Colors have painted songs for years, but the un-color of black has been featured more than any other. And these songs rock. Black is the most basic of colors (other than the other un-color of white) and gets a lot of air time in pop and rock songs. Black as night, bold as rock, here are the top 20 rock songs recorded about the basic color of black.
1 - Back in Black by AC/CD, the most famous song about this color.
2 - Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones, a memorable tune from the Stones' early years.
3 - Black Water by the Doobie Brothers, Black featured prominently in the 70s!
4 - Black Magic Woman by Santana, another early 70s tune.
5- March of the Black Queen by Queen, again 1974 — what was going on in the 70s? Not enough colors?
6 - Black Betty by Ram Jam, featured on more movie soundtracks than any other on this list.
7 - Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden, finally ... we reach the 90s!
8 - Black Satin Dancer by Jethro Tull Note: Blackpool by Jethro Tull is an awesome song but doesn't count. That's a town, not a color.
9 - Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
10 - Black Rain by Ozzy Osbourne
11 - Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress by the Hollies
12- Black Balloon by the Goo Goo Dolls
13 - Black Velvet by Alanah Myles
14 - Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
! Also check out our lists of songs with a different hue:
- The Top 20 Red Songs
15 - Man in Black by Johnny Cash
16 - Black Summer by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
17 - Black Star by Radiohead
19 - The Black Widow by Alice Cooper
20 - Black by Pearl Jam
A few honorable mentions:
Black Chamber by Blind Guardian
Fade to Black by Metallica
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
Blackbird by the Beatles doesn't quite qualify as it's a bird, but so close.
There are a hundred more, they never seem to stop coming, but these were the tops of the pops. There you have it: the blackest songs on the charts. The color or non-color of black.