49 Songs With the Color White in the Title
Is White a Real Color?
Few people select white as their favorite color, although it symbolizes the positive qualities of
- cleanliness and
Too much white, however, and the hue begins to convey cold hard sterility, aloofness, and impersonal starkness. (If you find yourself fancying this clean, crisp color, you may be going through a difficult transition period in your life.)
The color white helps lab coats to convey cleanliness and authoritativeness. We also see white in religious symbolism like angels' gowns of gossamer, the Pope's robes, and rabbinical clothing worn during ceremonies of atonement. Western brides also don the color, a custom kick-started by Queen Victoria in 1840.
Additionally, the color has crept into our language. For example, politicians may whitewash, or censor the truth, and we sometimes tell white lies, which are small untruths that are thought to be inconsequential. Somehow the "white" part is supposed to make such deceptive behavior more acceptable.
As useful as the color white is, physics doesn't recognize it as a color per se. This is because colors are visible light with specific wavelengths, whereas white light contains all wavelengths of visible light. Interesting, huh? But how many of us are physicists? (I'll continue to call it a color. Old habits die hard.)
If you're mesmerized by the color white and curious about all the meanings it embraces, why not listen to a collection of songs with the color white in the title? Whether they refer to white trash and white lightning, white lies, white flags, white horses, or white cars, there's bound to be a pop, rock, or country song just for you!
1. "White Wedding" by Billy Idol
Despite its title, this rock song from 1982 is actually anti-marriage. However, people like my cousin still play it at their weddings because it has the word wedding in it. Heavy rotation on MTV helped to make it a classic. The term "little sister" isn't literal but instead is slang for "girlfriend."
Much to the chagrin of the song's narrator, his love interest has become pregnant by another man while he was away, and dding insult to injury, now she is marrying the father of her child. The narrator mocks her purity with the refrain, "It's a nice day for a white wedding."
Billy Idol, whose given name is William Broad, got his stage name from written feedback he received from a teacher on a school report card. He was described as "an idle student."
2. "White Flag" by Dido
Not everyone can recover and move on from lost love. While the romance with her ex has ended, the fire and yearning in the narrator's heart still burn. This 2003 pop song features a female narrator who declares that she will always love her former lover even though there is no hope for reconciliation. They may meet in passing at some point and she'll pretend to have moved on, but her heart will never surrender her true feelings for him.
If you know what it's like to face the regret of a broken romance, make a playlist of songs about struggling to forget an ex as you endeavor to work through your loss.
3. "White Teeth Teens" by Lorde
Claiming not to be one herself, the girl in this 2013 pop song alludes to the popular kids that everyone wants to be. She uses their white, bright, shiny teeth as symbols for their popularity, privilege, and sense of entitlement. Were you a white teeth teen or a mere wanna be?
4. "White Liar" by Miranda Lambert
The vixen in this country ditty from 2009 cautions her cheating man that the truth comes out a little at a time. They live in a little bitty town where word gets around, and rumor has it that he was stepping out with a redhead recently. The narrator reminds him that she has friends and those white lies of his have holes in them.
Rumors run rampant in social circles of all types. If you know the feeling, then make a playlist of songs about gossip and rumors.
Why do you tell white lies?
5. "Red, White, Blue and Blessed" by Colt Ford (featuring Walker Montgomery)
Country rapper Colt Ford gives a shout out to all of his fellow Americans in this 2019 country ditty. He points out that from Detroit to the great Southern states, we all have more in common than the factors that separate us, and we're blessed to be Americans. Can we get an Amen for that?
6. "White Trash Beautiful" by Everlast
The couple in this 2004 rock song isn't high on the socioeconomic ladder, but they're truly in love. He's a long-haul trucker just trying to earn a living, but all he can think about is returning home to the love of his life. His wife is white trash beautiful, the queen of their trailer park. She's a waitress at the local diner and pregnant with his baby. Although he knows she could have done better than settle for him, he'll love her until the day he dies.
7. "White Horse" by Taylor Swift
The girl in this Grammy Award-winning country song from 2008 has just had her heart dashed by Prince Charming. As a result, she has come to the difficult realization that this is real life, not a fairy tale. S78ometimes the guy you falsely paint as your knight in shining armor turns out to be a liar, cheater, or just a toad. Sadly, instead of laying responsibility at his feet, she feels disappointed in herself for believing in him.
8. "Black or White" by Michael Jackson
The King of Pop pleads for racial harmony and tolerance in this 1991 pop tune that became a global sensation. He reminds listeners that race matters less than personal substance:
See, it's not about races
Just places, faces
Where your blood comes from
Is where your space is
I've seen the bright get duller
I'm not going to spend my life being a color.
It was during publicity for this song that the moniker "King of Pop" began to be used in connection to Jackson, initially at his insistence. The song was controversial at the time in spite of its underlying message about racial harmony. That's because the original video that aired on MTV featured MJ repeatedly engaging in suggestive crotch-grabbing then zipping his pants up as well as shattering store windows, smashing a car, and causing a building to explode.
9. "White Mustang" by Lana Del Rey
The mean sound of a white Mustang first drew the narrator's attention to the bad boy musician who became her summertime lover. However, this love interest has a dangerous edge to him, and she feels foolish for trusting him. Although the dreamy 2017 pop song centers upon a white Mustang, the song's video ironically does not feature a single one. Weird, huh?
10. "White Knuckles" by OK Go
What's done is done so you might as well try to cope. In this 2010 alt rock song, the band encourages listeners that maybe whatever they're upset about is not so bad. The term "white knuckles" refers to the feeling of high anxiety bordering on panic.
If the upbeat song doesn't boost your mood, its corresponding video certainly will. OK Go performed a highly choreographed routine alongside the real stars—a dozen shelter dogs and a goat, all from rescue organizations. Trainers worked for two weeks with the dogs so they'd be able to hit their marks in a one-shot video with no splicing.
11. "White Lightning" by The Cadillac Three
Love at first sight is physical, emotional, and electric. You know that if you've ever fallen hard and fast like the guy in this 2015 Southern rock love ballad. The songwriter based this catchy number on his memory of how he felt when he met his wife:
She stole my heart
Faster than a heat-seeking missile on a mission
Faster than a bass took a hook when Daddy fishing
Faster than a walnut rolls off a hen house
Faster than a whiskey shot goes down, down South.
Ooh, I saw white lightning.
Yep, that's about how it feels when you meet "the one"!
12. "Big White Room" by Jessie J
Jessie J used a traumatic personal experience as the inspiration for this haunting 2011 ballad about a young woman who sits in a big white room feeling young, broken, and wracked with fear. When Jessie J was 11 years old, she was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat, and in the middle of the night she awoke to witness another patient praying to survive his surgery. She was shaken to learn later that the young boy did not survive. Without knowing what inspired the song, one might surmise that the anguished narrator is isolated in a mental institution or in a metaphorical prison. "Big White Room" was the first song the star ever wrote.
13. "White Lightning" by George Jones
George Jones was famously drunk again when he recorded "White Lightning," a 1959 song that would become his first of 13 number one country hits. As a result, The Possum required upwards of 80 takes, messed up the lyrics, and caused the upright bass player severe blisters on his fingers from so much string plucking.
Sadly, Jones had good reason to be drowning his sorrows that day. The week before, his good friend The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) had died in the same tragic plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. The Big Bopper wrote "White Lightning" and initially envisioned it with a rock vibe.
Giving it a very twangy country sound, Jones hams it up in this playful ditty about a protagonist who recalls his father's moonshine distillery in the North Carolina hills. The family evaded the taxmen and the local sheriff while turning corn into homemade alcohol so strong it would make your toenails curl.
Idioms and Sayings Involving the Color White
like white on rice
a whited sepulchre
tem that is useless, irrelevant, or no longer has value for its owner
to take all of someone's money
a good guy
great white hope
someone or something expected to succeed
white coat hypertension
a rise in blood pressure when you visit the doctor
talk to God on the big white phone
to vomit profusely and at length
one who comes to the rescue of another
14. "White Flag" by Bishop Briggs
The white flag is a universal signal that you're throwing in the towel, laying down arms, giving up yet. However, don't expect the badass woman in this heart-pumping 2018 pop song to be waving any white flag or crying "uncle." No, for her, it's do or die time. Rather than giving up the fight or slowing down, she's doubling down and going all in. She's unafraid to take some hits and go through hell if that's what it takes to survive.
If you're facing a personal problem, lean on a playlist of songs about survival in the face of personal challenge to propel you forward towards victory.
15. "Snow White Queen" by Evanescence
This 2006 rock song is about a stalker whose creepy pursuit grips the narrator in fear, and it's based on Amy Lee's terrifying personal experience. As the song's stalker follows the woman's every move, he begins to possess the object of his demented fixation. She feels helpless, caught, and tormented. Because of violations to her privacy, Lee was forced to leave her home and stay in hotels.
Perhaps you've known the fear of being stalked (or conversely, maybe you've gone a little over-the-top in watching a love interest). These songs about stalkers, creepers, and obsessive love describe the experience.
16. "White Trash Wedding" by Dixie Chicks
If you're white trash, do you realize it? The knocked-up bride in this contagious country song from 2002 seems to own her trailer park status. She and a reluctant groom are gettin' hitched quick without a ring thanks to some liquid courage on his part. (Who needs what you can't afford anyway?) While her pa says the guy is the best in town, her mama ain't sold on the nuptials. This is how she marries her first husband... .
17. "Beautiful in White" by Shane Filan
A bride and groom face one another on their wedding day, ready to exchange their sacred vows, and the husband-to-be is taken aback by his beloved's beauty. Telling her how she looks beautiful in her wedding gown, he recounts how he felt he had found his missing piece when he first set eyes upon her.
The groom promises her lifelong fidelity and love in this 2017 pop song that has become a wedding favorite in Asian countries. It was initially leaked on the internet after Shane Filan, a singer for Westlife recorded this song as a demo in 2006 that was rejected for the group's album. After learning about how popular the song had become online, he eventually rerecorded the song in 2017. This song is one of the many emotional songs about weddings and getting married.
18. "Little White Church" by Little Big Town
There comes a time when a girl grows weary of foolin' around, and she just wants to get married. That's the thinking of the girl in this energetic country hit from 2010. Her mama warned her about this silver-tongued devil, and finally she's giving him this ultimatum: no more smooching until she gets her wedding ring.
You can't ride this gravy train
There's a price for keeping me
I might be cheap, but I ain't free
No more calling me baby
No more loving like crazy.
19. "Little White Lie" by Sammy Hagar
A white lie is a supposedly harmless or trivial fib that you tell to avoid confrontation and hurt feelings. Examples include pretending to like a friend's too-short haircut or swearing that an outfit doesn't actually make your wife look fat. This rock number from 1997 warns us to beware of those little white lies because they're not as inconsequential as they seem. They may be convenient for avoiding awkward truths, but especially when you tell too many white lies, they'll come back to haunt you.
20. "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby
Would you believe this 1942 holiday favorite is the bestselling single of all time? Yep, over the decades it has continued to top hits by Elton John, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Elvis, Ed Sheeran, and many other standout performers.
Crooner Bing Crosby wistfully describes the nostalgia of Christmas in his youth. He wishes for a return to the magic of the past, a slower pace of life that included Christmas trees and sleigh bells, sending out Christmas cards and the peace that comes with a blanket of freshly fallen snow. Crosby's 1935 hit, Silent Night, was also a phenomenally successful hit, placing fourth on the all-time best-seller list.
Even More Songs with the Color White in the Title
21. Red White & Blue
22. White Walls
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Schoolboy Q & Hollis)
23. A Whiter Shade of Pale
24. Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)
25. Nights in White Satin
The Moody Blues
26. White Shadows
27. White Limo
28. Little White Lies
29. White Flag
30. Black and White
Three Dog Night
31. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
32. My White Bicycle
33. White and Nerdy
Weird Al Yankovic
34. White Rabbit
35. White as Snow
36. All American Middle Class White Boy
37. White Blank Page
Mumford and Sons
38. White Is In the Winter Night
39. White Lie
40. White Limo
41. White Winter Hymnal
42. White Limozeen
43. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White
44. White Noise
Josh Turner & John Anderson
45. Long White Cadillac
46. Woman in the White House
47. Single White Female
48. The Snow White Rows of Arlington
49. White Room
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