40 Pop, Rock, and Country Songs About Redheads
Red Hair in Music
If you're a redhead, embrace your gift with gusto. Celebrate the beautiful red hair that makes you unique with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs that feature redheads of all shades. Some of them merely mention red hair in their lyrics while other prominently feature redheads. We have a long list to get you started.
1. "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls
This 1982 song made the Australian punk rock group Flock of Seagulls a one-hit wonder during the early days of MTV. The song was an international hit and describes the narrator's chance meeting with a redhead who mesmerizes him:
I never thought I'd meet a girl like you
Meet a girl like you
With auburn hair and tawny eyes
The kind of eyes that hypnotize me through... .
Whether he's scared by her beauty or the magic light effects emanating from the sky, we don't know. However, he gets a sudden panic attack and runs away.
2. "Jolene" by Dolly Parton
This 1973 country chart-topper was named one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was based on a gorgeous red-headed bank clerk who used to flirt with Dolly's husband when the couple was first married. The song's narrator describes Jolene's stunning beauty then begs the beautiful coppertop throughout the song not to take her husband just because she can:
Your beauty is beyond compare
With flaming locks of auburn hair
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green
Your smile is like a breath of spring
Your voice is soft like summer rain
And I cannot compete with you
What shade of hair is your favorite?
3. “Fell in Love With a Girl” by The White Stripes
The guy in this 2001 alt rock song loves a red haired girl who belongs to someone else. While the logical left side of his brain tells him that all love is fleeting, the emotional right side loves who he loves:
Red hair with a curl
Mellow roll for the flavor
And the eyes were peeping
Can't keep away from the girl.
Readheaded Singers in Pop, Rock & Country Music
Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine)
Wyonna & Naomi Judd
Kate Pierson (of The B-52's)
Geri Hallowell (aka "Ginger Spice")
Jo Dee Messina
4. "Redhead Girl" by Air
The lyrics from this ethereal 2007 song aren't extensive, but they repeatedly proclaim the unusual dreamlike allure of a red haired lovely:
When the redhead girl goes by
The course of time stands still ... .
5. "Red Headed Woman" by Bruce Springsteen
Whoa! Sex researchers have found that redheads actually do get more action in the bedroom. However, when The Boss wrote this 1992 rock song about his second (and current) wife, he was bragging about quality rather than quantity.
The song describes red hot physical love:
Well I don't care how many girls you've dated, man
But you ain't lived till you've had your tires rotated
By a red headed woman
A red headed woman
It takes a red headed woman
To get a dirty job done.
6. “Prejudice” by Tim Minchin
If you didn't know that Tim Minchin is a comedian, then you'd have no warning that this 2009 ditty is intended to be a humorous song. It starts off really heavy with its talk of oppression, prejudice, and abuse, further describing a six-letter taboo word that is composed of "a couple of Gs, an R and an E, an I and an N."
Just when your mind goes to thoughts of racism (spell it out, people!), the narrator relieves you of your misconceptions:
Only a ginger can call another ginger, "ginger"
So listen to me if you care for your health
You won't call me "ginger" 'less you're ginger yourself.
Is it offensive to refer to a person with red hair as "ginger"?
7. “Good Time” by Counting Crows
Wanting to make an impression on a love interest but being unsure how to achieve the desired effect, the guy in this 2002 rock song feels isolated. He makes an appeal to her:
I really love the red haired girls
I'm just another boy from Texas
Come on and take a spin
I got a brand new set of wings.
8. “Ain’t Going Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up)” by Garth Brooks
In this 1993 country song, there's a red headed girl with a wild streak. She stays out all night and worries her mother:
Momma's on the front porch screamin' out her warning
"Girl you better get your red head
Back in bed before the morning!"
The red headed young woman spends her Friday night bouncing from the rodeo to the honky tonk. Then she heads down to her favorite parking spot down by the creek for a night of dancing and making out with her boyfriend in his pickup truck.
She's back home as the rooster starts to crow only to repeat the routine on Saturday night. But don't blame this free spirited girl. These are the types of memories she'll look back on fondly as an old woman.
9. "Valerie” by Amy Winehouse
Sometimes you cannot help who you love. The ginger haired Valerie has her former lover under a spell in this 2007 pop tune.
Even after the relationship is over, her ex is still entranced with the troubled Valerie who loves to shop, needs a good lawyer, and was facing jailtime plus fines the last the ex knew.
'Cos since I've come on home, well my body's been a mess
And I've missed your ginger hair and the way you like to dress
Won't you come on over, stop making a fool out of me
Why won't you come on over Valerie, Valerie?
10. "Green Eyes, Red Hair” by Gaelic Storm
This is a fun and peppy, Celtic-inspired pop song from 2010. In it, the narrator plays homage to his beloved, a red-haired woman who encapsulates all things both beautiful and devious.
Green eyes, red hair, long legs
She's got the devil inside her
She can disappear, she can walk on water
She's the Queen of Sheba, she's the farmer's daughter
She's a cocktail dress, a cowboy boot
She's a question mark, she's absolute.
11. "Samson” by Regina Spektor
The biblical tale of Samson and Delilah is portrayed in this 2006 pop tune. Samson was granted supernatural physical strength by God which he carried in his hair. He was lustful and fell in love with beautiful Delilah. She discovered the source of his strength and cut his hair.
With vocals that float then soar, this song tells the story from Delilah's perspective:
Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful, and came into my bed.
12. “San Andreas Fault” by Natalie Merchant
This 1995 indie rock song advises a young woman who seeks fame and fortune to go west to the promised land. That is where she'll become a Hollywood star:
Your pale blue eyes, strawberry hair
Lips so sweet, skin so fair
Your future bright beyond compare
It's rags to riches over there.
But then the narrator describes the wicked and destructive power of the San Andreas Fault that underlies the area and destroys dreams. It is a foreboding tale about being cautious when faced with situations that seem too good to be true.
13. ”Honey Jar” by The Wood Brothers
This 2013 ditty is blues-inspired and describes a bittersweet memory about lost love. The narrator describes a man who simply cannot get the memory of former flame out of his heart:
Yeah, white skin, freckles, big heart, candy-green eyes
I bet you wish you had your red-headed woman back sometime
Yeah the last thing you got was a left-handed letter
And you opened up the seal like you didn't even know better.
14. "Sightseeing" by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
The protagonist describes rare and vivid sightings in this 1991 rock song, including an ancient castle that has returned to nature and a cinnamon-haired woman with blue eyes. (Less than half of people with red hair also have blue eyes.)
It was a marvelous sight to see
A redhead workin' in a brasserie
Five foot nine built to a "T"
Eyes so blue and bright.
He images taking a stroll with her by the castle and walking away with a painting of the surreal setting to remember the experience by.
Fun Facts About Red Hair
Just 2% of the world's population is red headed (more in Scotland and Ireland than anywhere else in the world).
Redheads are usually more pain-sensitive because the gene that causes red hair also linked to pain receptivity. Thus, redheads often need more anethesia for dental and medical procedures.
Stories in Greek mythology about redheads turning into vampires postmortem have plagued the cinnamon-haired for centuries.
Bees are attracted to red hair.
Red hair is typically thicker, however redheads actually have fewer strands than blondes or brunettes.
Red heads report bruising more easily than others.
Red hair usually doesn't turn grey but rather just fades to blonde then white.
Hitler opposed intermarrying with redheaded people.
People with red hair have twice the risk of developing Parkinson's Disease.
Redheads are more likely to be left-handed than people with other hair colors.
There is a Dutch festival, RedHead Days, held the first weekend in September that celebrates people lucky enough to be born with red hair.
“Gingerism” is the bullying or prejudice of redheads.
Russia means "land of reds." In its Kazan region, there are over 10% redheads, a popuation density similiar to Ireland and Scotland.
When exposed to low-light conditions, redheads can produce their own Vitamin D.
In Denmark, it's considered an honor to have a redheaded child. (Well, yeah!)
15. “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn.
Yee-haw! On the outskirts of town is a honky tonk where you can get liquored up and dance the night away any night of the week. This 1991 country song describes the juke joint from the perspective of a working man who loves to hit the bar after work for some beer and a meet-up:
The bartender asks me, says, "Son, what'll it be?"
"I want a shot at that redhead yonder lookin' at me."
16. "Cinnamon Girl" by Neil Young
Even before you meet the person of your dreams, you might imagine what they'd be like ideally. The narrator in this classic rock song from 1969 is convinced his heart could be forever captured by a red haired woman he has yet to meet:
I want to live with a cinnamon girl
I could be happy the rest of my life
With a cinnamon girl.
17. "Oklahoma Swing" by Vince Gill & Reba McEntire
This duo goes down home country in this 1990 traditional country song that describes a couple in love with each other as well as dancing. The man is an Oklahoma cowboy with a tainted past, and he's in love with his lovely dance partner:
There's a redhead from my hometown that loves to let her hair down
She tears my heart out when she starts to sing.
She's from the right side of Red River and she's pretty as a picture
Don't you know she's this ole cowboy's dream.
18. “Red Headed Stranger” by Willie Nelson
A grieving Montana cowboy has lost his wife, and all she left him is her her memory and the bay pony she treasured. In this 1975 country song, the red headed stranger rides into town to visit the wife's. He meets trouble in the local bar and handles it his way.
This is the tale of the red headed stranger,
And if he should pass your way,
Stay out of the path of the ragin' black stallion,
And don't lay a hand on the bay.
19. "Ginger" by David Devant And His Spirit Wife
When only two percent of the population rocks red hair, you can sometimes feel alienated from the rest of the crowd by your uniqueness. This 1997 rock song depicts the teasing some gingers endure as well as the feelings of ostracism and individuality they may experience.
It's not the same for you.
In another life
Maybe we'll all be ginger and free.
20. “Red Headed Woman” by Wade Bowen
In this 2010 country song, the narrator is awestruck by his lover, a redheaded mixture of angel and darkness:
Her red hair stood out in the darkness and the silence took over her soul
She's a red headed woman with a cigarette desire in her eyes
She's a red headed woman with a cigarette thats her clever disguise.
Even More Songs That Mention Redheads
Song & Year Released
Red Headed Lyrics
21. Frankie's Man Johnny (1958)
Then, in the front door walked a redhead / Johnny saw her right away / She came down by the bandstand to watch him while he played / He was Frankie's man, but she was far away / He sang every song to the redhead, she smiled back at him
22. Modern Day Bonnie And Clyde (2002)
Yeah and it's a long way to Richmond / Rollin' north on 95 / With a redhead ridin' shotgun / And a pistol by my side
23. I'm Indebted To You (2012)
Lana Del Rey
What an unusual name you said / What a spectacular redhead / You really seem like a prize to me
24. Keeping the Faith (1983)
I thought I was the Duke of Earl / When I made it with a red-haired girl In the Chevrolet. / Oh, yeah
25. Fifteen (2008)
You sit in class next to a redhead named Abigail And soon enough you're best friends
26. Redhead Walking (2008)
That redhead walking, uh / Don't get close / She'll warn you with her growl / She's a bud cuttin', star studded, leather chested girl / Out there a redhead walkin'
27. Tangled Up in Blue (1975)
Wonderin' if she'd changed at all / If her hair was still red
28. Barefoot Blue Jean Night (2011)
Blue eyes and auburn hair Sittin' lookin' pretty by the fire in a lawn chair
29. Mr. Misunderstood (2015)
First time I met Alabama Hannah, I was skinny as a rail / Red hair tied up in a blue bandana / She was hotter than the devil's Hell
30. Dead On Arrival (1982)
I got a vital injection / And a gun at my head man / From a thrill hit redhead / That brought me into this town
31. Amarillo (1984)
Now I got him past that redhead in Atlanta / Lord I walked all over that black-eyed Cajun queen
32. Red Hair (2005)
I guess I fell in love too quick kinda got burned up by a red head chick / So I ain't tryin go that route again.
33. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? (1995)
I've seen you around with Rita / The redhead down the lane
34. Ricky (1983)
Weird Al Yankovic
You're such a crazy redhead I just don't know what to do, Lucy
35. I'm All About It (2010)
Well your redhead temper don't scare me none / Matter of fact it kind of turns me on
36. Tennessee Blues (2007)
Redhead by my side, boys sweetest thing I've found / Goodbye guitar town
37. She Gave Her Heart To Jethro (1968)
Tom T. Hall
He married a beautiful redhead; of women they say she's a pearl / She gave her heart to Jethro, and her body to the whole damn world
38. I Want the Redhead (2011)
A red haired girl could rule my world, fair skin, freckles and those lovely Irish curls / Mix in a little bit of that sassy attitude, there’s only one thing I conclude
39. Vincent Black Lightning (1991)
And I've seen you on the corners and cafes, it seems / Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme
40. Red-Headed Wildflower (1978)
Little River Band
It's a shame, such a shame, a red-headed wildflower in the wrong garden
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