The color blue has been associated with melancholy and sadness for centuries. In fact, the term “Monday blues” is used to describe the Monday after a long weekend – when people are said to be most likely to feel down.
In this blog post, we will explore some of the most famous songs about blue and what they might mean. Whether you’re feeling blue yourself or just want to explore the many emotions that the color can evoke, you might find a song that resonates with you.
- 1. “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt
- 2. “Blue Collar Man” by Styx
- 3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” by Elton John
- 4. “Song Sung Blue” by Neil Diamond
- 5. “Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Tommy James
- 6. “Wedding Bell Blues” by The Fifth Dimension
- 7. “Tangled Up in Blue” by Bob Dylan
- 8. “Caribbean Blue” by Enya
- 9. “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley
- 10. “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino
- 11. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban
- 12. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen
- 13. “Blue Skies” by Jamiroquai
- 14. “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes
- 15. “Blue Eyes Blind” by ZZWard
- 16. “Clearest Blue” by Chvrches
- 17. “Blue Collar Jane” by The Strypes
- 18. “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
- 19. “When the Stars Go Blue” by The Corrs (ft. Bono)
- 20. “Mr Red White and Blue” by Coffey Anderson
- Final Thoughts
1. “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt
Starting off the list is Linda Ronstadt’s classic “Blue Bayou.” The song is a nostalgic ode to a lost love, with Ronstadt looking back on happier times spent by the blue bayou. It’s a classic example of the feelings that blue can evoke – sadness and longing for something that is no longer there.
2. “Blue Collar Man” by Styx
The next song is “Blue Collar Man” by Styx. This song is about a working man who is struggling to make ends meet.
It’s a more angry and frustrated take on the blue collar life, with the protagonist vowing to break free from the grind. It was released in 1978 as part of the Pieces of Eight album.
3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” by Elton John
Elton John is a master of writing sad songs, and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” is one of his best.
The song is about a relationship that has ended, with John looking back on all the good times he shared with his former partner. Even though the relationship is over, he can’t help but still feel blue. It was released in 1983.
4. “Song Sung Blue” by Neil Diamond
Next on the list is a Neil Diamond song that might be more well known than some of the other entries.
Released in 1972, “Song Sung Blue” was a number one hit on the Billboard charts and has been covered by many different artists over the years. The lyrics are simple, but effective, as they paint a picture of a relationship that’s falling apart.
5. “Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Tommy James
“Crystal Blue Persuasion” is a bit of a change of pace from the previous entries on the list. Released in 1968, this Tommy James song has a more psychedelic feel to it and deals with the idea of being lost in a relationship.
The lyrics are somewhat cryptic, but they ultimately boil down to the idea of wanting to find your way back to the one you love. You can stream it on the Crimson & Clover album.
6. “Wedding Bell Blues” by The Fifth Dimension
The next song on our list of songs about blue is “Wedding Bell Blues” by The Fifth Dimension. This song is about desperately wanting to marry your true love.
The lyrics talk about how the narrator’s life is “upside down” without their love, and they express a hope that someday they’ll be able to marry them. You can find it on The Age of Aquarius released in 1969.
7. “Tangled Up in Blue” by Bob Dylan
Another song that’s perfect for a summer road trip playlist is “Tangled Up in Blue” by Bob Dylan. This song is about a complicated relationship that the narrator can’t seem to forget.
The lyrics are full of vivid images, and the song has a bluesy feel that makes it perfect for driving on a warm night. You can find it on his Blood on the Tracks album released in 1975.
8. “Caribbean Blue” by Enya
If you’re looking for a song to help you relax, then “Caribbean Blue” by Enya is the perfect choice. This song is about the beauty of the Caribbean Sea, and the lyrics describe the scene in detail.
The music is calm and soothing, making it perfect for listening to when you need to unwind. You can find it on all music platforms out there.
9. “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley
Next up on our list is a classic song that’s perfect for any party playlist. “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley is a fun and upbeat song about dancing the night away.
The lyrics are simple, but they’re catchy and will get everyone on their feet. You can find it on his self-titled album released in 1956.
10. “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino
This song is a slower, more sentimental choice for our list. It’s about lost love and nostalgia, and the lyrics talk about how the narrator remembers their happy times together. It mentions how the moon that appears over Blueberry Hill makes everything seem alright again.
11. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban is a more recent addition to our list. This song is about a relationship that’s not working out, and how the person tries to change themselves to please their partner.
The lyrics talk about how the person feels lost without their love. You can find it on his 2016 album Ripcord.
12. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen
Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” is a prime example of a summertime anthem. The feel-good track is all about living in the moment and enjoying the simple things in life.
And what could be more carefree than throwing on a pair of blue jeans and dancing barefoot under the stars? It was released in 2011 as part of the album of the same title.
13. “Blue Skies” by Jamiroquai
“Blue Skies” is a happy, upbeat song by Jamiroquai that talks about moving forward despite the hardships of life. The lyrics are uplifting and encourage the listener to stay positive, even when things are tough. The song was released in 2010 as part of the album Rock Dust Light Star.
14. “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue” is a heart-wrenching ballad about the pain of love and loss. The song is atmospheric and emotive, with Rimes’ powerful vocal performance conveying the deep hurt and longing of the lyrics.
It was released in 1994 as part of the album All That. This can still be streamed on all music platforms out there.
15. “Blue Eyes Blind” by ZZWard
Up next is “Blue Eyes Blind” by ZZWard. This bluesy, soulful track is about the power of love and how it can make you see things in a different light.
The lyrics are full of metaphors and describe the feeling of being head-over-heels in love. The song was released in 2012 as part of the album Til the Casket Drops.
16. “Clearest Blue” by Chvrches
Chvrches is a Scottish synth-pop band that formed in 2011. “Clearest Blue” is a track off of their debut album The Bones of What You Believe, which was released in 2013.
The song is an atmospheric synth-pop ballad with ethereal vocals and catchy melodies. The lyrics deal with the theme of change and the uncertainty that comes with it.
17. “Blue Collar Jane” by The Strypes
Next on the list is by “Blue Collar Jane” by The Strypes. The song is a high-energy, rock ‘n’ roll track with bluesy undertones. It’s about a working-class girl who is tough and independent.
The song was released in 2013 as part of the album Snapshot. This now has over 2 million views on Youtube.
18. “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO for short, is a British rock band that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s. “Mr. Blue Sky” is a track off of their 1977 album Out of the Blue. The song is an upbeat, positive tune with a catchy chorus.
It’s about enjoying life and looking on the bright side, even when things are tough. It has been covered by various singers over the years.
19. “When the Stars Go Blue” by The Corrs (ft. Bono)
“When the Stars Go Blue” is a hauntingly beautiful song by The Corrs. The lyrics are about heartache and longing, and the feeling of being lost without someone you love.
The song features guest vocals from Bono of U2, and his contribution adds an extra layer of emotion to the track. It was released in 2002 as part of the VH1 Presents: The Corrs, Live in Dublin album.
20. “Mr Red White and Blue” by Coffey Anderson
Wrapping up the list is “Mr Red White and Blue” by Coffey Anderson. This patriotic song is all about love and pride for one’s country.
The lyrics are very positive and uplifting, and the song has a catchy chorus that will get stuck in your head. It was released in 2022 as part of the album of the same title.
As we said before, blue is a complex color with a lot of different meanings. And that’s reflected in the songs that have been written about it. We hope you enjoyed our little tour through the world of blue-themed music!