of their best work. Whether it’s talking about the joy of blue skies, blue eyes, or the sadness of feeling blue, blue is one of the most popular colors to use in songs. Here are our top picks for songs featuring the color blue.
“Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton
When most people think of the song “Blue Velvet” they think of its most popular version by Bobby Vinton, which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. A lesser-known earlier version of the song was released by Tony Bennett in 1951. The song was covered by a few other artists before Vinton’s version made it an everlasting hit. It’s been since covered by numerous artists including Lana Del Rey.
“Blue Monday” by New Order
Released in 1983 by the English band New Order, “Blue Monday” has survived as a definitive electronic dance hit of the era. The original extended version released in 1987 is the all-time best-selling 12″ single in UK history. In 1988 the song was remixed by Quincy Jones and John Potoker with the title “Blue Monday 1988.” The song is about observing another person’s misfortune while the title never appears in the lyrics.
“Caribbean Blue” by Enya
This airy new age recording is built on tranquil, hypnotic production layers. The dreamy song compares the color of the sky with “Caribbean Blue.” The song was recorded in 1990 and released the following year, hitting top 3 on Billboard’s US Alternative Airplay chart. Although many people might consider it to be “background music,” Enya has emerged as Ireland’s all-time best-selling solo artist.
“Rhapsody In Blue” by George Gershwin
One of the most famous orchestral records ever that also marked the early jazz era was “Rhapsody In Blue” in 1924, performed by Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra. The 9-minute piece was composed by George Gershwin, who played piano on the 78-rpm record. Whiteman was the most successful band leader of the twenties. Gershwin became one of the most famous 20th century instrumental composers, particularly for Hollywood films.
“Blue Jay Way” by The Beatles
“Blue Jay Way” stands out as a Beatles classic because of its psychedelic flavor on the 1967 Magical Mystery Tour album and it features George Harrison on vocals. As surreal and escapist as the song seems, it’s named after an actual street in the foggy Hollywood Hills where Harrison stayed in August 1967. The album was released in November and the TV film aired the following month on the BBC.
“Bullet the Blue Sky” by U2
“Bullet the Blue Sky” was featured on U2’s 1987 album The Joshua Tree, which sold over 25 million albums. The song was inspired by singer Bono’s trip to Nicaragua and El Salvador, where he witnessed how the people were affected by U.S. military intervention. The feedback sound of the guitar came from Bono instructing guitarist The Edge to “put El Salvador through an amplifier.”
“Blue Orchid” by The White Stripes
The White Stripes had become a well-established alternative rock band by their fifth album called Get Behind Me Satan in 2005. “Blue Orchid” was the lead-off single and one of the band’s most notable upbeat rockers. Rumors spread the song was about singer Jack White’s relationship with actress Renee Zellweger. White, however, says the song is about the entertainment industry.
“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” by Crystal Gayle
Country singer Crystal Gayle has blue eyes, but many pop fans might not have noticed in 1977 when “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” charted. She was new to the mainstream, but country fans already were familiar with three previous country smash hits. Each of these hits were written by Richard Leigh. In 2004 Gayle said Leigh wrote the song about his dog who had one brown eye and one blue eye.
“Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino
Fats Domino’s version of “Blueberry Hill” was popularized in 1956 and two decades later on the ABC-TV show Happy Days. Written by Vincent Rose, Larry Stock and Al Lewis, the song had been recorded by multiple artists in 1940 including the Sammy Kaye Orchestra. Despite the various artists including Louis Armstrong who recorded the song during the big band era, it’s considered to be one of the most definitive early rock and roll hits.
Behind Blue Eyes by The Who
Songwriter Pete Townsend of The Who wrote “Behind Blue Eyes” for an abandoned album project called Lifehouse. It was supposed to be the followup album to the successful rock opera album Tommy that would venture into multimedia and showcase the relationship between a performer and an audience. The synthesizer-based project was based on the theme of a villain named Jumbo, whom the lyrics reflect. The project was shelved when other band members complained about its complexities. The song ended up on the 1971 Who’s Next LP, the band’s best-selling album.