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50 Songs With the Color White in the Title

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Celebrate the beauty of the color white with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about a color typically associated with purity, innocence, perfection, sterility, and faith.

Celebrate the beauty of the color white with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about a color typically associated with purity, innocence, perfection, sterility, and faith.

Is White a Real Color?

Few people select white as their favorite color, although it symbolizes the positive qualities of

  • purity
  • innocence
  • perfection
  • cleanliness and
  • faith.

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.

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.

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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.

White cats are a beautiful rarity (only 2-5% of all cats).  White cats with one or more blue eyes are more prone to being deaf. White cats also are more at risk for skin cancer on areas like ears and noses.

White cats are a beautiful rarity (only 2-5% of all cats). White cats with one or more blue eyes are more prone to being deaf. White cats also are more at risk for skin cancer on areas like ears and noses.

Idioms and Sayings Involving the Color White

IdiomMeaning

like white on rice

extremely close

a whited sepulchre

a hypocrite

white elephant

tem that is useless, irrelevant, or no longer has value for its owner

bleed white

to take all of someone's money

white hat

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

white knight

one who comes to the rescue of another

waving the white flag

surrendering, giving up

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.

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.

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.

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
Anymore, anyway
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.

White coat hypertension is a patient's tendency to experience high blood pressure when visiting the doctor. People with the condition are twice as likely to die of a heart attack or other cardiac event than those with normal blood pressure readings.

White coat hypertension is a patient's tendency to experience high blood pressure when visiting the doctor. People with the condition are twice as likely to die of a heart attack or other cardiac event than those with normal blood pressure readings.

Even More Songs with the Color White in the Title

Know a song with the color white in the title that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. Red White & Blue

Lynyrd Skynyrd

2003

22. White Walls

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Schoolboy Q & Hollis)

2013

23. A Whiter Shade of Pale

Procol Harum

1967

24. Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)

Toby Keith

2002

25. Nights in White Satin

The Moody Blues

1967

26. White Shadows

Coldplay

2005

27. White Limo

Foo Fighters

2011

28. Little White Lies

One Direction

2013

29. White Flag

Daughtry

2018

30. Black and White

Three Dog Night

1972

31. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)

The Offspring

1998

32. My White Bicycle

Nazareth

1975

33. White and Nerdy

Weird Al Yankovic

2006

34. White Rabbit

Jefferson Airplane

1967

35. White as Snow

U2

2009

36. All American Middle Class White Boy

Thomas Rhett

2013

37. White Blank Page

Mumford and Sons

2010

38. White Is In the Winter Night

Enya

2008

39. White Lie

The Lumineers

2016

40. White Limo

Foo Fighters

2011

41. White Winter Hymnal

Fleet Foxes

2008

42. White Limozeen

Dolly Parton

1990

43. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White

The Standells

1966

44. White Noise

Josh Turner & John Anderson

2006

45. Long White Cadillac

Dwight Yoakum

1989

46. Woman in the White House

Sheryl Crow

2012

47. Single White Female

Chely Wright

1999

48. The Snow White Rows of Arlington

Sammy Kershaw

2010

49. White Room

Cream

1968

50. Three White Horses

Andrew Bird

2012

© 2019 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 12, 2020:

Peggy - Thanks for stopping by!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2020:

I'll admit that many of these I have not heard, but White Christmas by Bing Crosby will always be a seasonal favorite.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 30, 2019:

Bob - Thanks! I enjoy making them!

Robert Sacchi on December 30, 2019:

I enjoy these lists.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 30, 2019:

Bob - Thanks for stopping by. I've added that to the list.

Robert Sacchi on December 29, 2019:

Another trip down memory lane. Thanks. For your "Idioms and Sayings Involving the Color White" there is "waving the white flag" for giving up.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 12, 2019:

Audrey - You're so super positive. I love to wear white too, but unfortunately, I'm the first to wear whatever I eat so it doesn't stay white very long. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are doing well.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 11, 2019:

White has always been my favorite color. Why?

1. Goes with most other colors.

2. I can add more personality with white using jewelry, scarves, vests, etc.

3. The color white is cleanliness personified, the ultimate in purity!

4. Wearing white helps me to feel peaceful.

5. White also conveys a well-balanced, optimistic personality. ()The jury is still out on this one) :)

A super article with an array of perfect videos. Thanks, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2019:

Mark - Thanks for stopping by. Be safe out there in California amidst the wildfires.

Mark Tulin from Santa Barbara, California on October 30, 2019:

Love music and your selection of white in songs. My favorite was White Room by Cream

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2019:

James A Watkins - That's great! Thanks for stopping by!

James A Watkins from Chicago on October 29, 2019:

My band plays White Wedding and White Room. I enjoyed your article. Thanks.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 26, 2019:

Genna - Thanks so much for your kind sentiments. Have a lovely fall weekend! May it be filled with color!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 26, 2019:

What a great question -- is white actually a color or the lack of color? I've often wondered. It can take on different meanings depending on the culture. We most often wear white bridal dresses; as opposed to the Chinese who often wear bright red (representing luck an happiness) as they view the color of white as a symbol of death and mourning. Loved your playlist...what a pleasure listening to the music. You've done it again, Flourish!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 26, 2019:

Nithya - Thanks for taking the time to express your favorite. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 26, 2019:

Dora - That is such a sweet compliment. I appreciate you.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 26, 2019:

A great collection about pristine, pure white color. I have heard many of these songs and I love the song "Black or White" by Michael Jackson the most.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 25, 2019:

Flourish, I appreciate the various insights into the meaning of the color white. As impressive as your list is, it is remarkable that your find the time to present additional information. I like your work.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2019:

Linda - I'm glad you knew of some and enjoyed learning about some others. Thanks for the warm compliment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 22, 2019:

I know some of the songs that you've mentioned and was happy to learn about the others. I'm always impressed by how many songs you find to match your playlist themes.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 22, 2019:

Peg - I appreciate your kindness. Thanks for reading!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 22, 2019:

Cynthia - Thanks for the kind kudos. Playing "White Wedding" didn't work for my cousin. She ended up getting divorced. She may have partially selected the song, too, because of the lyrics "little sister" -- she was the third of four girls. Maybe next time she'll have better luck. Glad you enjoyed this.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 22, 2019:

As always, you've astounded me with the number of songs that have the color white in the title. Some of my favorites include the ones by Dido, Bing, and Procol Harem.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 21, 2019:

Hi Flourish,

This is your usual masterful treatment of a word as it relates to pop music. The choices you make invariably draw me away from my present old age back to the time when I was more connected to feelings. When I think of "white" my mind goes immediately to "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. I see it on the list Also Nights in White Satin and A Whiter Shade of Pale. I certainly am dating my youth to the 60s.

I had a chuckle when you mentioned that Billy Idol's "White Wedding" is played at weddings, although it is actually an anti-marriage song. I note a similar mystical thing happen when Leonard Cohen's "Halleluiah" comes on the radio-- people hear allusions to Scripture and go all dewy-eyed in remembrance of their religious youths, not recognizing that it is really what Cohen himself called "The Secular Halleluiah". I imagine this also gets played at weddings or maybe anniversaries?

Anyhow, good job!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Pamela - I appreciate your stopping by. I hope you were able to give a couple of songs a try.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Doris - I tend to go back to country, too. I grew up listening to pop, rock, and country and tend to mix it all up. We do go through periods when one genre goes through a slump though. Thanks for the kind compliment.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Lora - What's really cute about the dogs is that they started at half speed and then worked up to the speed of the song. However, the dogs were having so much fun that they eventually outpaced the actual song (ruh-roh). I hope they all got adopted. Makes for a really cute story that they starred in this viral video.

Lora Hollings on October 21, 2019:

This is a great group of songs, Flourish! The one that I like best because of the choreography with the dogs (which is just precious) is White Knuckles by OK Go. It's hard to believe that these shelter dogs could be trained so well in such a short amount of time and then in a one-shot video with no splicing! The other song which is on your list that has always been one of my absolute favorites is Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues. Wonderful list of idioms too! Great job, Flourish, on this list of songs. I really enjoyed my listening and viewing time here.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 21, 2019:

I never thought about so many songs with “white” in the title. White Wedding is one of my all-time favorites, but I think Billy Idol can’t put out anything bad. I just remember George Jones’s White Lightening, not the other one. Little White Church is a good one, too. Every time the pop music goes into a phase I don’t like, I go back to listening to country music. And who could possibly forget White Christmas by Bing Crosby because we are reminded every Christmas.

So many good “White” songs, so little time. You put so much research and effort into your playlists. They are always good!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Linda - I wanted to take a short break from the "Who Sang It Best Series" to jump back to this one since I had a number of these in queue, but given that I have only a few weeks to generate the Christmas articles I may try to focus on them. Thanks for taking a look.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Heidi - I wish somebody could explain why the Chinese have historically used white as death color but we in the West use the opposite, but that's probably a deep unanswerable. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the nice fall weather.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Kaili - Thanks for the add. Hope you're doing well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Devika - I'm glad to have introduced you to some of these songs. Aside from Billy Idol's "White Wedding," I really like The Cadillac Three song.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 21, 2019:

I am suprised there are so many songs that have white in the song. This is a huge group with some good songs, but as a senior citizen I was not famaliar some of the artists but many were excellent songs. Thanks for an interesting group of songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Liz - Thanks for the kind comment. I probably should have profiled that song more prominently.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Bill - That's a group called It's a Beautiful Day from 1969.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Clive - Another one with Christmas on their mind.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Shannon - This one was a really hard one to do. There are a lot of songs with "white" in the title that nobody has ever heard of and really old ones too but I wasn't going there. Looks like you have Christmas on your mind!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 21, 2019:

Outside of White Christmas, and the Sammy Hagar and Michael Jackson tunes, a lot of these were news to me.

Though this is probably changing, it's interesting that white in Chinese culture can also be associated with death and is worn at funerals. Just the opposite of us.

Great playlist, as always! Have a lovely week!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 21, 2019:

Knights in White Satin was the very first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this article. Hoo boy, does that make me old? This was lots of fun. I've missed your "series" and hope you find the inspiration for a few more.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 21, 2019:

This is another great compilation. White Christmas was top of my list.

Kaili Bisson from Canada on October 21, 2019:

Great list as always Flourish. You might want to add "White Room" by Cream.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 21, 2019:

I know White Flag none of the other songs. Thank you for this interesting list of songs. Songs such as these I have not heard of and glad to have stopped by here.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 21, 2019:

"White Bird" but I don't remember who sang it...back in the 60's....I still remember the melody and words....a one hit wonder you can look up if interested. :) I remembered that but not White Christmas....lol

Clive Williams from Jamaica on October 20, 2019:

White Christmas. Good list

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 20, 2019:

Who knew there were so many songs about the color white? The only other ones I can think of at the moment are Christmas related.