Five “Red” Songs #atozchallenge

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The word “red” popped into my head when I woke up this morning, and I took it as a sign. Here, then, are five songs with “red” in the title.

Red Sails In The Sunset – Patti Page: Patti was the top-selling and top-charting female vocalist of the 1950’s. This is a tune that has been covered so much, and was so popular at one time, that even The Beatles did a version (sadly, I can’t find a version; it was never released on an album).

Red River Rock – Johnny and the Hurricanes: I love instrumental rock, and this uptempo cover of “Red River Valley” is a prime example of why. This reached #5 in the US and #3 in the UK in 1959.

Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle: In my neighborhood, almost every kid had a copy of this, and to this day it’s one of my favorite songs. Just real simple lyrics and music, but a nice song. It went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Cash Box survey, and #1 on the RPM survey in Canada in 1966.

The Lady In Red – Chris DeBurgh: This was DeBurgh’s first big hit; it went to #1 in the UK and Canada and #2 in the US in 1986. Rolling Stone readers named it the third-worst song of the 1980’s, and the tenth-most annoying song of all time by readers of Dotmusic — one of only two records in their top ten that wasn’t a novelty song.

Red Red Wine – Neil Diamond: I originally had the reggae version of this song by UB40 here, but I had never heard Neil’s version, and after all, he wrote it. I like his better.

These are just five of the estimated six hundred fifty-nine billion songs with “red” in the title, and I’m sure you have a favorite that I didn’t list here. What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

20 thoughts on “Five “Red” Songs #atozchallenge

  1. I really like Neil Diamond, and he does a great job on this song. But I think I prefer the UB40 version. I really like a good reggae beat. Both versions are very good, though.

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  2. Hi John – loved all of these – and hadn’t heard of Red Sails in the Sunset for donkey’s years! Cheers Hilary

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  3. There’s a cool version of “Red Rain” on YouTube: Gabriel, Stipe, and Natalie Merchant.

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  4. I’ve only heard of two listed – Red Red Wine and Lady in Red – both are good. I have two favorites: Red by Taylor Swift and Red Rose Café by The Fureys (but I also like the version by an Irish singing vocal group Celtic Thunder). ~Meg Writer‘s Crossings

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  5. Lady in Red is a favorite, and I enjoy Neil Diamond’s music. I rarely go to concerts, but I went to his a couple years ago and loved it.

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  6. Loved Lady in Red. When I was a young adult I still watch daytime serial (soap operas) and that song was associated with a popular couple on I think Days of Our Lives.

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  7. Hymn to Red October, by Basil Poledouris. I just love the full-Russian-choir sound.

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