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Color Me Spring.

May 2, 2008

Out and about the other day, the array of flowers in splendiferous colors got me kicking up my heels. It also got me thinking how color affects and influences just about everything in our lives: from nature to man made structures and objects; from indoor environments to the arts and design; from food and food presentation to clothing; from fiction to poetry, music and song. And mood.

Nothing clashes in nature, though some color combinations are more pleasing to us than others.

Even a more monochrome “palette” can elicit a warm response.

While still pondering color’s impact on our lives, I serendipitously came across the Rock List of Reader’s Best Color Songs from Rolling Stone 3/3/08

Last week, we requested suggestions for the best songs with colorful titles. We tabulated the many votes, and are pleased to present the list of Reader’s Best Color Songs. Check out the top ten, then click after the jump for the breakdown by hue.

1. The Rolling Stones – “Paint It Black”
2. AC/DC – “Back in Black”
3. The Clash – “White Riot”
4. Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”
5. The Beatles – “Yellow Submarine”
6. Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
7. New Order – “Blue Monday”
8. Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog”
9. Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up in Blue”
10. Prince – “Purple Rain”

Black
The Rolling Stones – “Paint It Black”
AC/DC – “Back in Black”
Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog”
Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”
Pearl Jam – “Black”
Blue
New Order – “Blue Monday”
Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up in Blue”
The Who – “Behind Blue Eyes”
The Allman Brothers – “Blue Sky”
Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”

White
The Clash – “White Riot”
Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
The Clash – “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais”
The Velvet Underground – “White Light/White Heat”
Cream – “White Room”

Red
Jimi Hendrix – “Red House”
Pixies – “Brick Is Red”
Prince – “Little Red Corvette”
U2 – “Red Hill Mining Town”
White Stripes – “Red Rain”

Pink
Bruce Springsteen – “Pink Cadillac”
Nick Drake – “Pink Moon”
John Mellencamp – “Pink Houses”
Wire – “Pink Flag”
The Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1″

Yellow

The Beatles – “Yellow Submarine”
Coldplay – “Yellow”
Donovan – “Mellow Yellow”
Frank Zappa – “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow”
Pearl Jam – “Yellow Ledbetter”

Gold
The Beatles – “Golden Slumbers ”
David Bowie – “Golden Years”
Neil Young – “After the Gold Rush”
The Stone Roses – “Fools’ Gold”
Kanye West – “Gold Digger”

Silver
Rilo Kiley – “Silver Lining”
U2 – “Silver and Gold”
LCD Soundsystem – “Sound of Silver”
The Rolling Stones – “You Got the Silver”
The Beatles – “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”

Green
Elvis Costello – “Green Shirt”
The Kinks – “The Village Green Preservation Society”
Booker T & the MG’s – “Green Onions”
Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Green River”
George Baker Trio – “Little Green Bag”

The rest of the color wheel
Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”
Prince – “Purple Rain”
The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”
Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl”
R.E.M. – “Orange Crush”
Johnny Cash – “Orange Blossom Special”
King Crimson – “In The Court of the Crimson King”
Tommy James & the Shondells – “Crimson & Clover”
Grateful Dead – “Scarlet Begonias”
Dave Matthews Band – “Grey Street”

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