62 Songs About Flowers

Updated on December 15, 2017
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Celebrate the beauty of flowers and all of the shades of meaning that they represent.  Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about roses, wildflowers, daisies, tulips, and other flowers.
Celebrate the beauty of flowers and all of the shades of meaning that they represent. Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about roses, wildflowers, daisies, tulips, and other flowers. | Source

Flowers Speak Volumes

Doesn't someone in your life deserve flowers—gorgeous, fragrant, spirit-boosting flowers? It doesn't have to be a special occasion like Valentine's Day or Mother's Day to let a loved one know you care.

Flowers can convey a rainbow of emotions, from love to congratulations to sympathy. Even when you cannot muster the right combination of words to express yourself, a bouquet of roses, daffodils, or carnations can speak volumes on your behalf. Music can serve the same purpose.

Celebrate the magic of flowers with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about them. We have a long list to get you started.

1. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison

The rock band Poison points out in the only number one hit of their career that love may be beautiful, but it sure isn't perfect. This power ballad from 1988 represents hair metal in its heyday.

Brett Michaels wrote the song about a failed love relationship. He was on the road, and he called his girlfriend only to hear a man's voice in the background. The relationship floundered at the same time his career was taking off, but it gave us a love song about the increasing distance between two lovers careening towards heartache.

2. "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran

Wilting supermarket flowers, old photographs, and get well cards are poignant reminders of the narrator's recently deceased mother in this 2017 pop song. They signify "memories of a life that's been loved." Understandably, the narrator is numb and emotionally devastated that the angel in his life has flown home.

3. "Roses" by Shawn Mendes

Torn about expressing his feelings to a girl he loves, the interloper in this 2016 love song decides to go for it by presenting his beloved with a rose. Although she seems happy with the guy she's with, he hopes that her feelings for him are even stronger.

"Remember that children, marriages, and flower garden reflect the kind of care they get." - H. Jackson Brown Jr., American author
"Remember that children, marriages, and flower garden reflect the kind of care they get." - H. Jackson Brown Jr., American author | Source

4. "Black Roses Red" by Alana Grace

Black roses symbolize danger, mystery, vulnerability, or dark emotions. In actuality, black roses are a very dark shade of red, purple, or crimson.

The woman in this 2009 pop song feels empty and is drowning in her loneliness. Although she is afraid of rejection, she is also ready for relief from her sadness, thus she asks the object of her affection, "Can you turn my black roses red?"

5. "Two Dozen Roses" by Shenandoah

"Sorry" isn't enough for whatever this fella has done. In this 1989 country chart-topper, a man is now broken-hearted, having been left by the sweetheart he betrayed. He wonders what it would possibly take to win back her love:

If I had two dozen roses, and an old bottle of wine
If I really could've hung the moon, would it change your mind
If I could cry a little harder, and get a little less sleep at night
If I had two dozen roses would it change your mind.

There are lots of ways to express regret and apologize. If you're sorry about something you've done, perhaps you can make a playlist of songs about regret and feeling sorry to convey your remorse.

6. "Forget Me Nots" by Patrice Rushen

The lady in this 1982 R&B is second-guessing her breakup with her boyfriend, believing that perhaps they gave up on love too soon. The problem, however, is that he has moved on to a new relationship. That doesn't stop this interloper from sending him a bouquet of forget me nots in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. Sneaky girl.

7. "Flower" by Kylie Minogue

I tell my daughter that I have always known her, always loved her, even before she was a twinkle in her daddy's eye. Some may think that's a silly idea, but Kylie Monogue understands it.

Written while the singer was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, this 2012 pop ballad features a narrator who lovingly addresses a future child whom she may or may not ever have. It expresses devotion and longing to perpetuate the beauty of life.

"Flowers don't worry about about how they're going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful." - Jim Carrey, American comedian
"Flowers don't worry about about how they're going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful." - Jim Carrey, American comedian | Source

8. "Like A Rose" by Ashley Monroe

The girl in this 2013 country ballad has faced much adversity in her young life. Her father died when she was 13, and as a result, her family crumbled. Then, she got married too early to the wrong man in an attempt to escape her home life. In spite of her circumstances and bad choices, the narrator marvels that somehow she came out like a rose.

9. "The Rose" by Bette Midler

The Divine Miss M was in her prime when she recorded this 1979 pop hit, and her voice was like butter. Her signature song proclaims that even though love can be overwhelming, cruel, and capable of leaving you afraid or bitter, it most importantly has redemptive beauty.

10. "Fading Like a Flower" by Roxette

Relationships may end, but often feelings still linger. The woman in this international pop hit from 1991 is having trouble getting over her ex. Out of habit, she reaches out for him, expecting his presence. Just seeing him causes her to fade like a rose with no water.

11. "Daisy" by Zedd (featuring Julia Michaels)

When it comes to love, Daisy, the girl named after a flower, makes poor choices for herself. In this 2015 pop song, the narrator seeks to rescue Daisy from bad relationships and a broken heart. Naturally, he believes the secret to Daisy's future happiness lies in their being together:

I would take the light out the stars to help you see
Anything to guide you straight to me.

12. "Rose In December" by Halestorm

Have you found the lover who is worth the wait? In this 2001 love ballad, a man promises that while others have turned away, he will faithfully wait for his partner even through the bitterest of challenges:

Let me be your Rose In December
And I'll be standing here, until spring comes and the snow melts away
Let me be your Rose In December
I'll stand here forever, loving you, as a rose in December.

"Earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet
"Earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet | Source

12 Idioms About Flowers

Flower Idiom
Meaning
the bloom is off the rose/the blush is off the rose
something is no longer new, fresh, or exciting
fresh as a daisy
well rested and energetic
a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
the names of things don't reflect what they really are
flower of the flock
best of the group
pushing up daisies
to be dead and buried
gild the lily
decorate something that is already ornate
cut down the tall poppies
criticizing people who stand out from the crowd
a bed of roses/a primrose path
an easy, luxurious life
wallflower
an introverted or socially anxious type who doesn't interact much with others at parties and other social occasions
gone to seed
declined in quality or appearance
rose-colored glasses
to perceive something in an unrealistically optimistic and positive manner
life is not always guns and roses
there's more to life than war and love

13. "Cherry Blossom Girl" by Air

Being painfully shy sometimes means missing out on love. In this 2004 pop song, the protagonist has a crush on a girl whom he dubs the "cherry blossom girl." (This is a slang term for a girl of one's dreams, a girl who is not only physically gorgeous but also has a beautiful soul.) Although others encourage him, he can't gather the courage to approach her.

14. "Coming Up Roses" by Keira Knightley

From the 2013 soundtrack of the movie, Begin Again, this ditty is about a relationship in which everything is coming up roses, but not for both partners. The narrator sees change coming, as both of their lives are heading in different directions. She's trying to find peace with it but is also conflicted about holding on to the present.

"Flowers are the music of the earth." - Marty Rubin, American writer
"Flowers are the music of the earth." - Marty Rubin, American writer | Source

15. "Run For The Roses" by Dan Fogelberg

Who doesn't love baby horses? The unofficial theme for the Kentucky Derby, this 1982 soft rock song celebrates the destiny of a newborn colt.

Among green pastures, the young thoroughbred will grow strong to compete in the ultimate horse race, the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is a race for three-year-old horses and is often called "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports." A blanket of roses is draped over the winning horse.

16. "Plastic Roses" by Jessica Sanchez

Plastic roses are the epitome of fakery. Unfortunately, the girl in this 2013 pop song finds herself disillusioned in love, having fallen for a player who doesn't return her feelings. She finds herself broken and betrayed, lying on the floor smelling the plastic roses from her plastic-hearted lover. (Recycle and forget him!)

17. "Lotus Flower" by Radiohead

Knowing a bit about the lotus flower helps one to understand this song a little better. The lotus flower is a symbol of purity, harmony, and enlightenment and is often used in Buddhist contexts. The flower grows in the mud and rises above the surface of the murky water to bloom. Some types of lotus flowers are also known to have psychoactive properties.

The narrator in this 2011 rock song describes his attraction to his lover as an addiction and uses the lotus flower as a metaphor for their intense connection:

Slowly we unfurl as lotus flowers
'Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick
I dance around the pit, the darkness is beneath
I can't kick your habit.

18. "Amaryllis" by Shinedown

Perhaps you're puzzled why this flower might inspire a rock song. The amaryllis is commonly known as the lily. It is valued for its willingness to bloom indoors during the wintertime and is often used in funeral arrangements as a symbol of innocence and transition.

The protagonist in this searching tune from 2012 is facing a death of sorts and references uninvited tragedies and his recent eulogy. Stuck between an old identity that still lingers and one that is waiting to blossom, he summons the amaryllis to bloom and show its colors.

19. "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations

The more this man's sweetheart breaks her promises, the more he chases her. Asking why she builds him up just to let him down, the narrator in this 1968 pop favorite pours his heart out to the girl he loves.

The young woman he lovingly addresses as "Buttercup" is messing with his mind, however. Perhaps his choice of nicknames is appropriate, as buttercups are known for both their striking beauty and the fact that they can be poisonous to some creatures.

20. "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal

This chart-topper and Grammy winning R&B song from1991 likens the magic of love to an addiction. The narrator claims that his lover's kiss brings vivid color and light to his world, as if he is being kissed by a rose against a background of grey. And like a rose with its thorns, she is his power, his pleasure, his pain.

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope." - Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States.
"Where flowers bloom, so does hope." - Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States. | Source

Even More Songs About Flowers

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Bed Of Roses
Bon Jovi
1993
22. Dead Flowers
Miranda Lambert
2009
23. Candle in the Wind
Elton John
1997
24. Sunflower
Lenny Kravitz (featuring Drake)
2011
25. Desert Rose
Sting
1999
26. Lotus Intro
Christina Aguilera
2012
27. Wildflower
Deana Carter
2003
28. Buy Me a Rose
Kenny Rogers
1999
29. Morning Glory
Oasis
1995
30. Flowers
Chris Young
2006
31. (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden
Lynn Anderson
1970
32. She's a Wildflower
Lauren Alaina
2011
33. Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses
Kathy Mattea
1988
34. A Rose By Any Name
Blondie
2013
35. A Dozen Roses and a Six-Pack
Cole Swindell
2014
36. Flowers for Mama
George Jones
1965
37. Flowers on the Wall
The Statler Brothers
1966
38. Rose Garden
Nick Jonas & the Administration
2010
39. You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore
Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond
1978
40. Roses
Mary J. Blige
2007
41. Dead Flowers
The Rolling Stones
1971
42. Carolina Rose
Gloriana
2012
43. Eighteen Yellow Roses
Bobby Darin
1963
44. Where Have All the Flowers Gone
Peter, Paul, and Mary
1962
45. Yankee Rose
David Lee Roth
1986
46. Mother Rose
Patti Smith
2004
47. Blue Orchid
The White Stripes
2005
48. Lotus Flower Bomb
Wale (featuring Miguel)
2011
49. Virginia Bluebell
Miranda Lambert
2009
50. The Yellow Rose
Johnny Lee and Lane Brody
1984
51. Roses for the Dead
Funeral for a Friend
2003
52. Yellow Roses
Dolly Parton
1989
53. When I Was Your Man
Bruno Mars
2012
54. Automatic Flowers
Our Lady Peace
1997
55. Flowers in December
Mazzy Star
1996
56. Life Is a Flower
Ace of Base
1998
57. Flower
Cody Simpson
2015
58. Guilty Flowers
Ward Thomas
2016
59. Flowers
5 After Midnight
2017
60. Plastic Rose
Maroon 5
2017
61. Paper Roses
Marie Osmond
1973
62. Mama Liked the Roses
Elvis Presley
1970
Do you know a song about flowers that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Dianna - That song is contagious! Thanks for the kind compliment and for stopping by. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 weeks ago

      I'm still singing Build Me Up Buttercup. Never knew there were so many songs about flowers. You always know how to draw us readers in for a good learning experience.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Mary - I love that idiom too. It seems so appropriate. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful holiday week. Get that husband of yours to buy you a Christmas present. You deserve it!

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      Mary Wickison 4 weeks ago from Brazil

      What a great list. I recognized some but not the majority. You sure hunt these down. Flowers are used as great metaphors for many aspects of life.

      In your idioms, there are some I've never heard of but now I'll start using them, ' Cut down the tall poppies', I love it.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      Peg - Some folks just can't see that's what they're doing -- "careening towards heartache." Thanks for stopping by. Hope this week is a wonderful one for you.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      Patricia - Thank you for stopping by and giving an update. May this holiday season be a happy one for you and your family.

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      Peg Cole 4 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      What an extensive list of flower related songs. I had no idea there were so many. Lyrics tell such an important story on so many different topics. I like your phrase, "careening towards heartache."

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      Patricia Scott 4 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Music music music...it keeps me uplifted all day long. I just attended a cantata at a community service last night....and it was divine. One singer sang Silent Night acapella....and it was amazing. And now here I am this morning looking at a whole collection of songs that will begin my day refreshed and renewed. The Rose sung my Bette Midler...one of my favorites. I do not know some of these so will be busy checking them out. Hoping all is good in your world...Angels are on the way...Merry Christmas ps

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      Nell - Thanks for stopping by and the addition. Hope you are doing well. Have a great weekend!

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      Not sure if I missed it, but there is the Elvis song, Mama liked the roses? lol! I just remember it because my other half loved Elvis! still does, and sings it all day long! Well various Elvis songs, not just that one! great list! and I was singing away with 'buttercup!' LOL!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      Kari - Thank you for the kind nd compliment! Have a terrific week!

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      Kari Poulsen 4 weeks ago from Ohio

      Wonderful list. I have always loved "The Rose" by Bette Midler. The quotes are fantastic!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      Dora, thank you so much for your encouragement and kind words. Have a beautiful week!

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      Dora Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      It's all good, but the quotes you include are exceptional. So much in this music list about the beauty and meaning of flowers, and by extension, about life. Great job!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Louise - Glad you enjoyed this. I’ve had it on my to do list for awhile now. Have a wonderful week.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Catherine- It’s amazing that something supposedly so frivolous can convey so many shades of meaning. They sure boost the spirit. Thanks for reading!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Heidi - Thank you for stopping by! I like that one a bunch, too, and the Poison song is also a favorite. I guess I’m showing my age, but hey. Have a festive week full of holiday spirit. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Louise Powles 5 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      You've certainly done your homework! There's so many good songs in there I love and sing along to.

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      Catherine Giordano 5 weeks ago from Orlando Florida

      It seems flowers are so much a part of our life that there is a flower for every feeling. Not surprisingly, there is a whole symbolic language of flowers. Also nut surprising, flowers turn up in songs. Thanks for this playlist.

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      Heidi Thorne 5 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      Roses seem to be the flower of choice for songs! My fave rose song is in the list: Bon Jovi's "Bed of Roses." Thanks for the lovely playlist to start the week!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Frank - I appreciate your kind encouragement. Thanks for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Rasma - Glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful week!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 weeks ago from Shelton

      love your collection brought back memories too... the Seal song did as well love these hubs and I can't say it enough

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for this wonderful musical post about flowers. Just right for a cold frozen world outside the window.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Linda - I probably should have named it “Roses and Other Flowers” because there are so many about roses — dead ones, plastic ones, paper ones, faded ones, etc. So far I’m not running out of ideas for playlists. It’s a fun challenge thinking of new topics. Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

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      Linda Crampton 5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I was impressed by the number of songs about roses that are included in this article. I can understand why the flowers are so popular. They are so beautiful. I'm also impressed by the number of playlist articles that you've created! They are always interesting.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Linda - I surround myself with poinsettias this time of year and enjoy their color. Unfortunately I do have a cat who ignores all training and nips their leaves, then promptly throws them up on the carpet. She does it to every plant, and the fact that poinsettias are hazardous doesn’t deter her. I put them up high, but she considers it a special challenge and goes high too when I’m not looking. They are beautiful for the several weeks that they last. Bulbs in the spring are awesome too. I once planted so many that neighbors stopped to gawk because my yard looked like Holland! Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Mary - Thank you for commenting. I find it interesting how certain flowers are symbols and even certain color roses convey specific meaning. Have a great week!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Devika - I appreciate the kind compliment and am glad you enjoyed this.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for stopping by! Glad you found a favorite here on this list. Have a wonderful week.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Genna - Her voice, especially in its prime, was simply magnificent. I love that song of hers. A true talent! Have a happy week and enjoy the holiday season!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 weeks ago from USA

      Nikki - Thank you for being the first to stop by to comment today. I hope you have some lovely flowers to bring you joy. I am enjoying my poinsettias this holiday season and trying to keep my bad cat from chewing on them. She didn’t get her he memo that they are potentially dangerous to cats.

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      Linda Lum 5 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish, how nice to have flowers to think of, especially at this time of year. The weather has been frightfully cold and everything in my garden has turned black and slimy. Not a pretty sight.

      When I say the title of this article I thought, there can't really be that many, can there?" Well, you proved me wrong once again. I didn't count, but does it seem that most of the songs are about roses?

      I hope this day finds you warm and snug and ready for the holidays.

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      Mary Norton 5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      How interesting to know how many songs talk of flowers. I love flowers and like the idea of their being celebrated in songs.

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      Devika Primić 5 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the songs of flowers. It's amazing how you put the hub together. The songs took me down memory lane.

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      Bill Holland 5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Fogelberg was instant, one of my all-time favorite songs....as always, a fun read, my friend.

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      Genna East 5 weeks ago

      Happy Sunday. :-) You have one of my favorite songs on this thoughtful list -- Bette Midler's 'The Rose'. Such beautiful and profound words, like poetry. I think she is most known for this and for 'Wind Beneath My Wings'. "You are the "Flowers are the music of the earth." So true! Thank you for bringing the gardens of music to us all in this special hub.

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      Nikki Khan 5 weeks ago from London

      Amazing list of flower songs flourishwayAnyway,,I loved the flower Idioms.

      Flowers are an amazing source of changing your mood and make your mind fresh.

      Thanks for sharing dear.

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